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  • SDPI joins Gregory Patrao’s hunger strike
    Mangalore, June 28: The district unit of Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) on Monday, June 28, joined the indefinite hunger strike being staged by Gregory Patrao, and his family from June 17, demanding justice, in front the office of Deputy Commissioner, here in Mangalore

    Every day organisations have been staging protest supporting Patraos one by one. On Sunday as many as 40 villagers from Polali and Ammembala resorted to hunger strike for Gregory’s cause.

    SDPI activists, who have already extended support for the anti-SEZ struggle of Gregory Patrao, sat with the frustrated family on Monday morning and shouted slogans against the State Government, Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board, Mangalore Special Economic Zone and MRPL.

    Haneef Khan Kodaje, President, DK District Committee of SDPI, Alfons Franco, Vice-President, Muhammad Nasir, General Secretary, Abdul Azeez Thumbe, Ibrahim Bolar were present among the protesters.

    Meanwhile Patraos, whose hunger strike entered 12th day today, said that they will not retreat from their struggle until they get back all their land acquired by the KIADB.

  • SDPI terms petroleum products prices hike as ‘savage’; demands roll back New Delhi: The Social Democratic Party of India, (SDPI), has vehemently opposed the savage hike on petroleum products and demanded its immediate rollback to give the common man much needed relief who is already reeling under spiraling prices of food and essential commodities.

    SDPI national general secretary A. Sayeed in a statement said the steep rise in the prices of petrol, diesel, kerosene and cooking gas is a cruel blow on the people, especially the middle class, already burdened with inflation. He said by increasing the prices of diesel and kerosene, the farmers and the poorer sections are going to be badly hit. He said by deregulating petrol prices, the government has opened the way for continuous increases in the prices of petrol. He demanded scrapping of the price increase forthwith.

    Sayeed pointed out that prices of petrol and diesel were increased by Rs.3 per litre only three months ago in the Union budget. International oil prices have not risen substantially in this period. As such the Union Government has no moral right to inflate people’s fuel bill so soon again.

    He said the decision of the Central Government has come at a time when food inflation is around 17 percent and the general inflation rate has reached double digits. India has the dubious distinction of having the highest rate of consumer price inflation in the world, he noted.

  • Fuel Price Hike: SDPI Protest in Kerala
    Kozhikkode: Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) organized hundreds of protest marches in Kerala today against the central governments decision to hike fuel prices. It also observed hartal in the state. Thousands of people participated in marches held in cities and towns throughout the state.

    SDPI leaders urged Congress and CPM to explain how they would alleviate the over burden on the common people caused by taking away the state control on petrol pricing. The consecutive policy decisions taken by the central government were resulting in price increase in all realms of life, said Abdul Majeed faizee, general secretary of state SDPI. He was addressing the protest march held at Kozhikkode.

    The fuel price hike shows that Congress is not interested in catering the needs of common man, but in safeguarding the interests of corporate monopolies. With this decision what the Congress government at the centre has done is nothing but to disregard the faith, poor sections of the Indian polity bestowed upon it.
    The responsibility of CPM is not mere staging protest against central government. The state government should be ready to reduce the burden of the people by cutting down the surplus tax from price hike, he added.
    The march at Kozhikkode started from stadium premise, passed through Mananchra square, Railway station and Palayam before concluding at new bus stand premise. It was lead by Abdul Majeed Faizee, M K Manoj Kumar, general secretary of state SDPI, Musthafa Kommery and others.
    The march at Thiruvananthapuram which was held to general post office was inaugurated by Karamana Razaq. District leaders like A Ibrahim Kutty, Nizam Manakkad led the protest march.
    The march at Kannur was led by district general secretary Noshad, Hashi, A Faizal and Niyas.

