Chandigarh : After the Centre’s announcement to repeal the three farm laws, 32 farmers union of Punjab have decided to hold a meeting on Saturday. The meeting’s agendas include taking a final call on the government’s announcement, future course of the agitation, and its stand on Minimum Support Price (MSP).
Meanwhile, Samyukt Kisan Morcha meeting is slated for coming Sunday. As per a report by India Today, the final call on the agitation and demands related to MSP will be discussed in this meeting.
At various protest sites, the farmer unions earlier in the day performed special ‘yagnas’ and danced to drum beats at the Ghazipur, Tikri and Singhu border points soon after PM Modi announced repealing the farm laws.
Farmers are worried about the implementation of the announcement. They stated that they would not stop protesting until the agricultural laws will be repealed in Parliament, and a favorable decision on MSP will be taken.
Farmers at the Ghazipur border said the special ‘yagna’ was held so that hundreds of farmers who died during the protest can rest in peace.
Taking part in the ‘yagna’ Rajender Yadav, a member of the Samyukt Kisan Morcha, the umbrella body of farmers union, said, “This is a happy moment for all of us. Finally, the voices of Indians who have been supporting the cause have been heard. It is not just our victory, but the victory of the entire nation.”
“This is the first time that the voice of farmers from across the country reached the prime minister. I hope that he will maintain the dignity of his position and keep his promise,” he added.
Some farmers have expressed concerns over the centre’s statement of withdrawal of farm laws. They were wondering whether it was another ‘jumla’ ahead of the Assembly election in the politically crucial Uttar Pradesh.
Thousands of farmers under the unions are protesting at the borders of national capital since November 26 2020 demanding the withdrawal of the three farm laws. More than 700 farmers have sacrificed their lives. Farmers have been demanding that the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; Farmers’ (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020; and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020; be rolled back and a new law made to guarantee the minimum support price for crops.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 19 announced the withdrawal of the three controversial farm laws. Amid this national spokesperson of Bhartiya Kisan Union Rakesh Tikait leading the farmers’ movement took to Twitter to give his first reaction. He said that the protest of farmers will not be withdrawn immediately and that they would wait for the day when agricultural laws will be repealed in Parliament. He demands that along with MSP government should look into other issues faced by farmers. He says that the Sayukth Morcha will conduct a meeting and take a call.
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