Revolutionary greetings to all my comrades who are gathered here at this Telangana Samajika Sankshema Samara Sammelanam that marks the culmination of the Mahajana Padayatra. Special greetings to the CPI(M) Telangana State Committee and the secretary Com. Tammineni Veerabhadram, for successfully taking up this challenging task.
I understand that ever since it was launched at Ibrahimpatnam by Dr. B R Ambedkar’s grandson Prakash Ambedkar, over a hundred and fifty days back, the Padayatra has covered more than 4000 kilometers, eliciting the views of the common people of Telangana on a wide range of issues relating to their lives. In these days when helicopter tours, car and bike rallies are more fashionable, the Mahajana Padayatra is a telling example of how the CPI(M) is committed to the people on the ground, their hopes and aspirations.
The fact that the people were asked to obstruct the Mahajana Padayatra is enough proof to understand that we are on the right path. Rather than making such undemocratic calls to obstruct people’s movements, a plan for alternative development of the State should be launched, or the proposal made by the CPI(M) Telangana State Committee should be taken up. I salute the brave people of Telangana for receiving the Mahajana Padayatra with warmth and wide open arms. The unprecedented response we have got is evident in the fact that attempts to obstruct this Convention on flimsy political grounds has also been thwarted by the progressive people of this State. I need not go in to the details of the BJP MLA’s nefarious statements. I am sure that this convention will stay true to the objectives of the Mahajana Padayatra and provide a platform for alternative politics in the State, to discuss an alternative plan of action for social justice and all-round development and solution for the problems faced by the people of Telangana. (more…)