  • Oil Price Hike: SDPI Hartal today (26.07.10) Kozhikkode: Social Democratic Party of India will observe a state-wide 12 hour hartal today to protest the central government decision to hike price of petroleum products. The hartal will be between six in the morning to six in the evening.
    By the decision to remove state control on the petrol and leave it to the market pricing mechanism, the government has washed its hands from the responsibility towards common people. It's a part of government strategy to escape from the burden of subsidy from their part, alleged state secretariat of the party.
    SDPI asked the people to come forward to protest the price hike.
    PresidentAdv. K P Muhammed Shareef chaired the state council meeting. M K Manoj Kumar and Abdul Majeed Faizee spoke on the occasion.

  • Formation of Tirur District: SDPI Leaders Meets Chief Minister Thiruvananthapuram: Social Democratic Party of India leaders meet chief minister of Kerala, V S Achuthananthan and submitted a memorandum to him regarding the formation of new Tirur district bifurcating Malappuram district.
    V T Ikramul Haq, state secretary of the party said in a press conference that even after 42 years after its formation, Malapuram district was still lagging behind in the matter of development. And this backwardness is the main reason behind the demand for a new district. Its need will be clearer if you consider the geography and population of the district. Population wise, Malappuram is in on top. And considering the land area, Kerala is at third place in the state, he added.
    The geographical feature of the district itself is detrimental for its development. For example the distant between two cities of the district, is 135 km.
    Ikramul Haq also said that, the support they are getting even from Tirur MLA P P Abdullakkutty, was the clear indication of the popular sentiment.
    The team who met the chief minister was led by K P Muhammed Shareef, state president.

  • SDPI candidate elected as Vice President in Jokatte Gram Panchayath
    Manglore:  Social Democratic Party of India and Congress have made alliance in an election, held for president and vice president posts, in Jokatte Gram Panchayath on Tuesday.
    The parties were strong rivalries in the Gram Panchayath Election, held recently. In total 16 places Congress had won 7 seats while BJP and SDPI 6 and 3 seats respectively

    Local leaders of Congress and BJP had talks with SDPI, but the party ultimately agreed to ally with Congress.  Haji.B.S.Sharif from Congress elected as President, while B.S hekunhi of SDPI elected for vice president.
    BJP candidates Jayanth Salyan and Madhava Suvarna were contested for President and vice president posts.

  • SDPI , A Political Party of Human Race – Alphonse Frank Bantwal: “The Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) is not confined to any particular caste, religion or class. It belongs to the human race as a whole,” said Kanara district vice president of SDPI, Alphnse Frank. He was speaking after inaugurating the party’s local assembly constituency office at Master Complex in Kaikamba, B C Road, on Wednesday June 9.
    Alphonse said that SDPI throbs to the problems of the poor, downtrodden, exploited and oppressed classes. He expressed the confidence that his party will emerge as the biggest political party of the nation in the coming days.
    Party’s local constituency unit president, S P Sahul Hamid, presided. District general secretary of the party, Mohammed Nasir, Mittabail Jumma Masjid president, Abdul Razack, Raita Horata Samiti general secretary, V Subrahmanya Bhat, joint secretary, I K Idinabba, Mangalore assembly constituency committee president, Abdul Aziz, district committee member, Fazaluddin, etc., in their addresses, conveyed best wishes for the party’s future prospects in this constituency.
    Party leaders, Mohammed Sharfuddin, Ubaidulla Bantwal, Sajipa Munnur gram panchayat member, Ashraf, etc., were present.
    SDPI local constituency committee general secretary, Yousuf, welcomed. Ijaz Nehrunagar, proposed vote of thanks. Local municipal unit president, M N Mustafa Talipadpu, delivered introductory address. Ashraf manchi presented the programme.


  • SDPI celebrates its first anniversary
    Uttar Pradesh
    New Delhi: With the push of historical victory in Karnataka Gram Panchayat elections, Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) celebrated
    tribals, women and some sections of the backward communities.

