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Communists and Art of Political Compromises

  • Kuldeep Jha

Communist Party of India Marxist–Leninist surprised many by registering its highest tally in over 30 years in Bihar by winning 12 of the 19 seats it contested. Communist parties in India have characteristics of Virus. They can’t survive on their own but multiply rapidly in shelter of other’s body. In this case Mahagathbandhan.

They were not even averse to the fact that it was RJD which mercilessly killed their brightest student leader Chandrashekar Prasad in 1997. Chandrashekar was bright in True Sense. He was not intellectually pedestrian and morally corrupt like Kanhaiyya Kumar, who initially wanted to contest 2019 election on RJD ticket but Lalu rightly thought he is worthless a nut.

Chandrashekar was academically bright. He left prestigious National Defence Academy (NDA) to pursue his passion, Politics. He is considered to be the most popular student union President JNU ever had. The AISA (All India Students’ Association), which wins JNU election almost every year, was almost single-handedly built by him.

After JNU, he moved to his home district Siwan in Biahr with the intention of working on the ground. He soon became too much of nuisance for the then Bihar CM and messiah of secularism Lalu Yadav. On 31 March 1997, he was assassinated by sharpshooters of RJD Bahubali Mohammad Shahabuddin, while addressing street corner meetings in Siwan.

After his assassination, the CPI (ML) alleged, “Several of our leaders and party workers have been murdered so far. Shahabuddin is the architect of the murder of Shyam Narayan and Chandrashekhar. Our party workers, who were present at the site of the murder, have identified the killers. They were Shahabuddin’s men.”

Ever agitated JNU students marched to Delhi’s Bihar Niwas and demanded Lalu Yadav speak to them. Police greeted them with bullets. Fascist BJP uses water cannons. What a demon BJP really is.A compensation of one lakh rupees was offered to the Prasad’s mother by the then PM of India I.K. Gujral, but she turned down the offer saying, “It will be an insult to accept money in exchange for my son. I curse those who have put a cost on my son’s life.” Mothers know no politics.

Not everyone though. Rohith Vemula’s mother alleged that Muslim League failed on Rs 20 lakh promise and said one of the two cheques she received bounced. But why should Muslim League pay her? What was their interest? We would never know.

But these minor issues of self-respect and honour never tend to bother modern Communists, who now crib that RJD did not give them enough seats or else they would have performed better.But what ideologically committed individual like Chandrashekar did was he sowed seed of Communism in masses and party is reaping benefits almost 23 years later in alliance with his killers, RJD. Small compromise to make for power, perhaps not a compromise at all.

Did Muslims vote for BJP in Bihar – An Analysis by Vishnu Prasad

Muslims voted for BJP in BIhar – A myth challenged – An Analysis by Vishnu Prasad

“For the first time since 2002, Muslims rallied behind BJP”, screaming Media for the last few days. Will BJP learn its lessons? Questions analysts after the triumph in Bihar . BJP needs a Vajpayee and a Nitish, not Modi, laments the anchors. And the poor reader taken for a ride and started believing that BJP should change, should leave Modi behind and embrace Nitish for success. But a deeper insight into the results will astonish anyone and espouse the fact that it was not Nitish’s sort of Victory, but it was Modi’s indeed.

Since some in the group raised their eyebrows about ballyhoo of the media, I felt like taking a look into it and here is my take.

I took 54 Muslim influenced constituencies in which Muslim voters exceeded 20% and tried to analyze in which way these Muslims voted. I tried to figure out that did Muslims really vote for Nitish?
( Data in link below)
Bihar Election data 2010

Did Nitish Charisma really helped BJP pulling miraculous victories in these Muslim majority constituencies?

Or, Is it the underground polarization of Hindus against Muslims in the wake of Prince Rahul gandhi’s uncalled for statements equating RSS with SIMI just a week ahead of Polls?

One has to analyze the data keeping the backdrop of the elections that were held in the wake of Ayodhya verdict, Congress’ blatant siding with Muslims and Targeting RSS amongst many others.

Here are my findings

1.Of these 54 constituencies, BJP contested in 32 and won a whopping 29 as against those of JDU’s 12 out of a total contested 22.

2.Of those 29, in 16 seats BJP won against Muslim candidates and 15 of those candidates were Hindus. The only Muslim candidate won from Amour, which is 75% Muslims and here too the margin of victory when put against the combined LJP-Congress duo, is a mere 2000 votes. ( Yet this can be an exception to my claim)

3.in all the three seats where BJP lost, BJP lost to Muslim candidates and all those defeated were Hindus. And all these three constituencies have more than 45% Muslim votes. Interestingly, in Kishangunj,where Muslims are 65%, BJP lost by a mere 244 votes and amassed the votes almost equal to polled Hindu votes ( proportionately calculated) and 65% Muslim votes seem to be exactly got divided between Congress and RJD.

4.On the other hand, look at the fate of the Nitish led JDU. JDU has lost 10 out of 22 seats contested. More interesting is the way it lost. Of the 10 seats it lost, it lost 5 seats to Muslim candidates.

5. In another 4 seats it lost, JDU fielded muslim candidates keeping the demography in view but surprisingly lost to Hindu candidates.

What do these results suggest? One plausible explanation could be that Hindu vote bank got consolidated while Muslims were confused and scattered between Congress and RJD but surely not rallied behind BJP, and definitely not behind Nitish as claimed by the secular media. But unfortunately our minds have been so trained that we could not dare to imagine that Hindu vote bank could be consolidated and throw the mlechha out.

True , development could have been one, in fact the biggest, factor but never undermine the undercurrent of Hindu renaissance. To me , Bihari voter has categorically answered the secular media and secular leaders too, with one go. Enough of belittling Hindu cause, Hindu leaders and Hindu organizations.

With their voice loud and clear, They avowed “What if you don’t welcome Shri Narendra Modiji, we do.”

I hope Nitish and secular media listening.