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In Memory Of Comrade Darasram Sahu

The martyrdom day of labour leader and one of the founders of the CPI (ML) in Chhattisgarh Com Darasram Sahu was observed in Lal Khadan (Bilaspur district) on 6 May 2017. A meeting was held which began with flag hoisting, garlanding of Com Darasram’s statue and 2 minutes’ silence in his memory. The memorial meeting was addressed by CPI (ML) State Secretary Com Brijendra Tiwari and leaders from CPI and CPI (M). The proceedings were conducted by Com Lalan Ram. Family members of martyred Com Darasram also participated in the meeting. The meeting passed a resolution to work for fulfilling Com Darasram’s dreams. Speakers addressing the meeting stressed on increasing people’s initiatives on issues like the anti-people policies of the Modi government at the Centre and the Raman Singh government in the State and repression of democratic...

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Comrade Jagdish Sharma Martyrdom Day Observed In Palamu

Com Jagdish Sharma was a popular Party leader from Palamu and an active and influential trade union leader in Bagodar (Giridih district). On 4 May 2000 criminal mafia goons murdered him in Palamu. Com Jagdish Sharma was a leading warrior in the anti-feudal farmers’ struggle in Palamu block. Even before he joined the CPI (ML) he had been associated with the Naxalbari farmers’ agitation. His martyrdom day was observed in Patan on 4 May 2017. A Sankalp Sabha was held at Saguna Patan. Speaking at the meeting State committee leader Com. Kalicharan said that today once again feudal forces are gaining power in Palamu and they are illegally capturing the land of the poor. At such a time it is important to remember Com Jagdish Sharma and carry forward his work by strengthening the workers’ movement. Today the government which talks of ‘development for all’ is oppressing workers. In 2 years they have increased MNREGA wages by Re 1! On the other hand, the CNT-SPT Act has been amended in order to give adivasis’ and farmers’ lands at throw-away prices to Adani and other capitalists. The people can see clearly whose of ‘development’ this government has in mind. The BJP wants to get votes by spreading hatred and divisiveness as the British did. The political discourse has become about cows, mandir and masjid, while real issues like employment, education...

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CPI(ML)-AICCTU Protest Against Death of Sanitation Workers in Patna

Recently two workers in the Patna Municipal Corporation, Jitendra Paswan and Deepak Choudhury, were suffocated to death while they had gone inside a manhole to clean it. It is well known that the Municipal Corporation does not provide adequate safety equipment to sanitation workers for cleaning inside manholes, and all safety regulations are blatantly flouted. The Party believes that these deaths are the result of negligence of safety rules by Municipal Corporation officers; thus, they are a kind of murder. The CPI (ML) Patna City committee gheraoed the Patna Municipal Corporation office situated at Maurya Lok on 6 May 2017. The gherao expressed anger at the death of the two sanitation workers and submitted the following demands to the Patna Municipal Corporation Commissioner: 1. Rs 10 lakh compensation to the families of both the dead victims and government employment to one member from each family. 2. Apart from the above compensation, the family members should get the amount due under the Bihar Unorganized Workers’ Social Security Scheme. 3. Immediate arrangements should be made for implementation of all safety methods for all daily sanitation workers as well as seasonal sanitation workers. 4. All Patna Municipal Corporation workers should be linked to EPF and given the benefits of ESI. 5. A high level enquiry into the death of the sanitation workers and punishment for the guilty officials. The protest was led...

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CPI(ML) Dharna In Lohardaga

A dharna-satyagraha was organized in front of the Lohardaga Block HQ in Jharkhand on 5 May 2017. The BDO gave the assurance of fulfilling the demands at his level and said that he would forward the demands which required to be handled at a higher level. The demands included the following: resolving the drinking water crisis; repair of roads; construction of toilets; ending scams in the Public Distribution System; construction of school rooms; roll back of fee hikes; opening paddy purchase centres; incentive amounts for farming on fallow lands; freeing government borewells from the clutches of crusher owners; proper wages for workers; and increasing the frequency of the Lohardaga-Ranchi train. Large numbers of farmer-activists including comrades Manu Thakur, Surjan Sahu, Rajendra Bhagat, Arun Oraon, Susheela Devi, Sukhdev Oraon,and Party leaders and activists including Com Mahesh Kumar Singh and Com Hazari Oraon were present at this...

