People's Democracy

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


No. 31

July 31, 2011


CPI(M) Objects to HM Remarks


Below we reproduce the full text of the letter written by CPI(M) Andhra Pradesh state secretary B V Raghavulu to union home minister P Chidambaram on July 27, 2011 objecting to the remarks he made about CPI(M) in the context of Telangana issue:


YOUR comments regarding political parties in Andhra Pradesh have been widely reported in today’s print and electronic media. You have stated “There is a special situation in Andhra Pradesh today. All political parties are split down the middle. Congress, Telugu Desam, CPI, CPI(M) – all are split. Only BJP, with a mere two members in the assembly, is an exception”.


You very well know the stand of our Party on this issue. Our central committee has given its opinion in writing to Pranab Mukherjee committee. We have reiterated our opinion in the two all party meetings in your presence. Despite knowing of CPI(M)’s stand in favour of maintaining the integrated state, you have made these latest remarks. We strongly object to this and are forced to feel that you have made these remarks intentionally in order to create confusion.


You and the central government are fully responsible for the uncertain situation prevailing in the state today. Seven months have passed since Justice Srikrishna Committee has submitted its report. Without resolving the issue of division or integrated state, the centre is dragging its feet and putting the blame on political parties in the state. This is harming the development of the state.  There is a real danger of progress of the state falling behind by decades. Governance has been paralysed. There is no one to listen to people’s woes.


We demand that at least now the centre must take steps to resolve the issue without wasting further time.