CPM worried about exodus of Dalits

Published: 13th January 2013 11:23 AM  |   Last Updated: 13th January 2013 11:23 AM   |  A+A-

The CPM’s land struggle is fizzling out without mass support.

According to Laha Gopalan, leader of the  Sadhujana Vimochana Samyuktha Vedi, “the CPM is worried about the  exodus of dalits and downtrodden  from the party  following the success of the Chengara struggle. It wants to   keep them as their obedient cadre. If it had any sincerity it  should have implemented the Justice Manoharan commission recommendations asking the government to take over 76,000 acres of   land under possession of the  Harrison Malayalam, the lease period of which has already  expired.”

He said the VS government which had   prepared the Chengara package  aiming to provide land to 1495 families could provide it only to 74 families. The CPM should have asked the government to  take over the 2,600 acres of land sold to  Bishop  K P Yohannan when Harrison had no right to sell the leased land, he said.

Speaking to Express, Adivasi Gothra Mahasabha state co-ordinator M Geethanandan  said  the CPM was politicising the issue. The UDF government wants to make Kerala a  ‘zero landless’ state. It has also identified 2.32 lakh landless families. By  erecting the shacks at  the so-called surplus land, the CPM wants to create a law and order issue and sabotage the very cause, he said. ‘’What we want is allotment of sufficient land to the landless belonging to all communities who need land for farming to  sustain themselves,’’ he  said. He  wants both the Left and Right political fronts to evolve a consensus for a package. There was sufficient revenue land in Kasargod, Kannur, Kozhikode and  Idukki.

The CPM has also been exposed  as it was under the  VS government that the required sanction  was  granted to Aranmula airport project and  Kochi medicity project at Kadamakkudy  in the environmentally sensitive land.

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