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Protests in Bihar Against Arrest of Employees’ Leaders

On 18 December 2017, two popular leaders of Bihar State Non-Gazetted Employees Federation (Gope faction) – Comrade Rambali Prasad (Federation’s President) and Comrade Premchand Sinha, (Federation’s General Secretary) were arrested at Bihar Secretariat sent to jail. The government had called the leaders for a dialogue following a nearly two-month long agitation by Auxiliary Nurse Midwife (ANM) demanding regularisation. However, instead of constructively deliberating on their demands, the government has only tried to brutally repress the agitation by lathi-charging the protestors and arresting their leaders by deception. The CPI(ML) Bihar state unit has strongly condemned the arrest of the leaders...

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State-wide Protests in Uttar Pradesh Against Murder of Peasant Leader in Chandauli

The emerging peasant leader of Chandauli district and the member of party’s district committee, Com. Dinesh Maurya was brutally murdered while returning from the people’s tribunal organised in Mirzapur on 16 December by criminal goons belonging to land mafia and protected by the BJP. On 22 December, the party called for a state wide protest day against the murder of Com. Dinesh Maurya. He was killed as he got down from a bus near Banaras-Chandauli border and his body was flung into the Ganga river. His body was recovered by police divers the next day. The police in the Chaubepur police station in Banaras while registering the FIR filed the report under sections for road accident instead of murder. On the protest day, party workers across districts marched district headquarters and took out angry protests and burnt the effigy of the Chief Minister. The protestors raised angry slogans against the CM Yogi and the leaders addressing the protest gatherings highlighted how the confidence of the land mafia and criminal elements has increased under this government. In the memoranda submitted to the governor through the district headquarters, the protestors demanded that section for murder be added to the FIR and that the killers be arrested and strict punishment be awarded to them. In the state capital Lucknow, a march was taken out from the to the Hussainganj Chauraha. A protest...

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Martyrdom Day of Ashfaqullah Khan and Ram Prasad Bismil Observed in Patna

On 19 December, the martyrdom of Kakori martyrs Ashfaqullah Khan and Ram Prasad Bismil was remembered and observed under the banner of ‘Saajhi Shahadat – Saajhi Viraasat’ (Shared martyrdom, shared legacy) by Revolutionary Youth Association (RYA) in Patna. The programme started by remembering the two martyrs and paying silent tribute to them along with recently departed leader, Com. Jalaluddin Ansari of CPI and popular poet and writer Prof. Surendra Snigdha. The main speaker for the programme was the noted historian Prof. Imtiaz Ahmad. While addressing the audience, he said that the key demand of today’s time was to take...

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Municipal Labour Unions Strike in Mangalagiri

A strike was called under the leadership of municipal labor unions of AICCTU and CITU across districts in Andhra Pradesh to protest against the government order (GO) No. 279, promulgated by the Department of Municipal Administration that threatens to displace the workers as the contractors would be free to cut down on man power and make limited workers work resulting in more profits for the companies. As the strike reached the third day, a meeting was organized at Mangalagiri municipality in Guntur district. On this occasion, AICCTU leader Umba Satyanarayana and R. Nagbani said that the state is currently...

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Tragic Death of Workers in Gopalganj Sugar Mill Accident

CPI(ML) Bihar State Secretary Com. Kunal described the Gopalganj Sugar Mill accident as extremely tragic and expressed his condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in the night of 20 December, after a boiler exploded. He also said that strict action must be taken against the those responsible for this accident. As per the fact finding report of CPI(ML), 6 people have already lost their lives and this number could increase in days to come. Several workers have been hospitalized with severe burn injuries. Vol. 21, No. 01As soon as the Gopalganj district committee of CPI(ML) received the news of the accident, the leaders and activists of the party gheraoed the Sasa Musa sugar mill where the accident had occurred demanding justice for the victims. The CPI(ML) team has reported that explosion also led to falling down of the ceiling and several workers continue to be buried under it. While the party workers have been demanding that same be lifted, no action has been taken so...

