Over 100 Left-organisations from across the length and breadth of the country have decided to come together for a protest on May 23rd.
The organisation ‘Jan Ekta Jan Adhikar Andholan’ consists of trade unions, agricultural workers, members from banking and insurance, education, environmentalists, women, lower castes, etc. They will all mark May 23rd as a day of protest. The protest is being organised on the 4th anniversary of the NDA government. The protest day will function as a launch pad for a series of campaigns to hold the government accountable for false promises and policies.
After the success of the farmer’s march in Maharashtra organised by the All Indian Kisan Sabha, which also falls under the purview of JEJAA increased efforts are being made to make this next protest just as successful if not more. Movements will be organised in all the state capitals. Member of the coordination committee, P Krishnaprasad said, “We have seen during the farmer’s march in Maharashtra. We the left mass organisations are the only ones who can raise our voice against the Modi government regarding their anti-people policies.”
The idea is to create a lasting impact. Hannan Mollah another member said, “Taking further the recent struggle of the peasantry and the workers and various other sections of the people, the JEJAA has decided to launch struggle on the occasion of the 4th anniversary of the NDA Government. On May 23rd, the JEJAA will organise massive mobilisation at all state capitals including Delhi to observe the protest day.” In the JEJAA’s eyes the NDA government has left a ‘devastating’ impact on the country and are ‘betraying the people. It is yet to be seen whether the cause will be successful and it depends on the support the movement garners. But more than anything a protest of this scale only proves that democracy is still alive in India.