Staff Reporter

New movement under Marxist-Leninist parties in State

KOTTAYAM: Various groups involved in land struggle have decided to join hands under the leadership of the Marxist-Leninist political parties functioning in the State.

Speaking to mediapersons here, CPI-ML national secretary K.N. Ramachandran and leader of the ‘Porattom’ faction Mundoor Ravunni said many of the ongoing struggles lacked clear political stances, with the result that most of them ended in unfavourable compromises.

The new movement would denote the beginning of Left intervention in the struggle for land in the State they said. It would be based on the dictum that “land is a right and not charity.”

The struggle would call for comprehensive land reforms including the areas now being held by the plantations, they said. The movement would vie to bring together all landless people in the State, irrespective of their caste or religion, who are ready to till the land and raise farmlands.

Reacting to a question, they said unscientific implementation of land reforms in the State and skewed priorities of authorities had led to the crisis in the farm front and food front in the State.

The struggle was aimed at addressing these problems, they said and added that they would follow the path of the struggles at Telangana and Naxalbari.

Coming down heavily on the leaders of the Chengara struggle who according to them had compromised with the authorities, the leaders said the new struggle would reject the stance of such groups whose “leaders have become pawns in the hands of agents of globalisation and non-governmental organisations.”

Convener of the newly formed Bhoosamara Janakeeya Munnani, P.O. John said the convention scheduled in Kottayam on June 17 would formalise the new polarisation. K.K. Moni and Balakrishna Perumal, leaders of Bhoosamara Janakeeya Munnani, and M. Ajayan, leader of Revolutionary People’s Front, were also present.