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West Bengal: Theatre of the Absurd, Emerging Alternative

WEST Bengal is witnessing a theatre of the absurd with the game of turncoats. TMC and BJP are exchanging leaders among themselves, desertions have become a monotonous affair. Recently, much hullabaloo has taken place over senior minister ShuvanduAdhikary’s party hopping. Adhikary joined BJP in presence of union home minister, Amit Shah along with other TMC MLAs, MP, and leaders of different regions. In a public meeting in Medinipur, Adhikary accused the chief minister’s nephew as an ‘extortionist’, an allegation which is widely prevalent in the state.

Tripura: 21st State Kisan Conference Vows to Fight anti-Peasant Policies.

PEASANTS and workers, the two major work-force of the country have shared the same platform, which inevitably may manifest a new stream of movements in the coming days, said Manik Sarkar. More than 500 kisan organisations representing different strata of farmers with different urge and variable interests have come together to one point i.e., repeal Farm Acts and roll back the Electricity Amendment Bill. In spite of the shrewd drive of the ruling power to create division among the kisans, and mud-slinging with fraudulent allegations, their unity has proved to be hard rock.

Odisha: Spontaneous response to Bharat Bandh

IN response to the call of Bharat  Bandh on  December 8 by the farmers' organisations demanding the withdrawal of  the three  anti-farmer Agri-Laws enacted by BJP government at the centre, since 6 am, normal life came to standstill all over the state in Odisha. Road, rail and air transport services were stopped. Shops, business establishments, financial institutions could not open the shutters. Spontaneity was marked since morning itself.

All India Convention for Dalit Rights and Against Atrocities on Dalits

FIVE Left organisations working among agricultural workers jointly organised the all  India convention for dalit rights and against atrocities on dalits in Constitution Club Annexe, New Delhi on December 21, 2020. More than 250 delegates from states who participated in the convention, were from these organisations-All India Agricultural Workers Union, All India Agragami Krishi Shramik Union, Agricultural and Rural Labour Association, Bhartiya Khet Mazdoor Union, All India SamyuktKisan Sabha. The convention was inaugurated by Ramon Magsaysay Awardee, Bezwada Wilson.

Kerala: Governor Rejects Proposal to Convene Special Session

IN a confronting approach, Arif Mohammad Khan, Governor of Kerala has rejected the proposal of state cabinet to convene a special session of legislative assembly which was scheduled on December 23 in order to discuss the impact of controversial agriculture laws passed by the centre. The governor has disagreed to convene the house on the ground that there are no circumstances to do so. The governor had sought an explanation: what is the need for an emergency session? The government clarified that the Agri Laws have a nationwide impact and the farmers in the state expressed their anguish.

Kerala: Stop Orchestrated Campaigns by Central Agencies in Kerala: Pinarayi

IN a letter written to the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi on December 18, Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister of Kerala has asked the PM to intervene to stop the orchestrated campaigns by central investigating agencies in Kerala. In the name of investigations, he said, the central investigation agencies are doing roving and fishing expeditions which is tarnishing the image of these agencies. He said the plan of these agencies is to implicate the state government and halt the developmental processes in the state.

We reproduce the contents of the letter:

Indefinite Protest Demos till December 31 Launched

HAILING  the historic struggle being waged by lakhs of farmers in the freezing cold of Delhi, U Basavaraj-general secretary of KPRS (AIKS state unit) criticised Modi government for being adamant about conceding farmers demand and trying dirty tricks for breaking unity of the movement. He was speaking after inaugurating the indefinite sate level protest demonstrations on December 16 at Maurya Circle at Bangalore , which will continue till December 31.  The indefinite protest  was inaugurated by beating of drums by farmers’ leaders.

BJP, Main Threat for Regional Parties

BJP HAS become the main threat for the survival of regional parties in the country, said Prakash Karat, Editor, Peoples’ Democracy and CPI(M) Polit Bureau Member, while delivering theMakineni Basavapunnaiah Memorial lecture on “Present Politics- Challenges before the Regional parties”.The 106thbirth anniversary of the Marxist ideologue- M Basavapunnaiah was conducted at MB Vignana Kendram (MBVK), Vijayawada on December 15. P Madhu, managing trustee of MB Trust and CPI(M) state secretary presided over the meeting.

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