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Farmers’ unions plan to expand the canvas of protests, modalities to be announced soon | India News


NEW DELHI: In what appears to expand the wish list after gaining political backing on the ground, farmers’ unions calling for the repeal of three core farm laws have called on their supporters to take their ongoing movement to a pan-Indian level. through stronger farmer-workers. drive to achieve a larger goal.
“The farmers’ struggle now is not just limited to a movement against three agricultural laws, it is not only to increase (and obtain legal guarantee) the minimum support price (MSP), and it is not only to teach a lesson to the anti-government government. -farmer, but now it is a movement to save democracy in the country, ”said Yogendra Yadav, leader of Jai Kisan Andolan, summarizing what farmers are seeing now after six months of their struggle.
Yadav, representing Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), a joint platform of farmers’ unions protesting against farm laws, said: “This movement is now not just a farmers movement, but also a movement for everyone in this country.” . He was speaking at the Shahjahanpur border protest site (Delhi-Jaipur highway) about the protesters’ future plans on Wednesday.
His comments come in the context of the support of 12 opposition political parties, including Congress, TMC, NCP, DKM, Shiv Sena, Samajwadi Party, JMM, RJD, CPI, CPI (M) and others, for the SKM. Such a coalition to put farmers ahead is expected to continue in the run-up to the Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Punjab early next year if the Center does not find a solution to key farmers’ demands, including the repeal of agricultural laws. and give legal guarantee to the acquisitions in MSP. BKU (Tikait) leader Rakesh Tikait has already talked about continuing farmer protests until 2024 (the country’s general elections), if necessary.
Although the SKM has so far not expressed its aim beyond key farmers’ demands, its other constituent, All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS), linked to the left, also spoke on Wednesday about a more worker-peasant coalition. big in the next few days.
“The SKM will soon make decisions about the future direction of the movement,” said Hannan Mollah, secretary general of the AIKS.
“If the Modi government still refuses to listen to reason, farmers and workers have resolved to intensify and expand their struggle to a pan-Indian level on the basis of even stronger worker-peasant unity,” Mollah said in a statement. jointly with AIKS President Ashok Dhawale.
The SKM has already decided to continue its fight. “The Modi government is once again warned that farmers will not withdraw from this turmoil until their demands are fully met. As the days and months go by, their resolve only grows stronger and their base of support only expands, ”the SKM said in a statement from farmer leaders, including Darshan Pal, Gurnam Singh Charuni, Joginder Singh Ugrahan, Yudhvir Singh and Jagjit Singh Dallewal. among others.
On Thursday, he said: “As stated by many leaders in different places yesterday (Wednesday), farmers are willing to participate in the next general elections and stay until 2024, where agricultural livelihoods will become a key issue, if their demands are not met by the Modi government. Several unions have also joined with farmers to mark yesterday (Wednesday) as a Black Day. The workers are also fighting against the anti-worker labor codes introduced by the Modi government, and the general direction of the anti-people policy is similar in that case as well. ”

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