On Wednesday, central Delhi was turned into a sea of red flags as thousands of workers, farmers and agricultural workers marched to Parliament Street for a Mazdoor Kisan Sangharsh rally which was organised by unions affiliated to the Communist Party of India (Marxist). “This is a historic union. For the first time, workers and farmers have marched together in such numbers to protest the government policies,” said Tapan Sen, general secretary of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU).
Loan waivers for small farmers, higher minimum support prices for crops, minimum wages of ?18,000, an end to anti-worker labour reform, and social security and food security benefits for all were the demands of the protestors. “This year, rural agricultural workers got only 27-days of work through MGNREGA,” said S. Thirunavukkarasu, president of the All India Agricultural Workers Union. “What has happened to ‘acche din’ promised by the Modi government? It was only acche din for corporates, not for people like us.”
According to senior official of Delhi Police, this year, it was the largest protest held at Parliament Street and the organizers of the rally claimed that at least 1.5 lakh people had participated in it. “From November 28 to 30, we will hold a ‘Long March of the Dispossessed’. It will not just be farmers, but also the landless, Adivasis, Dalits, workers who will come to surround the four corners of Delhi,” said Vijoo Krishnan, joint secretary of the All India Kisan Sabha.
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