ml_update_taxonomy: Vol. 20, No. 34

Gorakhpur Massacre: Yogi Must Go!

On the eve of India’s 70th Independence Day, the deaths of 79 children in a Gorakhpur Government hospital offers a grim diagnosis of the state of health of our democracy and polity. Those babies and children did not die in a ‘tragedy’ – their lives were literally choked off by deliberate, cold-blooded negligence by Governments both at the Centre and Uttar Pradesh. Barely half a kilometer from the BRD Medical College where the children died starved of oxygen, Narendra Modi had declared at an election meeting that he had a 56-inch chest and that if he became Prime Minister,...

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CPI (ML) Observes National Protest Day against Deaths of Children in Gorakhpur

CPI (ML) called for a national protest day to be observed on 14 August against the deaths of over 70 children in BRD hospital in Gorakhpur due to lack of oxygen. The deaths which occurred over 6 days were criminally allowed to happen due to gross negligence leading many to terms these deaths not as tragedy but massacres. Uttar Pradesh : CPI(ML) Activists Arrested During Gorakhpur Bandh The CPI ML) observed 14 August 2017 as a countrywide protest day against the killing of children in the BRD Medical College Hospital due to cutting off oxygen supply. The Party has...

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Jan Convention Resolves to Resist Illegal JD (U)-BJP Government In Bihar

The CPI(ML) organized a people’s Convention on 8 August 2017 at the Bharatiya Nritya Kala Mandir against the betrayal of the people’s mandate, the politics of hate and violence and the murder of democracy. Party General Secretary Dipankar Bhattacharya was the main speaker at the Convention which started with songs by Hirawal on the theme of Nitish Kumar’s treachery, after which State Secretary, Com. Kunal explained the context of the Convention with reference to the incidents which took place after the new government came to power and which are pushing Bihar the Gujarat way. Com Abhyuday read out the...

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Protests by All India Kisan Mahasabha and AIARLA on 9 August

In response to a countrywide call by the All India Kisan Mahasabha and AIARLA on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Quit India Movement on 9 August, dharna protests and meetings were held across the country on 9 August on the issues of land, housing and food rights. In Uttar Pradesh, protest programmes were held in Ballia, Deoriya HQ and Bankata Block, Gorakhpur, Maharajganj, Kushinagar, Mau, Ghazipur, Chandauli, Mirzapur, Bhadohi, Sonbhadra, Allahabad, Sitapur, Lakhimpur Kheeri, Pilibhit, Bareilly, Bijnaur, Mathura, Muradabad, Banda, Faizabad and other districts. Activists from AIKMS, AIARLA, CPI (ML) and AIPWA took part in these protests in large...

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CPI(ML) Condemns Bihar State Government’s Indifference to Flood Situation in Bihar

CPI(ML) Bihar State Secretary Kunal stated on 14 August 2017 that floods have wreaked havoc on the lives of people in North Bihar, as in previous years. But the government, despite its tall claims, has failed in its disaster management and lakhs of people have been rendered homeless. Many people have died so far and large numbers of cattle have been lost but the government remains indifferent to the grave flood situation. He added that neither the Central government nor the State government wants to find a permanent solution to the flood problem. Nitish Kumar has always run away from the problem by holding the Farakka dam responsible. But now his government is in power at the Centre as well as in Patna and he cannot shirk the responsibility of finding a sustainable solution to the flood problem. We had said even earlier that heavy destruction is caused by building embankments on the Farakka, Bagmati and other rivers. But the embankment construction continues despite the objections of the people. Report on Champaran Flood Disaster The flood report from Champaran sent by CPI(ML) leader Virendra Prasad Gupta reveals an extremely grave situation. There has been tremendous loss of life and property in entire Champaran, particularly the Narkatiyaganj sub-division but the BJP-JD (U) government remains totally insensitive. In Champaran alone there have been dozens of deaths. Right under the nose of...

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Reports

Kisan Mahasabha Organizes Huge Dharna in Madhubani A huge dharna was held in front of the Madhubani Collectorate under the banner of the All India Kisan Mahasabha on 22 July 2017 to demand the re-opening of the Lohat, Sakri, Raiyam sugar mills and the Pandaul cotton mill. It was announced during the dharna that farmers and workers would launch a serial agitation on this issue. A meeting was organized at the dharna venue presided over by Kisan Mahasabha district coordinator Com. Prem Kumar Jha. Addressing the meeting, CPI (ML) district Secretary Com. Dhruv Narayan Karn said that Nitish Kumar has broken his promise of re-opening closed sugar mills and has instead sold the Raiyam sugar mill to private capitalists. A 11-point memorandum was submitted to the Collector with the following demands: re-opening of closed mills; loan waivers for farmers and workers; payment of crop insurance benefits to farmers for 2014-16; implementation of Swaminathan Commission recommendations for profitable crop purchase price; construction of a multi-purpose dam for a solution to electricity and flood problems; a Market Committee to be formed in Madhubani for sale of farmers’ crops; completion of the Western Koshi canal project; and 90% subsidy on all agricultural machinery. Prior to the Mahadharna, hundreds of farmers who had converged in Madhubani took out a rally through the main roads of the city, led by comrades Prem Kumar Jha...

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