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Bihar : Torn Red Flag

The CPI(M) has forsaken its old allies, the CPI, the RSP and the Forward Bloc, and spurned the company of the CPI(ML-Liberation). Thus it is a torn Red Flag that has been raised as the standard of the Left in the election in Bihar.

Once more into the breach, dear friends, once more. Harkishan Singh Surjeet, widely known as the Kautilya of the post-modern age, might have well taken up that Shakespearean cry as, after the famous victory at Bhagalpur, he leads his bedraggled troops once more into the Battle for Bihar. The problem, however, is that the venerable general secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) is not constituting the vanguard today but is a mere camp-follower of the dynamic duo of Laloo Prasad Yadav and his ruling spouse Rabri Devi and that the conquest of the Bhagalpur parliamentary seat was no victory for the masses mobilised by the CPI(M) but electoral crumbs thrown at the proletarian party by the Raja and Rani of Bihar. The greed for more such unearned fodder has drawn the CPI(M) inexorably into the cattle-pen of Laloo Prasad Yadav who is adept at animal husbandry and other skills.

In the process, the CPI(M) has forsaken its old allies, the CPI, the RSP and the Forward Bloc and spurned the company of the CPI (ML-Liberation). Thus, it is a torn Red Flag that has been raised as the standard of the Left in the electoral tournament that is taking place in Bihar. By breaking Left Unity, enticing the supposedly wily Surjeet to campaign for the likes of Siwan’s infamous Shahabuddin and assorted criminals who constitute the base of his Rashtriya Janata Dal, Laloo Prasad Yadav has once again demonstrated that he is a smarter player of the game of cupidity in Bihar than anyone else. Earlier too he enticed a few MLAs from the CPI (ML-Liberation), split the CPI and won over one section of its legislators and is even said to have developed strong influence in the caste-specific Maoist Communist Centre which is involved in extra-parliamentary action including the planting of class-neutral landmines. By luring the CPI(M) away from the Left in Bihar, Laloo Prasad Yadav has once more shown that his ability to play politics is unmatched even by that master of the game, Harkishan Singh Surjeet.

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