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Protest Against Police Repression in the Name of Maoism

The CPI (ML) protested on 19 April 2017 in front of the IGP Bhagalpur against brutal repression of leaders of democratic movements and dalits, adivasis and poor in the name of quelling Maoism in Jamui district. Thousands of poor, adivasis, dalits and ML activists took out a rally from the Bhagalpur station which proceeded through Kotwali Chowk, Mandroja, Sarai, Vishwavidyalaya Road, Sahebganj and Mohanpur and culminated in a meeting at the IG office. Speakers addressing the meeting said that the ruling powers are using the issue of Maoism to create fear and reap benefits for corporate houses and give them land, water and forest resources on a platter. Voices of dissent against this are brutally repressed and innocents are being slaughtered in the name of curbing Maoism. The Centre as well as State governments are falsely branding leaders of democratic movements as Maoists and throwing them in jail. False cases are slapped against activists and adivasis are killed in so-called ‘encounters’. There are a number of such instances in Jamui district. On 7 January 2017 ML leader Com Ramayan Turi was brought to the thana by Banka SSP Lallan Pandey on the pretext of some work and then thrown into jail as a Maoist. Similarly, on 13 February PAKS President Jethu Hembram was thrown into jail by Simultala thana in-charge Naveen Kumar. False cases were slapped on 40 poor...

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Champaran Satyagraha Centenary In Purnea

2017 is the centenary year of the Champaran Satyagraha which formed the beginning of the organized peasants’ movement in Bihar. On this historic occasion, the CPI (ML), All India Kisan Mahasabha and AIARLA jointly held a Land Rights Satyagraha on 5 and 6 May in Rupouli block of Purnea district. A meeting was held at the Block HQ presided over by Com. Avinash Paswan and conducted by Com. Chaturi Paswan. Addressing the meeting speakers said that Nitish Kumar is reducing this occasion to mere festivities and destroying the original spirit of the Satyagraha. The CPI (ML) on the other hand stresses he main issue, which is land rights. Lakhs of families do not have housing land in Bihar but Nitish has washed his hands of the issue just as previous governments did. The poor, dalits, adivasis, backward sections and minorities are not getting their rights over ceiling, bhoodan and government lands. The Modi government at the Centre is openly standing with the rich capitalists and land mafia and is promoting a communal agenda with hate-mongering issues like love jihad and gau-raksha. The following demands were made through the land rights Satyagraha: 1. Implementation of Land Reform Commission recommendations without delay. 2. Parchas to be given to poor settled on lands for a long time. 3. 5 decimal housing land for all poor. 4. No displacement of poor from land...

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May Day: More Reports from States

ODISHA Unions affiliated to AICCTU organized a meeting at Nagbhushan Bhawan in Bhubaneshwar. Meetings were also organized at Kendrapada, Badgarh, Puri, Sonpur, Raigarha, Jajpur, Gajpati, Bolangir and Keonjhar. AICCTU leader Com. Radhakant Sethi addressed mine workers at Keonjhar. A joint trade union march was taken out at Bhubaneshwar led by AICCTU leader Com. Mahendra Parida. CHHATTISGARH Thousands of workers participated in rallies and meetings at Bhilai, Raipur, Kumhari and Korba. WEST BENGAL AICCTU and CPI (ML) organized programmes at different places in Kolkata with demands of workers’ rights. In the evening a joint Left rally was taken out at the Shaheed Minar Maidan by AICCTU, CITU, AITUC and other Left unions and organizations. The rally was attended by hundreds of workers and addressed by Com. Dibakar Bhattacharya (AICCTU), Com. Deepak Dasgupta (CITU), Com. Ashok Ghosh (UTUC) and other leaders. Rallies and meetings were also held in North 24 Parganas at 32 places including Nouhati and Nadiya (where an anti-fascist rally was taken out at Krishna Nagar). Rallies were taken out at Howrah, Bali, Siliguri (Darjeeling district), Ravindra Tea Estates in Kharibari and addressed by comrades Basudev Bose, Abhijit NMajumdar and Lalu Oraon.  A conference was organized by Shachindra Tea Estate Unit and a 17 member committee was elected with Com. Lal Oraon and Com. Joseph Oraon as President and Secretary respectively. May Day progammes were also held at Kooch...

