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CPI activists launch ‘Bhoo Aakramana’

In protest mode: CPI activists participating in the ’Bhoo Aakramana’ programme at Rajarajeswaripet in Vijayawada on Wednesday. –

In protest mode: CPI activists participating in the ’Bhoo Aakramana’ programme at Rajarajeswaripet in Vijayawada on Wednesday. –  

Staff Reporter

VIJAYAWADA: The Communist Party of India (CPI) on Wednesday launched its own version of land occupation struggle under the name ‘Bhoo Aakramana’, with Vijayawada West MLA Sk. Nasar Vali leading the party activists with red flags in a vacant five-acre site belonging to the Bavaji Mutt in New Rajarajeswaripet The MLA raised a makeshift hut with palm leaves and party activists followed him in raising similar temporary structures to symbolise the occupation of the land.

Addressing the gathering, Mr. Vali criticised the State Government for failing to keep its pre-poll promise of distributing surplus lands among the poor. “Lands in huge extents are in the possession of influential persons. Can’t the Government seize those lands and distribute them among the poor?” he asked.

Mr. Vali said the activists of the CPI had already located the surplus lands for occupying them in a phased manner. “We are ready to submit the details of these lands to the Government on one condition. These lands should be distributed only to the poor,” he said. The MLA declared that the CPI workers would lay siege to all Collectorates in the State on June 21 demanding distribution of surplus lands to the poor.

Rally taken out

Earlier in the day, party workers took out a rally from the CPI office in New Rajarajeswaripet to reach the site. Women with toddlers in hand participated in the rally in large numbers.

CPI city secretary P. Surya Rao, leaders K. Subba Raju, A.V. Gopala Rao, Donepudi Sankar and others led the rally.

The agitation continued till evening, when the police took the leaders into custody amidst protests by women workers. Preventing the police, women workers cordoned off the leaders.



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