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How Kobad saw verdict ’09

Operating under the pen name ‘Azad’, Naxalite ideologue and head of their publicity wing Kobad Ghandy (62) drafted strategy documents for the Communist Party of India (Maoist) and the occasional press communiqué, reports Debasish Panigrahi.

mumbai Updated: Sep 26, 2009 02:49 IST
Debasish Panigrahi

Operating under the pen name ‘Azad’, Naxalite ideologue and head of their publicity wing Kobad Ghandy (62) drafted strategy documents for the Communist Party of India (Maoist) and the occasional press communiqué.

On June 12, Ghandy wrote his last document for the party, Post-Election Situation — Our Tasks. Days later, during a raid on a hideout in Jharkhand, the police found a laptop on which the document was saved. The internet addresses to which it was sent helped security agencies trace Ghandy.

Hindustan Times accessed a copy of the document. Excerpts:

Elections 2009

Of the 711 million voters, hardly 50 per cent voted — whether it was out of coercion or monetary or material incentives, or caste, community, ethnic, regional considerations or for other reasons. Of the votes cast, the Congress, which won 206 seats and emerged as the single largest party, obtained a vote share of just 29.67 per cent — an increase of 61 seats from the 2004 elections. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lost 22 seats and received 19.29 per cent of the vote. The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) came third with 6.27 per cent followed by the CPM with 5.52 per cent.

The Congress, with just over 100 million votes, roughly 15 per cent, formed the government with some other parties, all of them with a combined share of not more than 5 to 6 per cent or another 20 million votes. Can one call this process democratic such a high percentage of voters rejected the single largest party?

MLAs and criminals

The fact that 300 of the 543 MPs are crorepatis shows the role of money power in elections. The election saw more criminals as MPs than any time with 150 MPs having criminal cases and 73 facing serious charges. The dissolved parliament had 128 MPs with criminal cases and 55 of them faced serious charges. The BJP and Congress vied with each other in the number of criminal MPs with 42 and 41 respectively.

Election results

In Maharashtra, the Congress got 17 of 48 seats but this gain was because of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena eating into the vote share of the Shiv Sena.

Counter-offensive by People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA)

The 10 days that ended with the first phase of elections on April 16 witnessed one of the most successful campaigns by Maoists in the country’s electoral history. By the time the last phase of polling ended on May 13, PLGA carried out several more attacks on enemy forces, annihilating over 70 troops. As of June 12, when the present circular of our politburo is being released, 112 police personnel, most of them central forces, were wiped out

Post-poll situation

The fact that the Congress-led UPA has been reelected, with the Congress improving its seats tally… has given the UPA greater scope for unleashing a more brutal and bigger military offensive against our movement.

Azad, Politburo, CPI (Maoist)
June 12, 2009