AIKS to support Aug 20 Bharath Bandh: Chandrappan

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Bangalore, Jun 19: All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) has extended its total support to the proposed Bharath Bandh on August 20 called by the All Trade Unions in the country, AIKS national President Chandrappan said today.

Speaking to newsmen here, he said that the Bandh call was given to protest against UPA government's failure in protecting the interests of the working class.

Charging that the Union government has totally failed in safeguarding the welfare of the labour community while offering red-carpet welcome to the Multi National Companies who have only self interest.

Mr Chandrappan said that lakhs of workers have been thrown to the steets by the adverse policies of the central government. "To highlight the plights of the labour class and the failure of UPA government all trade unions have decided to call for a nation-wide strike on August 20", he said.

He said that during Bandh all the economic activities including transport, agriculture and trade will be shut down to get the attention of the governments concerned.

Veteran labour leader Chandrappan, who is also a Lok Sabha member said that AIKS has also planned to highlight the constraints being faced by the farming community across the country. His organisation will take out Farmers Jatha across the country during September-October this year. "The farmers have suffered heavily due to wrong policies adopted by the UPA government at the center" Mr Chandrappan alleged.

Referring to killing of one farmer in Karantaka in a police firing during farmers agitation on non-availability of fertiliser in Haveri recently, Mr Chandrappan, criticised BJP government for adopting anti-farmers attitude. The state unit of the AIKS has planned to take out a Jatha from Haveri to Bangalore in protest against the state government's action.

While urging the state government to enhance the quantum of compensation announced to the family of the farmer killed in the police firing, Mr Chandrappan urged release of 91 farmers who were arrested in connection with the agitation.

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