'Lakhs' of CPI(M)-backed farmers, workers to protest in Delhi tomorrow

PTI6_3_2018_000093B [File] Representative image- Bharatiya Kisan Andolan activists along with the farmers throw tomatoes on a road during a protest | PTI

The CITU claims 5 lakh peasants and workers will march to Ramlila maidan, Delhi on Wednesday to oppose the acts of the Narendra Modi government. The protesters feel that the government doesn't back the labourers and peasants of the country.

On August 9, AIKS took part in a 'jail bharo andolan', that time, they wanted the government to meet recommendations of the National Commission on Farmers. These included a minimum support price or MSP based on the formula of C2+50 percent; a favourable procurement policy to ensure that farmers actually receive the MSP and increase mass consumption through the effective implementation of the Food Security Act. In March this year, thousands of farmers under the AIKS marched to Mumbai demanding farm loan waivers.

Members of the All India Agricultural Workers Union (AIAWU), All India Kisan Sabha and Centre of Indian Trade Unions will be coming together for the protest rally. The congregation wants to draw centre's attention to problems like rising prices, deepening rural distress, rising unemployment, and the government’s failure to offer remunerative prices for agricultural produce. Ramlila maidan is one of the eight venues where workers and farmers will meet.

AIKS president Ashok Dhawale in his official note on the AIKS website writes, “ The Delhi Rally will also hit out strongly at the communal agenda and authoritarian drive of the Modi regime. It will condemn the serial mob lynching and moral policing and the killing of progressive intellectuals in which the Hindutva terrorist outfit Sanatan Sanstha is on the mat.”

The AIKS on their Twitter page has tweeted images of farmers and workers commencing their journey to Delhi from various parts of the nation.

CPI(M) too, has tweeted about the event.

In 2015, a joint platform called the Bhoomi Adhikar Andolan (BAA) was formed during the successful struggle against the Land Acquisition Ordinance. It was withdrawn after state-level agitations and rallies in Delhi against the Ordinance and with intervention by the Left and other opposition parties in the Rajya Sabha. The BAA has since been fighting on issues like killing of farmers by gau rakshaks, and against forced land acquisition for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad Bullet Train, the Salem-Chennai green corridor and the various Industrial Corridors and Freight Corridors proposals.

The workers and farmers who have been arriving in Delhi for the rally in batches have been met by rainfalls. The Ramlila maidan is flooded forcing them to make arrangements to camp elsewhere.