Bengaluru, April 21: It is quite ironical that everyone expect the garment factory workers are getting credit for the roll back of the EPF rules which had tightened withdrawal norms.
It was the garment factory workers numbering around Rs 1.25 lakh who decided to protest against the EPF rules.
A protest meant to be a silent march turned violent thanks some anti social elements. Now with the EPF notification being withdrawn, everyone has claimed credit for the same.
The workers who initiated the protest are just left with the blame of staging a violent protest. The reality is that they did not turn violent.
Credit for all, blame for the workers:
Posters have already come up in which the credit has been claimed for the roll back of the EPF rules. Some BJP leaders from Karnataka have met with the garment factory workers and told that them they had been misguided on the issue.
In some parts congratulatory messages for Union Minister Ananth Kumar can be found. The messages thank him for resolving the issue. In fact when the protests had turned violent, he did address a press conference informing about the relaxation of the norms.
Posters of Satish Reddy, BJP MLA were also found along with Ananth Kumar. There were other leaders too who met with the garment factory workers and tried claiming credit. However the garment factory workers did not pay much attention to these claims.
It is back to work now:
The garment factory workers have gone back to work. They are happy that the new rules were rolled back.
However, many of them are disgruntled due to the violence which they have stating since yesterday they did not initiate.
The police too say that the factory workers left the spot once the local PF commissioner informed them that the norms had been withdrawn.
The police say that violent scenes took place after the workers had left the venue. There was a group of 15 persons from Bommanhalli who initiated the violence and we have identified these persons, the police also say.
The factory workers say that everyone is seeking credit for the roll back and all we are left with is the blame for something that we did not do.