The Bahujan Left Front (BLF), a joint front of 28 organisations has been formed in Telangana, representing diverse social groups and progressive parties. It is planning to contest all 119 seats in the upcoming 2019 Assembly elections in Telangana. With the ability to mobilise a wide range of social groups and channelise the discontent against ruling TRS, the BLF looks likely to pose a stiff challenge to the ruling polity in Telangana.
On Thursday, CPI(M) state secretary Tammineni Veerabhadram officially announced the formation of BLF and said that the front will be inaugurated at a public meeting in Hyderabad on January 25. The meeting will be addressed by CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury, Prakash Ambedkar and MCPI(U) leader MD Ghouse. The chairman, convener and co-convener of the new front will be announced on that day.
The front includes CPI(M), MCPI(U), Majlis Bachao Tehreek, Rajyadhikara Party among 28 organisations. While CPI, CPI(ML)and New Democracy have also been approached to join the front, their leaders are yet to confirm their intentions.
Professor Kancha Ilaiah opined that the front will bring political change in Telangana. “CPI(M) party’s initiative to unite Left and Bahujan forces will contribute to achieving the ideals of Ambedkar, Jyothiba Phule and Marx, bringing change in the state,” he said.
Tammineni Veerabhadram said that the front will be an alternative to the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi, main opposition Congress and other bourgeois parties in the state. He said that social justice and state’s development in all sectors is the main agenda of the front.
“So far, 28 organisations are part of the front and other parties which were part of various movements with us are in discussion and will be joining the front. All the previous governments have only contributed to helping the rich corporates while the poor people have been exploited and hence this alternative front is intended to work for the marginalised sections,” he said.
Earlier, CPI(M) leaders had led a five-month long Mahajana Pada Yatra covering all towns and districts in the state in order to raise people’s issues and mobilise them for struggles.