A large group of laborers and farmers from different parts of the country gathered at Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi on Wednesday protesting the BJP-led Union government’s disregard of their basic needs and loss of livelihoods.
The Masdoor-Kisan Sangarsh rally in the national capital was held by several left-wing trade unions such as the Centre of Trade Unions (CITU), All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS), and All India Agricultural Workers Union (AIAWU).
According to Newsclick, the protestors are making a range of demands including but not limited to relief from inflation, a legal guarantee of the Minimum Support Price (MSP), a minimum wage of Rs 26,000 per month for all workers, debt relief, pension for farmers over 60 years of age, repeal of four anti-labor code laws, and withdrawal of the Electricity Amendment Bill 2020.
The rally was attended by a diverse group of workers, farmers, and agricultural laborers from various states of the country, such as Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Kerala, Karnataka, Assam, Tripura, Manipur, and Gujarat, numbering in the hundreds.
“The rally was addressed by the leaders of the CITU, AIKS and AIAWU, and others. They warned the government that the rally was an indication of the surging anger of the working people of this country against the disregard of their basic needs while showering benefits on the big corporate,” read a statement by the organisers.
The protesters demanded from the government policies that allow access to education, healthcare, and a dignified life for them and their children, said organisers.