Farmers In Punjab, Haryana Raise Black Flags Atop Homes To Commemorate 6 Months Of Protest Against Farm Laws | India News
In Punjab, protesting farmers burned effigies of the BJP-led central government in many places.
Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) chief Sukhbir Singh Badal also raised a black flag at his home in Badal village in Muktsar district and urged the central government to accept the demand of protesting farmers.
In Haryana, the state head of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU), Gurnam Singh Chaduni, said that farmers in many places raised black flags over their houses and vehicles to register their protest.
Various political parties, including Congress, SAD and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), have extended their support for farmers’ call to observe the day as a “black day.”
The Samkyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM), a body that groups together protesting unions, had announced that farmers will observe May 26 as “black day” to mark the end of six months of their protest.
The farmers who carried black flags while the women wore black “chunnis” held protests in the villages and launched slogans against the Union government.
In Punjab, protesting farmers also burned effigies of the BJP-led government in many places, including Amritsar, Muktsar, Moga, Tarn Taran, Sangrur and Bathinda.
Farmers, especially young people, placed black flags on their vehicles, including tractors, cars and two-wheelers, in various places in Punjab to register their protest.
Farmers with black flags travel on motorcycles as they participate in a rally with a car displaying an effigy of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as they observe a ‘Black Day’ marking six months of continuous protest against the agricultural reforms of the central government, in Amritsar (Credit pic: AFP)
Punjab AAP leaders, including two party lawmakers, Kultar Singh Sandhwan and Meet Hayer, held a protest outside Punjab Raj Bhawan in Chandigarh in support of protesting farmers.
With black flags, they shouted slogans against the BJP-led government and sought to have the laws repealed. The Chandigarh police later removed them from outside the residence of the Governor of Punjab.
SAD leaders led by Bikram Singh Majithia and Daljit Singh Cheema raised a black flag at their party’s office in Chandigarh.
Similar scenes were reported in some places in neighboring Haryana when farmers held protests in Ambala, Hisar, Sirsa, Karnal, Rohtak, Jind, Bhiwani, Sonipat and Jhajjar.
In Sirsa, a group of black-flagged farmers gathered in large numbers on the Barnala road, while in Jind, black-flagged farmers raised slogans against the BJP-led governments in the Center and the state.
Joining a group of protesters in Ambala, where farmers burned an effigy of the central government, Chaduni, who wore a black ribbon around his turban, said: “The farmers are prepared to end the protest today if the Center agrees to our demands. At the same time, we are ready to continue our agitation as long as our demands are not met. ”
In many places in Haryana, including Ambala, Jind, Kaithal, Hisar, and other districts, many farmers place black flags on top of their houses and on their vehicles.
Haryana Congress President Kumari Selja said his party stands shoulder to shoulder with farmers and demanded that the Center immediately repeal the agricultural laws.
Congress Secretary General Randeep Singh Surjewala said farmers have been agitating for the past six months in the cold winter and hot summer months, but the Center has taken an uncompromising attitude towards their demands.
The congressional leader said it is because of the hard work of farmers that the country’s food needs are being met and that there has been a record production of food grains.
He said that the farmers’ struggle will pay off and that the “tyrant government” will have to bow to them.
“It has been six months since the farmers’ protest began on the Delhi borders against the three agricultural laws,” said Secretary General of the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee, Sarwan Singh Pandher, criticizing the central government for not eliminating the laws.
Pandher said his fight will continue until all three laws are removed.
Farmers’ organizations had called on all sections, including workers, youth, the unemployed, traders and shopkeepers to raise black flags in their homes, shops and industrial establishments.
In Phagwara, Punjab, the general secretary of the Bharti Kisan (Doaba) Union, Satnam Singh Sahni, claimed that shopkeepers and merchants place black flags on their shops in solidarity with farmers.
The head of SAD tweeted: “As #KisanAndolan completes 6 months today, I again urge the Center to treat farmers with compassion and repeal the black laws. Today I have raised a #BlackFlag above my residence in Badal and also the leaders and @Akali_Dal_ workers have done the same by observing #Black_Day_Of_Farmers. ”
Former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Tuesday once again urged the central government to restart the dialogue process with protesting farmers.
While thousands of farmers have been campaigning against farm laws, the central government has maintained that the laws are favorable to farmers.
Several rounds of talks between farmers and the government failed to break the deadlock in the three central legislations.
A government panel had met with peasant leaders on January 22. There have been no talks between the two sides since January 26, when the farm tractor demonstration in the national capital turned violent.