THE Bahujana Left Front (BLF) held ‘Mahadharnas’ at district collectorates in Telangana on June 26-27, highlighting the problems of the people that had come to light during a one-month-long house-to-house survey conducted by it in all villages in the state, and demanding that the TRS government solve them.
THE people of Kerala, particularly student community, have emotionally bid adieu to a young student who aspired to become a scientist. Abhimanyu was killed by a terror squad belonging to Campus Front, a student outfit of an Islamic Terror group. Abhimanyu, an SFI leader who belonged to a remote hamlet of Vattavada in high range district, Idukki was stabbed to death at 12.30 am on July 2. Just 20 years old, Abhimanyu was a staunch fighter of SFI and a brilliant student at Maharajas College, who became the victim of communal elements, who has recently spread in certain campuses of Kerala.
THE scenes at Maharajas College, Ernakulam on July 2 were heart-breaking. The body of Abhimanyu, a second year B.Sc. student of the college, who was murdered by criminals belonging to the Popular Front of India (PFI), had been brought there for the public to pay respects. Amid the large crowd which gathered to catch a glimpse of the slain young man, his mother sat, wearing a green jacket. Her cry, "Naan petta makane..." (“The son I gave birth to…”) pierced the air every now and then. Abhimanyu's friends and comrades raised slogans in his memory:
ON July 2, the state of Tamil Nadu witnessed massive protest actions involving more than 20,000 cadres belonging to CPI(M) Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi, Thamizh Puzhigal, Adhi Thamizhar Peravai, Adhi Thamizhar Katchi, Thanthai Periyar Dravida Kazhagam, Diravidar Viduthalai Kazhagam and 65 other Dalit, Periyarist, Minority welfare organisations functioning at state, district and local levels. The protest took the form of rail roko in 60 centers throughout the state.
EVEN as the AIADMK is drawing flak for Tuticorin massacre, the Tamil Nadu government has embarked on another step of its anti-people measures by announcing an 8-lane national highway connecting Chennai and Salem.
The proposed 8 lane highway, with a width of 900 meters for a distance of 277.3 kms at a cost of about Rs 11,000 crores, the highway, totaling about 2,343 hectares of land is proposed to run across five districts namely Kancheepuram, Tiruvannamalai, Krishnagiri, Dharmapuri and Salem districts in Tamil Nadu.
CHIEF Minister of Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan, led a protest of LDF MPs from Kerala in front of the Rail Bhavan in Delhi demanding the intervention of the prime minister in building a Rail Coach Factory at Kanjikkode in Palakkad district. Earlier, the railway ministry decided to backtrack from Kanjikkode coach factory, which was announced in the 2008 railway budget. The present NDA government is following the same negligence towards Kerala as the previous UPA government was pursuing, said the chief minister.
CPI(M) and CPI have jointly given a call for state-wide political action in the run up to the protest march on September 15. Both the parties have held a joint meeting of the activists in Vijayawada and decided that in the whole month of August they will hold a bus yatra touring all of Andhra Pradesh. Both the parties also gave a call for a three-month long campaign on the issues of tenant farmers, diversion of NREGA funds, rise in petrol and fertilizer prices.
YET another CPI(M) leader, Tapas Sutradhar of Panisagar Sub-Division under North Tripura district, was killed on June 18 by the BJP assassins. Sutradhar was the Party’s Panisagar sub-divisional committee member, state committee member of the All India Kisan Sabha, and former pradhan of Uttar Padmabill gram panchayat. His body was identified by the villagers the next morning. He was killed at Padmabill near his house, while he was returning from a marriage ceremony at night. His throat was found slit. It is a pre-planned political murder carried out by BJP assassins.