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WEST BENGAL: Left Front Manifesto Ushers New Avenues

WITH dates for elections to the West Bengal state assembly having been declared, the manifesto of the Left Front was released by the chairman of the Left Front, Biman Basu, in the presence of other Front leaders. These elections are being held in the backdrop of a year which was marred by a pandemic against which the entire human race is fighting a grim battle. The past year is also marked by a lockdown which was thrust upon the unsuspecting masses and which ruined lives and livelihoods of crores of people of this country.

Kisan Mazdoor Marches Reflect Steely Resolve

THE AIKS, CITU and AIAWU jointly organised three Shaheed Yaadgar Kisan Mazdoor Padayatras (Martyrs’ Memorial March of Farmers and Workers) remembering the martyrs of the freedom struggle and the nearly 300 martyrs of the on-going historic kisan struggle. The padayatras took around a clear message of resistance against the anti-farmer, anti-worker acts brought by the Narendra Modi led BJP government.

TAMIL NADU: CPI(M) Contests Six Assembly Seats

IN the ensuing elections to the Tamil Nadu legislative assembly to be held on April 6, the CPI(M) Tamil Nadu state committee has decided to fight along with the DMK-led Secular Progressive Front. Following the discussions with the DMK, CPI(M) will contest six assembly seats. Similarly, CPI, VCK, MDMK are also contesting in six seats each.

Following this agreement with the DMK, the state secretariat and the state committee of CPI(M) met and finalised the candidates for the six assembly seats as follows:

Successful Two-Day Bank Strike

THE two-day all-India strike on March 15-16 was a huge success across the country. The call was given by the United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU), against the move to privatise two public sector banks. Large number of bank employees, a major section of whom joined banking service within the last ten years, participated with great enthusiasm in the picketing, demonstrations and rallies on both days of strike which created an environment of carrying the struggle forward with zeal and determination.

Repeal the Three Farm Laws: ICWA

IN a letter written on March 11, to the Counsel General of India based in Vancouver, Canada, the Indo-Canadian Workers Association(ICWA) demanded the immediate release of the three farm laws in India.

The ICWA expressed its strong support to the farmers who have been peacefully demonstrating since August 2020 for their demands to repeal the anti-farmer laws and to ensure a legal guarantee of minimum support price.

Anti-Privatisation & Anti-Corporatisation Day Held on March 15

ON March 15, at the call of the Central Trade Unions and the Samyukta Kisan Morcha, joint protests were held outside hundreds of railway stations against the BJP led union government’s drive for the privatisation of public sector assets, against corporatisation of agriculture through the farm laws, and against the massive rise in diesel, petrol and gas prices. These actions were held all over the country. Pamphlets detailing the harmful effects of these anti-people policies of the government, were handed out to the commuters at the railway stations.

Book review: An overview of the Peasant Movement in Bihar

“LAND struggles in Bihar”, is a recently published book by JankiPrakashan. Hassan Imam, a cultural activist has done a commendable job during the pandemic with the help of “Xavier Institute of Social Research” by fulfilling this long felt documentation and the socio-economic changes brought about in the lives of the landless and homeless people who fought with red flags in their hands to live a life of dignity, for a roof over their head and a patch of land to till.

KERALA ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS: CPI(M) Announces Three More Candidates

CPI(M) had announced the names of three more candidates for the upcoming Kerala assembly elections. A list of 83 candidates was already announced by A Vijayaraghavan, CPI(M) state secretary in-charge on March 10, which was published in the last issue of People’s Democracy . Candidates for Manjeshwaram and Devikulam – V V Rameshan and A Raja – have been announced now. Meanwhile Kerala Congress (M) has withdrawn its candidate for Kuttiady and the seat was handed over to the CPI(M).  K P Kunjammad Kutti is the candidate for this seat.

Insurance Employees Observe Nationwide Strikes on March 17-18

THE All India Insurance Employees’ Association (AIIEA) and other unions in the four public sector general insurance companies will go on a nationwide strike on March 17.  Similarly, all unions in LIC will strike work on March 18, 2021.  These strike actions are to protest against the decision of the government to list LIC in the stock markets through an IPO, increase FDI limits in the sector from 49 per cent to 74 per cent and privatise one public sector general insurance company.

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