Left Front chairman Biman Bose on Friday called upon the people to resist attacks on democracy and be prepared to lay down their lives in the struggles for life and livelihood.Addressing a rally at the conclusion of the statewide jatha (march) brought out by the by 'Bengal Platform of Mass Organisations' (BPMO) pressing for a 17-point charter of demands, he said the Left workers should go to all the 40,000 villages and 126 municipalities in the state to reach their messages to the masses."When we started the march, we intended to reach out to all the 40,000 villages and the 126 municipalities. But it seems our work is unfinished as our message has not reached everywhere. So your responsibility has increased," he said.Targeting the ruling Trinamool Congress, he alleged that it has destroyed the state's cultural ethos through its rowdyism."If there is an attack on democracy, you have to resist whenever any such incident happens... You have to be prepared to lay down your lives in the coming struggles for life and livelihood."
Altogether 117 state based mass organisations including those of the Left Front, had come under the banner of BPMO which held big and numerous local level marches, culminating into rallies in the district headquarters, as also the state capital. The march started from October 22 and ended in Kolkata on Friday.The 17-point charter of demands includes ensuring remunerative prices for farmers, digital ration cards for all, food for all, setting up of new factories to provide jobs, opening of closed factories, minimum guaranteed wages for workers in unorganised sectors, compensation to victims of ponzi scams, security for women and strenghening of ICDS and mid-day meal schemes.