More than a thousand workers assembled under the banner of Construction Workers’ Union and CPI(ML) participated in a Mazdoor Adhikar Rally (workers’ rights rally) in Ranchi raising the slogans ‘badlo niti, badlo raaj’ (change policies, change rule), ‘employment guarantee act must be legislated for the urban poor’, fix prices, provide jobs, ensure full wages for the work’. The rally started from Krishna Memorial Park in Doranda and reached Birsa Chowk where the main entrance towards the State Legislative Assemble was blocked and meeting was held. The workers warned the state govt to act within three months time to address the basic issues of the workers or else the Jharkhand workers will lay blockade on the road leading to the vidhan sabha. The gate remained closed for 3 hours. The workers were successful in making their voice heard to the Govt, even if it was the chaos due to the blockade.
Addressing the meeting, CPI(ML) State Secretary Comrade Janardan Prasad called to ensure that communal division of the Jharkhandi society as promoted by the NaMo campaign be resisted. Both the NDA and the UPA, who have ruined the lives of poor and common people, must be taught a fitting lesson. CPI(ML) legislator in the State Assembly, Comrade Vinod Singh said addressing the meeting that the Govt has no agenda for the urban poor and the unorganised workers. The Hemant Soren Govt worries more about the sand and liquor mafias than the urban poor. The upcoming elections are an opportunity to teach a lesson to the Congress, BJP, JMM, AJSU, JVM, parties responsible for the current plight of Jharkhand. The meeting was also addressed by senior Party leader Comrade Bahadur Oraon, GS of CWU Comrade Bhuvaneswar Kewat, Sudama Khalkho, Bhisma Mahto and Mahesh Munda among many others. After the meeting a fifteen point demand letter addressed to the Chief Minister was handed over to the Magistrate.