Govts fail to fulfil people's aspirations : Bhattacharya

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Patna, Mar 18 (UNI) CPI(ML) general secretary Dipankar Bhattacharya today charged the Union and Bihar Governments with failing to fulfil the aspirations of the people at large.

Speaking at a rally called ''Pol Khol Halla Bol rally'', Mr Bhattacharya said both governments had allegedly befooled the people in the name of good governence.

'' Mr Lalu Prasad, Mr Nitish Kumar and their colleagues, previously considered as heroes of the 1974 JP movement, have now become villains, '' he said and charged them with being opportunist and ''misusing'' the public mandate for their narrow political gains.

Mr Bhattacharya maintained that when Mr Nitish Kumar became the Chief Minister in 2005, he promissed land reforms and setting up of a Commission headed by D Bandhopadhyay, the man behind the successful implementation of land reforms in West Bengal.

But the government has failed to do anything substantial for the landless farmers, he stated.

Alleging that the State Government was functioning in an autocratic manner, Mr Bhattacharya, citing this year's Kahalgaon police firing and several instances of unprovoked police lathicharge, said the Chief Minister never listened to the people and was not averse to using force to silence his critics.

Reacting to the ''populist budget'' of the UPA Government, he questioned the reason for the government's failure to redress farmers' grievances during the past four years in power, and said loans amounting Rs 60,000 crore were waived after several of them had committed suicide.

'' It is basically a publicity stunt to woo the voters for next Lok Sabha election, '' he said.

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