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RDF statement on Andhra Pradesh ban

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11 October 2012   -  Statement

Revolutionary Democratic Front (RDF) presented its defense yesterday, i.e. on 10th October 2012 before the Advisory Board constituted by Andhra Pradesh Government to look into the ban imposed on our organisation.  The President of RDF, Varavara Rao and Vice-president, Ganti Prasadam appeared before the Advisory Board and argued against the arbitrary, authoritarian and undemocratic ban imposed by Andhra Pradesh Government on the organisation.  In this regard, we would like to clarify a few more points here. The Government of Andhra Pradesh (the Intelligence Department mainly) has given false and wrong information to the Advisory Board.

The copies of the documents and papers provided to the Advisory Board are not given to us. This is against all democratic procedures and against rights of the accused. Our organisation has no idea of such fabricated documents and the wild allegations made against the organisation and its members. Naturally it couldn't not have been possible for us to concretely answer wild allegations levelled against us without looking into those papers. The supposed letters from the leaders of CPI (Maoist) and the President of Janatha Sarcar intercepted by the Intelligence Department could never have been seen by G. N. Saibaba, our joint secretary. We cannot take any responsibility for such wild allegations. The fact that the intelligence chief of the state represented in the meeting shows that the Government is heavily drawing on the fabricated information of the Intelligence Department.

The High Court of Odisha did not uphold the ban imposed on RDF and its constituent organisations. The Bhubaneswar High Court gave two suggestions to Daman Pratirodh Manch that it should approach the Government of Odisha to review the ban and it should register the organisation under People's Representative Act, 1951 and fight elections to propagate the politics of the organisation among people. Daman Pratirodh Manch having not satisfied by these suggestions approached the Supreme Court. Now the Supreme Court has issued a notice to the Government of Odisha to give their response. However, Daman Pratirodh Manch filed a review petition before the Government of Odisha on 20 August 2011 as advised by the High Court. But there has been no response from the Odisha Government so far. While these are the realities, AP Government (Intelligence Department) has given false impressions to the Advisory Board that the High Court of Odisha upholds the ban on RDF.

We would like to also clarify that there is no criminal case on our Joint Secretary G.N. Saibaba in Delhi as the intelligence Department of AP Government would like the Advisory Board believe. At least, Saibaba or anyone else in our organisation has not been informed by the Delhi authorities about such a case.

We would like to reiterate that ours is an autonomous revolutionary people's organisation. The alleged organisational links with CPI (Maoist) that the ban order seeks to implicate our organisation are fabricated and imaginative. Some similarities in political and ideological frameworks of both these organisations in opposing feudalism and imperialism as retrogressive ideologies and institutions cannot be misinterpreted as organisational linkages.

RDF politically mobilizes people on issues of paramount importance in this country and has been diametrically opposed to the views and policies of those who are in power. We believe that this is the only reason why this ban is imposed on our organisation. We hope that the Advisory Board considers all these facts while looking into the arbitrary ban imposed on our organisation.

Varavara Rao, President, 09676541715

Ganti Prasadam, Vice-President

Rajkishore, General Secretary, 09717583539

G N Saibaba, Joint Secretary


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