Police breathed easy as the Maoist martyrs’ week celebrations concluded in the Agency area on Wednesday without any violence. But the cops cannot let their guard down as the Maoist party leadership has sounded a warning to two ministers from the region and other people’s representatives for their failure to safeguard the interests of tribals.
Maoist Andhra-Orissa Border official spokesman Prasad said that ministers – P Balaraju and Botsa Satyanaryana – have done precious little for uplifting tribals in their respective districts. “Hundreds of tribals are dying without proper medicare but there is no sign of government help. The poor tribals are forced to fend for themselves,” he charged.
After unveiling a huge pylon in the interior Agency area to pay tributes to slain cadres, Prasad addressed a gathering of tribals and Maoists. He said the plight of tribals has turned from bad to worse as the government has failed to provide even basic amenities. “Though the academic year began two months ago, schools in several villages in the Agency areas of both Visakha and Vizianagaram districts are yet to be opened. What are they (read ministers) doing?” he asked.
He warned the people’s representatives to resign from their posts in support of the tribals’ cause. “We will take up the anti-bauxite movement in a big way. We want the leaders to quit in support of the movement,” he said and warned them of dire consequences if they do not resign. He reiterated that only tribals should have rights on coffee plantations in the Agency.
Training guns on Congress MP Lagadapati Rajagopal and YSR Congress president Jaganmohan Reddy, the Maoist leader said they were opposing formation of Telangana state as they have business interests in the region. “They want to sail in united Andhra boat as they have invested huge money in several projects in Telangana region,” he alleged. TOI