Tribune News Service
Amritsar, September 20
Farmer organisations took out a bike rally in the city on Monday to mobilise support for the September 27 bandh call, given by the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM). The rally started from Company Bagh and culminated at the Bhagatawala Grain Market after passing through different market and residential areas.
The farmers also held a meeting with arhtiyas and labourers and asked for their help in forcing the Central Government to repeal the three controversial agriculture laws.
The farm leaders stated that the government was trying to hand over agriculture into corporate hands, which would force lakhs of farmers and their families away from their only source of livelihood. Over 700 farmers had lost their lives in the nearly 10-month-long protest but the government was more concerned about winning elections and toppling the opposition, instead of listening to the concerns of the general public.
The protesters also criticised the government for privatising public sector units for the benefit of a few corporate houses. Their agitation would continue till the government repealed the three farm laws and brought a bill to ensure minimum support price (MSP) for crops, they maintained.
Balkar Singh Dudala, Sawinder Singh Meerankot, Rattan Singh Randhawa, Dhanwant Singh Khatrai Kalan, Bhupinder Singh Tirathpura, Sukhrambir Singh Loharka and Davinder Singh Chattiwind addressed the protesters.
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