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Farmers’ upheaval: Thousands converge for the third ‘mahapanchayat’ in western UP in as many days | India News


BAGHPAT: Waves of protest from farmers against new agricultural laws on Delhi’s borders spread further in western Uttar Pradesh with thousands of people gathering for a ‘mahapanchayat’ on Sunday in Baghpat, the third congregation of this guy in the region in as many days.
The ‘sarv khap mahapanchayat’ was held on the Tehsil land here with farmers from nearby districts and on truck-trollies, many of which are adorned with music systems, the tricolor flag and the flags of farmers’ unions .
This is the third ‘mahapanchayat’ of farmers in the region after a massive congregation in Muzaffarnagar on Friday and in Mathura on Saturday, both resolving to support the ongoing BKU-led protest on the Ghazipur border against the three new farm laws.
BKU leader Rajendra Chaudhary told the crowd, “the movement must continue in full force.”
The ‘mahapanchayat’ is also deliberating on the January 26 police action against farmers protesting in Baghpat district against the new central agricultural laws, a local Baraut resident, attending the event, told PTI.
Chaudhary Surendra Singh of Desh Khap and Chaudhary Subhash Singh of Chaubisi Khap are among the key regional agricultural leaders who attended Sunday’s ‘sarv khap mahapanchayat’, where supporters of Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) led by Ajit Singh were also present.
A khap is a traditional social council representing a community or region in parts of northern India with a Chaudhary as the titular head.
“Beshak Dilli mein police walon ne kisano ko dande maare hon, par hum aaj bhi bolte hain ‘Jai Jawan Jai Kisan’ (No doubt the policemen beat farmers with batons in Delhi, but nevertheless we are saying: soldiers hail, hail farmers), a said the local leader to the crowd from the stage.
“Whatever happens, we will respond with nonviolence and not with violence. Our leaders at the protest sites and our panch (panchayat leaders) will make decisions and we will all follow them, ”he added.
The two-month-long protest against farm laws appeared to be fading after widespread violence during a tractor parade by farmers on Republic Day, but an emotional appeal from BKU leader Rakesh Tikait gave it a new opportunity for thousands of farmers gathering at the Gazipur protest site and the ‘mahapanchayats’ of western UP extending their support for the uproar.
Farmers, mostly from Punjab, Haryana, and parts of UP, have been protesting on Delhi’s borders with Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, demanding a rollback of the Agricultural Products Trade and Trade (Promotion and Facilitation) Act 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Guarantee and Agricultural Services Act of 2020 and Essential Products (Amendment) Act of 2020.
Protesting farmers have expressed fear that these laws would pave the way for the dismantling of the minimum support price (MSP) system, leaving them at the “mercy” of large corporations.
However, the government has argued that the new laws will provide better opportunities for farmers and introduce new technologies in agriculture.

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