    Social Democratic Party of India, (SDPI), has put forth the slogan of "Freedom from Hunger, Freedom from Fear" in its manifesto which was released in first National Delegates Meet on October 18, 2009. The manifesto highlights that two fears obstruct the organic development of the citizens which are: Fear of hunger and fear of violence. The party will work for absolute removal of these two fears from the mind of common man. The manifesto has called for the empowerment of all marginalized sections of the society by mobilizing themselves into a political force, instead of remaining as mere vote banks of different political parties in elections. It has demanded balanced representation of all social groups in legislatures and all administrative bodies nominated by government, in proportion to their population
    Uttar Pradesh
    Uttar Pradesh
    The most significant achievement of the party over the past one Year has been its big victory in Gram Panchayat elections. Social Democratic Party of India has bagged 67 seats in elections. SDPI had contested for 368 seats in the State and has won 67 seats. In Dakshina Kannada, the party fielded its candidates for 273 seats out of which it has won 41. In Udupi district it has claimed 13 seats out of 31. In Coorg, 9 have been won out of 34 seats contested. In Tumkur 3 out of 9 seats have been won besides one seat each in Ramnagar, Hunasur, and Hassan.
    SDPI It made its first victory in Rajasthan Gram Panchayat election in January 2010. The SDPI candidate Mohammad Haneef has been elected as the Sarpanch of the Chann Panchayat in Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan. He is SDPI Bilapur branch secretary. In all 5200 votes(60 per cent polling) were polled in the election. Out of these the SDPI candidate secured 2448 votes while Bharatiya Janata Party, (BJP), candidate Kamlesh finished second getting 1224 votes only. It is important to note here that the total Muslim votes in the Chann Panchayat are 2100 whereas there are 3100 non-Muslim voters.

    The Election Commission of India vide letter dated April 30 has registered SDPI as a political party w.e.f. April 13 this year. The national president of SDPI is E. Abubacker while vice president is Adv. Sajid Siddiqui. The national general secretaries are A. Sayeed and Umar Khan.

  • SDPI demands to build memorial for Ayyankali

    Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala government should be ready to construct a memorial for the noted Dalit leader Ayyankali, said Abdul Majeed Faisy, state general secretary of the Social Democratic Party of India. He was delivering the chief address at the Ayyankali memorial conference organized by the party in Thiruvananthapuram. Ayyankali was a famous Dalit leader and reformist who fought for Dalit rights in the state.

    Mr Faisy opined that the governments in Kerala were deliberately ignoring Ayyankali. The caste leadership of CPI (M) and Congress is the reason for this ignorance as it is their need that the people forget Ayyankali who made efforts for the unity of the low caste. Feudal lords would have called him a terrorist if that word was familiar then. The problems brought to light by Ayyankali are relevant today also, he added.

    Former minister Neelalohithadasan Nadar inaugurated the conference presided over by SDPI district president MA Hameed. Scheduled Castes-Scheduled Tribes Aikya Vedi (united forum of SC/ST) general secretary Aithiyur Surendran, Dalit Aikya Vedi convener Karakulam Sathyakumar, SDPI state secretary Muvattupuzha Ashraf Moulvi and district leaders Kunnil Shajahan, Adv Pirappankode Shajahan and Karamana Razaq spoke. Similar conferences were organized by the party in Idukki and Kannur also.

    The conference was organized on the occasion of the 69th death anniversary of Mahatma Ayyanakali (as he is also known). Ayyankali was born in Venganoor in Thiruvananthapuram to Dalit parents. He grew up illiterate as other Dalits of the time but fought for educational rights of his community. He fought against the injustices done towards Dalits by the high caste people and led people in their struggle for rights including the right to walk on public roads and the right for Dalit women to cover their upper body. Ayyankali died on June 18, 1941.

  • 100 activists held for staging 'rail roko' in Madurai

    Madurai: Police Wednesday arrested over 100 activists of various political parties and other organizations including Social Democratic Party of India, Popular Front of India when they attempted to stage a 'rail roko' agitation to express their solidarity with the six lawyers of Madurai Bench of Madras High Court, who are on a fast-unto-death agitation demanding that Tamil be made official language of High Court, here today. 
    The activists of Tamil Nadu Muslim Munnetra Kazhagam (TMMK), Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK), Naam Tamilar, Thanthai Periyar Dravidar Kazhagam, Social Democratic Party of India, Popular Front of India, besides students of Government Law College here were rounded up by the police, before they could enter into the Madurai Railway Junction.
    The agitators came in several batches to the railway junction and raised slogans demanding the Centre to declare Tamil as the official language of the High Court. A large number of policemen were deployed in front of the railway junction in view of the agitation. Meanwhile, about 100 volunteers of VCK, led by their leader Pandiyammal staged a slogan shouting demonstration in front of the High Court complex here for similar demand.

