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Press Release – #BharatBandh – Congratulations for a magnificent strike

The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the
following statement:

The Polit Bureau congratulates the working class of India for the
magnificent strike they organized on September 2, 2015. The CPI(M) had
extended full support to the strike and the demand charter of the ten
central trade unions and national and state federations.

At the last minute, the Modi Government tried to dissuade the workers from
proceeding with implementing the legal strike notice that they had served.
In these talks the central government did not make any meaningful proposal
in meeting any of the major demands raised by the trade unions. Apart from
dissuading the RSS-affiliated BMS, they could not succeed in dissuading any
other central trade union from proceeding with the strike.

The various arms of the state resorted to physical intimidation to prevent
the workers from observing the strike in many parts of the country. In West
Bengal, the ruling Trinamul Congress unleashed a rein of terror. Elements
belonging to the ruling Trinamul Congress mounted murderous physical attacks
on trade union leaders and the police mercilessly beat up the protesting
workers and arrested hundreds on fabricated charges. Despite this, the
people of West Bengal confronted such terror and observed a virtual state
level hartal.

Following this successful strike, the BJP government led by Prime Minister
Modi must at least now realise that the entire working class in the country
rejects the anti-labour proposals that it is considering and demands that

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