People's Democracy(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
January 04, 2004
Rashtra Rakshana Bheri
CPI(M) in Andhra Pradesh conducted Rashtra Rakshana Bheri (campaign for
defending the state), an extensive political campaign in the state with the
objective of propagating the need to save the state by defeating the TDP-BJP
combine in the forthcoming elections to the state assembly.
Jathas led by the Party’s leaders were taken out from five centres in
the state on December 16 and 17, and after covering all the districts they
culminated in Hyderabad on December 24 with a colourful rally and a public
the vigorous campaign all over the state, leaders and cadres of the Party
explained to the people the misrule of both the TDP government in the state and
the BJP-led NDA government at the centre, and the consequent need for defeating
the TDP-BJP combine at the forthcoming hustings. They also explained the need
for avoiding split in the votes of the people opposing the TDP-BJP combine and
the responsibility of the opposition parties, as well as the people, in ensuring
the same to achieve the political objective.
CPI(M) leaders and cadres also explained to the people how the Chandrababu Naidu
government was behaving like a slave of the World Bank, agreeing to and
implementing its conditionalities and their disastrous consequences, which are
extremely detrimental to larger
the issues covered during the political campaign included negligence and
failures of the Naidu government in the fields of irrigation, power, employment
generation, industrialisation etc., rampant corruption manifesting in the
umpteen scandals of the central and state governments. The campaign also
focussed how the central and state governments engulfed the economy in a crisis
through their reform process, disinvestment and privatisation of the central and
state public sector units and cooperative mills, rendering thousands of workers
and employees jobless.
asked the people to ponder over the deliberate mischief of the Naidu government
in advancing the elections, laying foundation stones and announcing pre-election
sops with a view to cheating the people, while continuing to resort to
repressive measures on their struggles on various issues.
December 16, the campaign jatha, led by K Santha Rao, state committee member of
the CPI(M), was inaugurated at Nellore by the state secretary of the Party, B V
Raghavulu, in which Jakka Venkaiah, district committee secretary and a member of
the central committee, participated.
The jatha covered Nellore, Prakasam, Guntur, Nalgonda and Rangareddy districts
before reaching Hyderabad. On the same day, the campaign jatha, led by P
Jamalayya, state committee member of the Party, and P V Srinivas, state
secretary of DYFI, was inaugurated by Ch Narasinga
Rao, state secretariat member of the CPI(M), at Sompet in Srikakulam district,
in which Choudary Tejeswara Rao, district committee secretary of the Party
participated. The jatha covered
Srikakulam, Vijayanagaram, Visakhapatnam, East Godavari, West Godavari, Krishna,
Khammam and Nalgonda districts. On
December 17, the
campaign jatha, led by Bhupal and V
Venkateswarlu, was inaugurated at Tirupati by M A Gafoor, state secretariat
member of the CPI(M), in which the district secretary of the Party, Kandarapu
Murali, participated. The jatha covered Chittoor, Cuddapah, Anantapur, Kurnool
and Mahabubnagar districts. The campaign jatha, led by S Veeraiah, state
committee member of the Party, was inaugurated in Hyderabad by Thammineni
Veerabhadram, central committee member of the CPI(M),
in which secretary of the Hyderabad city committee of the Party, P S N
Murthy, participated. This jatha covered Medak and
K Krishna Murthy, state
committee member of the Party, inaugurated the campaign jatha at Adilabad
which was led by state committee members of the Party, P Ramulu and
Bhaskar, in which the district committee secretary of the Party, Lanka Raghavulu,
participated. This jatha covered Nizamabad, Karimnagar, Warangal and
Nalgonda districts. The people, followers and sympathisers of the CPI(M)
everywhere received the leaders and jathas with special warmth and enthusiasm.
They heard the leaders with rapt attention.
mark the conclusion of the Raashtra Rakshana Bheri, a massive and colourful rally was taken out from Secunderabad
to Sundarayya Park at Baghlingampally where a public meeting was held. Raghavulu,
P Madhu, state secretariat member of the Party and other leaders who led the
jathas were in the forefront of the rally.
One of the special attractions of the rally was a fleet of decorated vehicles exposing the corrupt rule of the Naidu government, the plight of farmers, encouragement to consumption of liquor, lop-sided priorities and deteriorating law and order situation in the state with people being jailed and tortured. Artists of Praja Natya Mandali who were playing dappus and singing songs accompanied these vehicles. Two persons who were attired as demons of corruption drew a lot of attention. Women along with their kids constituted a substantial chunk in the rally, which attracted the people on both sides of the busy thoroughfares through which it passed.
flags of campaign jathas brought from different centres were received at the
venue of the public meeting by Koratala Satyanarayana,
CPI(M) Polit Bureau member, B
V Raghavulu, M V Narasimha Reddy and Mallu Swarajyam, central committee
members of the Party and M A Gafoor.
the public meeting, the leaders appealed to the people to defeat the anti-people
TDP-BJP combine in the coming elections and save the state.
who presided over the meeting, ridiculed the claims of the caretaker chief
minister, Chandrababu Naidu, that the advancement of elections was sought
because of the naxalites and the opposition parties. Blasting the allegation of
Chandrababu Naidu that the opposition parties were in collusion with the
naxalites, Koratala challenged the CM to show evidence, if any, to substantiate
the plight of the people under the TDP misrule, Raghavulu said 3,000
farmers committed suicide during the last six years in the state, with the
disastrous reforms in the
power sector being one of the contributory factors.
Though the Naidu government took loans to the tune of about Rs 45,000
crore, not even a single major irrigation project was completed. The Chandrababu government was giving a matching grant
of Rs 400 crore to the women of DWCRA groups, on the one
hand, and extracting a sum of Rs 2400 crore from their families in the
form of taxes on liquor, on the other, Raghavulu
said. Despite the government’s
claims on the progress achieved in literacy, Andhra Pradesh is still lagging
behind other states in the country, placed as it is in the 22nd rank.
The BJP-led government in the centre was continuing only because of the
opportunistic support lent to it by the TDP, Raghavulu said.
He asked why the BJP, which was now agitating on the issues of water and
land, had turned a blind eye towards those issues during the last five years.
During the recent elections, the Congress was defeated in three states simply
because its governments there had implemented the same economic policies that
were being followed by the Naidu government in AP, Raghavulu said and asked the
Congress to make its stand clear on the economic policies it would pursue in the
state if it comes to power. Instead
of quarrelling on forging electoral alliances, the opposition parties should
concentrate on avoiding split in pro-opposition votes by preventing mutual
contests in constituencies, he said.
However, he also pointed out that the Congress and the Telangana Rashtra Samithi
were not moving in that direction.
V Narasimha Reddy said Chandrababu was not paying heed to the fact that the
state could not be developed without solving the problems of land and water.
Drip and sprinkler irrigation were no solution to wet cultivation, he said and
underlined the need for creating requisite irrigation potential in the state. As
a result of the misrule of the Chandrababu government, not only the farmers but
also those who were running cottage industries were committing suicide,
Narasimha Reddy explained.
Swarajyam accused Chandrababu of mortgaging the self-respect and integrity of
the Andhra people to the World Bank. She
said Chandrababu did not belong to the Andhra nation, but to the exploiting
class in the world.
A Gafoor said the women themselves would lay the Naidu government to rest in the
forthcoming elections. He accused Chandrababu as an opportunist who turned the
Nelson’s eye towards the massacre of the minorities in Gujarat. Gafoor
criticised that Naidu was behaving like a dictator and suppressing people’s
movements in the state.