The CPM, CPI and CPI-ML, three of India's major communist parties, have joined the Grand Alliance with RJD and Congress to take on the JD(U)-led NDA in Bihar. Tejashwi Yadav's RJD has been lenient to the Left parties giving them 29 seats despite their dwindling presence in the country. While some say it is a poor gamble, others say the alliance will reap great dividends from it on the day of counting.
The ruling LDF will field six sitting MPs and six MLAs in the coming Parliament elections. On Saturday, the CPM officially brought out its list of 16 candidates, including two women. The CPI has already declared its list of four candidates with two MLAs.
In 70 years, only 8 women from Kerala have tasted Lok Sabha election triumph till date. This comes in spite of the fact that the southern state always has had more women voters than men. Though left can boast of having sent most of them to the Parliament, the gender divide in electoral representation remains huge in the "progressive" state.
For perhaps the first ever time in its history, party general secretary did not pilot the draft political resolution at its party congress. Instead of general secretary Sitaram Yechury, his predecessor and hawk Prakash Karat presented the draft on the first day of the congress
The Bharatiya Janata Party along with its partner, IPFT, pulled off a historic victory to storm to power in Tripura, sweeping 43 of the 59 seats and ousting the Left Front that had ruled for 25 years.