RICKSHOW and Tonga drivers affiliated to the Rickshaw-Tonga Union organized a dharna in Jainagar (Patna) on 18 November 2019 for their 5-point charter of demands.
IN Aurangabad, the Bhil adivasi community is a backward community whose lives are always overshadowed by fear of the police who often slap false cases of theft and robbery on them. This is a community dependent on daily wages. On 10 November 2019 hundreds of Bhil adivasis gathered in Sharnapur (11 km from Aurangabad) led by Comrade Buddhinath Baral (popularly known as Anna) to found the Veer Ekalavya Adivasi Bhil Yuva Sangathana.
25 Nov witnessed a wave of protest in Assam against anti-worker policies of BJP govt. The protests were called by the "Save Industry Save Workers” joint forum which has been formed by various trade union organisations working in industries including power, jute, paper, polyester, fertilizer and oil. Assam is facing closure of industries in many sectors since last few years. Recently, Jagirod and Cachar paper mills have been closed while two Jute mills in Namrup and Silghat are facing threats of imminent closure.
THE All India Kisan Mahasabha organized a dharna on 14 November 2019 at eight District HQs in the Sone Canal Command region. The farmers’ demands included: speedy construction of the Kadvan Dam Indrapuri Reservoir; modernize the Sone canals and ensure supply of water till the lowest end; remit the amount announced as compensation to all drought-affected farmers without delay; Rs 5000 as old age pension to all farmers above the age of 60; Rs 20,000 advance input subsidy per acre as is given in Odisha and Telangana.
CPIML released the Party manifesto and candidate list for the Jharkhand Assembly election at a Press Conference in Ranchi on 21 November 2019. Addressing the Press Conference Party General Secretary Dipankar Bhattacharya said that when the BJP was in the Opposition they constantly spoke of ‘Fear, Hunger and Corruption’ and claimed to eradicate all three if elected to power.
A dharna was organized on 15 November by the CPIML Local Committee with a 5-point charter of demands on housing for the poor, including allotment of housing to the poor without lengthy and impractical paper work under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana. The dharna was presided over by Ward No. 12 Council member Shashi Yadav and attended by people from various wards.
32 year old dalit youth Jagmel Singh who was brutally beaten by feudal forces on 6 November, died at PGI Chandigarh on 15 November 2019. Jagmel came from the village of prominent Congress leader Rajinder Kaur Bhattal’s in-laws, where she owns 40 acres of land and has close contact with feudal forces. The chief accused Rinku Singh belongs to a feudal family. The victim Jagmel is survived by three small children, his wife and aged mother.
CADRE conventions were held in Giridih District in preparation for the upcoming Assembly elections. More than 2000 cadres from Gawan, Tisri and Rajdhanwar Blocks participated in the cadre convention organized in Rajdhanwar on 4 November 2019. Addressing the convention, Rajdhanwar MLA Rajkumar Yadav said that we have tried to present Rajdhanwar constituency as a model for the development of the rural poor and their issues, and during this process the role of JVM leader Babulal Marandi as the B-team of the BJP has also been exposed.
CITIZENS' organizations held a convention at Lucknow on 13 November 2019 to protest against the completion of 100 days of state repression against the people of Kashmir and to show solidarity with them and demand protection of their democratic rights. The organizations included AIDWA, AIPWA, Sajhi Duniya, Women’s Federation, NAPM, Hamsafar and Rihayee Manch. AIDWA leader Madhu Garg conducted the program. The convention passed a resolution demanding reinstatement of democracy and normal life in Kashmir.
KANNAN Gopinathan, the IAS officer who resigned dissenting abrogation of Article 370 in the Jammu-Kashmir, took part in dialogues on NRC, CAB, detention camps and other issues at Muzaffarnagar and Patna. At the dialogue in Patna, he said that a country is made of its citizens, it gives us our Constitution, and nobody can snatch away our citizenship. He stated that people across the country should oppose NRC and CAB as these bills are against democratic rights.