Warm Welcome in Ranchi

The Argora Maidan of Ranchi wore a festive look for the rally addressed by the CPI(M) leaders participating the Sandesh Sangharsh Jatha. Red flags were flying all around the Maidan and a large and impressive procession of thousands of men and women, many of them tribals, wound its way through the Ranchi streets and congregated in the Maidan. Young tribal boys and girls danced to their traditional drum beats and the mood among the people was enthusiastic. When the Jatha vehicle entered the Maidan, it was given a warm welcome by slogan-shouting from the crowd.
The rally was addressed by Comrades Gyan Mazumdar, Joginder Sharma, Subhashini Ali, Biman Basu and Prakash Karat. The issues being highlighted by the Jatha were explained to the people. Demands close to their hearts like the demand for forest rights for tribals, for distribution of land to the landless, ending of forced eviction of poor people, mainly tribals, from areas rich in minerals which are being handed out to rich exploiters by the Government and for the provision of 35 kilos of foodgrains at 2/- a kilo to all elicited repeated applause. The audience responded enthusiastically when the speakers referred to the recent victory of the CPI(M) in the Assembly elections of Tripura which was the result of the pro-people policies successfully implemented by the Left Front Govt., especially to Com. Prakash’s mention of the fact that the Tripura Left Front Govt. had distributed more than 1 lac pattas of forest land to adivasi settlers.