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SKM sends resolution to farm leaders, presses for unified stir

Advocates collective efforts for targeting the Centre, BJP and their alliance partners

SKM sends resolution to farm leaders, presses for unified stir

Harinder Singh Lakhowal addresses a meeting of the Samyukt Kisan Morcha in Ludhiana on Saturday. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA



Tribune News Service

Neeraj Mohan

New Delhi, March 2

As the momentum of the ongoing farmers’ agitation appears to weaken, the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) is intensifying efforts to consolidate support and fortify the movement.

Farmers to reach Delhi by public transport on March 14, says Morcha

Ludhiana: A meeting of the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) was held here on Saturday in Ludhiana in which 37 farm unions participated.

Addressing the meeting, Harinder Singh Lakhowal, president of the BKU (Lakhowal) said they would hold a mahapanchayat in Delhi on March 14.

“It is estimated that 50,000 farmers from Punjab and 50,000 from the rest of the country will participate in the mahapanchayat. This time, we will not go on tractors, but on public transportation. We have already submitted an application to the government and sought permission to hold this programme at the Ramlila ground in Delhi,” said Lakhowal.

He said if they were not allowed to hold the event, they would take strong action against the BJP. “We will protest against BJP MPs, MLAs and state and district presidents and boycott the party in the LS elections,” he said. —TNS

Amid the growing challenges and the need for renewed vigour, an eight-point resolution framed by a six-member committee of the SKM has been forwarded by it to the SKM (Non-Political) and Kisan Mazdoor Morcha leaders, urging a collective focus on unity and preparation for an extended, peaceful and formidable struggle.

The SKM had earlier maintained distance from the ongoing agitation launched on February 13, but swung into action following the police action on farmers leading to death of farmer Shubhkaran Singh.

The resolution emphasises on issue-based unity among various farmer platforms and organisations. It advocates setting aside differences and directing collective efforts for targeting the Union Government, BJP and their alliance partners. Reflecting on the successes of past collective actions, the resolution underscores the historical significance of unified movements and the pivotal role played by coordination and joint efforts.

Emphasising the importance of strategic planning and maintaining a composed approach, the SKM leaders underscored the necessity of upholding secular values and an inclusive, pan-India character for the movement.

Additionally, the resolution outlines the objective of securing victory either through the acceptance of demands or by compelling the Modi government to pay a political price for prioritising corporate interests over the welfare of farmers and the marginalised.

In line with their continued efforts, the SKM is gearing up to host a national-level Kisan-Mahapanchayat at Ramlila Ground in New Delhi on March 14.

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