Patna: CPI (ML) general secretary Dipankar Bhattacharya on Tuesday said CM Nitish Kumar’s plan to convert the centenary celebration of the 1917 Champaran Satyagraha into a ‘tourist event’ would rob it of its essential spirits.
“Even today, the problem of land rights of ‘bataidars (sharecroppers)’ and homeless people have not been solved. Instead, the repression on them is still going on,” Bhattacharya said.
Bhattacharya, accompanied by CPI(ML) state secretary Kunal and politburo member Dhirendra Jha, said the state was still plagued by problems to which Mahatma had drawn attention a century ago.
Bhattacharya demanded CBI probe into political connections in the Bihar Staff Selection Commission (BSSC) question papers leak and recruitment scam as well as last year’s Intermediate toppers scam. “The one or two senior officials who have been arrested are being made scapegoats as part of the cover-up exercise, as had happened in the Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh (before the CBI took over the probe),” Bhattacharya said.
He extended his party’s support to the agitation by students of Delhi University against “ABVP goondagardi” on the campus, and added that the ongoing struggle should not be seen as a “fight between All India Students’ Association (AISA) and ABVP,” as the issues involved included “campus democracy, freedom from fear, and free speech”.
Meanwhile, it was decided at the ML’s state executive committee meet on Monday that All India Progressive Women’s Association (AIPWA) members would stage a demonstration before the state assembly on March 20, followed by the gherao of the state assembly on March 28 by Inqilabi Naujawan Sabha, and finally, a weeklong ‘satyagraha’ beginning March 25 at subdivisional headquarters on the land rights issue.