The Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Saturday released its manifesto and a list of 17 candidates for the coming assembly elections in Haryana.
The manifesto, Jan Sankalp, criticises the state’s development model, saying that for decades, corporate houses, contractors, and real-estate sharks had flourished, while the peasantry and the working class had suffered unemployment, price rise, corruption, malnutrition, and criminalisation of politics.
The document accuses the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of following the Congress economic policies, “as proved by the 100-day performance record of the Narendra Modi government at the Centre”. The CPM condemns the other parties for “not opposing the communal politics of the BJP out of opportunism”.
The Left party promises to ban “blind land acquisition”, distribute surplus land to landless, reserve jobs in private sector for members of the Scheduled Caste, hold elections to student unions, and fix `15,000 as minimum wage, if voted to power.
The party also promised to work for an effective Lokayukta to be selected by a committee comprising the high court chief justice, assembly speaker and leader of opposition in the state. It claimed that this Lokayukta would have the power to take suo-motu cognizance of corruption cases.
“We have fielded one woman and six Dalits. This time, we contest 17 seats, our highest, so far (in the state),” said CPM state secretary Inderjit Singh.
The Communist Party of India (Marxist) won one assembly seat in 1987, which is its best-ever performance in Haryana; the vote share was 0.78% and Harpal Singh was the lucky MLA from Tohana
In the 1991 elections, the party improved its vote share to 0.81 %, which is since dwindling
The CPM vote-share percentage was 0.18 in 1996; 0.25 in 2000; 0.14 in 2005, and 0.15 in 2009.