As an alternative to the bourgeoisie parties, Left and Ambedkarite parties in Telangana have formed into a joint front- Bahujan Left front which will be contesting in 119 constituencies in the coming 2019 elections. The front was formally inaugurated in a public meeting today, in Hyderabad. CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury, Dalit leader Prakash Ambedkar, MCPI(U) leader MD Ghouse, Professor Kancha ilaiah participated in the inauguration of the front.
“This unity of left and bahujan forces forming as an alternative political front is a great initiative in Telangana which will be an example for the rest of the country,” Sitaram Yechury said while addressing the public gathering.
CPI(M), MCPI(U), Loksatta Party, Aam Aadmi Party, Majlis Bachao Tehreek, Rajyadhikara Party are among the 28 political organisations which are part of the front. Other left parties and Bahujan Samaj Party are yet to confirm joining the front.
Nalla Surya Prakash and Tammineni Veerabadram are elected as the president and convener respectively of the front.
“In more than three years of their rule, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi government failed to ensure the promises it made before the elections,” Tammineni Veerabhadram, CPI(M) state secretary said to Newsclick. “As a result, interests of the SCs, STs, OBCs and minorities who constitute to nearly 90 percent population in the state are neglected while elites and corporates have received many benefits from the government.”
The Bahujan Left front’s main agenda is to establish a people’s government by electing leaders from the oppressed sections.
Addressing the gathering, Veerabhadram said that the present TRS party-led government is no way different from the earlier governments led by Congress and Telugu Desam Party in the state which only served the interests of the rich.
Dalit leader Prakash Ambedkar criticized the present BJP government at the centre as promoting “Institutional corruption”. Addressing the public gathering, he said “Promising to end the corruption and bring out Black money, the BJP came to power in 2014. Instead, the government failed to so whereas with its demonetisation policy, it further contributed to the generation of Black Money.”
State Bahujan Samaj Party leader Srinivas Bahadur said that the Bahujan rule in the state can be made possible with the Bahujan Left front.