Kolkata,August 12 : Today, West Bengal Left Front held a meeting of all its constituents. After the meeting West Bengal Left Front Chairman Biman Basu told reporters, “ It is unfortunate, the way, Bengal has turned into a graveyard for democracy, as election are turned into a farce . This time also, in the upcoming municipal elections of the state, the TMC has turned the state into a graveyard of democracy, as TMC muscleman are flexing their muscles to debar the voters from casting their vote. In Haldia and Panshkura ,TMC hooligans are threatening the eligible voters as not to cast their vote. In Durgapur also in areas covering ward number 12 to 21 , election has been turned into a total farce. The areas , where the municipal elections has been held , has turned into hotbeds of terror. Saying this he also gave the details where the TMC hooligans from outskirt of Durgapur and the adjoining district of Birbhum has been given shelter ,so that can create mayhem on the polling day”. He also urged the state election commission to ensure free and fair polls in the polling areas.
BSNL Employees Union CHQ has called upon its Branches/SSAs to organise powerful protest demonstrations on 24th August 2016 against the cowardly attack on BSNLEU W.Bengal Office by the Trinamool goons a few days back. The union office, which is inside the CTO Building, Calcutta has been ransacked and the workers there attacked. The BSNL Management has to immediately file FIR against these goons as also bring this to the notice of the Central government since a crucial office under security has been gate-crashed and union office ransacked.
Organise the demonstrations with massive participation and explain to the workers the attacks on the trade unions in W.Bengal by the Trinamool goons. It is also clear that the police is not taking action probably on the directions of the government.
We will not tolerate attack on our union and union workers! The government and the BSNL Management should take immediate action against the culprints and esnure the security f the workers.
Lakhs of tea garden workers and employees went on a historic strike in North Bengal defying the tea garden owners and the TMC’s fatwa not to join the strike convened by the joint forum of the tea garden employees including the CITU led Chia Kaman Majdoor Union. The strike call was fully successful in the over 260 tea gardens out of a total of 276 tea gardens spread across Darjeeling hills, terai and dooars. Baring a few handful few which clocked partial shutdown as to the presence of TMC ‘s union all the other tea gardens remained closed as CITU State Secretary Dipak Dasgupta rushed to North Bengal to hand over economic support to families of famished tea garden workers of the state. At the call of the major trade unions all the other unions of various industrial sectors too demonstrated in the state in support of the Strike call given by the tea sector trade Unions. It can be recalled that yesterday at the call of the Joint forum of tea garden workers, the tea workers observed relay hunger strike at 44 places in the region. The strike, convened by a Joint Forum of 24 different tea workers unions, comes against the backdrop of the death of 22 workers in the tea gardens of north Bengal since May 2015 due to malnutrition and diseases caused by hunger.
The W. Bengal Government should immediately act for discussion and settlement of the issues of the tea garden workers.
Kolkata, Oct 2 : The Left Front today observed a ‘protest day’ all over West Bengal condemning the police lathicharge on Left activists during an agitation programme in the city yesterday in which several protesters were injured including women and the elderly.
The Kolkata district Left Front, which yesterday had organised the ‘March to Lalbazar’ programme, today said that they would press attempt to murder charges against the Kolkata police.
It said it would meet the Governor demanding the removal of Kolkata Police Commissioner S K Purakayastha.
The Kolkata police yesterday had arrested three Left activists and charged them with attempt to murder.
“We will file a case against the police by charging them with attempt to murder. We will meet West Bengal Governor K N Tripathi very soon and demand the removal of Kolkata police commissioner,” a Kolkata district Left Front leader today said.
Several Left activists, including CPI-M central committee member Dipak Dasgupta and some women, were injured when the police lathicharged them during a march to the city police headquarters.
The Left Front organised rallies, protest-marches in the districts.
“The protest day observations were a huge success as people from all walks of life participated in the rallies throughout the state,” a senior CPI(M) state secretariat leader said.
The CPI-M politburo in a statement today condemned the brutal lathicharge on peaceful protesters in Kolkata. “We call upon all units throughout the country to organise protest-actions and express solidarity with the people of West Bengal who are fighting for restoration of democratic rights”, PB stated.
