People's Democracy(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
February 08, 2004
Samara Bheri Meeting In
a lakh of people from all over Nalgonda district rallied in streams to culminate
at government junior college ground
where Samara Bheri (war cry) public meeting was organised by the district
committee of the CPI(M) on January 30. Holding banners and red falgs, and raising slogans against
the misrule of the BJP-led and TDP governments at the centre and in the state,
thousands of workers, sympathisers and wellwishers of the Party poured into the
venue of the meeting. The poor, dalits, backward classes, workers, peasants,
employees, intellectuals, middle class people and others came on foot, by motor
vehicles and cycles. Resounding slogans like CPM zindabad, Long Live Red Flag,
Lal Salam to martyrs and Hindu-Muslim bhai, bhai rented the air. Artists playing
their musical instruments and in fancy dresses portrayed the anti-people
policies of the state and central governments. Several people felt the massive
turn out reminded them of the public meeting held on December 3, 1997, in
connection with the state conference of the CPI(M) in Nalgonda.
the Samara Bheri meeting, Buddhadev Bhattacharya, Polit Bureau member
of the CPI(M) and chief minister of West Bengal, came down heavily on the
anti-people policies and the ‘feel good’ false propaganda unleashed by the
BJP-led NDA government. How could
the people feel good under the BJP regime when people were being killed in the
name of religion for the sake of gaining power, when farmers were committing
suicide and agricultural workers were dying of starvation, he asked.
“Should we feel good for the government of India selling away public
sector industries and rendering thousands of workers unemployed?
Should we feel good for the minorities who were living in constant fear
without any sense of security? How
could the people feel good in the face of elimination of subsidies and the
unemployed youth wandering on the roads? The propaganda of the BJP government
that India was shining is an illusion”, said Buddhadev.
He said he was ashamed that a chief minister led the whipping up of
communal frenzy which resulted in the inhuman atrocities against minorities in
Gujarat, killing them and razing thousands
of their houses to ground.
BJP-led government was acting like a junior partner of the US imperialism and
mortgaging the country’s interests, criticised Buddhadev. It was the only
government which had a minister exclusively for disinvestment.
The NDA government had closed down 17 central public sector units in West
Bengal, rendering thousands of workers unemployed.
When he asked the central government at the meeting of the national
development council what was it going to do with the 15 crore unemployed in the
country, it could not offer any explanation. He said that when he asked chief
minister Chandrababu Naidu how could he campaign in the company of leaders of
communal outfits like the RSS and
VHP, whom the BJP was going to deploy in the coming elections, Naidu kept quiet.
Buddhadev appealed to the people and all secular forces to act unitedly and rid the nation of the NDA government.
Yechury, Polit Bureau member of the CPI(M), said Chandrababu’s talk that
communism was outdated was indicative of his ignorance. Communism was
invincible, and those who propagated that it was outdated themselves faded away
into the limbo of history, said Sitaram. If the people who attended the meeting
were any indication, it was certain that the TDP-BJP combine would not get even
a single seat in Nalgonda district, he commented. Never in the post-independence
period the country witnessed so many starvation deaths in the country as it did
during the five-year regime of the BJP-led NDA government, he said.
Referring to the communal agenda of the sangh parivar, Sitaram said the
Ram bakhts of Kaliyuga were
living for the sake of power, and for the sake of power they are willing to kill
people. If we have to live, we have to defeat the governments at the centre and
in the state, Sitaram told the people.
V Raghavulu, state secretary of the CPI(M), said the chief minister, Chandrababu
Naidu, who rendered farmers foodless, was insulting them by asking who would
take gruel. He criticised that the
CM did not pay any compensation to the families of the farmers who committed
suicide, though he had sent MLAs with their spouses on foreign jaunts all in the
name of so-called development studies. Raghavulu asked the people to render the CM insecure, for he
was saying that more work would be done only when there was no job security.
He asked the people to defeat the TDP which had neglected construction of
projects agreeing to the conditionalties of the World Bank.
Swarajyam, member of the central committee of the CPI(M), and Narra Raghava
Reddy, former leader of the legislature party of the CPI(M), addressed the
meeting. Member of the central
committee of the party, M V Narasimha Reddy, K Krishna Murthy, state committee
member of the Party, N Narsimhaiah, former leader of the CPI(M) legislature
party and others were on the dias. While
district committee secretary of the
CPI(M), Ch Sitaramulu presided over the meeting, former MLA
Nandyala Narsimha Reddy, welcomed
and former MLA Julakanti Rangareddy proposed a vote of thanks.