Nagpur Lok Sabha Youth Congress along with Ramtek Lok Sabha Youth Congress and National Students Union of India (NSUI) carried out a massive – Elgaar Morcha – in Nagpur on April 1 (Sunday) to protest against the ruling government’s failure to provide jobs to the youth in Maharashtra.
Along with hundreds of members of the Congress party, also present during the protest were prominent Congress leaders like Avinash Pande (General Secretary, All India Congress Committee), Rajendra Mulak (former state minister and President, Nagpur District Congress Committee), former MLA Ashok Dhawad, Anees Ahmed (former state minister), Tanaji Vanve (Leader of Opposition), Nana Patole (former MP), Bunty Shelke (Secretary, Indian Youth Congress), Nitin Raut (National President, SC Cell, Congress), Sunil Kedar (MLA from Soaner), Praful Gudhade Patil, Atul Kotecha (State Congress Secretary) and Rinku Jain (City Congress General). Notably, while almost all the prominent leaders were seen in the morcha, Congress leaders Vilas Muttemwar (former MP) and his protégé Vikas Thakre (City Congress President) refrained from participating in the protest.
Protesting against the government the protestors carried placards with messages like ‘Tumchya Sattet Naukri Na Pagar, Manhnach Yuvakancha Rashtyawar Elgar,’ ‘Nusti Aashwasana, Jumle Hazaar, Yuvak Bichare Rahilet Berozgar’ and Kash Modiji bhi pade hote toh aaj hamare sath khade hote.’ The congress also carried a huge flag with ‘Waqt Hain Badlav Ka’ written on it.
Abhishek Dhawad, Youth Activist from Indian National Congress in Nagpur, who was an active protestor in the Elgaar Morcha, told Nation Next, “Unemployment is a big part of an already big issue. This starts with educational institutes receiving no cooperation from the Government, which in turn affects one’s chances of accessing quality education. Moreover, a lot of businesses shut down everyday due to unfavourable economic circumstances only adding to the number of the unemployed. This ongoing vicious cycle has compelled us to raise this issue and fight for the people.”