On November 14, 2018, the AIKS Nashik district council led a massive 25,000-strong district-wide peasant rally to the Nashik district collectorate to demand urgent measures for drought relief and the implementation of the written assurances given by the chief minister after the AIKS-led Kisan Long March eight months ago. The rally comprised peasants in large numbers from nine tehsils of Nashik district. This rally was held just two days after the AIKS statewide Farmers Rights Convention that was held in Mumbai.
THE Delhi state committee of CPI(M) has organised a sit-in in front of parliament on November 22 demanding immediate roll back on increased price of LPG. The price hike of subsidised and unsubsidised gas cylinder by the oil companies is totally unjustified and will be an intolerable burden on people already suffering from price rise. With such a hike in LPG prices, people have to now buy gas cylinders at exorbitant prices.
THE impact of climate change and human impact on the aquifers is all the more visible in the Shekawati region of Rajasthan which comprises Churu, Jhunjhunu and Sikar districts. Elections in the majority of the assembly segments in this region are dominated by “water” as an issue that transects and gets integrated with many other issues of the peasantry which includes electricity, debt waiver etc. Not to undermine other important national and state issues that include employment, price rise, corruption etc., which are also debated extensively.
BAHUJAN Left Front was formed with a scientific understanding and with the view of realising the objectives of Phule, Ambedkar and Marx. BLF feels that 98 per cent of the population constituting the BC, SC, STs and poor sections of upper classes are important for the comprehensive development of Telangana. Socialised Telangana alone will realise the aspirations of the hitherto oppressed social classes. BLF’s aim is to protect Telangana from contractorisation and privatisation which is seriously threatening social justice in the state.
THE confidence of the masses has to be regained in the field of struggles. The CPI(M) in the present circumstances must be prepared for a long drawn battle. It must strive hard to become the voice of the people by maintaining and reinforcing live links with the masses. For that objective to be achieved, the primary task is rebuilding and streamlining the Party organisation. This was the resolve that marked the 22nd Tripura state conference of the CPI(M). The two day conference at Agartala Town Hall elected a new state committee of 75 members.
EVER since the September 28 verdict of the Supreme Court's constitution bench which allowed women of all ages to enter and pray in the Sabarimala temple in Kerala, the RSS-BJP has tried to turn the temple and its surrounding regions into a war-zone.
AFTER 55 days strike against the ‘India Yamaha Motor Private Limited’ in Chennai, the workers under the banner of CITU won a successful battle. The immediate reason for the strike was termination of two employees of the company on September 20, 2018, without any show cause notice. They were terminated just because they had become members of the India Yamaha Motor Thozhilalar Sangam – trade union affiliated to CITU.
THE election notification for 119 constituencies of Telangana Assembly was issued on November 12. After a long tussle, the ‘Mahakutami’, a four party alliance of Congress, Telugu Desam Party, Telangana Jana Samithi and CPI, announced its first list of 65 candidates from the Congress party on November 12. The TDP, TJS, and CPI are to contest in 14, 8, and 3 seats respectively. However, the other alliance parties are negotiating for more seats and the CPI has alleged that injustice has been done in allotment of seats.
“THE countdown of BJP has begun. It has failed to solve the problems of the common man, hence as the elections come nearer, the BJP starts chanting the temple issue. They do not even have the patience to wait for the Supreme Court decision.” This was stated by Sitaram Yechury, general secretary of the CPI(M) addressing the ‘meet the press’ programme at Raipur Press Club in Chattisgarh.