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MAHARASHTRA: BJP Suffers New Year Setback in Local Body Elections

THE BJP has suffered a major New Year setback in the elections to four of the six zilla parishads (ZP) – Nagpur, Akola, Washim, Palghar, Dhule and Nandurbar – and in tehsil panchayat samitis (PS) in those six districts. Elections to these were held on January 7, 2020 and the counting was held a day later. In all these elections, each party fought independently on its own strength.

AP: Adivasi Conference Calls for Building Unity & Struggle

THE seventh state conference of AP Girijana Sangham, a constituent of Adivasi Adhikar Rashtriya Manch(AARM) was held on January 10-11. The conference began with a colourful rally and huge public meeting at Parvatipuram in Vizianagaram district. AARM's national convener, Jitendra Chaudhury and national president, M Babu Rao addressed the gathering. They vociferously condemned the Modi government's sinister design to further marginalise the adivasi people in the country by curtailing their rights and means of livelihoods, along with all other socially backward sections and the poor.

Horrific tales of victims in UP

ON December 30, Subhashini Ali, Polit Bureau member of the CPI(M) met with the families of some of the activists in jail: Sadaf Jafar, Robin Verma and Deepak Kabir in Lucknow.
Sadaf’s sister Naheed told her that she met her in jail on the 20th. Sadaf told her that she was badly beaten by policemen who also scratched her face. Her children are extremely brave and very proud of their mother.
Robin Verma’s wife has just delivered their child and his mother, a teacher and widow of a police constable, was very calm.

Uttar Pradesh Left-led Protests against CAA and NRC

RESPONDING to Left parties’ call to organise countywide protest on December 19, 2019 against CAA and NRC; Left activists, mainly of CPI(M), CPI and CPI(ML), and at some places SUCI and AIFB, came out on the streets, in hundreds, at least in 33 districts in Uttar Pradesh as per available reports so far. At some places, Sharad Yadav’s party and some other smalerl parties also joined. They were joined by large number of people beyond Left’s influence including minorities, students and youths.

New Govt Declares Review of Modi’s Pet Bullet Train Project

THE new chief minister of the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi coalition government, Uddhav Thackeray, soon after taking office, has made the welcome announcement that the Mumbai-Ahmedabad Bullet Train Project of the BJP central government will be subjected to a thorough review. This announcement is the result of the consistent struggle waged by the All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) and the Bhoomi Adhikar Andolan (BAA) against the bullet train project for the last few years.

Twelfth National Conference of AIDWA

THE 12th national conference of the All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA), held from December 27-30, 2019 in Mumbai concluded with the call to safeguard the constitution and fight the neoliberal policies and Manuvadi ideology of the current BJP-RSS regime.740 delegates from 24 states attended the conference held in Ahilya Rangnekar Nagar and Mangleshwari Debbarma Hall, Saboo Siddik Polytechnic at Byculla in Mumbai. It was the first AIDWA national conference to be held in Maharashtra.

State Govt Led Violence in Muzaffarnagar

POLICE violence committed on the residents of Muzaffarnagar on December 20, Friday prayer day, biased treatment meted out to the victims of police violence in respect of the registration of first information reports and complaints by the state and district level administration of Uttar Pradesh, and lack of medical attention to injured is under discussion in the national and international media.

‘PM Pleading Ignorance on NRC is Meaningless’

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi’s assertion that there had been no discussion on a countrywide National Register of Citizens (NRC) is not correct, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury has said. Talking to the media in Hyderabad on December 28, Yechury said, “In 2014, answering to my question, the home minister said that NPR (National Population Register) will be started and on the basis of which the process of NRC will begin in all the states. Since then the announcement of NRC made for eight times. This is on record.

Protest Demonstrations Continue across the Country against Citizenship (Amendment) Act

TAMIL NADU
AS waves of protest arose in the country against the draconian Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) over the past week, Secular Democratic Front (SDF) led by the DMK had organised a rally in Chennai to join the cause and to expose the subservient role of the ruling AIADMK to the BJP in the centre, which has supported the Act.

CPI(M) Calls Upon Members to fight rising fascism in India

CPI(M) state committee of Telangana held a two-day plenum at Sundarayya Vignana Kendram in Hyderabad on December 3-4. Senior leader of the Party, Sarampally Mallareddy hoisted the red flag. Nearly 575 delegates attended the plenum from 34 districts and took part in the discussions. The plenum passed four resolutions – on women’s security, religious fanaticism, RTC strike and January 8 general strike, state government’s undemocratic policies and other issues.

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