CPI(M) to continue Andhra agitation

Written by Political Bureau | New Delhi, Jul 30 | Updated: Jul 31 2007, 04:38am hrs
Rejecting offers for talks with the central leadership of the Congress-led UPA government, the CPI(M) on Monday decided to continue with the ongoing agitation for land distribution in Andhra Pradesh. The party has also decided to send delegations of people's representatives from its strongholds, Kerala and West Bengal, to direct the protests.

Six people had died in police firing in Khammam during the CPI(M) sponsored bandh on the issue on Saturday.

The Congress, as well as the Centre, have been trying to resolve differences with the Left parties on the issue. Prime Minister Singh on Monday spoke to chief minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy and reviewed the situation. The Left, however, have refused to come to the negotiating table. "We have basically two demands. The state government should appoint a commissioner with judicial powers to oversee the process of distributing land. Second, the land government land occupied by the poor, who were agitating, must be redistributed to eligible persons," CPI(M) central secretariat member Sreenivasa Rao told FE.