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In Cliffhanger Bihar Polls, Left Parties Gain Ground Not Seen In Decades

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Sandeep Saurav’s vote tally is double that of the JDU candidate and incumbent MLA

Paliganj, Bihar:

Among the celebrities of the CPI(ML)’s greatest ever present in Bihar elections in over three many years is Sandeep Saurav, a 33-year-old who fought his first ever meeting election from Paliganj close to Patna – and received.

Mr Saurav’s vote tally within the election is double that of the Janata Dal United candidate and the incumbent MLA.

This has been an excellent election for the Left events in Bihar.  Of the 29 seats contested by the Left events – CPI, CPM and CPI(ML) – as a part of the Tejashwi Yadav-led Mahagathbandhan (Grand Alliance), they received 16 seat – a hit fee of 55 per cent.

The CPI(ML) received 12 of 19 contested seats, a hit fee of 63 per cent. In distinction, the bigger get together within the Grand Alliance, Congress, received solely 19 in 70 seats that it contested, which is a hit fee of 27 per despatched.

In the final Bihar meeting election in 2015, the Left’s mixed tally was simply three seats.

“I started with student politics and am still part of student politics. I think people understood my vision about education and politics,” says Sandeep Saurav at his house in Maner city close to Patna, surrounded by a handful of supporters.

“We used to start at 6 am and hold small village-level meetings. There is not a single village in Paliganj that I did not touch. We created zones and held meetings with young people. The CPI(ML) had three seats last time. We have had zero seats too. But we have always had public support in Bihar,” the newly-elected MLA mentioned.

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Another star performer for the Left events is CPI(ML)’s Manoj Manzil, the son of brick kiln staff. He is now the MLA from Agiaon in Bihar’s Arrah district after polling 50,000 extra votes than his closest rival from the JD(U).

In the 2015 meeting election in Paliganj’s Baali Pakar village, which has a big inhabitants of the extraordinarily backward Mushahar caste, votes have been break up virtually evenly between the BJP and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) candidates on the seat, and BJP MLA was voted to energy then.

But this 12 months, of the 1,420 votes polled there, 866 have been for the CPI(ML) candidate, 297 for the JD(U) whereas a Lok Janshakti Party candidate received some 200 votes.

“We were not happy with Nitish ji. All we got is some Rs 400-Rs 500 in our bank accounts. Nothing else. So we gave our vote to a new person and we are now hoping he will do what he has promised. I hope he will help us with employment,” says Munia Devi, a homemaker, when requested why she voted for the Left.

Mukul Kumar, a 21-year-old first-time voter who had been pursuing BTech in Punjab earlier than the lockdown, has a extra exhaustive rationalization. “Jai Vardhan Yadav (incumbent MLA) used to be with the RJD. He is now with the JDU. For five years I never saw his face. He never came in five years. This new MLA, he won on Tuesday and came to meet us on Wednesday. He also spoke in the campaign about employment. (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi and Yogi (Adityanath) also came here. They kept on speaking about China and the Ram temple,” says Mr Kumar.

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