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Aadhikar Diwas (Rights Day) Dharna In Karnal

The All India Kisan Mahasabha and CPI (ML) activists observed Rights Day (Adhikar Diwas) on 10 May with a dharna in front of the mini Secretariat in Karnal on the issue of safety and security of Muslim dairy farmers across the country, the silence of Modi, Vasundhara Raje and Manohar Lal Khattar on the lynching of Pehlu Khan, and freeing the country from the clutches of the Sangh Brigade’s ‘Gau Rakshak’ goons. Com. Mahendra Singh Chopra, Com. Kartar Singh Malik, SUCI (C), Com Prem Singh Gehlawat and other leaders addressed the dharna. The speakers said that in the last 3 years, after the Modi government came to power, deadly attacks on Muslims by Hindutva mobs in the name of cow protection have unfortunately become a ‘normal’ occurrence. The many statements of BJP leaders and actions by BJP governments against the meat industry are a silent abetment to these attacks. In the 2014 election campaign Modi himself had inflamed communal passions with repeated references to the ‘pink revolution’. The speakers cited the examples of the lynching of Pehlu Khan as well as earlier incidents like that of the Dadri lynching of Akhlaq, the beating up of Muslim families by cow goons in a village in Alwar (2016), the killing of 60-year-old Abdul Ghaffar Qureshi in Birloka (Nagaur, Rajasthan) in 2015, the lynchings in Latehar, Jharkhand of Mohammad Majloom and 12...

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Murderous Attack on CPI(ML) Activist by Feudals in Beguserai

Feudal criminal forces once again perpetrated an attack in Maksudanpur Diyara of Ballia region in Beguserai district. Sanju Ram, brother of Mahesh Ram, an eyewitness in the Mahesh Ram-Rampravesh Ram murders was brutally attacked on 26 April 2017. Sanju Ram was on his way to Ballia from his home when he was fired upon many times at around 4.30 PM. Four bullets hit his body but he managed to run and take refuge in a house in Mir Alipur village and thus save his life. After first aid in the Ballia Primary Health Centre he was brought to the Beguserai Hospital where he was given blood transfusion and the bullets were removed from his body. A protest march was taken out on 27 April against the attack on Sanju Ram. A Ballia bandh and ‘chakka jam’ in the district was organized on 29 April. NH 31 was blockaded from 9 AM to 12 noon, led by CPI (ML) and AIARLA leaders. Addressing the meeting at the blockade District Secretary Com Diwakar and other leaders said that the feudal criminals killed Rampravesh Ram and Mahesh Ram on 21 March with the aim of evicting the poor from their land; but when they failed in this aim they fired upon eyewitnesses to create fear in them. Now if the administration fails to arrest the culprits in the killing of Mahesh Ram...

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CPI (ML) Enquiry Team Report on Saharanpur Incident

During the communal tension which erupted on 20 April in Sadak Dudhli village (Saharanpur) in connection with taking out an Ambedkar procession without permission, members of the BJP, which is nowadays claiming to be followers of Ambedkar, perpetrated a brutal attack on Ambedkarites at Shabbirpur village, causing great outrage and anger among dalits in Saharanpur and all over the country. The administration acknowledges that after this incident, condition in 90 villages is not normal. Even after days of the incident, the leaders of the attack including Nakli Rana, local RSS shakha sanchalak Satender Singh Amarpal Singh had not been arrested. A team from the CPI (ML) led by Afroz Alam had visited Shabbirpur village and met the injured at the Saharanpur District Hospital after the incident. The team discovered that even on earlier occasions, there was antagonism between the dalits and Thakurs in Shabbirpur village. The dalits wanted to put up a statue of Ambedkar on a 6 ft platform in the village Ravidas temple (Ravidas himself being from the dalit community) but the Thakurs opposed this and did not allow the putting up of the statue. Further, they did not allow the Ambedkar procession to be taken out last month on the pretext that permission for this had not been granted. After this when the Thakurs announced that they would take out a Maharana Pratap procession on 5...

