Tribune News Service
Karnal, May 2
The Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) has welcomed public mandate against the BJP in the Assembly elections in West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
Celebrating the BJP's defeat, the protesting farmers distributed sweets at Singhu while at Tikri, they raised slogans against the Modi government.
“It is clear that the public rejected the BJP. Under its rule, the country's healthcare infrastructure has crumbled. People are falling prey to Covid due to callous attitude of the government. At a time when the livelihood of a large chunk of our population is at stake, the BJP tried to spin its communal polarisation agenda as the main issue confronting voters. Spending huge resources in the election campaigns did not ensure the BJP a victory in these states," said a joint statement issued by farmer leaders.
Balvir Singh Rajewal, Hannan Mollah, Dr Darshan Pal, Yudhvir Singh, Jagjeet Singh Dallewal, Gurnam Singh Chaduni, Yogendra Yadav and Abhimanyu Kohar said, “The protesting farmers have already proved convincingly that the BJP's communal polarisation agenda is unacceptable; this is a unified struggle of citizens not only to protect their livelihoods, but also the secular fabric of the country. We congratulate the citizens of Bengal and other states for responding in our support. We now appeal to farmers from all over India to strengthen their resistance and join the movement. This movement will continue to spread the democratic values that our Constitution espouses, and will further strengthen it till our demands are fulfilled."
They said the BJP should listen to the mandate of people in different states and should immediately repeal the three agricultural laws and give legal guarantee to MSP.
"We are again clarifying that this agitation will not end until our demands are met. At the same time, the social boycott of BJP leaders and their allies will continue. Instead of making peasants and workers their enemies, the government should fight against the pandemic," said Balbir Singh, another leader.
Meanwhile, the SKM leaders condemned the restrictions imposed by the Punjab Government in the name of Covid and police cases against farmers.
The core committee of the SKM also mourned the sudden demise of young activist Momita Basu from West Bengal.
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