‘Quit India Movement’ Anniversary: Farmers, NCP, Left Parties Call to ‘Save India from BJP’

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Left parties and farmer’s organisations staged protests and demanded ‘Modi sarkar hatao, Desh bachao’ in all districts of Maharashtra, on the occasion of the 79th anniversary of Quit India Movement of August 9, 1942. — IANS

“At that time, the slogan of ‘Quit India’ was given to the British. But seeing the atrocities of the BJP government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, now is the time to give a call of ‘Quit BJP’ and save the nation,” said Maharashtra Congress leader

MUMBAI — On the 79th anniversary of the historic ‘Quit India Movement’ being celebrated all over the country, the Nationalist Congress Party, Left parties and thousands of farmers gave a ‘Modi Sarkar Hatao, Desh Bachao’ call, here on Monday.

State NCP President and Water Resources Minister Jayant Patil, Mumbai party President and Minister Nawab Malik and others visited the martyrs’ memorial at the August Kranti Maidan in south Mumbai and paid homage to those who sacrificed their lives for the country’s Independence.

“On August 9, 1942, Mahatma Gandhi gave the clarion call to the British rulers to ‘Quit India’, which was finally overthrown after five years. Today, the present government at the Centre is attempting to strangle democracy, and freedom of expressions by the use of Pegasus,” Patil said.

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) State President and Water Resources Minister Jayant Patil expressed confidence that the country would not survive without unity to preserve democracy and uphold the Constitution of India.

‘Modi sarkar hatao, Desh bachao’ was the slogan of protesters on the occasion of the 79th anniversary of Quit India Movement of August 9, 1942.

In the same August Revolution, the slogan ‘Leave India’ was chanted to overthrow the tyrannical rule of the British and the British were repatriated by adopting the path of non-violence. Even today, the government of the country is trying to strangle democracy. Jayant Patil also said that freedom of expression is being hammered by bringing things like Pegasus.

He expressed confidence that just as the people had heeded the slogan of unity by Mahatma Gandhi, even now the country will remain united to save the country and the Constitution.

Thousands of Left party workers and farmers staged demonstrations across Maharashtra and rest of India with a call for ‘Modi Sarkar Hatao, Corporate Loot Band Karo, Desh Bachao’, said All India Kisan Sabha President Dr Ashok Dhawale.

Waving banners and posters the protesters raised anti-BJP slogans and reiterated the long-pending demands of repeal of the 3 contentious Farm Laws, 4 Labour Laws, withdrawal of the Electricity Amendment Bills.

They included AIKS, CITU, AIAWU, AIDWA, DYFI, SFI and various other mass and grassroots organisations in different districts in the state which recalled the sacrifices of the martyrs of the Indian Independence movement.

Waving banners and posters the protesters raised anti-BJP slogans and reiterated the long-pending demands of repeal of the 3 contentious Farm Laws, 4 Labour Laws, withdrawal of the Electricity Amendment Bills, sought a Central law to guarantee MSP, end to privatization of the public sector by selling off the country’s assets to corporates, controlling the prices of gas, diesel and petrol, curbing the runaway inflation, etc.

Time for BJP to quit: Congress

As the country enters the 80th year of the historic ‘Quit India Movement’ that hastened the end of British rule, the Maharashtra Congress said here on Monday that now the time has come for the country to be rid of the Bharatiya Janata Party government.

At a public meeting to mark the 79th August Kranti Divas at the famed August Kranti Maidan here, state Congress President Nana Patole, city party chief Bhai Jagtap, and other top leaders said the Quit India call by Mahatma Gandhi and other top leaders of the Freedom Movement had shaken the British Empire and culminated in India’s Independence five years later.

“The Congress Party made a huge contribution in the freedom struggle But today, those who did not contribute anything to the country’s independence are in power and are working hard to undermine and discard that freedom and democratic systems won with great difficulties. It is everybody’s responsibly to ensure that the hard won Independence is not imperilled,” Patole said.

He accused the BJP at the Centre of attempting to disrupt and dismantle all the democratic institutions built up over the years, with the country going through an eclipse since 2014 with all pillars of democracy under serious threat.

Patole said that the true freedom is again in danger and all citizens must come forward to save and protect our democracy and all its institutions.

Jagtap said as the country enters the 75th year of Independence, it is time to raise a voice against the injustices being meted out to all sections of society once again like farmers, youth, the deprived classes, and others.

“At that time, the slogan of ‘Quit India’ was given to the British. But seeing the atrocities of the BJP government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, now is the time to give a call of ‘Quit BJP’ and save the nation,” Jagtap said.

The Congress leaders recalled the services and sacrifices of various martyrs, felicitated freedom fighters or their families and later took an oath to ‘Save the Constitution and Democracy’. — IANS

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