Women join farmers’ protest, block railway line in Amritsar

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, September 27

The farmers’ blockade of the Amritsar-Delhi railway line from Devidyal Pura village today received a shot in the arm after women from nearby places joined their protest.

Showing solidarity with them, the SGPC today directed all gurdwara managements under it to provide non-stop langar to the agitating farmers and their families.

Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee general secretary Sarwan Singh Pandher said, “Participation of women in any protest gives fillip to its intensity. So we had sought their support and are obliged that hundreds of women from nearby villages turned up to boost our morale.”

Taking a jibe at breaking up of the SAD-BJP alliance, he said it became a political compulsion for the SAD to snap ties with the NDA. “Basically, the NDA had created such a situation that SAD had no choice but to call quits in an attempt to save its political ground. Followed by Harsimrat Kaur Badal’s resignation, the SAD’s move to break alliance can be considered as a big win for farmers,” he said.

SGPC president Gobind Singh Longowal said the Sikh apex body supported the farmers’ interest at the first place.

BKU Sidhupur protest enters Day 25

Bathinda: The protest by farmers under the banner of the BKU Ekta Sidhupur entered 25th day in Bathinda on Sunday. Union leaders said the administration had assured them their demands would be met, but nothing had been done so far. The union has now given a call for a protest on September 29. BKU Sidhupur leader Kaka Singh Kotra said, “We are protesting the decision to create Mandikalan Nagar Panchayat a gram panchayat and demanding cancelling of cases registered against farmers for stubble-burning.” tns

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