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CPI (Maoist) chief Ganapathi quits

Muppala Lakshmana Rao alias Ganapathi  

Muppala Lakshman Rao, 72, alias Ganapathi, the general secretary of CPI (Maoist) has stepped down, paving the way for his second-in-command Nambala Keshav Rao alias Basavraj, 63, to take over the post.

This has been in the offing for quite some time. On September 26 last year, The Hindu broke the story about the possible changes.

The change took place about two months ago, and it was authenticated by a surrendered Maoist, after the murders of Araku MLA Kidari Sarveswara Rao and former MLA Siveri Soma in Andhra Pradesh. The TDP leaders were killed near Livitiput village in Dumbriguda mandal in Visakhapatnam agency by a 40-member Maoist crack team on September 23.

The killing bore the signature of Basavraj who is among the leaders with the field knowledge and ability to plan such a surprise raid.

Moreover, the involvement of PLGA (People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army), which is headed by Basavraj, was established. On interrogation, the change in leadership was confirmed, said a senior officer from the Special Intelligence Bureau of Andhra Pradesh.

Asked to step down

Ganapathi was asked to step down after the CPI (Maoist) central committee decided to elevate a younger leader and infuse fresh ideas.

Basavraj was earlier heading the Central Military Commission, the fighting force of the Maoists, and is known to be a field strategist with good knowledge of explosives and guerilla warfare.

On the other hand, Ganapathi is more of an ideologue.

Basavraj is from Srikakulam district in Andhra Pradesh and is a graduate from the former Regional Engineering College in Warangal, which is now called NIT-Warangal.

Ganapathi is the son of a farmer from Birpur village in Telangana’s Jagtial, and holds a B.Sc. and a B.Ed. degree from a Karimnagar college.

Key role

It was Ganapathi who played a key role in the formation of the present outfit, the CPI (Maoist), with the merger of the Communist Party of India (Marxist–Leninist) People’s War (People’s War Group) and the Maoist Communist Centre of India (MCCI), in 2004.

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