Punjab villages resonate with ‘Delhi Chalo’

November 26 call evokes strong response I Women, youth mobilise support

Punjab villages resonate with ‘Delhi Chalo’

Members of farmer unions collect wood and (right) women hold ‘jago’ to drum up support at Bhai ki Pashore village of Sangrur ahead of the Delhi protest. Tribune photos

Parvesh Sharma

Tribune News Service

Sangrur, November 22

The preparations for the November 26 protest against the farm laws in New Delhi are nothing less than festivities in Punjab villages these days.

Tractor-trailers fitted with speakers are playing Punjabi songs like “Pecha pai gaya centre naal” to ignite passion against the farm laws and collecting ration and other necessary items. Holding flags, youngsters roam villages to disseminate required information.

Whenever a group of any farmer organisation reaches any village, every household starts contributing as per its capacity after listening about the arrival through the public address system.

Enter any village and there’s only one thing in the air, “Delhi Chalo”. From illiterate elderly women to young graduates, all are putting in their all energy to mobilise maximum support for the protest in the national capital.

Rural women are busy organising “jago” singing anti-Central Government songs during the daytime; at night, farmers are organising “mashal” marches.

“Though Covid has increased financial hardship for all, people are generously setting aside stocks of wheat, sugar and other items to contribute for the protest in the national capital. A large number of people are sending ration to us. Everyone is contributing,” says Sukhwinder Kaur (48) from Mangwal village. She is an active member of Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ugrahan).

Leaders of BKU (Dakaunda), (Sidhupur) and (Rajewal), Kul Hind Kisan Sabha, Kirti Kisan Union and Kul Hind Kisan Federation claimed they were getting a good response from all villages. In Bhai Ki Pashore village, women organised a “jago” on Sunday. Women and village girls were busy singing anti-Centre songs. During a break, a speaker-fitted vehicle shared the agitation plan with area residents.

“During the New Delhi protest, women would outnumber men as the response from the former is unprecedented,” says Jashandeep Kaur, a graduate from Bhai Ki Pashore village.

BKU (Ugrahan) chief Joginder Singh Ugrahan said: “The anger of state residents against the Central laws would be visible in New Delhi. None can stop us from reaching there.”

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