Durgapur News Desk, 29 January 2017: Durgapur witnessed ‘red storm’ yesterday as thousands of left front supporters hit the street at a protest rally in City Centre, Durgapur, to rebuff Modi government’s move towards selling public sector units to private players. CPI(M) Burdwan District Committee has organised the rally with the slogan, “Save Industry, Save Agriculture, Save Country: Towards a Pro Workers, Pro Peasants and Pro People alternative”.
The huge rally started from the Najrul statue, City Center and ended at Palasdiha ground, adjacent to City Centre, where the rally was addressed by CPI(M) Central Committee member Comrade Madan Ghosh, District Left Front convener and party state committee member Comrade Amal Halder, Party District secretary Comrade Achintya Mallik, Comrade Anju Kar, Comrade Gouranga Chatterjee, Comrade Abdur Rezzak Mondal and CPI(M) MLA of Durgapur East Comrade Santosh Deb Ray. Comrade Achintya Mallik presided the meeting.
People raised their voice against the anti-worker and anti-farmer policies of both Central and State governments. People also raised the voices against the police atrocities and demanded for the punishment of the hooligans of Vangar incident
The labour arm of CPI(M), CITU, is already on a path of confrontation with the union government’s bid to sale the Alloy Steels Plant (ASP), Durgapur which in recent years has emerged as a key producer of special steels for the country’s strategic sectors like Defence & Railways among others.
CITU along with the Congress’s labour arm, INTUC is also battling out the state government’s effort towards hundred per cent stake sale in Durgapur Chemicals Limited (DCL), a state-owned enterprise.
Earlier last year, Union Minister of State for Heavy Industries, Babul Supriyo, who is also the MP from Asansol announced closure of Hindustan Cables Limited (HCL), a Central Public Sector Enterprise that produces copper wires for the telecom sector and is headquartered at Rupnarayanpur in Asansol.
All the leaders addressing the huge gathering yesterday asked people to get prepared for more vigorous struggle in coming days. Workers from almost all the major industries of the Asansol-Durgapur industrial belt took part in the rally.