Activists from Left and democratic organizations held a rally under the Jan Ekta Jan Adhikar (JEJA) campaign from the Town Hall to the Collector’s office in Udaipur to expose the Modi and Vasundhara governments, culminating in a protest meeting at the Collector’s office. Last year on this day the police had fired on protesting farmers at Mandsaur, killing four farmers. Protests under JEJA are being organized across the country in memory of the martyred farmers.
Activists from All India Kisan Sabha, All India Kisan Mahasabha, AICCTU, CIYU, AITUC and other democratic organizations assembled at the Town Hall for the rally, and proceeded through Suraj Pol, Bapu Bazar and Delhi Gate to reach the Collectorate where they raised slogans and demanded the following: implement Swaminathan Commission recommendations; take back false cases against farmers; forest rights for adivasi farmers; pattas for residents of urban ‘kachhi bastis’; stop evicting ‘thela’ and kiosk vendors.
Addressing the meeting former CPM Councilor and CITU General Secretary Rajesh Singhvi said that attacks on farmers, workers, women and workers have increased after the Modi government came to power. The poor are being denied their due rights whereas rich capitalists like Nirav Modi and Mallya are absconding and sitting pretty in foreign countries. It is very necessary to throw out aich a government. CPI(ML) District Secretary Dr Chandra Dev Ola said that the single aim of the Modi government is to divide the people on the basis of religion and caste and secure power. Farmers are not getting payment for their crops and workers are not getting work. Demonetization and GST have caused great losses to traders also and businesses and livelihoods have been destroyed. We must raise our voice against such an anti-people government at the Central as well as State level. CPI Secretary Lehar Singh Chhajed said that the people are greatly troubles by rising prices and the continuing hike in petrol and diesel prices has made life very difficult.
Kisan Sabha leader BN Chhanwal said that the life of farmers in the villages has become very difficult. There is nobody to hear their problems on the issues of water, electricity, paddy and health. Farmers are not getting proper prices for their crops, and are in heavy debt as a result. In addition, they have to suffer State repression. Police and Forest Department officials are razing adivasi farmers’ homes and fields. AICCTU Secretary Saurabh Naruka said that the BJP governments at the Centre and in the State are diluting Labour laws in order to benefit corporate houses. The Modi government came to power on the promise of generating 2 crore jobs per year, but after 4 years the unemployment rate is at a record high. The Modi government had also promised to end corruption but till today a Lok Ayukt has not been appointed, and no black money has come back to the country from abroad.
The meeting was also addressed by Subhash Shrimali (AITUC), Comrade Deora (Kachhi Basti Federation), Vijendra Chaudhary, Eklavya Nandwana and others. CPI(ML) State Committee member Shankar Lal Chaudhury, AIPWA District Secretary Premlata, senior journalist Himmat Seth, Piyush Joshi, Prof Hemendra Chandaliya, Prof LR Patel, Dr P Joshi and members of many people’s organizations were present at the protest.