Elections to the Delhi Assembly have been announced. These elections take place at a time when people are facing very difficult conditions as prices of the most essential commodities are escalating and essential services such as education, health and housing are unaffordable and beyond their reach. The Congress and BJP have launched their campaigns, making tall promises to the electorate that all these problems will come to an end “if you vote our party to power”!
The people of Delhi, just like in every other state, aspire for change that will better their conditions. But these elections cannot bring about the desired change. The political and economic system runs in the interest of the monopolies and finance capitalists - Indian and foreign, biggest landlords, speculators and hoarders, who are enriching themselves at the cost of the well being of the people. It will be the same whichever of the parties come to power within this system.
People are fed up with a system where they have no say. More and more, they are recognising the necessity for a fundamental change in this system. They are refusing to accept that two-timing parties should rule in their name but work in the interest of bourgeoisie. People want to become the rulers themselves. The CGPI has been working to forge the unity of the people around a program for a thoroughgoing change in the system so that people actually become the rulers..
Elections today are used by the ruling class to impose divisive politics and diversionary issues among the people. To the contrary, the working class and its party uses the electoral arena to build and consolidate the unity of the working people, where they live and work, around their common interests.
The Communist Ghadar Party of India participates in elections to expose the flaws in the political process and agitate for fundamental changes. We make such exposure a part of our constant work. We are agitating for thoroughgoing changes in the political process so as to vest supreme power in the hands of the people and not in any political party or a coalition of parties. We have raised the question: why should the people of India not elect a new Constituent Assembly to formulate a new Constitution that will enable the people to bring about fundamental changes in the political and economic system of our country that will work in the interest of the majority of people?
As in previous elections, the CGPI will use the occasion of elections in Delhi to extend the reach of the political agenda of the working class. We will utilise the electoral arena as a responsible political party of the working class, to put forward our analysis of what is the problem with Indian society and what needs to be done to solve it. We will support election campaigns that spread the message that the need of the hour is to halt the capitalist offensive, renew the system of democracy, and reorient the economy to provide for all. We will render our full support to politicians of the working class and peasantry, who will fight uncompromisingly against the programme of privatisation, and for a programme that will ensure that the orientation of the economy is to provide for all. .
CGPI is happy to announce that in the ensuing elections to the Delhi Assembly, we will extend full support to the campaigns of five candidates sponsored by the Lok Raj Sangathan in different constituencies of Delhi. LRS is a political organisation committed to the creation of a new political system in which people will wield and exercise power. Lok Raj Sangathan has put forward a people’s agenda for political reforms, for which it has been agitating since its founding. We are presenting the common platform of these 5 candidates, as well as their profile, below.