(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
December 16, 2012
CPI(M) Conducts Two Day
Picketings in AP
anger against the burdens being heaped on them in the form
of higher power
tariffs and cut backs in subsidies found resonant expression
during the 48 hour
long picketing of district collectorate offices by CPI(M).
Thousands of people
picketed the collectorate offices right in the morning
office hours on December
10 and 11, leading to closure of the offices for some time.
In few places, the
police resorted to brutal lathicharge, injuring scores of
Karimnagar, one activist was seriously injured on the head
while in Nizamabad,
limbs of two activists were broken and they had to be
central committee member
Over five thousand Party activists, including top state leadership, were arrested by the police in these two days of protests. Such massive protests on people’s issues across the length and breadth of the state has occurred after a long time. The state is being crisscrossed by leaders of TDP, YSRCP and Congress hurling abuses at each other and raking up non-issues. The media too has only highlighted these superficial controversies rather than the struggles at ground level. The brutality of police action in many districts showed the jittery reaction of the ruling party at the growing anger of people being channelised into organised protests.
CPI(M) state committee had identified issues such as severe
power cuts, burden
of fuel surcharge adjustment on power consumers, payment of
contract workers issues, lacunae in construction of
Indiramma houses, pensions,
cuts in subsidies etc and called for two day picketing to
protest against the
state government’s apathy in solving pressing issues facing
Speaking to media persons before being arrested by the
police in front of
The CPI(M) state committee in a statement strongly condemned the high handed behaviour of the police in many districts during the picketing. Using brutal force on peacefully protesting activists was reprehensible, it stated. Over seven activists were injured in the lathicharge in Karimnagar, including three whose heads were broken. It warned the government about intensifying these protests in the coming period.