Left Front chairman and politburo member Biman Bose said on Sunday that six of the Left Front parties — CPI-M, CPI, RSP, Forward Bloc, SUCI (Communist) and CPI(ML)L — have decided to launch a countrywide mass movement from December 8 to 14 to protest against several moves of the Centre, including raising the FDI cap in insurance sector to 49 per cent and imposition of RSS and Hidutva ideologies in education sector.
The Left parties will also protest against other issues such as spread of communal hatred in the name of love jihad and encroachment upon rights of minorities.
“Eleven of our allies in the state have decided to participate in the movement during that time. There would be street corner meets and sit-in demonstrations among other forms of protest in all the districts here. In Kolkata, there will be a demonstration on December 11 at Y Channel from 2 pm to 5 pm,” Bose said at a press conference on Sunday.
Opposing the Centre’s decision to elevate the Bhagvad Gita to the status of a national scripture, Bose said this was an attempt to implement the ideologies of RSS and Hindutva in the country.
He said the party was going to oppose the amendment of West Bengal Agricultural Marketing Bill on Monday at the Assembly. “According to what we had heard, through this amendment, the government was planning to let multi-national companies take over agricultural marketing, without any control of the state government. Immediately big players will come into the picture and dictate terms on 84 per cent of the population which is connected to agriculture,” he said.
Talking about the restrictions on journalists which are likely to be imposed at Nabanna, the state secretariat, he said it was an attempt to tie down the media. “Journalists would be asked to go to the press corner straight and will not have any right to go elsewhere. They are not anti-socials. It is like a milder version of the Emergency. It is obnoxious and we condemn it strongly.”
Referring to the clash of rallies between Left and TMC on Saturday, Bose said their programme had been scheduled long ago. “The TMC had all of a sudden announced their rally. It is an irony that TMC was launching an attack on democracy from a meeting near the Mahatma Gandhi statue,” Bose said.