Communist Party of India (CPI) national secretary Atul Kumar Anjaan has accused both the BJP and the Congress of looting the state in the last 12 years.
Addressing a press conference in the state capital on Saturday, he said that the people were fed up with both BJP and Congress
and were now looking for a change. The left parties were ready to take the lead in providing that change, he said. “Left parties will emerge strong after the election. Along with independents, we will get at least 10 assembly seats in the state and play a proactive role in the state’s politics”.
On the question of formation of third front in the state, which failed miserably, the CPI leader said, “The Communist parties did their best to form the third front but some regional fronts were working on the directions of the BJP and Congress due to which the third front could not come into existence”.
However, he accepted that left parties were weak in Uttarakhand and party workers would have to mobilise the people to increase the strength of left parties in the state.
He also questioned why had the given ticket to Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, who was removed as a chief minister by the party after allegations of corruption. “Why is the BJP trying to glorify the last 3 months tenure of Khanudri but just forgetting the corrupt tenure of Nishank?”
He claimed that if left parties got a role to play in next government in the state, four new medical colleges, four paramedical colleges and two technical hubs would be set up in the hills.
He also accused the Election Commission of India for not being able to implement its rules uniformly in the state. “I visited Badrinath where taking out road rallies is totally banned but massive motorcycle rallies are taking place in support of various candidates. The strictness of the Election Commission is limited to a few pockets only,” he said.