ANDHRA PRADESH

CPI seeks Central initiative to resolve naxal problem

Staff Reporter

CUDDAPAH: The CPI State Secretariat member, T. Lakshminarayana, on Thursday demanded that the Central and State Governments tackle naxalism as a political and socio-economic problem.

Talks with naxal groups should be resumed and the Central Government's initiate was needed as Maoists were spread over several States, he told a press conference here. Ban on the CPI (Maoist) and its frontal organisations would worsen the problem, giving extensive powers to the police, he said.

A rightful solution to naxalism would be to resolve issues such as land, unemployment and curbing atrocities against downtrodden sections, he said.

Coolie Dandu

Stating that about 60 to 70 lakh acres of vacant land was available in the State, he said the 1.50 lakh acres distributed and one lakh acres sought to be distributed on August 21 were nominal. The CPI leader wanted agricultural lands distributed among rural poor, house sites to urban poor, pattas to lands occupied by the poor besides framing comprehensive legislation on agriculture. The party formed a `Coolie Dandu', which would spearhead a Chalo Hyderabad protest on August 30 to press for the demands.