Hyderabad: As a mark of protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act and violence on JNU students, several organisations have called for a Bharat bandh on January 8.
In the wake of the controversies around the citizenship exercise, around 25 organisations have called for an all-India General Strike tomorrow, “to resist CAA, NPR and NRC”.
The Telangana State Trade Union Co-ordination Committee will join the Bharat bandh tomorrow. The committee, which includes organisations such as FITU, ASET, TUCI, AICCTU, CFTUI, KECSWA, KSCWU- demands the government to “reverse anti-people economic policies of state and central government and to stop anti-worker labour reforms.”
Students from three varsities -- University of Hyderabad, Maulana Azad National Urdu University and Osmania University -- are gearing up for the All India General Strike on January 8 in solidarity with the JNU students.
The All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC) is also joining the Bharat Bandh to protest against the anti-farmer policies and inaction of the Centre and the States on the demands of the farmers. “This is to highlight the government’s failure on various fronts – its failure in ensuring Minimum Support Prices at C2+50% for all crops, in providing freedom from indebtedness, in implementing effective crop insurance and disaster compensation in the face of drought, floods and unseasonal rains, in implementing Forest Rights Act, etc. – and on other state-level issues,” said Kiran Vissa, AIKSCC. AIKSCC will be organising a demonstration at Gun Park between 11 am to 1 pm on January 8.
At a press conference on January 7, Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi has called for a peaceful protest on January 10. The AIMIM leader said that United Action Committee will organise a peaceful protest rally on the aforesaid date at 2 pm, from Mir Alam Eidgah till Shastripuram.
The United Action Committee has called for a protest in front of the historic Charminar on the eve of Republic Day, i.e on January 25, with historians and poets participating in the gathering.
The committee had also decided to hold a protest on January 30, Martyr’s Day, against CAA.
Condemning the violence against JNU students, the AIMIM leader added, “It’s a shame that JNU Vice-Chancellor has not resigned, despite all this."