KCCI postpones rail roko plans

However, the decision evoked objections from many participants.

KCCI President Srinivas Kamath said that MP Nalin Kumar Kateel has written to the Chamber requesting not to stage rail roko as he would be meeting Minister for Railway Mamatha Bannerjee soon. Kamath, in this backdrop, suggested the meeting that the protest could be postponed.

This received severe objections from the representatives of Railway Yathrikara Sangha, Nagarika Hitarakshana Samiti, DYFI, SFI and labour unions. “We have already stepped into the struggle, and there is no question of going back,” they stated.

At one point, Hanumanth Kamath of Nagarika Hitarakshana Vedike boycotted the meeting protesting the Chamber’s suggestion. However, as per an advise from KCCI Vice President Mohandas Prabhu, it was agreed that it would be better to hold a symbolic dharna instead of postponing the event.

The meeting decided to give a deadline (August 8) to the Union government to make its stand clear regarding the demands. If it was not done, one more protest will be organised on August 16 in a bigger scale.

The meeting also decided to include MPs Nalin Kumar Kateel, D V Sadananda Gowda and B Y Raghavendra into the movement and represent the demand at the national-level.

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