People's Democracy

(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)


No. 44

November 04, 2012




CITU Prepared for Halla Bol Rally


THE Punjab state unit of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) is well prepared to hold a Halla Bol Mazdoor rally at Ludhiana on November 4, 2012. This was decided by working committee of the state CITU in order to expose the Akali-BJP government of Punjab which is avoiding, under the pressure of industrialists and contractors, to implement the notification issued by its own Labour Department on May 30, 2012.


To make the November 4 Hall Bol Mazdoor rally a unique success, Punjab CITU ran a statewide mass contact campaign when public rallies, meetings, gate meetings and mohulla level meetings were organised all over the state. The campaign received tremendous response in the state. About 100 such rallies and meetings were held by October 28, after which the campaign was further widened and intensified. At several places workers burnt effigies of the Akali-BJP government.


CITU leaders are confident that the November 4 rally would be an eye opener for the Badal government, and have called upon the CITU unions to work day and night for the success of the rally which will be addressed, among others, by CITU general secretary Tapan Sen.




At the call of the Anganwadi Mulajam Union, Punjab (CITU), hundreds of Anganwadi workers and helpers took part in a convention recently held in Baba Karam Singh Cheema Bhawan at Chandigarh. The convention was chaired by the unionís state president Usha Rani.


Addressing the convention, various speakers strongly condemned the Chandigarh administration for registering false police cases against the leaders and workers of Anganwadi Mulajam Union when they were staging a peaceful demonstration on September 27, 2012.


After the convention, Anganwadi workers and helpers took a militant procession despite the threats of the Chandigarh Police to arrest the processionists. When the threats of the police authorities could not stop the participants, the police resorted to a lathicharge though they still failed to prevent the processionists from advancing to the Government House. The police authorities then felt compelled to hold a negotiation and had to arrange a meeting of the leaders of Anganwadi Mulajam Union, Punjab, with representatives if the government of Punjab within a week.


While congratulating the Anganwadi Mulajam Union on its success, the Punjab CITU has assured them that it would stand by them in every struggle and said that we would achieve nothing without militant struggles.


The Anganwadi Mulajam Union, Punjab, has also decided that at least 1000 Anganwadi workers and helpers would participate in the Halla Bol Mazdoor rally on November 4, 2012.

October 29, 2012