PUDUCHERRY: Activists of People’s Welfare Front (Makkal Nala Kuttu Iyakkam) held a demonstration here on Tuesday protesting against price rise, atrocities against minorities and Dalits and efforts to curtail freedom of speech.
It may be noted that this protest demonstration is the first of its kind ever since the PWF converted itself into an alliance in the form of People’s Welfare Alliance (PWF), in Chennai, ahead of the impending 2016 Assembly elections.
Cadre from the MDMK, CPM, CPI and VCK, who form part of the People’s Welfare Front, raised slogans against the Narendra Modi-led central government for allegedly pursuing anti-people policies.
They also condemned the State government, which is in alliance with the BJP, for failing to take steps to check the spiraling prices of essential commodities.
Addressing the gathering, CPM’s Tamil Nadu state council member, Gunasekaran accused the BJP government of trying to destabilise the country by undermining its secular fabric.
He alleged that the government was attempting to impose the hidden agenda of Hindutva forces.
Pointing to the lynching of a man belonging to a minority community in Dadri, he said hard core religious elements unleashed attacks on minorities in which nearly 100 people got killed.
Communist Party of India state secretary and convener of the PWF, R Viswanathan, said the ruling NR government has not taken steps to control price hike during the festive season. Chief Minister N Rangasamy has not taken any initiative to ensure supply of Tur Dhal and essential items at reasonable prices, ahead of Deepavali, he said.
Slamming the Modi government at the Centre, the Communist Party of India leader said efforts are on curtail freedom of speech and expression as guaranteed in the constitution.
Na Ra Kalainathan, Murugan, Geethanathan (CPI), R Rajangam, V Perumal, T Murugan (CPM), Chandirasekar (MDMK) and Devapoilan (VCK) are the other leaders who took part in the protest.