Reported by Chinmaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, Dec 15:
Terming the rejection of mining plan in Niyamgiri hill by the local tribals a major victory of the people, CPI (ML) Liberation general secretary Dipankar Bhatacharya today said the Niyamgiri principles set by Supreme Court should be applied to all other districts in the state, where the government is in the process of acquiring land for various projects.
“The landmark judgment of Supreme court with regard to mining activities in Niyamgiri hills should be applied across the state, where the government is suppressing various agitational programmes by the people and illegally booking ordinary people after branding them Maoists,” said Bhatacharya at a press conference here.
It may be noted that in all of the 12 Gram Sabhas held to decide the fate of the mining plan in Niyamgiri Hill, tribal people who live in and around the ‘sacred hill’, outrightly rejected the idea. The Gram Sabhas were held following the direction of the apex court.
Bhatacharya also condemned the Naveen Patnaik government’s ‘witch-hunt’ , due to which six activists of his party have been arrested in Rayagada on false charges of being Maoists.
The party demanded the immediate release of the activists and an end to the policy of facilitating corporates to loot tribals’ land, water and forest.
The Central Committee of the party today concluded its three-day conclave to chalk out strategies for the forthcoming 2014 general elections.
The party has decided to contest three Lok Sabha constituencies in the state while it will contest 70 Lok Sabha seats across 14 states in the 2014 polls. The party, however, decided not to forge any alliance with political parties who join hands with the ruling BJD in the state.
“Our first preference will be to forge an alliance with the Left parties in the state. However, if they decide to go for a tie up with the ruling party, we would choose to go alone,” said the CPI (ML) general secretary.
Welcoming the rise of Aam Admi Party (AAP) in national politics, he came down heavily on Congress and BJP for bad governance and spreading communal tension.
“The recently concluded Assembly polls indicate decimation of Congress, thanks to the anger of general public against the corrupt and anti-people central government. Even though BJP has retained two states and wrested power from Congress in one state, the mandate does not indicate unchallenged domination of the BJP. Now, elections would be fought on principles,” said Bhatacharya.