LEFT parties of Karnataka, CPI(ML) (Liberation), CPI, CPI(M) and SUCI (C), jointly organized a jatha on people’s issues against the Congress government in the state. A month long campaign culminated in a massive rally in Bangalore on 06 06 2016. The idea was to propagate a Left alterative in Karnataka which was otherwise dominated by BJP, Congress and JD(S).
Strict implementation of MNREGA, sincere and immediate action to stall increasing suicides by farmers, increase in minimum wages for workers, land titles to the tillers of ‘bagairhukum’ (unregulated government lands), strengthening Lokayukta instead of Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB), were the major issues of the campaign.
The culmination rally at Bangalore was addressed by Comrades Swapan Mukherjee, PBM of CPI(ML) (Liberation), Sitaram Yechury, General Secretary of CPI(M), Sudhakar Reddy, General Secretary of CPI and Krishna Chakrabarthy of SUCI (C). State secretary of CPI(ML) (Liberation) Com. Bharadwaj also addressed the meeting supporting proposed resolutions while Maruthi, state committee member of the party was part of the presidium.
Com. Swapan Mukherjee saluted the courage and militancy of young women garment workers of Bangalore who were successful in forcing the Modi government to withdraw the controversial notification on PF withdrawal only after retirement. He called upon people to build struggles against the appeasement to communal forces by the so-called ‘secular’ Congress government in Karnataka.
Prior to the rally in Bangalore, conventions and rallies were jointly organized all over the state by district committees of Left parties. A convention was held at Davanagere which was addressed by Maruthi, SCM of the party while the party’s district secretary Ramappa was part of the presidium. Similar convention at Mysore was addressed by Appanna, SCM while Javaraiah, DCS was in the presidium. Com. Bharadwaj addressed the convention at Koppal. Similar programmes were also held at other district headquarters in the state.