The Communist Party of India (Marxist) State secretariat member and Karnataka Prantha Raitha Sangha general secretary G.C. Bayya Reddy called upon the working class of the State to defeat those pursuing pro-liberalisation policies and those who have adopted a communal agenda in the May 5 Assembly elections in the State.

It was imperative for the toiling masses to identify the immediate enemies that are ruining their life due to the wrong economic policies and those pursuing policies of division based on caste and religion, Mr. Reddy said while addressing a May Day programme organised by the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) at Nachiketa Nilaya here on Wednesday.

Caste barrier

The working class should unite breaking the caste barriers and untouchability to protect their trade union rights and the welfare measures now being subjected to attack under an era of globalisation and liberalisation policies, he said.

On the corruption charges being made by the Congress and the BJP against one another, the CPI(M) leader remarked that none of them had the moral right to talk on the subject as both these parties were involved in corrupt practices. Addressing the function after inaugurating it, CITU district president Gandhinagar Narayanaswamy stressed the need to build a strong movement of workers, both in the organised and unorganised sector, in future.

CITU taluk president Honnenahalli Yallappa presided over the function. Pragati Grameena Bank Employees Federation leader H.B. Krishnappa, KPRS district secretary T.M. Venkatesh and Anganawadi Workers’ Federation leader Munirajamma participated.

Earlier, the trade union leaders garlanded the statue of B.R. Ambedkar at the venue as a mark of respect to the leader who strove to give self-respect to the downtrodden.

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