CPI to contest 60 to 62 seats in Bihar assembly polls
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Last Updated: Wednesday, September 29, 2010, 19:51
Patna: The CPI today released the list of 55 party nominees for the six-phase Bihar assembly elections.

CPI Bihar unit secretary B N LaL while releasing the list of party nominees here said the three Left parties (CPI, CPI-ML and CPI(M)) had entered into an agreement on 140 out of 243 assembly seats in Bihar.

Lal said that while the CPI-ML had released a list of 48 candidates for the first three phases of the assembly polls commencing on October 21, we (CPI) want to contest 60 to 62 seats on our own strength in the six phase polls.

Asked if the party's decision to contest 62 seats on its own strength would not affect the Left unity, Lal said the (CPI-ML, CPI(M) and CPI) had decided to contest 140 in total seat agreement and on the rest 103 seats the CPI will be having friendly fight with the CPI-ML on 17 seats and with the CPI-M on seven seats.

The party feels that smaller left parties like the SUCI, RSP and Forward Bloc too should be given a few seats.

Lal said that party had renominated sitting MLA from Harlakhi in Bihar's Madhubani district, the party MLA from Barauni Rajendra Prasad Singh had expressed his unwillingness to contest the polls due to his ill health and hence he had been replaced by Ram Ratan Singh.

The party gave the party symbol to Suryakant Paswan from Bakhri (SC) constituency in Bihar's Begusarai district after the sitting party MLA Ram Vinod Paswan switched over to the LJP, Lal said

Lal said the party given tickets to Muslims (5), Dalits (7),ST (2), SC (7), OBCs (17) and EBCs (6) and the rest seats have gone to other sections of the society.


First Published: Wednesday, September 29, 2010, 19:51

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