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Telangana: Opposition parties plan series of agitations on farmers’ issues


Hyderabad: The Opposition parties comprising Congress, Left and others in the State, have decided to launch a series of agitation programmes and ‘fight against the anti-farmer’s policies of the Central and State governments.’ They will participate in the nation-wide agitation programmes including the Bharath Bandh call given by the Opposition parties and the farmers unions on September 27, apart from taking up agitation programmes on issues pertaining to Podu lands, land acquisitions and Dharani portal.

The decisions were taken at an all-party meeting convened by TPCC president and MP A Revanth Reddy at Gandhi Bhavan on Sunday. The meeting was attended by CPI State secretary Chada Venkat Reddy, CPI (M) State secretary Thammineni Veerabhadram, Telangana Jana Samithi (TJS) president M Kodandaram, CPI-ML secretary S Ranga Rao, Cheruku Sudhakar (Inti Party) and Govardhan (New Democracy). The meeting was also attended by TPCC Campaign Committee chairman Madhu Yaskhi Goud, TPCC senior vice president Mallu Ravi, Kisan Congress National vice-president Kodanda Reddy and other senior leaders.

Speaking to the media after the meeting, the TPCC President said an all party Maha Dharna on farmers’ issues would be organised at Indira Park on September 22. He appealed to the farmers and others to make the Maha Dharna a huge success. He said committees would be formed at Parliamentary constituency level to ensure that the proposed Bharat Bandh on September 27 is a grand success. He said prominent leaders would lead the protest on the National Highways connecting Hyderabad. He also appealed to the people to participate in the Bharat Bandh.

The TPCC President said that all-party delegations would submit joint representations to the District Collectors on September 30 seeking redressal of problems being faced by the farmers. On October 5, agitation programmes would be held with regard to Podu lands in the 400 KM connecting corridor. A ‘Podu Rasta Roko’ from Adilabad to Aswaraopet will also be organised.

Veerabhadram said the Opposition parties would continue with their struggle till all demands are resolved. Venkat Reddy said CPI workers would work actively with other parties to ensure success of proposed agitation programmes. Kodandaram appealed to the people to support the Opposition parties’ Maha Dharna on September 22, Bharat Bandh on September 27 and other programmes to protect farmers’ rights.

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