(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India
On To March 12 Rally
Left parties, the CPI(M), CPI, AIFB and RSP are holding a massive rally
at New Delhi
on March 12.
This will be the first all India
rally by the Left parties in the capital in nearly two decades. There
big joint rallies organised by the trade unions and other mass
Delhi in recent years, but a rally by
parties involving an all India
mobilisation is being held after a long time.
March 12 rally is taking place after a series of state-level
rallies by the Left parties which were held from September 2009 to
year. Through these actions, people were mobilised in large numbers
price rise of essential commodities, for strengthening of the public
system and food security.
March 12 rally has been called to focus on four major issues. Three of
concern price rise, land and employment which are the acute problems
the people. The fourth is the violence against the CPI(M) and the Left
in West Bengal. With food inflation
hovering around 20 per
cent, the relentless rise in prices of food items is causing misery for
people particularly the poorer sections. The government’s callous
refusal to take steps to curb price rise is leading to growing
the people. After putting forth specious arguments that the price rise
to the farmers getting better prices for their crops, or, the high
international prices of commodities and blaming the state governments
failure to curb price rise, the Congress-led government has now taken
fuel the price rise further. The hike in petrol and diesel prices by
3 per litre by increasing the taxation on petroleum products and the
in the prices of urea fertiliser by 10 per cent – show how the
determined to pursue policies at the expense of the people.
March 12 rally will highlight the demands to curb price rise which
ban on futures trading in all food items; provision of a universal
distribution system and a crackdown on hoarders and blackmarketers.
issue of land assumes key importance given the trend of reversing or
the existing land reform legislations. Out of the estimated 500 lakh
surplus land in the country, only 73 lakh acres were taken over by the
governments. Of these only 53 lakh acres were actually distributed. West Bengal alone has distributed 20 per cent of
distributed in the country. In many areas, the peasants and the tribal
are being deprived of their land utilising the draconian clauses of the
Land Acquisition Act. House sites in both urban and rural areas have
path of economic growth chosen by the government is not resulting in
employment. Government figures show that in the total organised sector,
employment which was 267.33 lakhs in 1991 stood at 269.93 lakhs in
increase of only 2.6 lakh jobs in 15 years. Whatever employment is
in the informal sector where workers are subjected to naked
rally will demand the enactment of an urban employment guarantee Act,
an end to
the retrenchment of workers and the removal of the existing ban on
in the government services and the public sector.
West Bengal, the bastion of the Left movement, is
witnessing a vicious and
concerted attack against the CPI(M) and the Left. This violence is
perpetrated by the TMC and their Maoist collaborators. Around 170
supporters of the CPI(M) and the Left parties have been killed in Bengal since the Lok Sabha elections. This
calculated to weaken the Left and seeks to thwart the Left’s consistent
against the neo-liberal polices and collaboration with US
The rally will demand an end to the violence and the defence of
norms in West Bengal.
March 12 rally will be politically significant as this will be the
first all India
by the Left since the Lok Sabha elections. The setback suffered by the
the election was cited to write off the Left’s politics and its
platform of demands (given alongside) raised in the campaign for the
rally shows that the Left stands for policies which alone can provide
alternative to the pro-big business-pro-imperialist policies of the
The left is championing a programme which alone can provide immediate
the people from the attacks on the
livelihood fro price rise, protect their land and provide jobs.
March 12 rally will give a call for conducting an all India
movement on the four major issues focused
rally. The last time the Left parties gave a countrywide call for a
movement was the civil disobedience movement against the economic
the Narashima Rao government in 1994. At that time, the call went out
lakh volunteers to court arrest and participate in the movement in
August-September 1994. More than that, 11.5 lakh people courted arrest.
time the call emanating from the March 12 rally is sure to lead to a
which will involve lakhs and lakhs of people.