Maoists Call a Complete Poll Boycott in Bihar-Jharkhand

17THMAOISTS_1847739fBIHAR-JHARKHAND BORDERS: In a forest along the Bihar-Jharkhand border: The CPI(Maoist)’s Bihar-Jharkhand Special Area Committee (BJSAC) called for a complete poll boycott at a press conference on Saturday.
Speaking to the media in an undisclosed location on the Bihar-Jharkhand border on Saturday, BJSAC spokesperson Gopalji said the government’s claim of increased voting percentage in the last Lok Sabha election “is nothing but an eyewash”.
“Elections are hardly free and fair because in the name of providing security arrangement, central paramilitary forces terrorize electors and under the shadow of guns no one can freely exercise their right to franchise,” Gopalji said as he criticized “opportunist alliances” in electoral politics.
“Even Communist parties like CPI, CPM, CPI(ML) and Marxist Coordination Committee have entered into alliance to gain seats in this pseudo-democratic system,” Gopalji said.
The BJSAC communique also slammed the tribal chief ministers in the state. “Tribal masses expected that their right to jal-jungle-zamin and tribal identity would be protected by tribal leaders, but even they started targeting tribal villages to hand over natural resources to outsiders,” the release read. Gopalji said despite Jharkhand having mineral reserves, its people are struggling for basic amenities. “Jharkhand is rich in mineral reserves and still the life of common people is miserable, the condition of people living in mineral belts is degrading whereas ministers and political masters are amassing huge wealth,” he said.
When asked whether the outfit is supporting selected leaders and parties, Gopalji said the group has issued warning against their leader whose wife is contesting election. “We are against electoral politics and have warned Manorama Devi, wife of comrade Arun, contesting election from Chatra seat on JMM ticket. Even comrade Arun has clarified that the party (Maoists) has nothing to do with his wife’s decision to contest election,” he said. Asked if Maoists were ready to take action against those joining the race, Gopal ji said that action would be political in nature. “Everyone has the right to chose political stream and our only contention is that electoral politics is unyielding,” he said.



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