May 22, 2024

Moon Desk: Farmer leaders Sarwan Singh Pandher and Jagjit Singh Dallewal issued a call on Sunday for farmers nationwide to converge on Delhi on March 6, urging a protest. They also announced a four-hour ‘rail roko’ nationwide initiative on March 10 to support their various demands. During a gathering in Balloh village of Bathinda district, the native village of a recently deceased farmer involved in clashes with Haryana security personnel in Khanauri, the two leaders emphasized the escalation of the ongoing farmer agitation at existing protest points until the government addresses their demands.
The Kisan Mazdoor Morcha (KMM) is leading the ‘Delhi Chalo’ march where farmers are demanding that the government accept their requests. One of their main demands is for the Centre to provide a legal assurance of the Minimum Support Price (MSP) for their crops.
Both forums decided that while the farmers from Punjab and Haryana will continue to support the ongoing agitation at Shambhu and Khanauri border points, the farmers and farm labourers from other states should reach Delhi on March 6 for a protest in the national capital in support of the farmers’ demands.
“At Shambhu and Khanauri, the agitation will continue like before and will be further intensified. Our agitation will continue till the demands are met,” he added. Pandher said the two forums to spread this agitation countrywide call upon the farmers and labourers across the country that the ‘rail roko’ protest will be held in the country from 12 pm to 4 pm on March 10 to put pressure on the government to meet the farmers’ demands. Pandher said that all Punjab panchayats should pass a resolution in support of the farmers’ demands and from every village a tractor trolley reaches the protest border points.
He said that the Centre had never before used drones in the farmers agitation as the Haryana Police used recently.The Haryana authorities have barricaded Shambhu and Khanauri, and made it like the Punjab-Haryana international border, he said.Pandher said that the Centre used all tactics to stop their Delhi Chalo march.
“The Centre is trying to build a perception that the current agitation is limited to Punjab and the fight is led by only two forums. But we want to make it clear that more than 200 outfits in the country are part of the two forums,” he said.
Alleging the Centre does not want to resolve the farmers’ issue, Pandher also accused the BJP of playing divisive politics to win the elections.
“Farmers and farm labourers are not on their agenda,” Pandher claimed.
When asked that Samyukta Kisan Morcha, which spearheaded the 2020-21 farmers’ agitation, has said over 400 farmers’ outfits will participate in the ‘Kisan Mahapanchayat’ in Delhi on March 14 to press the Centre to accept the farmers’ demands, including a law on the MSP, Pandher said that everyone has right to hold protest.
The protesting farmers have been staying put at the Shambhu and Khanauri border points between Punjab and Haryana after their “Delhi Chalo” march was stopped by the security forces.
They began their march on February 13 but were stopped by the security forces, which led to clashes at the Shambhu and Khanauri border points on Haryana-Punjab border.

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