The report is on irrigation projects for eight parched districts

The 20th State conference of the Communist Party of India (Marxists) has resolved to fight for the implementation of G.S. Paramashivaiah Committee Report for having irrigation projects for eight parched districts of central Karnataka, said G.V. Srirama Reddy, secretary of the party State committee, here on Wednesday.

Mr. Reddy told presspersons that there was misconception that the committee had recommended for diverting the Netravathi. The committee had dealt with drawing rainwater which otherwise went into the sea from the Western Ghats and storing it for irrigating the parched districts of the central Karnataka.

Lifeline

Mr. Reddy said the party was aware that the Netravathi was the lifeline of people of Dakshina Kannada. It could not be diverted. He said the party had decided to stage a protest in Udupi on January 26 to urge the Government to ban made snana in temples in the State. It had urged the Government to end discrimination in serving food (pankthi bedha) in around 250 temples across the State.

The party would support the February 28 strike called by various labour organisations against the corruption in the country.

To a question, he said the party had decided not to align with the Janata Dal (Secular) in the coming by-election to Udupi-Chikmagalur Lok Sabha Constituency. “But now I can't say what will happen once the by-election is announced,” he said.

Mr. Reddy said the State conference of the CPI (M) held at Chickballapur from January 8 to 11 had decided to have had a pro-people political alternative in the State as the BJP, the Congress, and the Janata Dal (Secular) had failed to respond to the aspirations of the people. The CPI (M) would lead the political alternative.