Joint Rally of left forces at Ahmadabad on 17th March 2009. Thousands of tribal, peasants, workers, Dalits & Minorities are expected to come
Dear Comrades and Friends,
Mass organizations and left parties have decided to March jointly at Ahmedabad on 17th March, to highlight the people's agenda for advancing long-term struggle and also opposing the persisting policy of corporate led development in the state on the name of making Gujarat 'vibrant'. 20 thousand Adivasis, Peasants & Workers along with Dalits & Minorities are expected to come Ahmedabad exploring the new possibilities for making third alternative in the polity of Gujarat based on mass movements instead of building opportunist alliances. As you all know the fact that Gujarat has now become an experimental place for practicing neo-liberal economic policies along with its communal and autocratic agenda of state. That is why industrialist Ratan tata has chosen Gujarat for Naino and easily succeeded to receive a huge subsidy of 30 thousand carores from state government. The state government of Gujarat is now busy to attract other industrialists too, at the cost of heavy prices, which has to pay by people of Gujarat. Modi Govt. is providing free land along with cultivated lands under SEZ, infrastrural facilities and other huge subsidies to the corporate houses at one hand, while the other hand people of Gujarat are being dispossessed from basic amenities like education, health, employment opportunities and other livelihood resources. Unbearable agricultural crisis including formers suicide and debt, increasing hunger & poverty, low wages for workers, job cut of diamond workers (recently about 15 lakhs workers lost their jobs), declining public distribution system (PDS), failure of NREGA in the state, huge migration from rural areas, cast discrimination and human rights violation could be seen everywhere in the state, which is enough to expose the pitiable situation of Gujarat. Adivasis are not getting legal rights yet over possessed forest lands, despite after two years of the enactment of "Scheduled tribe and other forest dwellers (recognition of forest rights) act, 2006. Implementation of the act is being not only delayed but also ignorant by Govt. officials. Forest and revenue departments are not getting ready to approve genuine claims of tribal, while displacement of tribal are continued from their cultivated lands. Along with several incidents of repression continuing in other part of state, twenty-seven activists of lok sangharsh morcha are asked for externment from four districts through notice issued by sub-divisional collector in Tapi. The displaced Adivasis of Ukai and Sardar Sarovar Dam are still waiting for justiciable rehabilitation, while they have no access for minimal facilities of living.
Due to similar economic policies and common repressive measures following by Congress at the center and in its ruling states, Congress is unable to take initiative as strong opposition party in Gujarat. We have never seen a fighting congress in Gujarat, which now they are falsely claiming, against the misrule of BJP government rather they are always looking as opportunist outfit compromising with the Govt. all times for fulfilling their wasted interests. In the name of fighting terrorism both BJP and congress have fabricated warmonger against Pakistan and now, advocating to make India as an autocratic police state.
Rally will ask people of Gujarat to build a real opposition in the state, so that fight for pro-people development could be intensified. State level campaign, known as 'Gujarat Jan Abhiyan', would be also launched by participants for raising people's issues and for the emergence of real political alternative in Gujarat. Rally will make an appeal to all left and democratic forces working in Gujarat for coming together and join the campaign.
Lok Sangharsh Morcha, New Socialist Movement, CPI (ML) liberation, Socialist Unity Center, JSM are participating in this rally. CPI is also expected to join.