Andhra Pradesh

Adivasis plan to boycott all political parties this election

Adivasis, especially those living in the hills in Visakha Agency, are up in arms against all political parties for coming out with policies which they say are against their interests.

The adivasis are now reportedly planning to boycott all parties in the coming elections and are planning to float their independent candidate.

Members of Adivasi Reservation Parirakshana Porata Samithi, on Sunday, said that in the State, there are about 30 lakh adivasis from different tribes, and the State Government’s decision to add new communities after classifying them as Scheduled Tribes would not augur well with the existing tribal population.

The decision of the State Government to include 50 lakh Boya Valmikis and another 1 crore from fishermen, washermen and Vaddera (stone cutters), is against the spirit of the Scheduled Castes Act, said Rama Rao Dora from Adivasi Reservation Parirakshana Porata Samithi.

‘Votebank politics’

“This is votebank politics and it will affect the prospects of 30 lakh orginal hill tribes,” he said.

The State Government had passed a resolution on December 2, 2017, in the Assembly and it was sent to the Central Government, where it was rejected for want of more details and some clarifications. It was resent after a report was submitted by a three-member committee, and a decision in this regard is pending. The Adivasi Reservation Parirakshana Porata Samithi also raised objections over the Supreme Court’s decision to ask State Governments to evict 11 lakh tribal families, as they do not qualify for pattas.

‘Anti-tribal policies’

Since all the policies are anti-tribal, we have decided not to vote for any political party and we will float our independent candidates, so that our voices will be heard, said Mr. Rama Rao.

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