More than 200 citizens of responded to the call of the Padgha committee of the Lok Raj Sangathan, "Get Organised, take the reins of power and change the society!" by joining the meeting on 6th May.
Women, men and children assembled at the meeting place from Padgha, Vaghivali, Matkyacha Pada, Wafala, Aangaon, Juhu Pada, Badhane, Chimbhipada and other distant villages. A signature campaign was organised at the site of the meeting on the issue of water problem in the area and both the participants of the meeting as well as passers by signed the petition. The Secretary greeted the participants on behalf of the Padgha committee. Then a youth from the Thane committee addressed the meeting. This youth had taken part in the election campaign of a local woman, which took place in March-April of this year. Describing his experience of the campaign, the youth explained how "the elected representatives have be answerable to the people." People appreciated the line of Lok Raj Sangathan. Despite this being a poor tribal area, people contributed more than 3000 Rupees. He said that being a city dweller, he had no idea about the conditions prevailing in this area.
A lady from Baghivilli told the gathering that Lok Raj Sangathan was giving them strength. She said that everyone in her village was with LRS and this drew an applause particularly from the people from her village.
Thousands of people have benefited from the struggle for right to ration supply that was led by the Padgha committee of the LRS. One speaker talked at length about how this struggle was waged. First LRS informed the people of the village about the various facts about rationing system through a series of meetings and leaflets. This was the step for awakening the people. Then LRS made people aware about how the government and its policies were directly responsible for the sad state of the public distribution system and therefore, they were working against the interest of the people. Then LRS organised its Padgha committee and the decisions regarding all actions were taken by this committee, whether it was for holding demonstrations or for distributing leaflets, or for meeting some government official. Whenever it was necessary to meet an official, people came in large numbers. This way, Lok Raj Sangathan provided leadership in organizing the people. This is the method that LRS applied in every situation, so that the local samiti could be strengthened and people would not depend on one leader, the speaker said.
Another speaker explained the importance of May Day – International Workers’ day. Over the past 3-4 years, an increasing number of young men and women have begun working in the warehouses and small factories. These workers needed to get organized, else the capitalist would intensify their exploitation further and attack them. Lok Raj Sangathan is with the workers, assmed the speaker.
LRS’ speaker explained that the root of all the problems of sickness, poverty, unemployment, etc, is the fact that people do not have political power in their hands. The fact of lakhs of tonnes of foodgrains rotting while the Indian people are starving will never happen when people will hold the reins of power in their hands. The spectre of drought is prevalent all over Maharashtra. The speaker explained with statistics that this was because of the anti-people policy of the government. Who is prepared to take up the struggle to bring an end to these issues? Nearly all those present in the meeting raised their hands in response to this question.
The speaker explained that LRS Samitis are the schools for us, where we not only learn how to carry on the struggle but also how we will operate the reins of political power. Youth from Thane and Ulhasnagar presented a vibrant and militant revolutionary song while a local girl performed a dance.
Everyone was very enthused, and more than 40 individuals became members.
While all the established political parties go to the people only at the time of elections, LRS is dedicated at all times to organize the people – this was evidenced once more by this meeting.