Call for Delhi election

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Residents of Delhi,

Elections to the Delhi Assembly will be held on 4th December 2013. We call on you to exercise the option of None Of The Above (NOTA) by pressing the last button on the voting machine thereby making clear your rejection of the corrupt and anti-people parliamentary parties. This right of the voters has been incorporated into the machine itself this time by the Supreme Court sensing the anger of the people.  Rulers know clearly that people are rapidly giving up on them all. As is obvious, it is extremely difficult for pro-people political parties which actually rely on common people for finances to take part. Huge money and corporate media have big influence. The Election Commission ignores the use of both.

What are the options before the people of Delhi? Are they to vote for the Congress? The Congress ruling Delhi for the past fifteen years, which privatized electricity assuring citizens it was for their convenience. Gradually electricity has been made so expensive for the benefit of the corporate supplying it. Isn’t it trying the same with Jal Board? The Congress and its Chief Minister are not responsible for anything that happens in the city- not for security of women on the streets because policing is under the Home Ministry, not for adequate street lighting because that’s the Corporation’s job, not for rising prices of food because that’s for the Central Govt to look after, not for children falling ill after midday meals in govt schools because food is provided for by various NGOs, not for the streets overflowing with water during rains leading to traffic getting stuck because for that God is responsible. The Delhi Govt does nothing to control the escalating fees of private schools nor ensures that all children get a seat in a school, not even those looking for govt school education. Seats for higher education are denied to the vast majority of students passing out of Delhi’s schools with high marks. The Delhi Govt does nothing. Higher education has rapidly been commercialized in the city; even the Delhi Govt’s colleges charge high fees. Labour laws are not implemented in this city, not even those pertaining to industrial safety. Several workers have been thus killed. In the recent case in Raghubir Nagar six workmen have been burnt to death several being women. Then what is the Congress doing with its rule from Vidhan Sabha? Huge scams in the Commonwealth Games. Eating up the floodplains of the Yamuna by legalizing illegal constructions, suffocating the river. Shiela Dixit uses it to air her regressive views on women who work late into the night. It is used to diefy the policemen in the Jamia fake encounter case where, despite the widespread demand of democratic organizations and the struggle for a judicial enquiry, the Cong led Central Govt simply refused it.

Or are the people of Delhi to vote for the BJP?  Two parties, one policy. The Congress demands chemical castration, the BJP hanging in aggravated rapes; neither are with the protestors of Delhi in demanding speedy just trials and surety of convictions. State Govts run by both also do not ensure these nor security to women, but that doesn’t stop them from raising fascist solutions to impress how concerned they are about women. Congress organizes genocide of Sikhs in Delhi and criticizes anti-minority mayhem in Gujarat, the BJP vice versa. The policy of both these parties is that all people oriented services-water, electricity, food, education, health should be privatized and commercialized. Role of govts should be of awarding contracts and pocketing bribes. There should be no answerability towards and responsibility to the people.

The AAP Party, newly arrived on the electoral scene, describes itself as a ‘different‘. Different it is in that it proudly acclaims that big corporate are among its major donors for its electoral campaign. It is no different in its subservience to these interests. The other parliamentary parties are also given funds by the very same corporate like Jindal, Vedanta (whom the peoples movement has chased out of Niyamgiri) but do not acknowledge it. Thus  what will AAP do to ensure labour law implementation in this industrial city of Delhi, will it enforce industrial safety and will it enforce contract labour laws when all corporate rely on the exploitation of this labour? AAP party and Arvind Kejriwal do not speak of such issues. They do not give their opinion of commercialization of education and health in this city. They woo the middle class youth by organizing the electoral campaign along professional lines, intense use of social media, capitalization on the legacy of the people’s movement against corruption while ensuring that the entire movement has been diverted to electoral track much to the satisfaction and relief of the corporate. Does a party prove itself non-corrupt just because it acknowledges the source of its funding? No, because the issue is not of just ‘clean’ people but of clean politics. Is this possible without a change in policies? They claim to fight corruption without rejecting the policies which are its fountainhead. Kejriwal and his party do not speak of reorienting the pro-capitalist labour machinery of the city. Leaders of BJP and other parties who did not get tickets from their parties have joined AAP-do they enter the ranks of non-corrupt just by joining AAP?

Other parties-SP, BSP, CPM, CPI etc. are fighting on some or all seats in Delhi. None of them have any basic difference in policies as is clear from the policies they follow in the states they rule or ruled nor do they have any alternate vision for the city or its people. Look at the experiences of those other states and think, do you want to choose any of those options? The dalit upliftment of the BSP is clear from the experience of UP where its Govt ruled earlier. It maintains great distance from the first recommendation of the Mandal Commision that of radical land reforms. A poor, helpless woman servant is killed in a BSP MP’s residence and he is accused of helping hide the murder. Till date the BSP has taken no action against him.