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Obituary : Comrade Navin Ji & Comrade Shanti Devi

Comrade Navin Ji Comrade Navin ji (Shivkumar ji), a first generation leader of the Naxalbari movement, passed away at the age of 78 on 6 December in Aajokopa, Rupauli (Purnea). He originally hailed from Patna district. Com. Navin became a full time activist in the 70s after being inspired by the Naxalbari struggle and remain committed to the revolutionary line of Com. Charu Mazumdar. He was part of two jail break campaigns- in Patna in 1974 and in Bhagalpur in 1976 and managed to escape both times. Several comrades also lost their lives during the jail break. Com. Navin was elected to the zonal committee of Nawada (Bihar) in 1974 and became the member of East Bihar zonal committee in 1978. He also undertook the responsibility of party work in Purnea, Naugachiya, Bhagalpur, Nalanda and some other districts. From 1987 to 2015, he served as the Nawada district office secretary. Since 2015, he started living in Rupauli in Purnea. His death is a great loss for the party. Red Salute to Comrade Navin. Comrade Shanti Devi Com. Shanti Devi, a popular and fighting leader of AIPWA from Tarari, Bhojpur passed away on 16 December 2017. She was 55 years of age. Com. Shanti Devi had been keeping unwell and was with her brother in Chhattisgarh and at the time of her death. A senior comrade, Shanti Devi was a...

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Mandate Gujarat 2017: The BJP, Though Victorious, Stands Eroded In Its Stronghold

The Gujarat Assembly Elections 2017 mandate is notable not so much for BJP’s victory but for the sizeable shrinking of support for BJP, not only since the 2012 Assembly Elections but since the 2014 Parliamentary Elections. The election campaign was marked by increasing desperation on part of the BJP and its leadership team of Modi and Amit Shah. The winter session of Parliament was postponed, the entire cabinet camped in Gujarat, neglecting every other issue in the country. The Prime Minister fell silent on the “Gujarat Model of development” that had been the main theme of his speeches in 2014 and in Assembly elections in all other states. Instead he attempted theatrics of flying in on a seaplane, and then fell back on the BJP’s last straw: an open, vicious, communally divisive campaign. With the Prime Minister himself leading from the top, the BJP’s rhetoric used the acronym of ‘HAJ’ for the trio of young leaders in Gujarat challenging the BJP (Hardik-Alpesh-Jignesh) to insinuate that they were a proxy for Muslims. Congress and its leaders were compared to Aurangzeb and Khilji. The Ram Mandir issue was exploited to the hilt. And finally, a visibly desperate Prime Minister resorted to the ploy of claiming that his predecessor was conspiring with Pakistan to install Ahmad Patel – a Muslim – as Gujarat’s Chief Minister! He also pounced on a faux-pas by...

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People’s Tribunal in Mirzapur Against Loot of Adivasi Land

The CPI (ML) and AIARLA organized a Jansunvai (People’s Parlliam) at Oliyar Ghat in Mirzapur on 17 December 2017. The BJP government and administration are flouting all laws to unleash brutal repression in the rural areas of Mirzapur which have an adivasi majority. The Forest Rights Act was passed in 2006 after a long struggle. It is the responsibility of the government and the administration to implement this Act, but it has not been implemented even to the slightest degree. The Van Samitis (Forest Committees) have not been democratically constituted, because of which the adivasis are deprived of the...

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Com. Vinod Mishra’s 19th Death Anniversary Observed

On 18 December 2017, CPI (ML) cadre remembered Com. Vinod Mishra on his 19th death anniversary and paid him tributes. In several party offices, comrades gathered to pay tributes to Com. Vinod Mishra and resolved to carry forward his revolutionary legacies. On this occasion the pledge issued by the parties central committee was read out aloud. The pledge called the party members to take forward the people’s resistance against the fascist offensive and also to work towards making the 10th Congress of the CPI (ML) a grand success. It affirmed that “Strengthening of the communist movement and other progressive...

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Dharna against Inhuman Eviction Drive of Assam Government

On 12 December, people from Sampathar, Killinggok Sowalilukuwa villages of Amchang forest held a dharna at Chandrapur SDC office against inhuman eviction drive of the Assam government. The protest programme was led by the Sadou Asom Gramin Shramik Santha and CPI(ML). Com. Pankaj Kumar Das of CPI (ML), and Comrades Manteswar Rohang, S Sarma, Pilat Marak, and Tit Sangma of Sadou Asom Grami Shramik Santha led the protest on the demands of declaration of forest village, implementation of the forest land right act 2006, rehabilitation of evicted families and granting proper compensation. A memorandum was sent to the Chief...

