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CPM chakka jam on January 20

THE STATE Committee of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) will stage state-wide chakka jam on January 20 to protest the BJP Government?s failures, particularly as regards to basic amenities like power, water, roads and relief to farmers. Second phase of the agitation would be launched from third week of February.

india Updated: Jan 13, 2006 14:48 IST

THE STATE Committee of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) will stage state-wide chakka jam on January 20 to protest the BJP Government’s failures, particularly as regards to basic amenities like power, water, roads and relief to farmers. Second phase of the agitation would be launched from third week of February.

Addressing a press conference here, state secretary of CPM Bahadur Singh Dhakad said that
the Government has miserably failed on its electoral promises regarding power, water and roads, and farmers are facing one of the worst conditions on these counts.

Instead of being provided power, farmers are being lodged into jails on pretext of failure to pay huge electricity bills.

Similarly students are facing dark future as exam time is nearing and there is no power facility, he added.

The CPM leader said rather than providing adequate water for irrigation purposes, the State Government has decided to privatise five major rivers – Chambal, Betwa, Ken, Kali Sindh and Tons, which would lead to common people paying huge sums to use water.

Government has also decided to hand over drinking water supply in major cities to foreign companies, Dhakad charged.

Dhakad said that the main demands of the party are – no electricity- no bills, stopping fake electricity bills, stopping forcible collection of bills, stopping filing of criminal cases for failing to pay electricity bills, stopping power cuts, stopping disbanding and

privatization of Electricity Board, solving drinking water problems in urban and rural areas, expansion of irrigation facilities, withdrawal of hiked irrigation taxes and stopping of privatization of rivers

First Published: Jan 13, 2006 14:48 IST