Dipankar Bhattacharya Pitches for Populist Agenda

Dipankar Bhattacharya speaking in Patna on Saturday.

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Patna: Communist Party of India (ML) national general secretary Dipankar Bhattacharya, speaking in Patna on Saturday, stuck to the age-long message of removing poverty saying until the poor were allowed to develop, Bihar could not hope to develop.

"In order to do this, it is very important for them to have at least 200 days of work under MNREGA scheme at the rate of Rs. 500 per day. Along with this, the government should raise the amount of pension from the existing Rs. 400 per month to Rs. 3000 per month," Bhattacharya said.

Despite having no success in last several elections in Bihar, the CPI-ML leader said that the next Assembly elections in the state would be determined by the poor and labor class and for which they needed to come together under the CPI-ML banner.

Bhattacharya warned the people not to get distracted by the Hindu-Muslim and temple-mosque divisive rhetoric and stay away from people like Jitan Ram Manjhi who keeps changing his allegiance to different alliances to serve his own political needs.

He also took shots at the Narendra Modi government at the Center saying the demonetization did nothing but forced banks to remain closed and preventing people from withdrawing their own money.

"The country is going through an economic downturn and the Modi government is busy taking away citizenship of Indians under the name of National Register of Citizens (NRC). If this passes, more than four crore people will lose their citizenship," he said.

Bhattacharya, who knows his party has no chance in Bihar without the help of other parties, left room for joining the Grand Alliance saying his party would consider if invited to join the coalition.


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