The tally of the Communist Party of India (CPI) has reduced from 26 seats in 1990 to just one seat in 2010 Assembly elections in Bihar. The party’s Mini Moscow, Begusarai has somehow managed to send a lone MLA to the Assembly in last polls in 2010.

Former Party president SA Donge’a theory unity and struggle against capitalism government changed to more unity and fewer struggles. Certainly the left party lost its revolutionary craze.

Various reasons may be cited for its continuous poor showing in poll-by -poll such as its decision to join hands with former Chief Minister and RJD president Lalu Yadav. Both Lalu and CPI have the similar vote banks in weaker section of the society. During the Lalu regime in the 90’s, these vote banks slowly transferred from the CPI to his fold.

Lalu had held several rallies of different castes in Patna to mobilize them. Now Bihar Chief Minister and Janata Dal United leader Nitish Kumar has grabbed these vote banks by providing various sops to them. He started various schemes for the Mahadalit community barring Paswan.

The CPI did not fight against corruption till Lalu regime. Gauzing the sense Nitish cashed in on the opportunities.

The dilemma for the party is that its support base comes from lower strata of the society while it is led by the upper caste. Party leadership’s landlord attitude failed to attract downtrodden and suppressed voters in state.

On being asked about the party’s poor performance in the recent years, state council member and lone MLA from Bachhawara Assembly constituency Awadhesh Kumar Rai said, “The use of money and muscle power in the last elections have marred the poll prospect of the party.”

We failed to check the erosion of our weaker section vote banks added the CPI MLA.

Echoing the same, state council member and former Barauni MLA Rajendra Singh said misuse of money in polls and political shifting are the causes for debacle in the elections.
State council member Singh also blamed the Nitish government for media management during the polls.

Citing another reasons for fiasco, Block council member and Sahebpur Kamal Block Pramukh Manoj Kumar said, “Party failed to promote young leadership. This cost the party dearly in the Assembly and General elections.

Block Pramukh also accepted that intermediary castes’ support transferred to Nitish and Lalu.

In a major setback to the party, the CPI backed Mazdoor Union lost elections to the BJP backed Mazdoor Sangh by a margin of 107 votes in recently concluded Barauni Telshodhak Mazdoor Union elections.

JPN