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India Wants Jobs, Not Jumlas

Narendra Modi has now been India’s Prime Minister for three full years. In these three years, the BJP has managed to win several Assembly elections, and the party is currently in power in a record number of Indian states. Where it has failed to win the elections, it has still usurped power through defections. In terms of power, the BJP’s domination in India has never been so complete in the past. The Sangh brigade is making the fullest possible use of this juncture to unfurl and inflict its fascist agenda. A person like Yogi Adityanath, a habitual practitioner of hate speech, a key accused in cases of communal violence in Uttar Pradesh and the chief architect of a private brigade of thugs, has been made the Chief Minister of India’s most populous state. And across the country, BJP leaders and supporters are busy beating up and killing people in the name of protecting the cow. For the power-drunk ruling dispensation, this is obviously celebration time. Modi calls it the foundation of ‘New India’. But for millions of Indians, the situation could not be any grimmer. It is not just because of the growing assault on the constitutional liberties of the Indian people and the vicious climate of communal polarisation and hate engulfing our social existence; it is also because of the spectre of growing economic insecurity and uncertainty that...

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Latest Attack by Cow Goons in Noida

On May 4, Jaiveer Singh and his uncle Bhup Singh, from village Sirsa Khadar, Jewar, District Gautam Budh Nagar (Greater Noida) were returning from Mehandipur village after buying a cow from a Muslim family, when they were stopped and beaten up by self- proclaimed gaurakshak dal – that is, Gau Goons. They broke the ribs of Rajveer Singh and severely injured Bhup Singh, as several people watched them being beaten up. No one came forward to save them. Although the police have filed a complaint, no arrests have been made till now. The CPI (ML) spoke to Bhup Singh and his family members. The attack is horrifying. They are daily wagers. From Jharkhand to Rajasthan, Assam to Uttar Pradesh these criminal goons acting as gaurakshaks, are getting away unpunished. CPI (ML) appeals to all to stand in solidarity with the victims of these attacks and demands immediate arrest of these goons. The goons should be charged under IPC 307 – attempt to murder. Proper medical care be extended to the injured. The State government must compensate the family for this harassment and loss of income. It is indeed shocking that the police investigation is inadequate in such a serious case. While criticising chief Ministers or Government on WhatsApp or Facebook activates the police to arrest people within 24 hours, when somebody is beaten to near death by goons posing...

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CPI(ML)- AIPWA protest in Yeleswaram

A protest was called by CPI (ML) and AIPWA outside the Mandal Revenue Office in Yeleswaramin East Godavari district in Andhra Pradesh to protest against corruption in the Anna Amrutha Hastham (AAH) scheme. A key objective of the AAH scheme is enhancing nutrition supply to pregnant women and lactating mothers who according to this scheme must be provided 12 kg quality rice per month and 1/4 ltr milk,and 1 egg daily. To protests against the corruption, nearly 300 women gheraoed the MRO...

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Demonstration by ASHA, Anganwadi and Midday Meal Workers

On May 6, ASHA, Anganwadi and Midday meal workers gathered together at Tripura Trade Union Centre in front of Circuit House, Agartala to hold a mass demonstration demanding regularization and full scale pay for all the workers. The demonstration saw huge participation by workers. A memorandum with these demands was also submitted to the Chief Secretary, Tripura...

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Janakrosh Rally in Jharkhand

A rally was taken out on 24 April in Ramgarh by the Ramgarh-Hazaribagh district unit attended by hundreds of workers, farmers, students and youth. The rally commenced from Mines Rescue Bhavan and proceeded through about 4 km to culminate in a meeting at the TOP Maidan. Slogans were raised all along the route on the issues of the anti-people policies of the Raghuvar government, forcible land grab, arrest of the guilty in the Gola-Badkagaon police firings, roll back of amendments to the CNT-SPT Act, anti-Jharkhand domicile policy, rehabilitation and employment for those displaced by the Bhairavi reservoir and other projects, minimum wages, equal pay for equal work, anti-people privatization, and handing over of Jharkhand’s resources to corporate houses. Addressing the meeting Com Rajaram Singh and other speakers condemned the lynching of Pehlu Khan in the name of cow protection and demanded strict action against the criminals. They pointed out the Raghuvar government’s conspiracy to hand over Jharkhand’s resources, land, water and forests to corporate houses depriving the adivasis and indigenous people of their rights and said that the people would not allow this conspiracy to succeed. The speakers said that the privatization of education has resulted in education becoming out of reach of the poor. Demonetization did not end black money but has snatched away the livelihoods of lakhs of workers. To divert attention from these failures the Sanghi...

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