  • SDPI office Inauguration & Felicitation for elected candidates
    DK: SDPI office Inauguration and felicitation programme for newly elected candidates was conducted recently at Maddadka, Dakshin Kannada.
    Hanif Khan Kodaje, Dakshin Kannada district president of Social Democratic Party of India, inaugurated the party office and SDPI backed candidates, who won the Gram Panchayath election from neighbouring wards, were also felicitated in this occasion.

    The candidates who were felicitated are Alfons Franko, Muhammad Ali, Kamala and Fathima.

    Speaking to gathering Hanif Kodaje said real faces of the parties which were cliam themselves as secular had been revealed with SDPI come in to existence.
    There is a need of political empowerment for Muslims, Daliths and Backward communities he added.

    Muhammad Raziuddin, President of SDPI belthangady constituency, Devi Prasad, Editor of Jai Kannad weekly, Usman Alandila, President of Nurul Huda Jumma Masjid Maddadka, Lanci Pirera, vice president of Church Palana Mandali, Salim Guruvayankere, the party sertary of Dakshin Kannada, Akbar, General Secretary Alfons Franko, Muhammad Ali, Kamala, Fathima and Abdul Razaq were present at the dais.

    Unus Amin, president of Maddadka unit welcomed while Salih delivered vote of thanks.

  • Bhopal verdict is Second Judicial Disaster: SDPI
    New Delhi: The Social Democratic Party of India, (SDPI), while vehemently deploring the Bhopal Chief Judicial Magistrate’s judgment in the case of Bhopal Gas Tragedy, world’s worst industrial disaster, described it as the Second Judicial Disaster in the matter of the Union Carbide genocide of December 1984. This judgment excluded the CEO of Union Carbide Corp. Warren Anderson from the list of guilty and allowed the rest of the guilty (including Keshub Mahindra, the then CEO of Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. which controlled the Indian subsidiary of Union Carbide Corporation to go scot free of the charges of genocide (murder) in Bhopal more than 25 years ago.

      Aboobacker, president of SDPI, in a strong-worded  statement said that the verdict in the Bhopal Gas Tragedy case was a mockery of justice. The judgment was on the expected lines as the hands of the CJM were tied by the charges framed under Section 304A of Indian Penal Code, (IPC), and not under Section 304-II of IPC which had been struck down by the Supreme Court of India in 1996.

      He questioned the role played by the local protectors of the company viz- our politicians and bureaucrats? Why were the authorities responsible for enforcing safety regulations not touched? Was the state not a party to the accident? Officers from the state and Central Governments regularly visited the plant and issued safety certificates duly collecting the booty. This incident is yet another disturbing reminder that the poor don't matter in India.

       Meanwhile, the First Judicial Disaster took place on February 14-15, 1989 when the Supreme Court of India put its stamp of approval on the shameless agreement reached between Union Carbide, on the one hand, and the Union of India and the Madhya Pradesh Government, on the other. The Supreme Court, through its 1989 judgment, freed Union Carbide of all Civil Liabilities (and negated both compensatory and punitive damages) and thus rolled red carpet for the neo-liberal capital to begin its plunder and loot in India from 1991 onwards.

       Aboobacker said the government should learn proper lessons the from Bhopal gas tragedy. He demanded the civil nuclear liability Bill, which fixes the maximum amount of liability in case of a nuclear accident at Rs. 500 crore, to be paid by the operator of the nuclear plant, should be reviewed forthwith in the light of the Bhopal gas Tragedy.

