Hoogly, June 6: Once Narendra Modi flew to Bangladesh to strenthen the ties between the two countries, Congress vice-president flew to Hoogly to give the farmers there a 'shoulder' to cry. But Rahul disappointed us here too, with his old-fashioned filmy dialogues. Disappointment because his so-called spiritual enhancement 'break' of three months did not come to his aid.
Listening to the woes of the unemployed Jute mill workers here, Rahul Gandhi said,"You would find me standing close to the poor and the helpless," in a way of emphasizing his empathies with the workers here.
The state of jute mills in Hoogly
There has been a surge in jute mills being closed in West Bengal, especially in the Hoogly district.
According to the IJMA estimate, close to 30,000 workers were rendered jobless in the industry after 4 mills were shut down only in 2014.
Labour unrest and lack of government support has led to the closure of many of these mills in West Bengal.
On June 30, 2014, a mill worker from the Northbrook jumped on the railway tracks and ended his life after the closure of the mill that he worked in for 15 years.
The mill was closed due to a workers' unrest that led to the murder of the CEO. The family of the worker said that after the closure of the mill, they could barely meet ends. Since a decade, workers in various mills are battling rising inflation, fewer days of work and less wages.
Filthy quarters, erratic electricity and the threat of closure have made tensions between them and the management even worse.
In such a situation, mere renditions are promises do not work, but a movement for reform is required, which Rahul is not bringing for sure.