Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Andhra Maoists urge people to boycott polls

Hyderabad | August 30, 2005 4:55:07 PM IST

Maoists in Andhra Pradesh have called upon people to boycott the municipal elections to be held Sep 24.
Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) and CPI-ML Janashakti, the two biggest guerrilla outfits in the state, have appealed to people not to cast their votes.

Home Minister K. Jana Reddy has asked people not to respond to the election boycott call given by Maoists. Claiming that earlier attempts by Maoists to make people boycott elections had failed, he said the polls would go on.

According to police, the boycott call would not have much impact on the polls as Maoists do not have a strong presence in urban areas.

The state government re-imposed a ban on the CPI-Maoist Aug 17, two days after its members gunned down Congress legislator C. Narsi Reddy and eight others in Mahabubnagar district.

The State Election Commission Monday had issued notification for conducting elections to 96 municipalities and 11 municipal corporations Sep 24. However, elections will not be held for three other corporations and 24 municipalities.


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