Kolkata: A massive protest march was organised by the Trinamool Congress on Monday against the anti-people policies and price rise being resorted to by the Central government. The march wound its way from Moulali crossing to the Dorina crossing in Dharmatala.
Trinamool was the first party to hit the streets to protest against the hike in petrol and diesel prices. Trinamool Yuva Congress and Trinamool Chhatra Parishad had organised the protests. About two months back, TMC held meetings in north and south Kolkata, and a rally was held from Jadavpur to Hazra.
Mamata Banerjee had started protests against the hikes one and a half months back. At that time, the other opposition parties which are calling bandhs today, had no clue about what to do. If there is any party that has consistently voiced protest against anti-people policies of the centre, it has been the Trinamool Congress led by Mamata Banerjee. About this, there can be no doubt, said Abhishek.
We had earlier said that if the fuel hike was not withdrawn, then we would scale up our protests. We had organised a a six-hour sit-in protest at the foot of Gandhi Ji’s statue on Mayo Road, after which we had gone back to our respective homes on foot, without taking any form of transport. But the Centre has still not taken any step to mitigate the problems faced by the common people of the country. We have to continue our protests for their sake, added Abhishek.
Abhishek also said that congress has called a bandh today, and CPI(M) supported them. But the number of vehicles on the road today are more than that of normal days. People have foiled the bandh. They do not support destructive politics. Just like you have foiled the bandh today, you have to uproot the anti-people government from Centre. We need a government at Centre that will work for the interests of the people, farmers, daily wagers, labourers, youths. They have to take the interests of all the State into account. That is why we have to work together, unitedly, follow the directions of Mamata Banerjee and work towards changing the government at the Centre.