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
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.