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CPI(M) launches campaign for the May 5 polls in Gulbarga

CPI(M) Politburo member M.A. Baby addressing a press conference in Gulbarga on Sunday.— Photo: Arun Kulkarni
CPI(M) Politburo member M.A. Baby addressing a press conference in Gulbarga on Sunday.— Photo: Arun Kulkarni

Politburo member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) M.A. Baby launched the party’s campaign for the May 5 Assembly polls in Gulbarga district by criticising the Union government for its failure to protect the interests of the poor.

He was speaking at V.K. Salagar village in the Gulbarga Rural segment, where State Secretariat member and president of the Karnataka Pranta Raita Sangha Maruti Manpade is contesting on the party ticket. Mr. Baby said the economic policies pursued by the UPA government had ruined the lives of the poor and the working class in the country.

He accused the BJP government in the State of “being steeped in corruption”. They have neglected the poor and the farming community, he added.

Earlier, addressing a press conference here on Sunday, Mr. Baby said that leftist parties were contesting in 30 segments.

The CPI(M) will field 16 candidates, the CPI will field eight, and the Forward Bloc will field 6, he said.

Besides this, the left parties have extended support to likeminded parties, such as the Lok Satta and Sarvodaya Party in 60 other constituencies in the State.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Manpade expressed confidence of winning the elections. The series of agitations launched by the CPI(M) and the KPRS, to protect the interests of red gram growers, and similar movements, are sure to help the party’s chances in the elections, he added.

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