The state committee of the Marxist Communist Party of India (United) at a meeting at KK Kaushal Memorial Bhawan, Doraha, on Monday, decided to hold protests against the "anti-people" policies of the state and central government.
MCPI (U) member Ajaib Singh Bhangu presided over the meeting, while party national secretary Kuldip Singh Grewal gave a report on the present political-economic situation, saying that it was "worsening by the day", and called upon the members to strengthen the party's organisation.
During the meeting, the state committee decided to hold protests at tehsil level throughout the state against the alleged "anti-people" policies of the state and central governments, from February 10 to 13, party state secretary Pawan Kumar Kaushal said.
"The state committee passed resolutions against price rise, unemployment, inflation and corruption. In a resolution, it urged the state government and Powercom to reduce power rates like it has been done in Delhi and Haryana. Power rates are highest in Punjab, after Karnataka," Kaushal claimed.
The committee also urged the state government to return the surplus and unused land of Siel Chemicals near Rajpura to the owners.
"We express serious concern over the drug trade going on in the state, in which politicians of the ruling classes and police are involved, and demand an independent judicial inquiry into the nexus of police, bureaucrats and politicians of the state. We also demand action against all those responsible for drug and narcotics trade to save the youths of Punjab from this menace," he said.
The meeting was attended by other party members, including Kiranjit Sekhon, Prem Singh Bhangu, Lakhwinder Bowani, Prem Singh Nanva, Mangat Ram Longowal and all central committee members. Members from Chandigarh, Patiala, Sangrur, Ludhiana and SAS Nagar also attended the meeting.