Development in rural Bihar far cry from Nitish`s claim: Yechuri
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Last Updated: Thursday, October 21, 2010, 22:33
Patna: Drawing a corollary from the prevailing notion of two Indias, CPI(M) Politburo member Sitaram Yechuri on Thursday said that the socio-economic and infrastructure in rural and urban Bihar replicated it contrary to claims by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

"There prevails a wide gulf between rural and urban Bihar on the index of development even now," he told reporters after campaigning for CPI(M) candidates in the rural hinterland.

Yechuri said that though the state government has improved road infrastructure upto district headquarters, there was no improvement in connectivity or the quality of life of the rural people.

The CPI(M) leader said that his party was interested in consolidating Left unity in the assembly polls and ensuring the victory of as many candidates as possible to act as a pressure group in the next state legislature in formulation of pro-poor socio-economic policies.

"The Left parties will be happy to be in a position to put pressure on the next state government to formulate and implement pro-poor and pro-farmer policies," he said.

Outlining the land reforms as the main poll agenda of his party, he said, the next government should implement the D. Bandopadhyaya committee report on land reforms as the state has surplus land at its disposal for distribution among the landless and poor.

The Left parties favoured subsided grains for all people irrespective of APL/BPL in the state for which the state government will have to provide subsidy from its own coffers to meet the cost of foodgrains, Yechuri said.

The next government should consider utilization of Rs. 1000 towards its share of subsidy for food security, he said.

The Left parties would also like the next government to undertake industrialization for generation of employment opportunities in the state, he said.

On the Left parties' failure to establish themselves as a serious political force in the state, Yechuri regretted that the electorate in Bihar, by and large, was guided by caste considerations while voting though rallying behind Left parties on public interest and socio-economic issues.

"It has been hard to break the caste barrier," the CPI(M) leader rued.


First Published: Thursday, October 21, 2010, 22:33

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