Tribune News Service
Panipat, October 25
A month before the completion of the yearlong protest over the three farm laws, farmers’ leaders have claimed that the stir has spread all across the country, which is a “big achievement”.
The Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) has given a call for a protest all across the country to mark the completion of 11 months tomorrow and have demanded the arrest of Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra and his dismissal from the Union Government over the Lakhimpur Kheri incident.
The morcha claimed that the morale of the protesting farmers continued to be high and they would not return to their homes till the government repealed the three contentious laws and provided legal guarantee for the MSP for all crops.
Kulwant Singh Sandhu, general secretary, Jamhoori Kisan Sabha, said “peacefulness and continuity” were the main strengths of the protest. The big achievement of the farmers’ movement was that it got the support of all sections of society not only in the country but also globally, he added. “Had we entered New Delhi on November 26 last year, the movement would have been limited to Delhi. Now, it is spread all across the country, which is a big success for the movement,” he claimed. Harinder Singh Lakhowal, general secretary, BKU (Lakhowal) said the morcha had completed 11 months of peaceful protest at the Delhi border even though the government “attempted to defame the morcha several times”. Darshan Pal Singh, SKM convener and president of the Krantikari Kisan Union, said 500 organisations were working with the morcha. Besides those related to the organisations, other people too had reached out to express solidarity with the SKM.
All these months, the unity and coordination between the farmers’ organisations have only strengthened, claimed the morcha. The movement has focused on the demands and problems of the farming community. Besides, it has also united the people against privatisation and the “pro-corporate culture”, he added.
Farmers await and go by the call of the SKM, which lends might to the movement, added Darshan Pal Singh.
Stir a big success… all across country
Had we entered New Delhi on November 26 last year, the movement would have been limited to the Capital. Now, it is spread all across the country, which is a big success for the movement. — Kulwant S Sandhu, Jamhoori Kisan Sabha
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