The Left Front on Friday concluded its state-wide padyatras, which began on October 22 under the banner of Bengal Platform of Mass Organisation (BPMO), with a massive rally and a public meeting in Kolkata. Left leaders trained their guns against the central and state governments for adopting “anti-people policies”.
Speaking at the conclusion of the rally, which was taken out from Rani Rashmani Avenue to Mahajati Sadan, Left Front chairman Biman Bose asked party workers to reach out to people across the state. “We cannot just hit the streets and protest against the anti-people policies of the state and central governments. We will have to resist attacks on the democratic rights of people. We have to resist the TMC onslaught on our workers and common people. We have to unite the masses and establish a connect with them in a bid to fight against BJP and TMC,” he said.
Bose also sounded the poll bugle for next year’s Panchayat polls, urging party leaders and workers to start preparations. The Left Front organised the padyatras to reach out to 77,000 booths in the state, covering 40,000 villages in an attempt to regain lost ground ahead of next year’s Panchayat elections. Bose, however, admitted the party fell short of its target. “We could not reach out to all 40,000 villages. However, we will try to achieve our target in the coming months. We have received tremendous response from people in our recent activities, which has reflected their anger against the present state government.”
During the rally, party workers raised a 17-point charter of demands, which included: restoration of democracy and upholding communal harmony, compensation to victims of chit fund scams, opening of closed factories, tea gardens and jute mills, new factories to provide jobs, digital ration cards to all, minimum guaranteed wages for workers of unorganised sectors, transparency in appointment of school teachers, security for women in the state, among others.