Atiq Khan



Pledging support to the people’s right campaign launched by convener of All-India People’s Front (AIPF) Akhilendra Pratap Singh, the Left parties and the Rashtriya Ulama Council (RUC) on Wednesday resolved to expedite the people’s campaign and agitation “for establishing the rule of law in Uttar Pradesh”. A meeting will be held soon for finalising the strategy.


Mr. Singh, who had undertaken a 10-day fast from June 10 at the dharna sthal here in support of his demands, ended his fast in the presence of Communist Party of India (Marxist), Communist Party of India, RUC, Socialist Party (India) and Rashtravadi Communist Party leaders on Wednesday.


Addressing a meeting after breaking his fast, Mr. Singh said a third or fourth front cannot be an alternative to the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party as the parties favouring the formation of the front also followed the pro-American policies pursued by these parties. He said there was a need to change the policies, which only the Left, Socialist Party and Ulama Council could achieve.


While U.P. CPI(M) secretary S.P. Kashyap stressed on the need for a Left people’s alternative, RUC president Maulana Aamir Rashadi Madni alleged that the Samajwadi Party government was creating a Hindu-Muslim divide to benefit the communal forces.


The Maulana said the government had not only failed to order an investigation in the FIR lodged in connection with the death of Khalid Mujahid, it had also not exerted pressure on the Centre for conducting a CBI probe into his death.


Communist Party of India State secretary Girish said the State should be freed from the “Mulayam-Mayawati” brand of politics and favoured a Left people’s alternative.


In its agenda for “People’s Right Campaign,” the AIPF pointed towards the law and order situation in the State, which it said was bad. Demanding a rule of law, the AIPF has demanded safety and security as well as democratic rights for all citizens, including women, minorities, tribals and Dalits.


Expressing support to issues raised by the AIPF convener, the Left Collective of Delhi, in a statement, demanded that remedial measures should be taken without delay by the State government.


(Lucknow, The Hindu, June 20, 2013)

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