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Left score big in Bihar election

According to Election Commission of India data the Left parties won 16 seats out of the 29 contested

Eastern Times, New Delhi : Every time the ballot boxes were opened the Left saw red. Abject failure. That had been the story for Left parties election after election in recent times.

But that picture has now changed. Thanks to the Left’s impressive showing in Bihar election. Outside of West Bengal, Kerala and Tripura this is the first time Left parties won so many seats in the past two decades.

Till late Tuesday night the final results of the Bihar assembly election were still to be declared. However, according to Election Commission of India data the Left parties won 16 seats out of the 29 contested. And among the Left the star that shone brightest is Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) Liberation — CPI (ML) Liberation. Of the 19 assembly seats it contested, CPI (ML) Liberation has won 12.

CPI and CPI (M) have won two seats each.

The Left parties stunning show in the just-concluded Bihar assembly election will bring them back into mainstream political discourse. Over the years the Left parties heft in Bihar has waned. In 2010 CPI managed to win a solitary seat, in 2015 CPI (ML) won three.

Considering that Congress won only 20 of the 70 seats it contested, the Left’s performance is indeed food for thought.

“If we had been given more seats in the Mahagathbandhan the results could have been better,” said Avdesh Kumar Sinha, CPI (M) Bihar state secretary.


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