People's Democracy(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
October 05, 2003
Campaign Receives Encouraging Response
state secretariat and state committee did the necessary planning to run the
CPI(M)ís August campaign as was called for by the Central Committee. There was
planning about the details for each district committee, about the number of
group meetings, street meetings culminating in rallies and at least one big mass
meeting in each district.
Sabarkantha, there was unprecedented
response. On August 29, there was a mass meeting at Bhiloda in the district,
where people reached from Khedbrahma, Vijayanagar, Malpur, Modasa etc, on foot
as well as by tempos, trucks, tractors, jeeps and state transport buses.
biggest chunks were especially from Idar and other nearby areas adjoining
Bhiloda. Considerable numbers also came from Bamna, Bhatera, Vansol, Raypur,
Saradi Limbadi and Ramela where the campaign had been on since August 16.
jatha of 25 comrades, that preceded the Bhiloda rally, was given receptions and
public meetings were held at Punasan, Djulera, Vatadi, Haripura, Hathrol, Kali
Dungari, Nandoj and Mogari.
all, 60 villages were covered before reaching Bhiloda. Khed Brahmaís singing
group of Dayalgaon rendered militant songs during the whole programme. State
CPI(M) secretary Arun Mehta gave a picture of the campaign as a whole in the
and Rajkot, two major centres in Rajkot
district, witnessed a splendid campaign. In Rajkot, on August 27, a public
meeting was jointly organised by the CPI(M) and NCP. Main leaders to address it
were Sudhirbhai Joshi of NCP and Arun Mehta and Ramchadran of the CPI(M). The
meeting was preceded by a procession that started from Millpara Main Road and
moved through Bhootkhana Chowk, S T Bus Stand, R M C Chowk and Tikon Bagicha
Baroda district, jathas on foot,
cycles and jeeps covered Moonhooda, Gotri, Makarpura, Talsarivadi, Fatehpura,
Karjan, Sejakuva, Daka Padra and Bhandavada, while meetings were organised at
Makarpura and Talsari Kisanvadi. Janwadi Mahils Samiti also organised meetings
at Dabhoi, Vaghodia and Shinor. A jeep jatha from Muval covered Vishrampura,
Karnakuva, Vadu, Narsinhpura, Dabaka Davda and Mohammadpura before returning
back to Muval. The programmes took place despite very heavy rains.
Bhavnagar, 24 group meetings and
small meetings were organised, while 20,000 handbills were distributed. A unique
feature of the entire campaign was that the juniors played a significant role in
mobilizing for and conducting the campaign successfully.
Ahmedabad, on August 31 at the end of
the campaign, a procession came out from Khokhara Rohitmill compound and
culminated in a public meeting at Hatkeswer Circle where a considerable number
of people gathered.
state secretary Arun Mehta month traveled extensively through various districts
during this campaign.