CPI(ML) New Democracy held a training programme for its cultural activists here on Tuesday to reach out to the rural masses for a protracted struggle against the Union and State governments' land acquisition policy.

Ahead of the party meet to finalise stirs against acquisition of land forcibly for thermal power plants, coastal corridor, Special Economic Zones and other projects, Arunodaya cultural federation State secretary Arunodaya Rama Rao said “folksongs are powerful means to reach out to the people. We need to use folk songs and dances to touch the hearts of the people and mobilise them for stirs against the anti-people policies of the ruling Congress''.

CPI(ML) New Democracy district secretary Ch. Venkateswarulu underscored the need for building a strong movement against the land acquisition policy which displaced local people and denied them of their livelihood''.

The party along with Genco Vyatirekha Porata Sangham (GVPS) at Kanaparthy and other like-minded organisations, including those fighting against power plants at Sompeta, Kakarapalli, and other places would intensify stir to prevent those in power from going ahead with forcible acquisition of land for power plants and other projects, he said. The party cultural wing leaders Bheem Shankar, N Samrajyam and D Anjaiah trained 10 artistes each from Prakasam and Guntur to mobilise people's scrapping of the SEZ act.