(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
February 26, 2012
ANDHRA PRADESH NEWSLETTER
Left Parties Call for
Statewide Bandh on Feb 28
THE Left parties in Andhra Pradesh have given a call to the people of the state to observe a complete bandh on February 28, the day on which several trade unions and other mass organizations have called for a nationwide general strike.
A meeting of the 11 Left
the state was held at Sundarayya Vignan Kendram,
The Left parties underlined that the general strike is not undertaken only on the issues of the employees and the workers; but on the issues concerning all sections of the people in the society. This bandh is meant to oppose the neo-liberal policies of the central and the state governments and as well the World Bank-dictated reforms, the resolution emphasised.
This meeting held under
chairmanship of the CPI-ML (Liberation) state secretary,
Speaking on the occasion, Raghavulu said that when the working class is on the path of struggle, the political parties should stand by them. The situation of the working class in AP is pitiable. In the name of providing new jobs, the state government is trying to remove the long serving contract workers in order to provide those jobs to new people. All sections of the people, including the employees of the 104, 108 ambulance and health services and the junior doctors are under a spell of insecurity. The politicians and the bureaucrats are indulging in the loot of mineral resources while the government is surviving on the liquor money. He condemned the diversion of the SC, ST Sub Plan funds. When the struggles are being held isolatedly, this government is indulging in oppression as seen in police firing on farmers agitating against takeover of their lands. Therefore united struggles are a necessity, he explained. He requested the organisations of the students, women, youth, artisans, dalits and the backward class people to come together into the struggles on their issues.
CPI state secretary K Narayana said that the state government is trying to raise the electricity charges in the guise of the regulatory authority. It is also mulling hike in water charges too, which is a social responsibility of the government to provide. He charged that the state is being run by the land and liquor mafias and the government is taking all pains to save those mafias. The bandh call is required to force this government to act in the interests of people, he said. All the speakers, who spoke at the meeting explained the need for the unity of the working class and appealed for making the general strike a grand success.CPI(M) state secretariat member Y Venkateswara Raoinvited the speakers on to the dais while CPI Hyderabad district secretary V S Bosedelivered the vote of thanks.
Meanwhile, a round table meeting of agricultural workers unions also supported the bandh call and called upon the peasantry to raise their demands by participating in the strike. The unions demanded that the employment guarantee wage should be increased to Rs 200; supply of 35 kg of rice per month to every poor family in the state along with the distribution of 14 kinds of daily necessities through the PDS; the amount in all kinds of pensions provided to the poor people must be raised to Rs 2000 etc.
CPI(M) FIELDS THREE
CANDIDATES IN BYPOLLS
The CPI(M) has decided to contest three assembly seats out of the seven that are going for bye-elections on March 18. Six out of the seven seats are in Telangana and the election has been necessitated due to the resignations of sitting MLAs citing Telangana statehood cause. One seat, Kovur, is in coastal Andhra.
The CPI(M) has fielded candidates in Daida Elishan in Station Ghanpur, Lanka Raghavulu in Adilabad constituencies in Telangana region and J Venkama Raju in Kovur constituency. The Party is fighting the polls independently and without any understanding with any of the bourgeois parties. It has appealed for support from other Left parties.
WORKING CLASS LEADER
COMRADE V SRIHARI EXPIRES
trade union and CPI(M) leader passed away on February 14, 2012 at the
Comrade Srihari was born
orthodox family at the Pellakuru village of the Prakasam district to
parents of Velagapudi Krishna Murthy and Rukminamma as the third child
family. While studying graduation, he became active in the student
and was attracted to the ideals of the Communist party. After the
joined the state electricity department as an employee. Later on during
elections of 1962, he gave an anti-government speech in a public
Pedapavani village of the Kavali rural mandal, which cost him his job.
joined the CPI(M) in 1964 and remained loyal to the ideology of the
when many comrades and cadres in the
CPI(M) Polit Bureau member B V Raghavulu expressed his deep condolences at the demise of Comrade Srihari. Paying homage, he said that Comrade Srihari had dedicated his entire life for the sake of the welfare of the working class and the toiling masses. He contributed to the Party not only as the leader of the trade union, but also as a writer, intellectual and the literary person too.
CITU state committee also mourned the loss of Comrade Srihari.
CPI(M) LEADER P MADHU
CPI(M) Central Committee
member and former MP, P Madhu, was
attacked by MIM party goons in the old city of
Madhu had gone to visit the bereaved family members of a person Mohd Aqeel who had committed suicide due to harassment of local police in Bhavinipuram area of the old city. The deceased was resisting the atrocities of the Majlis Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) in the area. When Madhu reached the place in the morning to console the family, local Yakatpura MLA belonging to MIM, Mumtaz Khan and local MIM corporator, Wajid Ali personally led a mob of goons and attacked the CPI(M) leader and cadre. They dispersed after the delayed reaction of the police.
Speaking to mediapersons after the attack, Madhu condemned the hooliganism of MIM and warned that old city is not their fiefdom. With the ruling Congress depending on MIM support for numbers in the state assembly, their atrocities in the old city are reaching a peak, he charged. He said the police therefore did not bother to prevent the attack.
It may be recalled that
activity of the CPI(M) in the old city of
CPI(M) state secretary B V Raghavulu strongly condemned the attack on P Madhu and demanded that the police arrest the MIM MLA and corporator involved in the attack. He alleged that the people of old city are reeling under the growing atrocities of MIM. Raghavulu visited Madhu in Osmania hospital.