  • SDPI Demands bifurcation of Malappuram district
    Malappuram: Social Democratic Party of India demands bifurcation of Malappuram district in Kerala and form separate Tirur district. In a press conference conducted at Malappuram, state leaders of the party said that they would lead public campaign in this regard till the demand was met.
    We will submit memorandum raising the demand for a new district to the chief minister and local administration minister, said P Abdul Majeed Faizee, general secretary of state SDPI.
    The party came forward with this demand bearing in mind the high population of the district, its wide geographical area and overall backwardness of the region.
    Leaders claimed that majority of the people in the district is in favor of bifurcation. A recent survey conducted by the party among the people has endorsed this demand, leaders said.
    The formation of Tirur district will help the people of the area enjoy the fruits of decentralization. The people of the area think that bifurcation would enhance development of the whole region, Faizee said.
    The Malappuram district formed in 1969 is having most number of grama panchyaths and assembly constituencies. While considering the area, though it’s at third place, Idukki district which is area-wise at second place is having population 2.5 million less than that of Malappuram. The leaders also said that new district should be comprised of Taluks including Tirur, Ponnani and Thirurangadi. The total population of the aforesaid area will come to 1.8 million. Area-wise, remaining Malappuram district will come at 7th place with 2,559 square km.
    State secretary V T Ikramul Haq, district president M Bapu Master, general secreatary P M Basheer, vice president T P M Saidalikkutty and secretary Jaleel Neelambra also participated in the press conference.

  • SDPI felicitates its winning candidates
    Manglore: Social Democratic Party of India conducted a Felicitation Program for its candidates who won the BBMP election and Gram Panchayath elections, recently held in state, in Town Hall, Manglore on Thursday, June 3rd.

    Prof.Naznin Begam, who won the BBMP election and Sixty eight candidates, who won the Gram Panchayath Elections were felicitated in this program. In the beginning of the program assembly observed a silence as condolence for the Manglore air crash victims.
    Abdul Hamid Salmara, President of BSP Manglore Loksabha Committee and Ashfaq Ahmad, a leader of JDS in Karkala joined the SDPI in this program.

    Speaking to gathering SDPI State President Majeed Kodlipete said that Social Democratic Party of India has indicated its good future by winning 68 seats in Gram Panchayath elections, in which 365 candidates were backed by the party. The party, formed in June 2009, has managed get huge support from the people in a little time.

    He thanked the party workers, the office bearers and the party candidates for their great effort to take the party in to success.
    “Gram Panchayath is a foundation for the state and the most part of our country represents rural area. Development of these rural areas means the development of the country” he added.

    “In our country 75% of people are living in rural areas. 2/3 of the population is living below poverty line. The condition of the 30 % people in rural area is worst. 80% of the scheduled class and tribes, living in rural areas, are very poor and they are struggling to gain their basic needs”; he added.
    “Governments, ruling India for past 62 years, have been failed to edify these people from this conditions and they have lost the trust of the poeple” he said.
    “Formers have been committing suicides because of loans and lack of fertilizers, but government is not heeding towards them. Governments are making developments of Multi National companies but not of poor” he criticized.

    Speaking to audience K.M.Sharif, member of National Working Committee said “at present situation politics is understood as hooliganism, corruption, and filth. Thus worthy people stayed away from this. It caused criminals, corrupters, who dispose of wealth of the Nation and upper class people to get strong hold in the power. Realizing the fact we formed Social Democratic Party of India”.

    SDPI National Secretary V.R.Imtiyaz, National Exicutive Members Dr.Mehbub Sharif, A.M.M.Shafi, Moulana Usman begh, State General Secretary Abdul Hannan, State Vice President Prof.Naznin Begam, who won the BBMP election recently held in Banglore, State Committee members Thippe Swamy, Mallappa and Hema Latha were present at the dais.

    State level leaders, District presidents, Vice Presidents and the party workers were present at the program.
    Anwar Sadath, welcomed the guests while Imthiyaz coordinated the program.


