Eastern Jatha Flagged Off

Eastern Jatha flagged off amidst great enthusiasm
The Eastern Jatha of Sangharsh Sandesh was flagged off with great enthusiasm from Kolkata on Friday morning with hundreds of people gathering on Rani Rasmoni road. Red flags covered the entire area. Biman Basu, who himself is part of the Jatha team, presided over the public meeting.
Prakash Karat addressing the gathering explained the purpose of the Jatha and said that the need for a sustained struggle has been vindicated once again by the Union budget, where the interests of the rich were served. He said a sustained struggle for alternative policies would be launched throughout the country and this Jatha is a message for that struggle. He said, even after sixty five years of independence, a large section of the people are deprived of basic rights. CPI(M) has taken initiative for the four Jathas to highlight peoples’ issues. Karat congratulated the people of Tripura for the historic verdict in favour of Left Front which has given a new impetus for the democratic forces in the country.
The Jatha was flagged of by Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, Polit bureau member of the Party. Apart from Karat and Biman Basu, central committee members Jogendra Sharma and Gyanshankar Majumdar are the other members of the Jatha. Participants of sub-jathas from Guwahati and Odisha joined in the public meeting.
The Jatha proceeded through the districts of Howrah, Hooghly and Burdwan. The entire journey was a reflection of peoples’ love and affection towards the CPI(M)'s and an expression of their solidarity with its struggles.
Hundreds of people gathered on both sides of the roads that the Jatha travelled and showered the leaders with flowers and shouted slogans on the issues that are raised by Jatha. Youths on motorbikes came along the jatha all through. Hundreds gathered on Durgapur Expresway, including women with children and received the leaders with drum beats and dance.