The CPI, CPI (M), CPM (Punjab) and CPI (M-L) gathered at Rupnagar to stage a dharna against policies of the NDA alliance at the Centre and the SAD-BJP in the state.
Calling the policies of the government "anti-people", various leaders accused the Modi-led government at the Centre of being pressured to adopt pro-capitalist policies and "anti-worker" policies. They also opposed the "rampant privatization" of the public sector.
Flaying the Punjab government for the Prevention of Damage to
Properties Act-2014, they protesters wanted it to be repealed immediately.
Leaders also demanded they withdrawal of property tax and power tariff hike, reining in of sand, gravel, drug, transport, land and cable mafia and action against politicians who are hand-in-glove with them.
They also sought strong steps to check corruption in the government offices, pension for widows to be increased to Rs 3000 per month, minimum wages of unskilled to be fixed at Rs 15000 per month and 10 marla land and Rs 3 lakh for construction of houses to be given to the homeless, besides seeking allowance to unemployed youth and filling up of vacant posts in the government departments.
CPI(M) Punjab unit secretariate members Ram Singh Nurpuri, Satnam Singh Ajnala, CPI district secretary Lal Bahadur, Tarlochan Singh Rana, Mohan Singh Dhamana, Gurdev SinghBagi, BS Saini, Vijay Kumar, Gurnam Singh, Davinder Nangli, Dalip Singh Ghanaula , Sohan Singh Banga and Tarsem Singh Bhalri addressed the protesters.