CPI demands KCR to shelve shift of dharna chowk

Warning Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao that his moves to suppress the voice of the democracy will not succeed, the CPI has asked the Chief Minister to withdraw the decision of lifting the Dharna Chowk from Indira Park.

CPI national general secretary Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy has addressed a letter to the Chief Minister in this regard on Thursday. He stated in the letter that the leaders of the people’s organizations and MLAs would address the dharnas staged at Dharna Chowk, located in center of the City i.e. Indira Park, by various people. The media would publish and transmit the same. But the Chief Minister was trying to see that there won’t be Dharnas and media coverage by shifting the Dharna Chowk from there to City Outskirts.

It was atrocious and anti-democratic act, he termed. Organizing dharnas were common in democratic country like India when the elected governments failed to fulfill the aspirations of the people, he said. The people would express their dissent in various forms by organizing meeting, dharnas and conducting press meets etc, he said and warned that the state government would experience the severe ire of the people in case it failed to allow these practices. The people would organize these activities without taking permissions leading to frictions, he said and reminded that the Central government was allowing the people to stage dharnas at Jantar Mantar in Parliament Street, one stage dharna in front of the Tiruvanantapuram Secretariat. In Bengaluru, the government would allow the people to stage dharnas at Freedom Park located in front of the Assembly. In Mumbai, the people would stage dharnas at Azad Maidan located near the Assembly building. But in Telangana, the state government was behaving against the democracy. He warned that the leaders would lose their power with undemocratic activities and asked the state government to stop shifting of Dharna Chowk from the existing location to City Outskirts. (NSS)