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Party Conference in Nirsa

The CPI (ML) Nirsa Area Party Conference was organized on 10 December 2017. The flag hoisting was done by Com Upendra Singh and the conference was presided over by comrades Krishna Singh, Manoranjan Mallick and Devi. Inaugurating the conference Central Committee member Com. Shubhend Sen said that this conference is being held at a time when the Left in Nepal, once known as the only Hindu Rashtra in the world, has won a landslide victory and is on its way to form the government there. On the other hand there is a sinister and dangerous conspiracy to turn India, a Constitutional Republic, into a Hindu Rashtra. The BJP rule is pushing the country in the direction of civil war; attacks on religious minorities have escalated; and saffron violence is rife from Kerala to Dhanbad. In the context of this situation we must organize and strengthen the work of building the Party. Preparations for the 10th Party Congress are an important task today and it is imperative that we struggle against the tendency to accept the present situation as it is. The 10th Party Congress is being organized in the face of conditions fraught with many more challenges than any other Party Congress in the past. It is extremely important to make it a success in order to win the struggle against fascism. The Nirsa Area Committee must find a...

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Comrade BN Singh’s Hunger Strike In Hazaribagh Central Jail

Comrade BN Singh who is a political prisoner inside Jaiprakash Narain Hazaribagh, has been on an indefinite hunger strike with a dozen other prisoners, highlighting prisoners’ demands for jail reforms. The demands include that prisoners who have been in prison for over ten years be kept in an open jail; meeting of the Sentence Review Board, in keeping with the NHRC recommendations, every three months to consider release of prisoners who have served 14 years in jail, based on the jail administration’s report on their conduct and potential for rehabilitation; DTH television provision inside the jail, as is available in other jails; provision to meet visitors in both shifts and to introduce intercom in the visiting area so that visitors and prisoners can hear each other; and. Comrade Rajkumar Yadav, the CPI(ML) MLA from Rajdhanwar, raised the issue in zero-hour inside the Jharkhand Assembly. A dharna was held by AIPF at the Firayelal Chowk in Hazarib in support of Comrade BN Singh and the prisoners’ struggle. After Comrade BN Singh’s condition deteriorated due to the hunger fast, the jail management agreed to several of the demands. The prisoners declared that if the Sentence Review Board did not meet by Republic Day, the prisoners would intensify their struggle. Comrade BN Singh then broke his fast by accepting juice from the 70-year-old Ahmad...

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Dharna in Gwalior

A dharna led by CPI (ML) was organized in Phoolbagh in Madhya Pradesh demanding pattas for the slum dwellers. Addressing the protest dharna, the district secretary Com. Vinod Rawat and other speakers reminded the CM of the promises he had made. Com. K. P. Singh also raised the issue of the farmers’ suicide which has been on rise. The speakers criticized the state and central governments for their anti-poor...

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RYA Meeting in Bhojpur

A youth meeting was organized on 11 December 2017 at the CPI(ML) Bhojpur Party office under the leadership of the RYA. The chief guests at the meeting were CPI (ML) Politbureau member Com. Swadesh Bhattacharya, District Secretary Com. Jawaharlal Singh, City Secretary Com. Dilraj Pritam, RYA State President Com. Manoj Manzil, and AISA State Secretary Com. Shivprakash Ranjan. Addressing the meeting Com. Swadesh Bhattacharya said that today the students and youth are divided into two camps, and times are such that they will remain so divided. The first camp is that of young people who follow the ideas of Bhagat Singh andAmbedkar. The second camp is of those people who follow the Sangh, ABVP and Bajrang Dal ideology. These are two opposing forces—one is an anti-social, communal hatred and riot spreading force; the other force is that of young people driven by the ideology of Bhagat Singh and Ambedkar, fighting against fascist ideology and for education and employment. Com Swadesh Bhttacharya pointed out the incidents of breaking and vandalizing Ambedkar’s statues at Mashrak in Chhapra and Tara in Bhojpur and said that the attacks on Ambedkar’s statues are attacks on the entire nation. The perpetrators of these attacks are those very same people who call themselves the greatest nationalists and the biggest Ambedkar followers. The attacks on Ambedkar’s statues are pre-planned and well thought out attacks. This is a...

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Obituary : Comrade Dinesh Maurya

Comrade Dinesh Maurya, member of the party’s Chandauli district committee in Uttar Pradesh, was murdered by criminals at 4 in the evening on December 17, 2012. He had been on his way back from the public tribunal in Mirzapur against the loot of adivasis’ forest land. He got down from a bus with his mother-in-law, just inside the Banaras-Chandauli border. One of the criminals was on the same bus and called the killers to the spot. Comrade Dinesh Maurya was flung over the high railings into the Ganga river, and his body was recovered only the next day. Comrade Dinesh had been active in the party for the past decade. Since the Kisan Mahasabha’s Kisan front, leading struggles of farmers against the grab of their lands for Rail Freight Corridor and GAIL India’s gas pipe line project. Comrade Dinesh’s murder is a huge shock for the party. The party will fight to bring his killers to justice and to continue his work as a fitting tribute to him. Red Salute to Comrade...

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