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Mahendra Singh Martyrdom Day: 50 KM Long Human Chain In Solidarity With Farmers

On 16 January 2021, the martyrdom day of beloved CPIML leader and Jharkhand MLA Comrade Mahendra Singh was observed with a massive 50 kilometre-long human chain from Koderma to Gandey, in support of the farmers’ movement to repeal the Modi regime’s three draconian farm laws. Bagodar MLA Comrade Vinod Singh, CPIML Politburo members Swadesh Bhattacharya and Manoj Bhakt, 6 newly elected Bihar MLAs from CPIML - Manoj Manzil, Rambali Prasad Yadav, Sudama Prasad, Virendra Prasad Gupta, Mahanand Singh, and Arun Singh; former Jharkhand MLAs Arup Chatterjee from Nirsa, and Bahadur Oraon from Chakradharpur participated in the human chain.  

At Mahendra Singh’s ancestral village Khambhra, his bust was garlanded and the whole village gathered to pledge their support for the farmers’ movement. At Bagodar, Comrade Mahendra Singh’s statue at the CPIML office was garlanded by Bihar and Jharkhand MLAs, and senior CPIML leaders, followed by the human chain against the farm laws, in which women and men from Bagodar, Sariya, Birni, Rajdhanwar, Jamua and other blocks and small towns participated in large numbers, raising slogans against the Modi-Shah tyranny and in support of the farmers’ movement.

At Ranchi, a memorial meeting was held at Albert Ekka chowk, where the gathering pledged support for the ongoing farmers’ movement. This gathering was addressed by CPIML Central Committee member Shubhendu Sen, social activists Aloka Kujur and Raju Mahto, MCC leader Sushanto Mukherjee, CPIML District Secretary Bhuneshwar Kewat, and CPI District Secretary Ajay Singh.

CPIML paid tributes at the Patna State office and across Bihar to Comrade Mahendra Singh. Among the large number of people who attended the memorial meeting in Patna were CPIML State Secretary Kunal, AIPWA General Secretary Meena Tiwari, State Secretary Shashi Yadav, State President Saroj Chaube, Umesh Singh, Prakash Kumar, Sangeeta Sinha, Rita Baranwal, Sant Lal and others.

Addressing the memorial meeting, State Secretary Kunal said that Mahendra Singh was a people's leader and the epitome of a true people's representative. Fearful of his popularity, BJP-protected criminals brutally murdered him on this day in 2005. His voice was the fearless voice of the revolutionary opposition inside the Assembly. He made the voice of the poor, the oppressed and the  marginalized everywhere, from the Assembly to the streets. He was an ideal people's representative, an inspiration for the Communist movement, and an intrepid warrior for the 'jal-jangal-jameen' rights of the people.

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