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CPI(M) cries halt to `harmful' reforms

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The CPI(M) Polit Bureau member, Koratala Satyanarayana, presenting a report at the regional plenum in Vijayawada on Tuesday. The party State secretary, B.V. Raghavulu, and others are also seen. Photo: Raju V.

VIJAYAWADA, JUNE 15. The Communist Party of India (Marxist) said on Tuesday that a section of Congress leaders were in favour of continuing the "harmful" reforms initiated by the previous Telugu Desam Government.

Though people had voted against reform processes initiated by the Chandrababu Naidu Government, a section of Congress leaders were trying to misinterpret the popular mandate by attributing other reasons to the TDP's poll debacle, he said. "Some leaders claim that the mandate was in favour of the free power promise and some others argue that the results reflected people's opposition to the TDP's call against naxalites. Certain Congress leaders are trying to cover up the fact that the poll results primarily reflected public ire against reforms," the State secretary of CPI(M), B. V. Raghavulu, said.

In an informal chat with reporters before the commencement of the party's two-day regional plenum, Mr. Raghavulu said the CPI(M) would mobilise public opinion against the continuation of the "anti-people" policies adopted by the previous Government. He said the objective of the meeting was to educate the party's rank and file about the feelings of people who delivered their verdict against the TDP-BJP combine. The party would also chalk out a future course of action.

Welcoming the "useful" promises made by the Chief Minister, Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy, he said the CPI(M) would pressure the Government whenever it lagged behind in implementing them. "The previous Government was thrown out because it failed to implement promises. The present Government must ensure it does not invite the same complaint," he said.

Mr. Raghavulu said the Government must undertake land reforms by distributing to the landless poor the more than 70 lakh acre land it possessed. He said the Government must adopt a multi-pronged strategy by undertaking measures like the announcement of a moratorium on repayment of crop loans, introduction of one-time settlement schemes and the provision of required inputs for farmers to resume cultivation of crops.Referring to the Government's intention of reviewing PPAs signed with private companies, he stressed the need for a comprehensive review of the entire gamut of power sector reforms initiated by the Chandrababu Naidu Government.

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