  • SDPI demands Indian Govt. to snap ties with Israel The Social Democratic Party of India, (SDPI), has been shaken to the core at the news of attack on a flotilla in international waters carrying peace activists and humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza by the Israeli forces. It has demanded that the Indian Government should come out openly to the aid of helpless Palestinian people while snapping diplomatic relations

    The SDPI President, E Aboobakker, in a strongly worded statement said that the dastardly attack should not only be condemned in most vehement terms but also some strong-arm action should be taken against the rogue state of Israel by the world community to desist it from repeating such barbaric and inhuman acts of aggression.

    Aboobakker said as a first step the governments of the world should recall their envoys from Israel forthwith. Just condemning the incident will have no bearing on Israel. The United Nations and the International Court of Justice should take cognizance of this gory incident and undertake appropriate actions to rein-in the Zionist state.
    Social Democratic Party of India is deeply anguished at the Indian Government’s belated routine response over Israel’s role in the flotilla attack. The Government of India should immediately withdraw from all civil and military cooperative ventures with Israel, SDPI President pleaded. It is a disgrace for the People of India that our nation is the closest friend of the damned country.

    It may be pointed out here that the Flotilla was carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza, which is under relentless and inhuman siege for almost three years by the Israeli forces. Seven hundred human rights activists, parliamentarians and many prominent personalities from nearly 50 nationalities were on board when it was illegally attacked killing 20 people and injuring about 50 people. Also 450 activists from different countries were taken into custody by Israel from the captured ships. The siege by Israel is in defiance of the world community as defined by the United Nations Security Resolution No. 1860.

  • Civil rights activists demand probe into Rajasthan blasts The Hindu Special Correspondent 31/05/2010

    JAIPUR: Civil rights activists organised a symposium on “Rajasthan in the grip of saffron terrorism” and took out a rally here on Sunday demanding a thorough and exhaustive probe into the October 2007 Ajmer dargah and May 2008 Jaipur blasts to catch the real culprits and masterminds, who they said were still at large.

    The rally from Shaheed Smarak to Civil Lines was organised by the Social Democratic Party of India, which also demanded immediate release of innocent Muslim young men put behind bars on charges of involvement in unlawful activities and payment of compensation to those wrongfully detained.

    SDPI national president E. Abu Bakar said the State Government had itself admitted that the 13 persons charged with unlawful activities were not involved in the blasts. The rallyists submitted a memorandum addressed to Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot demanding a fresh investigation into the Jaipur blasts following the Ajmer blast probe which has thrown up the names of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh ‘pracharaks'.

    Speakers at the symposium, analysing the investigation of Ajmer blast, said the Anti-Terrorism Squad of Rajasthan police was not collecting hard and clinching evidence against RSS, while the three accused arrested by it were active members of Abhinav Bharat supported by the Sangh Parivar. Even after cracking the Ajmer case, the ATS is silent about its connection with the Malegaon and Hyderabad's Makkah Masjid blasts.

    Feroze Mithiborewala of Mumbai-based Bharat Bachao Andolan said the investigators should pay attention to “political context” of each terror attack in the country to reach their masterminds. He said the Hindutva terrorism coming to light had international ramifications with the geo-political map of the world being redrawn by imperialist forces.

    Delhi-based activist Subhash Gatade expressed surprise over the lack of follow-up on Rajasthan Home Minister Shanti Dhariwal's charge against RSS about involvement in the Ajmer blast. He said the innocent Muslims framed in both the Ajmer and Jaipur cases should raise their voice for compensation and punishment to the guilty police officers.

    Kavita Srivastava of People's Union for Civil Liberties said the arrest of three accused having links with the Hindu outfits in the Ajmer case had proved that an Abhinav Bharat module was active in the State. Rajasthan High Court lawyer A. K. Jain said the State police had found “open and clear leads” in 2008 pointing to the involvement of Hindutva groups in the Ajmer bombing, but it picked up innocent Muslim youths and tortured them. “The recent removal of three officers from the team indicates that the ATS wants to hide some facts.”