The 24th Communist Party of India (CPI) State convention would be held for the first time in Karimnagar from February 20 to 24, said CPI senior leader Chada Venkat Reddy here on Monday.

Talking to newsmen, he said that they were making massive arrangements from now onwards by gearing up the party machinery from the grassroot level. He said that the 24th party State convention would discuss various issues including the corruption, inflation and other issues at the State and national levels. He said that several national and State-level leaders would attend the convention.

Flaying the State for foiling former Minister K. Venkat Reddy fast-unto-death programme, he alleged that the government was suppressing the separate Telangana Statehood movement by using police force and registering false cases against the pro-Telangana activists. He said that the police should register cases against Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram for going back on his promise of carving out separate State made on December 9, 2009.

Alleging that the Rachabanda programme was taken up only to dilute the issue of Telangana movement and popularise the image of State government, he said that the pensions, ration cards and other welfare schemes could be distributed to beneficiaries on regular days also. He ridiculed the State government for not taking up drought relief measures and focusing only on success of Rachabanda to gain cheap popularity.

CPI district president M. Venkat Swamy said that the CPI district unit along with various Rythu Sangham leaders would stage a massive dharna on November 15 in front of the Collectorate demanding the government to take up drought relief measures.