THE Second All India Conference of the All India Krantikari Kisan Sabha (AIKKS) was held on 11 to 13 March 2018 at Dr. MM Kalburgi Nagar, Shaheed Gauri Lankesh Manch, Shaheed Aalamgir-Mofizul Sheikh Hall (Rajendra Prasad APMC Hall) Raichur, Karnataka. A huge rally was taken out from Naveen Stadium Raichur to Grain Market premises, where a mass meeting was held. The president of the Reception Committee, comrade Raghavendra Kushtagi and comrade DH Pujar, president Karnataka Rayat Sangh delivere welcome and introductory speeches.
The mass meeting was addressed by comrade R. Mansayya, president TUCI Karnataka, Com. Chamarsa Mali Patil, President Karnataka Rajya Rayat Sangh, Com. B. Rudraiyya, State Secretary, CPI (M-L) Red Star, Com. Pradeep Singh Thakur, General Secretary AIKKS, Com. Tejram Vidrohi, AIKKS Chhattisgarh, Com. Sankar Sahu, AIKKS Odisha, Com. Mahesh Jakhar, AIKKS Rajasthan, Com. M.P. Kunhikanaran, AIKKS Kerala, Com. Tirupati, AIKKS Telangana, Com. D.H.Ranganathan, AIKKS Andhra Pradesh, Com. Shibugiri, AIKKS West Bengal, Com. Danappa Nilogal, RCF Karnataka, Com. Akshay, General Secretary AIRSO, Com. V.A. Malipatil, Jan Andolan Mahamaitri Karnataka, Com. Laxmi Anoor, Womens Organisation Karnataka, Com. Kalaivanan, AIKKS Tamilnadu, Com. Anumantamma, Dainik Gramodyog etc. Com. Nirvanappa delivered the vote of thanks. Com. Uchha Reddy and group presented revolutionary songs.
Addressing the meeting the speakers said that the second All India Conference of AIKKS is being held at a challenging juncture, when the farmers are spontaneously organizing and agitating in various parts of the country against the oppressive and suppressive policies of the government. The central government of Modi and the state governments are snatching away the rights of the people and are brutally suppressing the women, farmers, proletariats and human rights activists. The central and the state governments had promised good days for the people before coming to power, but after the elections it is exercising its powers to implement anti-farmer, anti-people policies and is increasing oppression on the poor masses of the country. The farmers, poor and oppressed people of the country have suffered the most after the government imposed demonetization and GST like anti-people policies in the name of eliminating corruption, price-rise and black money which have led the country towards a state of economic emergency. On the other hand the hindutva supporting communal, ultra-rightist forces have murdered various progressive intellectuals, thinkers and journalists like Dr. M.M. Kalburgi, Narendra Dabholkar, Govind Pansare, Gauri Lankesh etc. and are trying to crush the thoughts of equality and voices of dissent. In this situation AIKKS is confronting a serious challenge, which can be faced only by an aggressive united struggle.
On 12th March, the second day, the Conference began by hoisting the AIKKS flag and paying tributes to the martyrs like Dr. M.M. Kalburgi, Gauri Lankesh, Govind Pansare, Narendra Dabholkar, Mofizul Sheikh, Alamgir Molla, AIKKS Central Committee member from Odisha Comrade. R.B. Mohanty, leader of peasant’s revolt in India Com. Ramchandra Singh, Com. Rajshekhar and others who sacrificed their lives to form an oppression free society based on equality.
In the Conference, a discussion on the proposed program and constitution and the report presented by the General Secretary of AIKKS was held, which was passed unanimously with suggestions and amendments. Presenting General Secretary’s report, he categorically stated that the present grave crisis of agriculture is primarily due to policies dictated by World Bank, World Trade Organisation and IMF and implemented with new zeal by Modi government at centre and various state governments. So it was decided unanimously from the conference floor that to Save India, Save Agriculture and Save Peasants, total rejection of neo-liberal policies is not only urgently necessary, but obligatory and adoption and implementation of pro-agriculture, pro-peasantry alternative policies is also necessary. The report was also unanimously adopted.
The Conference empathetically rejected neo-liberal policies in agriculture and proposed alternative policies which included land reform for landless and poor peasants, comprehensive all embracing laws for agricultural workers, remunerative price for agricultural product as suggested by Swaminathan Commission, complete loan waiver, social security for dalits, Adivasis, OBCs, minorities, etc. Second All India Conference of AIKKS hails the Long March of Maharashtra peasants. This is the way through which peasants can save their interests.
The Conference elected 45 member National Council, 18 member Central Committee and 7 member Executive committee. Comrade Pradeep Singh Thakur, West Bengal was elected as General Secretary and Comrade Baburam, Uttar Pradesh elected as President by the Conference, while Com. Biren Sarkar, West Bengal and Com. D.H. Pujar, Karnataka were elected as Vice President, Com. Tejram, Chhattisgarh and Com. M.P. Kunhikanaran, Kerala as Secretaries and Com. Sankar from Odisha elected as Treasurer by the Conference.
Resolutions were passed with a call for developing a nationwide movement against increasing oppression on common masses and farmers, which are : 1) In support of people’s struggle against the Power Grid project at Bhangar, West Bengal. 2) In support of the demand to provide one and a half times beneficial support price on the basis of the cost of agricultural production and to implement the suggestions given by the Swaminathan Commission. 3) Demanding the waiving of all agricultural loans. 4) Against sexual violence on women, girls and minors. 5) Against religious, casteist and conservative policies. 6)To protect women, dalits, adivasis and minorities. 7) To give priority in providing river water to farmers instead of industries. 8) Against unemployment and corruption. 9) To protect water, forest, land and environment. 10) To reject the neo-liberal policies being introduced in the agriculture sector. 11) To make the government fulfill the promises made for the farmers and people before the elections. 12) Against displacement of forest dwellers in the name of sanctuaries and protected forests.
The Second All India Conference of AIKKS had taken the decision to launch countrywide mighty and united peasant movement to Save Agriculture, Save Peasants and Save India. In the end newly elected General Secretary, Pradip Singh Thakur greeted all who had given any kind of support to make conference grand success. The conference concluded with militant slogans, revolutionary songs and on a note of struggling against the injustice and oppression of the government based on the passed resolutions.
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