IN a daring initiative, representatives of the struggling left and democratic parties and peoples’ movements at the culmination of a series of meetings and consultations at Bengaluru decided to form the Janandolana Mahamaitri (Struggling People’s Grand Alliance) as a Mass Political Platform against neo-liberalism and communal fascism to fight the forthcoming elections to the Karnataka state assembly. In a nutshell, the Common Minimum Program of the Mahamaitri, adopted after several rounds of discussion envisages to participate in the coming assembly elections fighting neo-liberalism and communal fascism led by Hindutva BJP. The Mahamaitri which has emerged through unity talks among the struggling left, democratic and secular forces shall also expose the Congress, JDS and other parties who pursue the same neoliberal policies and communal, caste appeasement. It shall strengthen the unity of the struggling people’s movements throughout the state leading towards the democratization in all spheres and for building up of a people’s development paradigm in. More precisely, the program of Mahamaitri is based on two tasks: (1). Build up strong peoples’ movements against corporate communal fascism in all its manifestations; and (2). Develop people’s political alternative against the ruling system.
Constituents of Mahamaitri: CPI (ML) Red Star, Swaraj Abhiyan, SUCI (C) and Welfare Party along with following democratic organizations: 1.Janasangram Parishad, 2. Hyderabad-Karnataka Janandolana Samiti, 3. Karnataka Rajya Raita Sangha, 4. Gramina Krishi Koolikara Sangha, 5. Karnataka Dalitha Sangarsh Samiti (Bheemvada), 6. Karnataka Dalith Sangarsh Samiti, 7. Karnataka Janasakthi, 8. Slum Kreeya Vedike, 9. Karnataka Chhalawadi Mahasabha, 10. Madiga Reservation Horata Samiti, 11. Karnataka Komu Souharda Vedike, 12. Dalith Bahujana Chaluvali, 13. Karnataka Rajya Kattada Karmika Kendra Sangha, 14. KarnatakaJagruth Raith Sangha, 15. Bharathiya Dalith Sangarsh Samiti, 16. Karnataka Raitha Sangha, 17. Revolutionary Youth Federation of India, 18. Trade Union Centre of India, 19, Revolutionary Cultural Forum, 20. Hyderabad Karnataka Vikala Chathana sangha, 21. Karnataka Beedi Vyapariyal Sangha, etc. Altogether 29 people’s organizations are part of the Mahamaitri.
Out of 224 Assembly constituencies in Karnataka, the Mahamaitri has decided to contest in 25 where it has mass base. Out of these 25, the CPI(ML) Red Star will contest in Madikeri, Mudageri, Koppal, Sundur and Lingasugur. In continuation of this initiative, the Raichur District Convention of Mahamaitri was held on February 9, 2018 in which more than 1000 activists and leaders of various organizations associated with the Mahamaitri had attended. The Convention declared R Manasayya, CPI (ML) Red Star Polit Bureau Member and leader of TUCI as the Mahamaitri candidate for Lingasugur and Dr. VA Maliputil as candidates for Raichur Rural constituencies.
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