The CPI (M) on Tuesday came down heavily on the State government for what it called its failure to keep its electoral promises, including distribution of 30-kg of rice to each family, construction of Indiramma houses, welfare schemes, land reforms and so on. The party also gave a call for launch of “second struggle” against liquor, drawing inspiration from the 1994 agitation that started from a village called Dubagunta.
Addressing a public meeting at Swaraj Maidan on the concluding day of the four-day extended meeting of the Central Committee of the party, CPI (M) State secretary and Polit Bureau member B.V. Raghavulu asked Chief Minister K. Rosaiah to step down if he could not implement the promises made to the public.
The Chief Minister was very often saying that he was not able to implement the schemes initiated by his predecessor Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy due to paucity of funds. “Were you sleeping when Rajasekhara Reddy introduced these schemes?” he asked.
Mr. Raghavulu asserted that the welfare schemes were fruits of sustained struggles of the people.
The CPI (M) would not keep quiet if the government continued its “anti-people” policies and shelved one scheme after the other.
“We will take forward the spirit of Mudigonda. We suggest the Chief Minister step down if he is unable to keep the promises made by the Congress to the people.”
Referring to the demand for separate Telangana, he reiterated the party's stance that development was possible only in a unified State.
The BJP was trying to take advantage of the precarious situation in the State. It forged an alliance with the Telangana Rashtra Samithi to take forward its communal agenda. The Praja Rajyam should take up people's grievances instead of supporting the State government, he said.
CPI (M) veteran leader Mallu Swarajyam, who participated in the Telangana armed struggle, said it appeared that the government was poised to provide liquor connections like water connections to every household. The women were worst sufferers of the liquor policy of the government. Domestic violence scaled new heights due to this.
“We should emulate Dubagunta Rosamma and fight against the liquor,” she asserted. CPI (M) leaders Tammineni Veerabhadram and M.A. Gafoor also spoke.
The CPI (M) activists earlier took out a procession from Benz Circle to PWD grounds and another from the Municipal Corporation office. Polit Bureau member Sitaram Yechury, Mr. Raghavulu and others arrived by a bullock cart.
Cultural programmes by the members of the party's affiliate wing kept the audience engaged, even as sun was scorching. Slogans like “Long live socialism” and “Unite labourers” rent the air.