ANDHRA PRADESH

Left commences stir for land

Special Correspondent

Threatens to launch ‘jail bharo’ if government fails to concede its demand



Left activists stage dharnas in front of the district collectorates

CPI and CPI (M) ask people to teach Congress a fitting lesson



HYDERABAD: The Communist Party of India (Marxist) and CPI have threatened to launch ‘jail bharo’ (courting arrest voluntarily) programme if the government fails to concede their demand for distribution of land and house sites to eligible poor.

The two parties criticised the government for not showing the same enthusiasm on land distribution, as in the case of Jalayagnam.

Leaders and activists of the two parties staged dharnas in front of the district collectorates on Thursday in support of their demand and announced their resolve to continue the protest till Friday.

The agitators who squatted on the roads blocked the entry of employees into their offices. CPI (M) State secretary B.V. Raghavulu, CPI Member of Parliament Azeez Pasha and others were arrested when they staged a dharna in front of the Hyderabad collectorate, while the CPI State secretary K. Narayana led the dharna at Visakhapatnam.

Repressive action

The leaders, however, asserted that repressive action like arrests would not deter them from continuing their agitation and the Left parties would resume their land struggle with more intensity shortly. The two parties asked the people to “teach Congress a fitting lesson” for its failure to fulfil its promise of land distribution to the poor in the next elections.

Addressing the gathering at Visakhapatnam, Dr. Narayana expressed concern that the government, which denied lands to the poor, was auctioning vast tracts of lands in the name of Special Economic Zones. This was, in turn, resulting in social inequalities and unrest among masses.

Impressive rally

The protestors took out an impressive rally in Rajahmundry preceding the dharna in front of the Sub-Collector’s office, while thousands of people participated in the dharna at Warangal.

The protestors cooked their food on the road in Kurnool and Sangareddy, while similar demonstrations were staged in other parts of the State.

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