9th August 2021 Quit India Movement Observed Across the Country
9th August 2021 (Quit India Movement Day) was observed throughout the country with the participation of lakhs of workers, farmers, women and other sections of people. The clarion call to “Free India from the Clutches of Modi-shahi, Defeat Modi-led Company Raj”, “Save India, Reclaim our Rights”, etc., reverberated across the country. To mark this occasion, AICCTU launched “Save India, Save Workers’ Rights” campaign from 1st August which culminated on 9th August with impressive participation of workers.
During the campaign, a Charter of Working Class was placed that included - Stop Privatisation; Stop Rising Unemployment and Retrenchment; Arrest Skyrocketing Prices, Strengthen PDS and Food Security; Full Lockdown wages and Rs. 10,000/- per month subsistence allowance; Compensation for all Deaths in the Covid period; Scrap 4 Labour Codes and 3 Farm Laws; Withdraw the Act to crush the Right to Strike in Defence sector; Repeal Sedition Law, UAPA and all Draconian Laws; Free all political prisoners, etc..
The day was widely observed including national capital, various state capitals, major cities and towns and various public sector units and govt. sector institutions in various forms such as processions, demonstrations, sit-ins, effigy-burning, picketing, lunch hour protests, badge wearing, slogan shouting, etc. At many places workers and farmers jointly organized protests. This Day was also observed as “International Day of Tribal/Indigenous People” in many parts of the country.
The protests on this day emphasized on the need to intensify and to take forward the united struggle of masses to overthrow the Modi-shahi, which has replaced British-shahi today, after 74 years of Independence. The Modi-shahi is engulfing the country as a fascist regime with undeclared emergency and as a Corporate-Company Raj.
AICCTU had an impressive participation in protests in several states and sectors. In Delhi, an impressive protest was organized at Mandi House. The March to Parliament from here was disallowed by Delhi Police which was condemned by the protestors. On behalf of AICCTU, the protest was addressed by Rajiv Dimri, General Secretary, AICCTU, apart from the national leaders of other central trade unions. Also, Mahila Kisan Sansad was held at Jantar-Mantar.
In Bihar the day was observed in most of the districts including Patna, particularly with a larger participation of scheme workers; In Jharkhand, including Dhanbad and Ranchi; In Orissa including Bhuvneshwar and Rayagada; In West Bengal in several districts including Kolkata, 24 Parganas (North) & (South), Jalpaiguri, etc.; In UP, several districts including major cities like Allahabad, Lucknow and Kanpur; In Assam 5 districts including Guwahati (where notably Airport employees participated), Tinsukia and Diphu; In Andhra Pradesh, 6 districts including major centres like Kakinada, Srikakulam, Guntoor, etc.; Mumbai and other cities of Maharashtra; and other states, like Puduchery, Karnataka, Gujarat, Chattisgarh, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, etc.
Demonstrations were held under the banner of AICCTU in Guwahati Oil Refinery, Chittaranjan Locomotives, Kancharapara Rly. workshop and Santragachi in S.E. Railways. π