(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
September 23, 2012
Massive Response to Hartal on Protest Day
The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of
THE Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) congratulates the people for the massive response to the protest day on September 20, 2012. Eight parties had given a call for observing the day through hartal, picketing and court arrests against the steep rise in prices of diesel, limiting of gas cylinders and opening retail trade to FDI. The NDA had also called for a bandh on this day.
The hartal has been
Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha,
In Tripura, there was a complete bandh all over the state with all offices, markets and educational institutions closed.
In Kerala, a hartal was observed on September 15, therefore the day was observed through protest marches in all the 140 assembly constituencies under the banner of the Left and Democratic Front.
In Tamilnadu, Left leaders and cadres conducted picketing in 200 places. More than 50,000 protestors were arrested.
In Odisha, the BJD has called for a protest day on September 17 due to the Nuakhai festival in western Odisha. The Left parties and the Samajwadi party called for a hartal on September 20 which was observed widely with transport, shops and commercial establishments closed.
The widespread support for the hartal manifested the anger of the people against the anti-people measures taken by the UPA government. The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) demands of the Manmohan Singh government that it cancel the FDI in retail, the disinvestment of public sector shares, rollback the price hike of diesel and restriction on gas cylinders. The struggle against these anti-people measures should be intensified in the coming days.