Five-day dharna organised by the Left parties concluded today (3rd August) with the participation of thousands from Delhi, Haryana and Rajasthan. The dharna concluded with the call that September 12, 2012 will be observed as the 'Food Security Day' throughout the country. On that day, demonstrations will be organised in all the states and FCI godowns will be picketed. This was announced on behalf of all the four Left parties by A.B. Bardhan, veteran leader of the Communist party.
The last day of the dharna was addressed by A.B. Bardhan, former General Secretary of the CPI, Brinda Karat, Polit Bureau member, CPI (M), Debabrata Biswas, General Secretary, AIFB and Abani Roy, Secretary, RSP. Complimenting all the thousands of people who have responded to the call of the Left parties and participated in the dharna at Delhi and also demonstrations organised in various parts of the country, they called upon the people to mobilise in even larger numbers for the September 12 programme.
Prakash Karat, General Secretary of the CPI(M) and S. Sudhakar Reddy, General Secretary of CPI attended the dharna. Apart from the Central leaders, state leaders of the four Left parties from Delhi, Rajasthan and Haryana addressed the dharna. The dharna ended with the slogan, 'food security for all', 'do away with APL, BPL categorisation', 'strengthen and universalise the PDS', 'end speculative activities on foodgrains and other essential commodities' and 'take immediate steps to address agrarian distress'.