Kolkata , April26th – West Bengal Left Front has called for 12hour long General Strike in the state of West Bengal on 30th April protesting against the murder of democracy in West Bengal. Informing this, to the media persons Left Front chairman Biman Basu said that murderous assault on democracy in the state has taken place on 18th April during the Kolkata Corporation elections and on 25th April during polls to the 91 municipalities of the state. Leaders of all the constituents of the Left Front including Left Front Chairman Biman Basu , RSP leader Manoj Bhattacharya , CPI leader Manjukumar Majumdar , Forward Block leader Hafiz Alam Sairani present in the press conference.
In the Press Conference Left Front Chairman has also added that various left activists are now lying in Hospital bed, injured after resisting the vote loot during the Municipal polls in the state. In one case TMC MLA and history sheeter Arjun Singh himself has shot down a mill worker for being a left activist in Barrackpore of North 24 Pargana’s. He also added that in West Bengal in every sphere attempt is being made to enact autocracy in the state. Left Front has also appealed to SUCI (Communist) and CPIML-liberation for supporting the General strike called on against the murder of democracy in the state . He also appealed to all affected people to rise above party identity and support the strike.(Ganashakti)
The 7.9 earth quake with its epicentre near Kathmandu has resulted in death of more than 800 in Nepal. The districts in W.Bengal, Bihar and U.P., which are near the border had also been affected. Many people are reported dead in these districts, especially in Bihar. Since these are mainly interior villages, full information is not available.
I contacted Circle Secretaries Coms. Animesh Mitra (W.B.), B.P.Singh (Bihar) and R.K.Mishra (UP) and inquired about the causalities and conveyed our sympathy and sorrow in the loss of lives.
Kolkata, Oct 31 : Condemning the ruling Trinamool Congress for “deteriorating law and order” situation in West Bengal, the Left Front Legislature Party today urged Governor K N Tripathi to take appropriate measures for restoring peace and tranquility in the state.
In his seven-point demands placed before the Governor, Leader of the Opposition in the state Assembly Surjya Kanta Mishra urged him to convene all party meetings at all levels to restore peace and tranquility and establish democratic rights in the state.
The Circle Conference of W.Bengal BSNLCCWF was held on 11-12 January 2014 at Kolkata. There was massive participation in the Open session. More than 1000 workers participated. 310 delegates attended. Com. Govinda Das, Circle President presided.
The Conference was inaugurated by Com.Animesh Mitra, Dy.GS BSNLEU and Vice-President BSNLCCWF. Coms. Saibal SenGupta, Om Prakash Singh, Adhir Kumar Sen, Circle Secretaries of BSNLEU, Biplab Das, Tapos Banerjee, Circle Secretary BSNLCCWF Kolkata and other leaders addressed.
The Report presented by Com. Tapas Ghosh, Circle secretary was adopted after discussion. The conference discussed about the issues of the casual and contract workers and took appropriate decisions.
The Conference unanimously elected Coms. Govinda Das and Tapas Ghosh as President and Circle Secretary respectively.
Congratulations to the W.Bengal comrades who have conducted the Circle Conference successfully.
All arrangements are being made for the holding of the 7th Circle Conference of W.Bengal on 11-12 January 2014. All india leaders including President, Com. V.A.N.Namboodiri, will be attending the same.
W.Bengal is one of the circles, which started organising the Casual and Contractual workers very early. Under the leadership of Coms. Animesh Mitra, Circle secretary BSNLEU(Dy GS BSNLEU also) and Tapas Ghosh, Circle secretary BSNLCCWF (who is also the Secretary General), the organisation has become strong and has been able to settle many issues.
But the major issue, Regularisaion of the 2270 casual labour in the circle, is still pending due to the adamant attitude and unacceptable plea of the BSNL management that they can not be regularised in view of the judgment of the SC in the matter.
The Circle conference will discuss all these matters and take suitable decisions.
Best Wishes to the success of the Circle Conference!