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Punjab Farm Unions give an ultimatum to Punjab Govt to ensure regular power supply

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Chandigarh, July 2, 2021 (Yes Punjab News)
A meeting was held at Singhu Border today by 32 farmers’ organisations of Punjab. It was decided that the Punjab government should ensure at least eight hours of power supply to the farms.

The Unions have issued an ultimatum, with a deadline of July 5th by when Punjab government should resolve the current persistent problem of farmers of Punjab with irregular power supply. The paddy crop of farmers is drying up, while farmers are trying to save their crops by burning expensive diesel.

On the one hand, diesel prices are shooting up exorbitantly and the government is obviously not supporting farmers by slashing diesel prices, nor increasing and guaranteeing prices for farmers’ produce.

And on the other, continuous power cuts will lead to huge losses for farmers. Punjab Unions have now given an ultimatum till July 5th, but if things are not streamlined by then, there will be a gherao of CM’s Moti Mahal at Patiala on July 6th.

Samyukt Kisan Morcha demands that Uttar Pradesh Police register the complaint lodged by the protesting farmers about yesterday’s incidents at Ghazipur Border. It was in fact with the active connivance of the Uttar Pradesh BJP government and its police that the BJP-RSS goons were able to organise their provocative event close to the protest site in Ghazipur where farmers have been protesting from December 2020.

This is an orchestrated conspiracy, using the infamous dirty tricks that BJP-RSS is known for. While the complaint of the BJP goons was registered by the police, the one by the farmers has not been registered. In response to this, protests have been organised in many police stations in Uttar Pradesh, demanding that the SKM complaint be registered.

Haryana Chief Minister’s statements about the farmers’ movement are highly objectionable and Samyukt Kisan Morcha condemns the same. “It is very clear from the beginning of this movement, even before protestors from different states reached Delhi, that it was Haryana BJP-JJP government that has been against farmers, has undignified farmers in numerous ways instead of respecting them and their rights, and has been trying to somehow end the protests.

If the elected leaders are to indeed listen to people’s grievances by going into the public whereas they are unable to do so now because of protesting farmers, then it is logically expected that these elected leaders take the side of the farmers and do everything that they can, to get their demands fulfilled. Instead of that, why are leaders on a warpath against the farmers?

Member of Legislative Assembly of Assam, Shri Akhil Gogoi has been acquitted of all charges, along with three others, by a Special NIA Court today. They were cleared of all charges under UAPA and various IPC sections.

The Special Court dismissed all charges by NIA including sedition, and his release order has been issued paving the way for his release from imprisonment. Akhil Gogoi, a popular farmer leader of Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS), set up peasant cooperatives that are directly connected to urban consumers, to ensure that farmers get a fair price, and are not grabbed into the clutches of big corporations.

He recently became an MLA after contesting from a jail. These cases clearly show how the authoritarian regime of BJP is using draconian laws to harass farmer leaders and others by implicating them in false cases. SKM welcomes his long overdue release from jail, and acquittal of all charges.

The Maharashtra Government’s futile and meaningless effort at trying to amend the central laws was criticised strongly by farm unions. News reports indicate that the state government will be trying to bring in some amendments into the central laws, that too when the legislations are under suspension from implementation by the Supreme Court of India, from January 2021!

Farm unions of the state have already met with the Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister to demand that the state government support the Kisan Andolan in its demand of repeal of 3 central black laws, and its demand for a MSP guarantee law. They also demanded that any amendments of the Maharashtra APMC Act of 1963 should be undertaken only after running due democratic processes.

Meanwhile, protests continue against leaders of BJP and allied parties. In Punjab, farmers greeted BJP Rajya Sabha Parliamentarian Shwait Malik with black flag protest in Bathinda yesterday.

In Bareilly of Uttar Pradesh, farmers freed up a tool plaza at Muriya Mukarrampur after an intense protest for several hours. This effort was led by Terai Kisan Sanghatan of Uttarakhand and other unions. A large contingent of farmers from Bijnor are expected soon in Ghazipur Border. At Ghazipur Border, a Kisan Mazdoor Marathon run will be organised in memory of Milkha Singh on 4th July 2021.

This Kisan Andolan is a people’s movement. It has motivated and inspired many sections of society to take part in it. It also cuts across age groups and has drawn in youth and children also. 4-year old Kaptan Singh is one such participant, who accompanies his father Lakha Singh and mother Manjit Kaur into the protests.

The family comes from Mehal Kalan village in Barnala, and he has been accompanying his parents to the pucca morcha in Barnala since December 2020. Kaptan Singh visited Tikri and Singhu Borders recently and became immediately popular with the protestors there, with his songs on farmers, and his motivating slogans.

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