Farmers’ Unions Seek Prime Minister Intervention to Resume Talks and Promise to Intensify Protests Starting May 26 | India News
Farmers protest against farm laws on the Ghazipur border.
NEW DELHI: Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), a joint platform of farmer groups spearheading the agitation against the three core farm laws, wrote to the Prime Minister on Friday Narendra modi, requesting your intervention for the resumption of the conversations with farmers on its key demands, including the repeal of the three laws and the legal guarantee of acquisitions at the minimum support price (MSP).
In the context of the death of farmers due to Covid19 on their protest site in Singhu border, the SKM stressed that although protesting farmers do not wish to expose anyone to health hazards during the pandemic, they will not give up the fight, as it is “a matter of life and death for them and their future generations.” .
Nine SKM farmer leaders in their joint letter to the Prime Minister said that if they do not have a constructive and positive response from the government by May 25, they would announce a “further escalation” of their struggle in the next phase, beginning with the “national day of protest” on May 26. Farmers’ protests on the Delhi borders will complete six months on May 26, the day the SKM decides to observe as a “black flag day”.
The last (eleventh) round of talks between the government and protesting farmers’ unions took place on January 22. The government side had offered the unions a proposal to suspend the implementation of the laws for 18 months and find an amicable solution to their demands through a joint committee.
However, the unions rejected the offer, causing a stalemate. Since then, they have maintained the position that they will not speak unless the government agrees to repeal the three laws and also to their demand to give legal guarantee to the acquisitions in MSP.
The letter was sent to the Prime Minister by email with CC to the three ministers: Narendra Singh Tomar, Piyush Goyal and Som Parkash, who had been involved in different rounds of talks with farmers.
“We do not want to distract the government at this juncture, even though the difficulties we face are increasing every day. That is why we have waited patiently for the past four months. But if we do not have a constructive and positive response from your government by May 25, we will be forced to announce a further intensification of our struggle in the next phase, starting with the national day of protest on May 26, “said the farmer. . leaders.
The joint letter on behalf of SKM was drawn up by Balbir Singh Rajewal, Darshan Pal, Gurnam Singh Chadhuni, Hannan Mollah, Jagjit Singh Dallewal, Joginder Singh Ugrahan, Shiv Kumar Kakkaji, Yogendra yadav and Yudhvir Singh.
Referring to their protests, they said: “Any democratic government would have repealed the three laws that have been rejected by the farmers in whose name they were enacted and took this opportunity to provide a legal guarantee of a minimum price of living to all farmers.”
In addition to reiterating their key demands, the peasant leaders through the letter to Modi also demanded that “the government must deploy all the energy and resources at its disposal to respond to the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic that has now spread. extended to rural areas as well. ”