September 20, 2020

Protests Condemn Repressive Policies of BJP Govt & Delhi Police

Below we publish reports on the protests held across the country against the false charges made by the Delhi police on Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary Sitaram Yechury, renowned economist Jayati Ghosh, Delhi University professor Apoorvanand, Swaraj India president Yogendra Yadav and documentary filmmaker Rahul Roy, among other prominent personalities. The names of these eminent personalities had emerged in the supplementary chargesheet filed by the Delhi police in connection with the alleged role they played in motivating anti-CAA-NRC protesters.

Protests erupted throughout West Bengal against false and malafide chargesheet in Delhi riots case, mentioning names of Sitaram Yechury and other eminent personalities. Immediate protest demonstrations took place in Kolkata and all other districts. Rallies were organised, street corner meetings were held.

In Howrah, a big procession was held in which CPI(M) state secretary Surya Misra participated. Misra addressed a gathering and said, Communists cannot be intimated through such actions. Conspiracies and false cases were registered against the Communists in the British period too. We have gone through tortures and attacks. We will never surrender. Modi government is out to destroy the character of the Indian republic, its constitution, democratic institutions. It is the duty of every patriotic democratic force to come together to build up strong resistance against this assault.

CPI(M) Polit Bureau member Md Salim said in a statement that those who are looting the country are taking recourse to falsehood to silence dissent. But they will not succeed.

Rallies were held in Tamluk, Khejuri, Burdwan, Katwa, Bolpur, Rajnagar, Medinipur, Jalpaiguri, Siliguri, Alipurduar among other places.

Protests were organised across Kerala against the move of the Delhi Police which comes under the union home ministry to name Sitaram Yechury and other noted public figures in Delhi riots case.
Slogans were raised against the central government and its anti-constitutional steps. The protests witnessed huge participation from the people from different walks of life. In the state, the struggle was conducted in each and every centre of the district and area. Here, the people participated in various groups with four or five members sitting in nearby areas in the same city or village. Party leaders including the Central Committee members and state committee members participated, along with thousands of cadre in more than one thousand centres.

Statewide protests under the leadership of Left parties, TDP, TJS political parties were held on September 15 against framing general secretary of CPI(M) in Delhi riots case.  A dharna was organised in the state centre, at RTC crossroads. Slogans were raised against the Modi government and its fascistic actions and also an effigy of the central government was burnt.

Speaking on this occasion, CPI(M) state secretary Thammineni Veerabhadram said that central government is running according to the theory of RSS, which is to suppress the Muslims, Christians and Communists. The central government under the leadership of Modi and Amit Shah is foisting false cases against them. How can we expect a better deal from those who appreciate Godse and Hitler, he questioned.

CPI national secretary, K Narayana said instead of indicting BJP MP and MLAs connected with Delhi riots, the Delhi police have registered cases against those who raised slogans to save democracy and constitution.

In this protest, CPI(M) Central Committee member, G Nagaiah, state secretariat members, T Jyothi, B Venkat, M Saibabu, Nandyala Narsimha Reddy, John Wesley, other Left parties leaders and TDP leaders, mass organisation cadre participated.

The CPI(M) Maharashtra state committee gave an immediate call to hold statewide demonstrations on September 14 and 15 to denounce the Modi-Shah-led BJP-RSS central government and the Delhi Police who named CPI(M) general secretary, Sitaram Yechury and four others in the supplementary chargesheet relating to the Delhi communal riots.

In Solapur city, nearly 1,000 people held a large demonstration in which the effigy of union home minister, Amit Shah was burnt; 150 people were arrested. The action was led by CPI(M) state secretary Narasayya Adam, state secretariat member M H Shaikh, state committee members Sidhappa Kalshetty, Naseema Shaikh and Nalini Kalburgi.

Large actions were held at 21 centres in seven tehsils of Thane-Palghar district, with a total participation of 2,355. These were Shahapur (650), Vikramgad (600), Dahanu (500), Palghar (355), Talasari (200), Bhiwandi (35) and Wada (15). They were led at various places by CPI(M) Central Committee member, Ashok Dhawale, state secretariat member Barkya Mangat, state committee members Vinod Nikole MLA, Kiran Gahala, Laxman Dombre and Radka Kalangda.