Friends, see the state of the majority people of this city. What jobs there are  are  on contract and are temporary, price rise is steep and govts show no interest in reining them in nor are other parties making too much of an issue of it. Wages purchase less and less, the common youth and students of Delhi are on the streets and only English speaking elite youth are getting jobs. There is increasing violence against women and decreasing attention to it by the Govt. There is unrestricted entry of vulgar imperialist culture into the city, contractual jobs are on the rise even in govt. sector and even they are not able to get their rights. The real reason for this is that in the past 66 years India has been ruled by those ruling classes whom Bhagat Singh described as ‘black englishmen’. They worry about the interests of MNCs, of big corporate, of their own commissions through the sale of India and her wealth but not about the welfare of the people. Only a revolutionary change is the way out for India and her people and for that the forces of new democratic revolution should be strengthened.

Even the smallest problems of the people are not heeded to without struggles. Look at these elections as a struggle too and press the lowest button-the NOTA button. Make clear your anger, your rejection of these parties. When govts are made in a mileu of heavily reduced total votes there will be a moral defeat for the rulers and they will also learn to fear people’s anger.

Reject All These Anti people Parties in Delhi Election.

Press the last button on the voting machine.

 Delhi Committee



Displacement of Muslim and SP govt.

Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist)-New Democracy

Mulayam Singh Yadav graced Talkatora Stadium for the Convention Against Communalism. Even though convened by parliamentary Left parties, he did not leave anybody in doubt as to who was the master of ceremonies as he rose to ask his supporters not to leave the venue after his address which was threatening to almost empty the Stadium. But more amazing was the feat of these Left parties who did not even press him for announcing the time line by which his party’s Govt. would ensure that all Muslims forced out by violence orchestrated by Sangh Parivar and assisted by SP led Govt. would be able to go back to their homes. But Mulayam Singh does not want to send them back to their villages at all. It is time that parties are judged by their deeds. This certification office of secular parties which is but a euphemism for doles of seats by the powerful regional satraps, should be closed. What justification could there be for the presence of AIADMK which did not and does not mince words as to where their sympathies lay in the political spectrum of the country.

But let us stay with Samajwadi Party of Mulayam Singh. Its UP Govt. announced a compensation of Rs. 5 lakh for those who suffered damage and were displaced due to this violence. Every applicant has to give an affidavit to receive the compensation amount. The terms of this affidavit are quite eye opening. Let us see a few:

5. That myself and members of my family have come leaving our village and home being terrorized due to violent incidents in Kutba village and we will not now return to our original villageand home under any circumstances.

7. That the lumpsum financial help being given for my family by the Govt. will only be used by me to rehabilitate my family . By this money I will live with my family voluntarily arranging for residence at appropriate place elsewhere.

8. That in the condition of receiving lumpsum financial help amount, myself or members of my family will not demand compensation relating to any damage to any immovable property in my village or elsewhere.

(These are conditions in the affidavit to be submitted for receiving the aforesaid compensation, italics have been added.)

Do these conditions not make clear what SP Govt. is trying to do? It wants to rob Muslims of their property in lieu of the compensation amount. All justice loving secular people want to see the displaced Muslims return to their villages and expect the Govt. to create conditions for their safe return and safety of life and property for minority community. But SP Govt. has other designs. They want that these Muslims should never go back to their villages and homes, should arrange for their residence elsewhere and not even demand any compensation or proprietorship in case their immovable properties, lands and houses are occupied by others. Is it not clear that what SP Govt. is doing is to change the demography of these villages and rob Muslims of their property taking advantage of the dire straits in which they have been thrown by violence unleashed against them. In the process more Muslim ghettos will be created but their votes will remain, their only use for SP like parties.

For how long will these communal conspiracies be tolerated in the name of secularism? Who will forget Congress contending with BJP in fomenting Hindu communalism which culminated in the destruction of Babri Masjid? Will no lessons be learnt from history or people will be forced to live it repeatedly. In fact no ruling class party is truly secular. They are only divided among themselves whether they need Muslim votes for their games or not? It is time that those who claim to be secular give up lure of petty parliamentary gains and stand up to the machinations of the ruling classes who are bent on foisting on this country unabashed service to corporate interests. For this they push Hindu communal agenda, their Gujarat model of development pushing the poor to the margins and minorities out of the picture.

Build a powerful movement against communal frenzy being let loose. Let the perpetual search of lesser attacker not condition this agenda. Let those who genuinely stand for composite culture and shared aspirations stand up and be counted.

November 8, 2013