KOLKATA: The Left Front in West Bengal observed three day sit-in demonstration in Kolkata from August 1 demanding food security for all. The sit-in took place in Rani Rashmoni Road. At the beginning Left Front chairman Biman Basu addressed the gathering. He criticised the centre’s dilly-dallying with food security bill. He demanded universal PDS throughout the country.
Leader of opposition in Bengal assembly, Suryakanta Misra said that USA and international finance capital was pressuring the Indian government to follow a policy of export of cash crops, which would bring disaster for food security of our people. He castigated the state government for its failure in addressing the crisis in agricultural production, fair prices for the farmers and for the spiraling price rise as well.
The second day of the sit-in was vibrant with participation of mass organisations. CITU, SFI, DYFI, AIDWA activists joined in the demonstration. Among others Shyamal Chakraborty, Minati Ghosh, Abhas Roychowdhury, Sayandip Mitra addressed the sit in.
On the last day CPI(M) Polit Bureau member Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, in his address, said the policies of central government were primarily responsible for the unabated price rise. The centre’s policy of letting everything work according to market forces has led to such a situation. We want subsidy for the people, not for the richer sections in the form of tax relief. The struggle for food security will continue, he asserted.
Biman Basu expressed concern about deteriorating agricultural production in West Bengal. Among others Manjukumar Majumdar (CPI), Jayanta Roy (Forward Block), Kalyan Mukherji (RSP), Shyamali Gupta (CPI-M) addressed the gathering.
During these three days thousands of people participated in the sit in in districts as well. The Left Front has decided to campaign on food security throughout the month of August.