?We're fighting to win?
Madhvi Sarkar, who recently quit the CPM, is contesting the election on the CPI (ML) ticket from the Purnia parliamentary constituency. She tells Aditya Nath Jha her reasons for doing so.
Why did the CPM expel you from the party?
I was not expelled; I quit the party.
The CPM leaders say that you were expelled because you deviated from the main issue of fighting Ajit Sarkar’s killers?
I am still trying to fulfil the unrealised dream of my husband who sacrificed his life for the sake of the masses. He was a real communist. I am very sorry to say that CPM leaders here have turned selfish. They have virtually surrendered before the feudal forces.
Why did you join the CPI (ML)?
I was very much impressed by Dipankar Bhattacharya. His dynamic and charismatic personally and his line of action inspired me immensely.
How is the CPI (ML) different from the CPM?
CPI (ML) is fighting for the poor and the depressed. Unfortunately, CPM leaders here have forgotten the communist ideals. They have in fact, become pro-feudalism.
CPI leaders have accused you of entering into a tacit agreement with Pappu Yadav?
They are just trying to mislead the people. Why they have not fielded any candidate against Pappu Yadav. It is only the CPI (ML) that has the courage to fight against criminals and feudalism.
What makes you say that they support the communalist and feudal forces?
They are planning to support either the BJP or Samajwadi Party candidate, Irshad Khan who is an accused in the CAT question leak scam.
It is being said that you have become closer to RJD and its leaders?
My party never plays dirty politics. We never shoot gun from someone else’s shoulder. Some leaders are just fanning such rumours. We believe in the philosophy of communism and will never compromise with anyone or any party. My husband followed the principles of communism. I am doing the same.
Why couldn’t you carry these objectives by remaining in your husband’s party?
I told you that CPM leaders here have become selfish. It was really impossible for me to work along with them.
What are your main issues in this election?
“Apradhi, mafia, samanti shaktiyon ka nash’’ (To fight against criminal and feudal forces).
If given a choice who would you prefer in this election Pappu Yadav or Pappu Singh?
One represents criminal forces and the other feudal. Hence, it is imperative to defeat both of them in the elections.
Don’t you think there is political vacuum here after the death of Ajit Sarkar?
Earlier, there was a political anarchy here when some CPM leaders tried to ruin the legacy of communism. After joining CPI-ML, I am satisfied with the work being done here, which my husband had started.
Do you think you will be able to defeat both the Pappus in the election?
We are contesting the elections to win.