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Janashakti lists out 42 issues for talks

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KAKINADA, JULY 5. The CPI(ML) Janashakti group of naxals have announced a people's agenda consisting of 42 social and economic issues for consideration of the Government for talks with the naxalites.

Among the major issues put forth by them, were creation of an autonomous tribal State merging all tribal areas including Dandakaranya area, creation of a separate Telangana besides according special emphasis to the backwardness of North Andhra and Rayalaseema areas by allocating special funds for their development.

The Janashakti group also wanted a probe into the police excesses in tribal areas under the garb of combing operations and releasing unconditionally all the activists, workers and sympathisers of revolutionary organisations, who were under illegal confinement and languishing in jails.

M. V. Prasad, official spokesman of Janshakti Ramachandran group, G. V. Raghavulu, Buddha Satyanarayana, Yanala Papireddy and Appari Venkatrao, State leaders of Janashakti, signed the memorandum containing the people's agenda, which was submitted to the Collector here on Monday. The leaders mobilised several workers and sympathisers from various parts of the State and tried to take out a rally in town. However, in the absence of police permission, they decided to stage a protest in front of the Collectorate. Later, a delegation they met the Collector and presented the people's agenda.

The other issues include lifting of ban on People's War and other people's organisations, revoking of POTA and releasing of those arrested under POTA unconditionally and revoking all agreements with the World Bank.

The Janashakti leaders said they were not against holding talks with the Government but a proper invitation should come from the Government.

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