CPI(M) State secretary B.V. Raghavulu on Tuesday demanded immediate convening of the Legislative Assembly session to discuss people’s problems/demands like withdrawal of power cuts, allotment of house-sites/land, and payment of minimum wages to workers.

At a press conference here after taking part on the concluding day of the party’s two-day picketing of the Collectorates in the State, he said the agitation was taken up to focus the Government’s attention on people’s problems. The party, Mr. Raghavulu pointed out, wanted to raise the problems in the Assembly but since the Government had ‘run away’ from holding the session after promising to convene it in the second week of this month, they were raised during the picketing.

The CPI(M) leader said the picketing marked the launch of the party’s agitation which would continue till the Assembly’s Budget session.

He sought other parties’ cooperation, with an appeal to the Telugu Desam Party and YSR Congress to also focus attention on the problems so that the Government would be forced to find solutions.

Referring to the December 28 all-party meeting, Mr. Raghavulu accused the Government of adopting a ‘casual’ and ‘indifferent attitude’ and faulted Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde for merely stating that the meeting was being convened as several Telangana Congress MPs wanted. He said it was unfortunate that a person like Mr. Shinde was occupying the Home Minister’s office.

He wanted both the Centre and the Congress Party to come out with a clear stand on Telangana; otherwise the all-party meeting would not serve any purpose. The party had written to the Government with a promise to take part only if the meeting was going to be fruitful. Mr. Raghavulu wanted both the TDP and YSRCP to clear their stand on Telangana at the meeting.

Peace rally

Referring to the two-day communal violence in the town, he said it was ‘unfortunate’. He appealed to the people to maintain calm and the police to take stern action against those responsible for instigating trouble.

The CPI(M) leader later led a peace rally from the party office to Clock Tower, where police stopped it.

Several Muslims and leaders of the district All-India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) took party in the rally. They raised slogans calling upon both communities to maintain peace.

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