Farmers will begin a hunger strike in relief starting today to increase pressure on the government
Farmers’ unions protesting at the Delhi borders on Sunday decided to step up pressure on the government to repeal the new farm laws and announced a relief hunger strike at all protest sites starting Monday, while calling on the agitators from all over the country to join them.
At a press conference on the Singhu border on Sunday evening, Swaraj India chief Yogendra Yadav said: “We have decided to start a 24-hour relay hunger strike, starting on Monday, at all sites. protest in Delhi as part of our ongoing agitation. At least 11 people will go on strike at the same time. We ask protesting farmers in different parts of the country to join us as well. “
The turmoil at Delhi’s four key borders – Singhu, Tikri, UP Gate and Chilla – entered its 25th day on Sunday.
On Sunday, the farmers ‘union leaders also asked all the waving farmers to skip a meal on December 23, which is celebrated as Kisan Diwas (farmers’ day) every year. Rakesh Tikait, leader of the Bharatiya Kisan Union Tikait (BKU) faction in Uttar Pradesh, said: “At this Kisan Diwas, farmers across the country will skip a meal. Those who provide the nation with food will remain hungry due to the government’s stance against farmers. I ask everyone not to prepare lunch that day and join the farmers. “
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Appealing to the agitated farmers to keep the peace at the protest site, Peasant Leader Jasbir Singh Bhatti said: “The government has been trying to smear the ongoing movement. They have been propagandizing against us. I ask the government not to slander us and to call on protesting farmers, especially young people, to keep the peace. “
Farmers’ leader Jagjit Singh Dalewal said agitated farmers will release all toll plazas in Haryana between December 25 and 27.
On Sunday, farmers protesting on the Delhi borders observed ‘shaheedi diwas’ and paid tribute to those who lost their lives in the agitation against the three agricultural laws. On the borders of Singhu, posters and banners with photos of farmers who died during the protests were put up in different locations and people were seen lighting candles and offering floral tributes.
Joginder Singh, a farmer from Bhatinda who has been camping on the Singhu border since November 27, said: “At least 24 farmers have died in the last 25 days across the country. But the government still does not listen to our demands. Their deaths will not be wasted. We will not return home until the government withdraws the three new farm laws. We are ready to die in this battle like our brothers. “
Similarly, farmers also held candlelight marches in different locations to mourn the deaths of other protesters.
Addressing a meeting on the Ghazipur border, VM Singh, the leader of Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Sangh, said: “Your sacrifice has further strengthened our movement. We will have to take care of their families now ”.
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On the Chilla border, farmers were seen protesting paying tribute to those who died during the ongoing unrest. Yogesh Pratap Singh, a member of Bharatiya Kisan Manch (Bhanu), said: “We honor those who lost their lives while participating in this movement. We will not give up our fight and we will continue this protest for as long as necessary. We will participate in the hunger strike for the hunger relief starting Monday ”.
On the borders of Delhi, protesters were seen on Sunday shouting anti-government slogans, singing songs of resistance, marching with posters and banners and attending speeches delivered from the stage. Farmers were also seen discussing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Rakabganj Sahib Gurudwara on Sunday.
Indrajeet Singh, a farmer from Moga, said: “The prime minister should also visit us here and see how we live on the streets without a roof over our heads in this severe weather. You will notice our pain. I ask the Prime Minister to accept our demands and put an end to this stalemate. “