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Civil society meet decides to campaign against Centre's recent 'undemocratic' steps

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The All India Peoples' Forum (AIPF), a civil rights organization, following its National Council meeting in Durg, Chhattisgarh, has decided to launch a nationwide campaign against the "unconstitutional" move to abrogate Article 370 and "other undemocratic" moves of the Central government next month, culminating on Gandhi Jayanti, October 2.
Participated by representatives from Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Delhi, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Haryana, Jharkhand, Karnataka, West Bengal and Chhattisgarh, the meeting decided to mark October 2 throughout the country with the 'Let's Know Gandhiji', AIPF's Brijendra Tiwari said. The emphasis of the campaign would be on spreading awareness about Gandhi's message on Hindu-Muslim unity, environment, development and partition.
Opposing the decision of the Home Ministry to start the process of preparing the National Population Register along with the pending amendment to the Citizenship Amendment Act as an attempt to make religion the basis of citizenship, AIPF said, there is a need to initiate political dialogue to resolve the Bastar conflict.
It also decided to work for ending farm crisis, passing of pro-farmer laws in Parliament, replacing EVMs with paper ballots, build opinion against abrogation of 44 labour laws, privatisation of Indian Railways, anti-democratic amendments to the UAPA, dilution of RTI Act and Forest Rights Act, immediate release of political and human rights activists from prisoner and so on.
Among those spoke on the occasion included journalist John Dayal, former MLA and socialist leader Sunilam, human rights activist Bela Bhatia, social activists Vijay Pratap, Kavita Krishnan, among others.

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