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Karimnagar decked up for CPI State conference

K. M. Dayashankar
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All roads decorated with flags, banners, festoons and graffiti

Power of red:CPI party flags placed in Karimnagar for the party's 24th State convention.–Photo: Thakur Ajay Pal Singh
Power of red:CPI party flags placed in Karimnagar for the party's 24th State convention.–Photo: Thakur Ajay Pal Singh

The stage is all set for hosting the 24th State conference of the Communist Party of India (CPI) at Karimnagar from Tuesday.

For the first time since its inception, the CPI has chosen Karimnagar for the four-day conference that would conclude on February 24 with the election of the new State leaders. The CPI is supporting the separate Telangana agitation and Karimnagar is reputed as one of the hotbeds of Telangana Armed Struggle against the Nizam's autocratic rule.

Two prominent leaders of the armed struggle Baddam Yella Reddy and Anabheri Prabhakar Rao hailed from the district. While Prabhakar Rao was killed in an encounter by the Nizam police, Yella Reddy went on to become the first MP from Karimnagar Lok Sabha constituency.

Tribute to martyrs

The CPI leaders and cadre are gearing up to pay rich tributes to martyrs of Telangana armed struggle and other party leaders of the district, who tirelessly fought against feudal lords against whom the peasant movement was launched.

The town has been spruced up for the conference with party leaders sparing no effort to paint it “Red'. All the major thoroughfares are decorated with party flags, banners, festoons and other forms of graffiti. The conference would commence with jathas taken out by the ‘redshirt volunteers', from different parts culminating into a public meeting at the Circus grounds.

Cultural programmes

Folk artistes, performing the traditional ‘kolatam, dappu daruvu and other art forms will, of course, be the main attractions during the processions.

While the leaders are expected to inform the party stand on serious issues during the public meeting, the artistes of the Andhra Pradesh Praja Natya Mandali will entertain the gathering with revolutionary songs and dance ballets.

Eminent singer and music director Vandemataram Srinivas and lyricist Suddala Ashok Teja would participate in the cultural programmes.

CPI State executive committee member Chada Venkat Reddy said the party general secretary A.B.Bardhan would be the chief guest at the public meeting which would also feature deputy general secretary Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy and State secretary K.Narayana. The public meeting will be followed by delegates' sessions for three days to review political and other developments in the last three years and finalise future course of action.


  • Public meeting to be followed by delegates' sessions for three days to review developments

  • The four-day conference to conclude on February 24 with the election of the new State leaders



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