Tribune News Service
New Delhi, March 7
Farmer unions on Sunday said that they will not be returning from Delhi borders till their demand that the new farm laws be repealed are met.
Unions will unveil the next agenda and programme for the coming days on March 11, Jagmohan Singh Patiala, general secretary of BKU (Dakaunada) said.
The aim is to expand the movement to other parts of the country, including poll-bound West Bengal and, states like Madhya Pradesh Karnataka and Odisha, added BKU general secretary Yudhvir Singh.
Senior leaders say despite “many hurdles posed by the government and its agencies”, “the movement is going strong and is set to become bigger”.
However, they continue to insist that their movement was apolitical.
Jagmohan Singh said the organisations will coordinate with BJP’s rivals to make this clear to them.
“We are apolitical, we want to make it clear to the Opposition parties as well,” he said
Unions are also planning meetings, panchayats and mahapanchayats in other states.
Yudhvir Singh said the movement has got tremendous support from across the country and it is now time that farmers in other states like Odisha and Karnataka to register it physically.
“For 100 days farmers have been camping at the Delhi borders in the bitter cold, many have also died. But the government’s attitude has not just been disappointing but also shameful. We have no other option but to take the movement to other states and ensure our physical presence there. We will do whatever it takes to show our ‘nararzgi’ (anger),” he said.
Yudhvir Singh said the movement has got a very good response from Rajasthan and they are considering a panchayat in Jaipur on the birth anniversary of Shaheed Bhagat Singh.
“We will hold meetings/panchayats in Bengal on March 12, 13, and 14, Madhya Pradesh on March 14 and 15, Odisha on March 19, and Karnataka on March 20, 21, and 22. The movement is no longer limited to dharnas. If we want, we can collect a huge crowd on Delhi borders in one hour, but that is not the only aim now,” he said.
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