People's Democracy

(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)


Vol. XXXIV

No. 14

April 04, 2010

MADHYA PRADESH

 

CPI(M) Holds Conference of Displaced People

 

Vinay Dwivedi

 

THE Communist Party of India (Marxist) announced during a one day state conference of victims of displacement held in Neelam Park of Bhopal on  March 27, 2010,  that it would launch a jail bharo agitation at district level and divisional level respectively on April 8 and April 26 against forceful land acquisition and displacement of farmers and tribals in Madhya Pradesh.

“We will intensify our agitation both in divisions and districts on the issue of ousters and displacement due to forceful land acquisition and also take out a 15-day march in the displaced affected areas,” said CPI (M) state secretary Badal Saroj. Addressing the second state conference Saroj also said the chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is avoiding to meet the CPI (M) delegation for over last six months.

The chief minister is not courteous enough to give time to a national level political party’s delegation to discuss the issue of land grabbing which is unprecedented and did not happen even during emergency period. He is avoiding us because without his consent such a large scale illegal land grabbing and scam is not possible, Saroj said. He further added that the chief minister of this state is inviting investors from all over the world but rejecting the demands of real dwellers of this state.

The state committee of CPI(M) gave a 15-point memorandum to the governor, chief minister and state’s revenue minister demanding a probe into the alleged displacements. It should be noted that CPI(M) is leading the struggle for last two and a half years in Singrouli and long padyatras were organised on this issue.

The BJP led state government gravely distorted the historic act of giving land to tribals passed in parliament due to left intervention. The numbers of rejected applications of tribals were highest in the state.

Large number of displaced villagers, farmers and tribals from Satna, (Lilji dam area), Singrauli, Morena, Rewa, Umariya, Anuppur, Narsinghpur, Khandwa and Khargone gathered at Neelam park in the city to narrate their ordeal of displacement from their land. “We have been living in Lilji dam area for decades, we have been forcefully removed from our lands as the local administration fudged land revenue records, making it easier for them to throw us out,” a group of villagers from Satna said.

The conference was addressed by Ramnarayan Kurariya, state general secretary of Kisan Sabha, Neena Sharma, state general secretary of  All India Democratic Women’s Association, Pramod Pradhan, state general secretary of Centre of Indian Trade Unions, Girijesh Sengar, state general secretary of Democratic Youth Federation of India, Ashopk Tiwari, Ramayan Pandey and Brij kishore Dwivedi of CPI(M), Veerendra Singh, leader of Lilji dam movement, Rohit Tiwari, JP Cement displacement victim Ramjeet Patel, KK Shukla, Kisan leader Gayaram Singh Dhakad, PN Mahor, Kallaram Kushwah and Bhaialal Tripathi , tribal leader Buddhasen Singh Gond, Baljeet Singh Gond, CITU leader AT Padmanabhan and P N Verma.

The speakers who gave their full support to the conference and the struggle of the farmers under the leadership of CPI(M) were Guljar Singh Markam, state president of Gondwana Mukti Sena, Suryabhan Singh Patel, state president of Apna Dal and Kunwar Singh, state president of Lok Janshakti Party.

The CPI (M) has demanded that instead of providing free land to industrialists it should be given to rightful claimants by initiating land reform in the state.

Demanding a probe into the business of illegal land acquisition, the Party said that both administration and industrial houses were hand-in-gloves to grab farm land for setting up cement and power plants and those involved in it should be prosecuted.

 

Major Demands

Instead of agricultural land, non-farm and barren land should be given for industrialisation