Protests had broken out in Howrah on Friday between the police and the Left Front activists, who were marching towards the State Secretariat against unemployment and 'allegations' of no industry in West Bengal. As protestors headed towards the Secretariat, police swung tear gas shell and resorted to 'lathi' charge after activists of the CPI(M)'s student and youth wings pelted stones at them. Following the incident, security had been tightened in Howrah as police erected aluminium barricades at Howrah Maidan area, about 4 km away from State 'Secretariat Nabanna to stop the protesters.
The rally that began from Singur in Hooghly district on Thursday and moved towards Bengal Secretariat Nabanna in the Howrah district. The two-day "Nabanna Chalo" march campaign began on Thursday and was undertaken by the Students' Federation of India (SFI) and Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI).
CPI(M) West Bengal's Twitter account posted photographs of the rally starting off march for the second day.
First look at Howrah Station as SFI-DYFI along with 12 left student & youth organisations started their march for 2nd consecutive day and will reach Nabanna demanding industries in Bengal & job-education for all.#SingurWantsIndustry #SingurNabannaMarch pic.twitter.com/VO18vMjEMb— CPI(M) WEST BENGAL (@CPIM_WESTBENGAL) September 13, 2019
SFI and DYFI members began the march yesterday from Singur, the venue of abandoned Tata Nano car plant, as a symbolic gesture. The march has been called for corruption-free procedures in education, recruiting people for vacant posts, student elections in campuses, and establishing industries for employment. DYFI had reportedly claimed that its activists will reach Nabanna to submit thousands of applications signed by unemployed youth seeking jobs from West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee.
Protestors reportedly claim that Singur was once a booming industrial hub, but since 12-13 years none of the promises made by Mamata Banerjee government have been fulfilled. After a more than three decades-long Left rule, Chief Minister Banerjee had come into power on promises of agricultural, economic and industrial development, not a single investment has been made ever since, the DYFI and SFI had reportedly said in a statement.
SFI's official Facebook page read the statement,
"Modi Government at Center and Mamata Banerjee's Government in State has been instrumental in creating a stage of joblessness and underemployment across the country. The Rate of Unemployment has reached 6.17%. Mamata Banerjee's Government is totally clueless about generating employment opportunities. On the other hand, the SSC, TET, PSC scams have taken place. Corrupt practices in campuses have increased proportionately. Council Model has been imposed upon the democratic Students' Union in order to apoliticise the campuses and destroy the democratic environment in campuses."