Top leaders from Left parties including the Communist Party of India, the Communist Party of India (Marxist), the CPM Punjab and CPI (ML) addressed a well-attended rally at Dana Mandi in Ludhiana on Friday.
The rally aimed to mobilise support against the Punjab government working towards passing a new law in the assembly, "Prevention of damage to Public and Private Property Bill 2014".
CPI (M) general secretary Prakash Karat, veteran CPI leader AB Bardhan and CPI (ML) general secretary Dipankar Bhattacharya had given the call for the rally. Karat claimed that he had never seen such a huge crowd at rally organised by the Left.
"We have launched a revolution against the SAD-BJP rule in Punjab and people's support will help sustain it," he said.
Targeting the Modi government at the Centre, he alleged, "Good days have come, but for those handpicked by Modi, like Gujarat industrialist Gautam Adani who is being given `6,200 crore credit by the SBI on minimal rate of interest."
He denied any possibility of an alliance with the ruling Trinamool Congress in West Bengal. "The Left front is not going to form an alliance with any party," Karat clarified.
AB Bardhan alleged that the Central government was communalising school education at the behest of the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) and claimed that rules were twisted at the beck and call of the RSS.
Gurmeet Singh Bakhtupura, secretary CPI (ML) Liberation alleged that Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal had been looting the residents of the state.
Other senior leaders including Dipankar Bhattachary, Mangat Ram Pasla and Harkanwal Singh claimed that the centre could soon withdraw welfare schemes like MGNREGA.