The pro-union labor organization Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) has decided to hit the streets to protest the privatization and corporatization of state-owned enterprises in the country and to demand permanent jobs for contract workers. BMS has decided to sit on Dharna at Jantar Mantar in Delhi on November 17 to protest the decision of the Narendra Modi government. On that day, BMS members from different parts of the country will stand in the capital and march against the policies of the government. According to sources, the way privatization and layoffs have started in the country in the last few years, The demographics of BMS have suffered. The question has arisen, why BMS failed to protect the interests of the workers despite being close to the ruling party? BMS authorities decided to go down the road to hold the organization.
In the last 8 years, the opposition has been protesting the decision to fill the government treasury by selling government property, and liquidation of state-owned enterprises. Yesterday, BMS national secretary Girish Chandra Arya said, “State-owned organizations are the country’s assets. Therefore, instead of selling them, the government should increase investment in them and make them timely.” But BMS owners are not doing well to avoid liability by selling them instead. Arya said, “Government belongs to no one. The government belongs to the country.”
Arya made a thinly veiled threat that if this government continues its anti-labor actions, the organization will consider whether to support the government in the coming days. The question arises, is it not a failure of the organization to maintain the interests of workers despite being a union-close labor organization, to prevent the dissolution of state-owned organizations? Arya argued, “The government was trying to privatize a lot more. It was because of the activism of our organization that what was prevented.”
The next Bharat Jodo journey is from Gujarat
Bharat Jodo Yatra from Kanyakumari to Kashmir is not over yet. Meanwhile, Congress has started planning another Bharat Jodo Yatra under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi from west to east next year before the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. The first meeting of the task force of the party formed for the Lok Sabha elections was held yesterday under the leadership of the party’s new president Mallikarjun Kharge. According to sources, there was a discussion about this. So far, Congress leaders feel that Rahul’s Bharat Jodo trip has had a positive impact. So next year they are planning India Jodo Yatra from Gujarat in the west to Arunachal Pradesh in the east.
Even though Narendra Modi-Amit Shah’s state of Gujarat is going to polls next month, this year’s Bharat Jodo Yatra is not entering Gujarat. However, Rahul will hold public meetings in Saurashtra and South Gujarat on November 22. Earlier, the Congress yesterday appointed five leaders Mukul Wasnik, Mohan Prakash, Prithviraj Chauhan, BK Hariprasad, and KH Muniappa as observers for five regions of Gujarat. They will work under Ashok Gehlot, a special observer of the Congress in Gujarat polls.