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When Marxists invoke God

LEADERS AND activists of the Left parties are known for their disbelief in religious faiths.

So, religion seldom figures in their speeches. But, the utterances of a senior Communist leader about God's verdict in the recent polls seemed interesting. The Communist Party of India(Marxist) State secretary, B.V. Raghavulu, the other day, explained to audiences at a public meeting in Vijayawada that "God was unwilling to let the Bharatiya Janata Party win the elections.'' The reason: the "communal'' agenda being followed by the BJP and its leaders kept people off the religious places rather than attracting them.

"Naturally, god is peeved over the drop in the hundi collections and decided that the BJP should not come to power,'' he said. To illustrate his claim, the CPI(M) leader cited the BJP's defeat in all the religious places including Ayodhya, the party's poll buzzword, Tirupati and even Vijayawada.

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THERE WAS a sea change in the scenario at the municipal guest house.

The guest house which was being run on the lines of a star hotel witnessed huge crowds which behaved just short of being termed `unruly'.

Congress activists and followers of the Municipal Administration Minister, Koneru Ranga Rao, took over the place and occupied every room and lobby forcing visitors to sit on whatever they could find.

A scribe plonked himself on the dining table in the room adjoining the guest house kitchen. He was, however, offended when the guest house manager asked him to get down. Realising that he offended the journalist, the manager explained that one table was already broken when people sat on it and that he was not ready to take chances with the second. The erstwhile TDP Government managed public property like a business corporation. Only time will tell if the Congress Government does it differently.

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CAN A motorcycle be on duty? Why not, if a cop wants? Constables gathered at the Ryve's canal bund the other day when the authorities of Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) wanted to evict the dwellers there. This attempt of the officials kicked off a row. The police were as usual called in. They did their duty too. But, with a view to keeping the situation under control, the police officials posted a few constables on duty there. Maybe, one of them was so confident about the virtual strength of his lathi and p-cap. He adorned his motorcycle with his "ornaments'' and began relaxing. After all, only these two endow the cops with unwritten power. So, why not his bike?

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THE ADDITIONAL Superintendents of Police on special duties as OSDs could very soon find themselves called by a different name as the Government is reportedly considering renaming the posts as it had taken a soft step forward towards resolving the naxalism.

There were rumours that the posts could be completely abolished, but with no concrete outcome on the naxalite front such move does not seem to be on the minds of those matter in the Government, but a rechristening could happen very soon to provide a sober image to the post.

The Government announced a ceasefire with the naxalites for three months, and everything seems to be falling in line and suddenly there are two surrenders from among the woman naxalites in the district in the past one week. The grassroots-level constables have been shifted from the difficult terrains to urban areas and even those kept there are cooling their hooves with not much of violent activity in the past one week. The preparedness of the police force is, however, at its best to face any eventuality in Palnadu.

and Ramesh Susarla in Guntur

By M. Rajeev, G.V. Ramana Rao, A. Saye Sekhar in Vijayawada and Ramesh Susarla in Guntur

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