Increasing under pressure due to the hunger strike launched by Communist Party of India (Marxist) state secretary B V Raghavulu, the state government on Monday said that an all-party meeting would be called to discuss the demands raised by the veteran Communist leader.
This was announced by Handlooms and Textiles Minister P Shankar Rao in the Legislative Council after he was cornered by MLCs Chukka Ramaiah and C Seetharamulu who demanded to know what the government was doing about the demands raised by Mr Raghavulu, whose health was deteriorating rapidly.
Responding to their questions and expression of concern for the CPM leader’s health, Dr Shankar Rao said that the government was ready to hold discussions with Mr Raghavulu and would also make efforts towards addressing all the issues raised by when he began his hunger strike four days ago.
The MLCs had expressed concern over the deterioration in Mr Raghavulu’s health and blamed the government for adopting an ‘indifferent attitude’ towards him. They added that the indifferent attitude was also reflected in the government’s lethargic approach in solving people’s problems.
Dr Shankar Rao assured them that the government would send a delegation of Ministers to hold discussions with Mr Raghavulu over the people’s problems and also inquire about his health.
The Minister also stated the government would convene an all-party meeting to address the problems raised by veteran Left leader.
Earlier, the MLCs had also alleged that the government was frequently adjourning the House when the elected representatives tried to raise people’s problems. They had also asked the Minister why the government was reluctant in executing the GOs issued earlier in connection with various issues.