ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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RAJASTHAN- Drought and Elections

RAJASTHAN Drought and Elections R P Mullick ON October 19, the Shekhawat ministry in Rajasthan declared the entire state drought-affected. Prior to the declaration, the state unit of the CPI(M), along with CITU, its affiliate peasants' organisation, the Kisan Sabha, and two students' bodies, the SFI and USI, besides the Janwadi Naujawan Sabha had stepped up its agitation based on an 11-point charter of demands which included among other things immediate starting of relief work to the distressed on priority basis, -waiving of dues from the peasants and the condoning of fets from the students The agitation was to climax into a statewide movement of demonstrations, encircling of development officers or sit-down dharnas before tehsildars' offices, and filling up of jails by cadres/ workers courting arrest in thousands.

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