March 23: Martyrdom Day
For A Modern, Inclusive India
The Left parties have decided to observe March 23, 2020 marking the anniversary of the martyrdom of Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev to consolidate opposition to the CAA/NPR/NRC process and to project the vision of a modern, inclusive India that Bhagat Singh wrote about, worked for and sacrificed his life.
The police under the BJP is being used to advance its communal polarization and mount attacks on the democratic rights of the people to organize peaceful protests. The brazen attacks at Jamia Millia University, Aligarh Muslim University followed by the attack by masked goons under police protection at JNU, continued with vicious attacks in Uttar Pradesh, other BJP ruled states and in Delhi. The recent communal violence that rocked the National Capital has left at least 53 (latest official count) dead with the numbers likely to increase. Hundreds have been injured. Crores of rupees of property has been looted. Worst, the victims of this violence are now being charged by the police. The Delhi police under the Union Home Ministry played the role of a by-stander, at best, and, at times, abetting the crimes. Left Parties strongly condemn this and demand a time bound judicial enquiry into this violence.
Left Parties express strong opposition to the recent budget proposals. This budget, while providing greater relief and concessions to the rich and the corporates, mounts severe attacks on people’s livelihood. The budget proposes to sell away our national assets through largescale privatization of the public sector. This budget severely undermines our economic foundations and at the same time imposes unprecedented burdens on the people increasing their misery exponentially.
All our units will jointly work out programmes in the state capitals and at district headquarters. Marches from different parts shall be organised to culminate at a central venue where political leaders, cultural personalities and activists, intellectuals and people’s movements shall hold a public meeting and a cultural programme. An oath on the enclosed pledge shall be taken at the end of the function.
Sitaram Yechury, General Secretary , CPI(M)
D. Raja, General Secretary, CPI
Dipankar Bhattacharya, General Secretary, CPI(ML)-Liberation
Debabrata Biswas, General Secretary, AIFB
Manoj Bhattacharya, RSP