NewZNew (Chandigarh) : The Four Left Parties- CPI, CPI(M), CPM Punjab & CPI(ML) Liberation held a massive ‘March To Punjab Assembly’ here today for pressing the acceptance of their 15 Points Demand Charter. This massive peaceful march was led by the State Secretaries of these parties- Comrades Hardev Arshi (CPI), Charan Singh Virdi CPI(M), Mangat Ram Pasla CPM (Punjab), & Gurmeet Singh Bakhtpur CPI(M-L) Liberation. The marchers presented a memorandum of demands to the Speaker of Punjab Vidhan Sabha. The main demands stressed in the Demand Charter are :-
The withdrawal of the draconian black bill ‘The Punjab Prevention Of Damage to Public And Private Property Bill- 2014’ passed by the Punjab Assembly, scrap property tax on urban property, Rs 3000 per month as widow & old age pension, Rs 15 thousand as minimum wage to industrial workers, 10 marla plots to rural homeless people, round the year regular work to MGNREGA workers with Rs 500 as wage per day and extension of MGNREGA scheme to urban poor, filling up of vacant posts in government departments, unemployment allowance, implementation of Swaminathan Commission recommendations for fixing Minimum Support Price ( MSP ) for agricultural produce of the peasantry and sand, transport and drug mafias be reined in who are operating with political patronage etc etc., withdraw anti-peasant bill for land acquisition.
Earlier the marchers who came in thousands from each nook and corner of Punjab held rally in Dussehra ground, Mohali.
The left leaders addressing the rally expressed dismay over the inaction of Chief Minister , Parkash Singh Badal in conceding the demands, despite the fact that he expressed his positive intentions in the meeting held with the Left Parties delegation on 9th February, 2015.
The Left leaders called upon the marchers and their respective units to make preparations for the next action which will be more broad based and militant one. Apart from the four state Secretaries, the rally was addressed by comrades Raghunath Singh, Vijay Misra , Bant Brar, Bhagwant Samao,and , Dr Satnam Singh ressed the rally.