Left parties eyeing their share in Delhi assembly polls

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Left parties positive of Delhi polls
New Delhi, Nov 23: The battle among the Congress, BJP and AAP in the December 4 assembly elections might be hogging limelight but there are other players too trying to make their presence felt in the Delhi's political landscape.

Three Left parties CPI, CPI(M) and Forward Block have decided to jointly fight the polls in 19 constituencies while CPI(ML) has fielded candidates in four seats.

The CPI has fielded candidates in 10 seats while CPI(M) and Forward Block are contesting in three and two constituencies respectively. The Samajwadi Party has put up candidates in 27 seats, BSP in 69 seats and NCP is fighting the polls in nine seats. The Left parties said they are going by the 'slow and steady wins the race' mantra while focusing on issues which they say have been ignored to an extent by other parties.

CPI (M): We don't have poll manifestos like Congress or BJP

"We don't have poll manifestos like Congress or BJP which are full of unrealistic claims. We are focusing on very basic issues," says Vijender Sharma, Delhi state secretariat member of CPI (M).

The party is contesting from Karawal Nagar, Shahdra and Dwarka. It did not contest in the 2008 assembly polls. The issues that CPI(M) is raising include food security, rights of working class and implementation of minimum wages. "Parties are not formed in a day, they are evolved over a period of time. We have been campaigning for three years. If we win in the constituencies we are contesting, we will get some representation in the assembly which will give us opportunity to raise our voice," he says.

The constituencies in which CPI fielded candidates include Narela, Timarpur, Mangolpuri, Palam, Chhatarpur, Trilokpuri, Patparganj, Seemapuri and Babarpur.

In 2008 assembly polls, the party had fielded candidates in six constituencies. Dinesh Varshney, CPI's Delhi State council assistant secretary, said his party is focussing on high power tariff, scarcity of water and other key issues. He said CPI will also raise the issue of inflated electricity bills and government's "failure" to put in place a transparent "billing mechanism".

PTI

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