Tribune News Service
Bathinda, December 31
Nine farmer unions have announced that they would hold protests and raise “Modi go back” banners across the state during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s scheduled visit to Punjab on January 5.
The Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ekta Ugrahan) has already said it would protest the PM’s visit. Now eight more unions — Krantikari Kisan Union, Punjab; Azad Kisan Committee, Doaba; Jai Kisan Andolan; BKU (Sidhupur); Kisan Sangharsh Committee, Kotbudha; Lok Bhalai Welfare Society, BKU (Krantikari); and Dasuya Sugarcane Committee — have declared to do the same.
BKU (Ekta Ugrahan) secretary Shingara Singh Mann said: “The farmer unions have announced the protest against PM Modi’s visit as the Centre has failed to do anything to meet our pending demands.”
Demands not met yet
The Centre has failed to fulfil our demands, including financial aid to the families of farmers who died during the Delhi stir. —Surjeet Phool, BKU (krantikari) Chief
Further, farmers said after repeal of the farm laws, the government had promised to take back the criminal cases and compensate the deceased Delhi protesters. “No serious action has been taken on this and even no mention has been made of the committee working on the MSP. Also, no action has been taken even after the SIT report on the incident of killing of farmers in Lakhimpur,” they added.
The farmer leaders have appealed to the other farmer, labourer, employee and youth organisations of Punjab to take active part in the protest.
The BKU (Ekta Ugrahan) is already holding indefinite protests against the state government at 15 places in the state, demanding
debt waiver and compensation for the cotton crop damaged due to pink bollworm attack in the state. BKU (Krantikari) Surjeet Singh Phool said we had requested all like-minded organisations to support our decision to compel the Centre to fulfil all our demands. This is the first visit of the PM after repeal of the farm laws. — TNS
The action plan
On January 2, every village in the state will stage protest. On January 5, tehsil and district-level dharnas will be held from noon to 2 pm. Effigies of Modi government will be burnt.
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