CPI, CPI(M) stage walk out over mining issue

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Hyderabad, Mar 13 (UNI) Members of the Communist Party of India (CPI) and CPI(Marxist) today staged a walkout in the Andhra Pradesh Assembly in support of the tribals and protesting against the Congress Government's mining policy, allegedly favouring big corporates.

Dissatisfied with Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy's reply on the issue, CPI Legislator G Demudu led his party colleagues out of the House, after alleging that the Congress Government was stubborn in going ahead with the Bauxite Mining Project, ignorning environmental concerns and stir by tribals cutting across partylines.

''A curfew-like situation is prevailing in the tribal areas'' as the Government was bent upon suppressing the stir by tribals, CPI(M) Floor Leader N Narasimaiah alleged before leading his party members out of the House.

BJP Floor Leader G Kishan Reddy alleged that the project posed a grave threat to environment and violated the provisions of the Wildlife Protection Act, before leaving the House in protest.


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