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Over 10,000 AITUC workers court arrest

OVER 10,000 workers of the All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) and labourers from different parts of the State, led by AITUC national general secretary Gurudas Dasgupta, courted arrest today to protest against what they termed anti-farmers policies of the Central as well as the State Governments.

india Updated: Mar 07, 2006 12:52 IST

OVER 10,000 workers of the All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) and labourers from different parts of the State, led by AITUC national general secretary Gurudas Dasgupta, courted arrest today to protest against what they termed anti-farmers policies of the Central as well as the State Governments.

Prior to it, thousands of workers gathered at Yaadgar-e-Shahjahani Park to attend public meeting of the AITUC. Giving a clarion call to the gathering to change the State Government and protect one’s ‘ right to live’, Dasgupta, MP asked them to fight for their rights.

He said both the UPA Government at the Centre and BJP Government in MP had failed miserably to redress the pressing issues related directly to the poor. He accused the UPA of following the policies of the previous NDA Government.

Hitting out at the MP Government, he said though three chief ministers changed in last two years, the lot of the poor had not improved a bit. ‘We’ve to fight against capitalism and against the government that has failed to provide employment opportunities, protect women and food to farmers,’ he averred.

First Published: Mar 07, 2006 12:52 IST