(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
November 22, 2009
Left Front Holds Huge Rally at Agartala
A BIG mass of people took the pledge, on November 15, to intensify their struggle against the anti-people policies of the central government when the Left Front Committee of Tripura organised a state level rally at the Stable Ground in Agartala. It was part of the frontís ongoing campaign on 11-point charter of demands on food security and against the skyrocketing rises in the prices of essential commodities. The rally marked the successful culmination of the intense month long campaign carried out throughout the state, which made a number of new faces come over to the Left after shivering ties with the Congress and INPT.
From noon itself, the people coming from different subdivisions of the state flooded the capital town, with all the streets appearing to be headed towards the Stable Ground. The slogans the processionists shouted voiced the anguish of the common masses against the unabated price rise of the essential commodities.
The meeting was presided over by CPI(M) Central Committee member Bajuban Reang, while CPI(M) Polit Bureau member Manik Sarkar, its state secretary Bijan Dhar, Central Committee member Aghore Debbarma, CPI state secretary Prashanta Kapali, RSP state secretary Sudarshan Bhattacharya and Forward Bloc state secretary Shyamal Roy addressed the gathering. Octogenarian leader Baidyanath Majumdar was also present in the meeting. At the very outset, the meeting paid homage to the innocent tribal people massacred by the NLFT extremists on November 9 at Pushparam Para in Kanchanpur.
Addressing the mammoth rally,
minister Manik Sarkar attacked the Congress led UPA government for its
attitude towards the spiralling prices and the resultant suffering of
common masses. He said all we want is that the prices of essential
are kept within the reach of the people, which can be done by
universalising the public distribution system (PDS). But the successive
at the centre have brought the PDS at the verge of extinction. Except
Left ruled state and Tamilnadu, the PDS has virtually ceased to exist
Mentioning the incident at Pushparam Para, the chief minister said the continuous process of surrender by the disillusioned youth has not gone well with the extremists and their political mentors, and the November 9 massacre was the testimony of their frustration. He urged upon the masses to intensify their struggle against the anti-people policies and for the demands related to the stateís development while keeping a vigilant eye on the functioning of the panchayats and other elected local bodies.
Bijan Dhar said the mammoth rally was the culmination of more than a thousand meetings held in support of the 11 point demands. While the Left Front is waging a struggle on the burning issues, the Pradesh Congress leadership is busy with their infightings for the PCC president post. They are also attacking the elected representatives of the Left Front at the panchayat level to hamper the process of development.
Aghor Debbarma said itís a matter of shame that even after 62 years we have to struggle for food security. He stressed on the need to further consolidate the tribal-non-tribal unity in the state and work for peace and development.
All the leaders of the Left Front stressed on further strengthening the Left unity to intensify the struggle against the anti-people policies of the centre.