Cong-affiliated INTUC to lead rally against UPA policies
Even as the logjam over JPC in 2G spectrum scam continues, the government is set to face more trouble from one of its own during Budget session.delhi Updated: Feb 12, 2011 01:29 IST
Even as the logjam over JPC in 2G spectrum scam continues, the government is set to face more trouble from one of its own during Budget session.
The central trade unions, led by Congress MP and special invitee to Congress Working Committee Sanjeeva Reddy, are getting ready to march to Parliament on February 23 over price rise and 'anti-poor policies of the UPA' government.
"The rally is to raise voice against the anti-poor, anti-labour policies of the government, apart from the inflation which is squeezing the aam admi dry," Reddy, also president of the Congress-affiliated Indian National Trade Union Congress said.
"Will Congress say no, if I am raising voice for the poor. Our struggle is in working class interest. I do not require permission of the party for this," said Reddy when asked about his position.
Reddy, who is presiding over the joint action meetings of the 12 CTUs except BJP-affiliated Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh said they were mobilising about 10 lakh people from all over the country for the march.
According to the CTUs, the protest would be the biggest ever by working class comparable to the 1993 anti-liberalisation action - in terms of size and seriousness of the issue.
"(The involvement of INTUC) signals a clear warning to the government by the workers who are under constant attack of its policies. The UPA needs to act now," AK Padmanabhan, president, Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), who was in Kota, Rajasthan to mobilise people, said.
Though INTUC participated in the September 7, 2010 nation wide strike call against the same issues, this time it is taking a pro-active role.