A pre-decided AIKS rally and public meeting of over 7,000 peasants was held on September 15 at Peth tehsil in Nashik district on burning peasant issues. In this rally, CPI(M) Central Committee member J P Gavit, ex-MLA and state committee member Subhash Choudhari condemned the Modi-Shah regime on this issue.

In Mumbai, demonstrations at Bhandup and Powai were led by CPI(M) state secretariat member S K Rege and state committee member Vivek Monteiro. The demonstration in Kolhapur was led by state secretariat member Uday Narkar. Demonstrations were also held in Aurangabad, Jalna, Parbhani, Nanded, Raigad, Buldana, Amravati and other districts and these were led by state committee members Bhagwan Bhojane, Maroti Khandare, Shankar Sidam, Sanjay Thakur, Anil Gaikwad and Subhash Pande.

CPI(M) MLA Vinod Nikole met the governor of Maharashtra and raised this issue with him.

Protests were held at several places in Bihar where activists of different mass organisations participated. The speakers castigated the Modi government and sought action against his ministers who incited violence and asked them to stop intimidating the Left activists and CPI(M) general secretary. Another protest was held in Muzzafarpur where N K Shukla led the demonstration along with Mohammad Gaffar, district secretary of CPI(M) Madan Prasad and others.

In Dhanbad and Ranchi, protests were held. People burnt effigies of the home minister, demanding immediate rollback of the supplementary chargesheet by the Delhi police along with the unconditional release of all those arrested under the UAPA in the Delhi communal violence case.

CPI (M) activists held protest demonstrations across Jammu and Kashmir on September 14, against the chargesheet filed against the Party general secretary Sitaram Yechury and other leaders by Delhi police, against ongoing restrictions on 4G mobile internet and other issues. The demonstrators shouted slogans against the anti-people and repressive policies of the BJP government.

As part of nationwide protests against obnoxious action by the Delhi police, CPI(M) activists protested at Press Colony in Srinagar. Similar protests were held outside divisional commissioners’ office in Jammu, at Anantnag, Kulgam and other parts of J&K.

The protesters condemned the false charges and demanded that their names should be withdrawn from the chargesheet immediately.  The CPI(M) also strongly demanded unconditional release of all political prisoners who are incarcerating in cases under trumped up charges since August 5 last year. The administration must desist from harassing the youth unnecessarily and stop indiscriminate arrests.

In Chandigarh on September 15, protest demonstrations were organised against the false implication of Sitaram Yechury and other activists, academicians in Delhi riots case by the Modi government. The protest meeting was addressed by Raghunath Singh, state secretariat member of the Party.

In the meantime CPI(M) Rajya Sabha MP, KK Ragesh gave a suspension of business notice under rule 267 in Rajya Sabha, demanding that the House express serious concerns on NDA government naming CPI(M) general secretary as a co-conspirator in February 2020 North Delhi communal violence case.

CPI(M) held protest demonstrations in most district centres of Karnataka. Party leaders speaking at the demonstrations condemned the move of the Delhi police which directly comes under the home ministry, of using the Delhi riots case to witch-hunt its political opponents while the real culprits go scot free.

Protest demonstrations were held at Bhubaneswar against conspiracy of Delhi police to rope in Sitaram Yechury and others in the Delhi riots cases. The demonstration of CPI(M) was also joined by CPI, CPIML (Liberation), Samajwadi Party, Congress, journalists, social activists and many intellectuals on September 16.

The citizens of Delhi came out in protest against the diabolic agenda of the RSS-BJP using the Delhi police to tarnish the anti-CAA protestors. The people of Delhi who have stood against the RSS-BJP brand of divisive politics in the last elections need not be told who incited the communal violence which paved the way for the loss of 54 innocent lives. Any number of stand-alone testimonies of people have come out since then which underlined the role of the RSS-BJP in the whole violence. But the Delhi police is shamelessly trying to shield their masters by not even framing a single FIR against BJP ministers, MPs and MLAs who were on an all-out drive to create communal divide just before elections. On the other hand, 20 students and anti-CAA protestors have been arrested and the majority is imprisoned under trumped-up charges. The protest actions against attacks on democracy were held on September 14 at Mahipalpur, Loni and Outer North.