Brinda Karat, Polit Bureau member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), toured the K.R. Puram Assembly constituency here Thursday, campaigning for party candidate Gowramma.

Addressing a gathering, she said Ms. Gowramma “represents the party’s struggle and fight against poverty”.

“The Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party have done nothing in this regard. They have together destroyed the public distribution system, and now during the elections all they have to offer is the promise of Rs. 2 a kg of rice,” Ms. Karat said.

She compared the two parties and their vision to “blinkered horses”, who only saw and took note of the corruption in the other party, conveniently ignoring the dishonesty of their own parties.

Allegiance to the rich

Besides corruption, she took on the economic policies of the two parties, who she said were busy pledging their allegiance to the rich only.

Ms. Gowramma spoke about the struggles she had undertaken for women in the area as part of her work with the All India Democratic Womens’ Association.

She has been working for decades on issues of health, sanitation and worker’s rights.

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