THE state convention of tribal people gave a call to defeat the TDP, YCP, BJP and Congress parties which have been disrupting the lives and livelihoods of adivasis. The convention was held in Visakhapatnam on August 2, presided over by K Lokanadham and B Venkataramana, district secretaries of CPI(M) and CPI respectively. The convention titled ‘Political alternative for the comprehensive development of adivasi areas’ was part of a series of conventions conducted by both the Communist parties in Andhra Pradesh. Ch Narasingarao, state secretariat member of CPI(M) explained that all the protective acts and other statutory orders have been the products of long drawn struggles of adivasis and their supporters. He appealed the people to take Alluri Seetarama Raju, legendary freedom fighter as an inspiration in protecting the rights of adivasis on land, forest, minerals and mobilise them against the loot of corporate companies and present rulers. JV Satyanarayana Murty, state joint secretary of CPI said that the Modi government is averse to the rights of adivasis and so it has not amended the Tribal University Act and is delaying its establishment.
A resolution on the demands and issues incorporated in the political alternative programme was moved by M Krishnamurty, CPI(M) state secretariat member. Sunnam Rajaiah, MLA and CPI(M) leader, CPI leader and former MLA, M Anjaneyulu, CPI(M) state secretariat member M Sitaram also elaborated the resolution. AAP convener Seetal Madas, Babjee of Loksatta party and others supported the resolution and extended their support to the struggles to be launched on the basis of it. The resolution was adopted unanimously by the convention.
STUDENT AND YOUTH CONVENTION
The state convention of students and youth was held at Tirupati on August 6, under the chairmanship of Mantena Sitaram and Lenin Babu state leaders of CPI(M) and CPI. The convention demanded the state and central governments to release white papers on the employment they created in the last four years. The convention adopted a resolution with 24 demands/issues pertaining to students and youth. Students and youth would be mobilised around the political alternative through launching struggles and movements on the basis of the resolution.
V Srinivasa Rao, CPI(M) Central Committee member said that the state and central governments are snatching away education from the reach of the poor. Corporate education institutes barons have become ministers in the state cabinet and that shows the attitude of the ruling party, he exposed. K Ramakrishna, CPI state secretary lamented that Modi could provide employment to about eight lakh youth in the last four years against his poll promise of two crores. PDF-MLC Yandapalli Srinivasulu Reddy, former MLC KS Lakshmana Rao, RPI leader Anjaiah, Loksatta leader Balasubramanyam, DYFI and SFI state secretaries Suryarao and Ramu, AIYF state leader Ranganna and others spoke and strengthened the resolution. They said that the unemployment allowance is the right of the youth and demanded an unemployment allowance of Rs 5000 a month instead of the meager Rs 1000.