Left Parties Gear Up For Rayalaseema Bandh On May 24

The CPI and CPI-M are getting ready for the Rayalaseema bandh on May 24 against the prevailing drought conditions and the failure of the state government to address the issues.

Amaravati: The Communist Party of India (CPI) and the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) are gearing up for the Rayalaseema bandh on May 24. The Left parties have called for the bandh to protest against the failure of the government in drought mitigation in the region. The Left parties have also accused Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu of neglecting the State except Amaravati. The parties alleged that the people of Kadapa, Kurnool, Ananthapur and Chittoor districts have migrated to other States in search of living.

CPI State Secretary K Ramakrishna and CPI-M State Secretariat member Ch Baburao released the wall-poster to campaign for the Rayalaseema bandh. Speaking on the occasion, Ramakrishna said that the government had declared 184 mandals of Rayalaseema as drought hit. The 63 mandals of Anathapur district have been facing severe drought for the past six consecutive years, he said and regretted that the success governments have failed to handle the situation. He alleged that the governments were declaring drought hit mandals and closing eyes to the woes of the people. The governments have done nothing to help the people or mitigate drought by getting support from the Central government, he said. While people are migrating to the other States, the cattle are sent to the slaughter houses, he regretted. The cattle have no drinking water and fodder, he said and blamed the government for neglecting these issues.

CPI-M State Secretariat member Baburao accused Chief Minister of spending time and energies for Amaravati while neglecting the rest of the State. He said that the Chief Minister was holding conferences and foreign visits to mobilize investments in Amaravati while people from the State are starving and migrating to other States for livelihood. He ridiculed Chandrababu Naidu’s claims of making Amaravati a global destination and said that people from Andhra Pradesh were looking for other destinations for their survival.

The CPI and the CPI-M leaders called upon the people of the State to extend support to the Rayalaseema bandh on May 24. They requested the people to join the bandh on the day in Rayalaseema and also extend solidarity in other parts of the State.

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