Bharatiya Kisan Union (Charuni) boycotts meet with Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Tomar

Another delegation visits Delhi to discuss ordinances

Bharatiya Kisan Union (Charuni) boycotts meet with Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Tomar

Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Tomar - File photo

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 15

The Bharatiya Kisan Union (Charuni) on Tuesday took a U-turn and boycotted the meeting with Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Tomar in Delhi. However, a delegation of various farmers’ organisations of Haryana met Tomar to discuss the Centre’s three new ordinances.

What they seek

  • The farmers’ want the Centre’s assurance on the MSP, procurement under old system, safeguarding farmers from fraud by purchasers, power to SDM to resolve dispute between farmers and purchasers, e-platforms to be owned by the government or under its strict observance so that farmers aren’t duped and get direct payment

Tomar assured them that there won’t be any implications on the MSP of crops.

State BJP chief OP Dhankar, Agriculture Minister JP Dalal along with Hisar MP Brijendra Singh, Kurukshetra MP Nayab Saini and Bhiwani-Mahendragarh MP Dharambir Singh were present during the meeting. Dhankar had formed a committee of the three MPs to interact with farmers after they were lathicharged at Kurukshetra. The delegation put up eight demands before Tomar on Tuesday.

As per the BJP statement, Tomar assured the farmers that the MSP would stay and purchase would happen under the old system in grain markets. He said the ordinances were in favour of farmers.

Talking to mediapersons after the meeting, Dhankar said, “People who have been instigating farmers under false premise have been exposed today. Some people just protest by becoming pawn in the hands of others.”

Clearing the union’s stand on skipping the meeting, Rakesh Kumar Bains, BKU (Charuni) spokesperson, said: “We reached MP Dharambir’s house at 11 am on Tuesday. Gurnam Singh Charuni asked him whether the ordinances could be stopped till the talks were on, to which he refused. So, we decided to boycott the meeting.”

Notably, a video was being circulated where some farmer leaders were seen confronting Gurnam Singh Charuni at Haryana Bhawan.

During a press conference with Dalal, allegations were levelled that Charuni had been acting on the behalf of arhityas. Attar Singh Sandhu, who heads BKU (A), claimed that Charuni was misleading other farmers’ organisations and expressed satisfaction on meeting with Tomar.

On the other hand, JJP state president Nishan Singh said their party had no problem with farm ordinances if the MSP was assured.

Activists protest in Ambala

Ambala: Farmers under the banner of the BKU (Charuni) protested outside the DC office and raised slogans against the BJP government on Tuesday.

BKU (Charuni) district chief Malkit Singh said: “The ordinances are actually the death warrant of farmers. The lathicharge done by the government has united the farmers. We’ll continue to stage dharna till September 19 then block roads on September 20.”

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