- · Seven months completed on June 26 regarding the farmers' agitation
- · For 7 months, farmers have been standing on the Singhu and Tikri border
- · Farmers are against the agricultural laws, now preparing to intensify the agitation
It's almost seven months since farmers demonstrated on Delhi's outskirts on November 26th. On this occasion, farmers planned to protest outside Raj Bhavans across the country today and submit a memorandum to the President. Apart from this, farmer organizations prepared to take out tractor marches. Due to the farmers' tractor rally, security in Delhi was increased. In several parts of Delhi, police and paramilitary troops have been deployed.
Ever since the farmers reached Singhu and Tikri on the evening of November 26, 2020, to protest against the borders of Delhi, there have been 11 rounds of talks between them. The last round of talks between union ministers and farmers' organizations under the banner of the United Kisan Morcha (SKM) was held on January 22, 2021, but broke down after the Center submitted a proposal.
Several allegations against farmers
Because of the protest during the tractor parade of farmers on 26 January, they were suddenly called Khalistani, urban Naxal, and anti-national. The farmers have managed to urge out of it and continued to protest, but then, no major action has been taken.
Since the government has refused to withdraw the law in any case and there does not seem to be any solution to it through talks, it may be that the government has also thought now that let them agitate. After all, how long will it take? The farmers will also return to their homes after losing. But the attitude of the farmers does not seem that they are going to get tired or are going to give up. Bhartiya Kisan Union spokesperson Rakesh Tikait has said that "If the government does not listen to their words, then this movement will continue like this for the next three years i.e. till June 2024." that's why the necessity of the hour is that now the PM should take the initiative to resolve this matter.
Farmer leader Balbir Singh Rajewal (77), demanding repeal of the agriculture law, said, 'It is a matter of survival for the farmers. These laws are against the interests of farmers, who fear losing their land and are getting Minimum Support Prices (MSP) on certain crops (mainly wheat, paddy). We are here demanding to repeal the laws and ask the government to bring an action for a legal guarantee of MSP on all crops to all farmers. We aren't going back before that, knowing full well that we may face tons of attacks.
'Agriculture law against the existence of farmers' BKU (Ekta Ugrahan) president and member of the nine-member apex committee of SKM Joginder Singh Ugrahan (75) said, "The BJP is still not tired of testing our patience. After all the tactics have failed, it's now resorting to defamation. We shall face it as well, but we will not retreat. These laws are against the economy, social life, soul, and existence of the farmers.
Rakesh Tikait said, 'Nahi Jayenge Wapas'
Emerging as another big face of the movement has clearly said that the government is not ready to listen. He said, 'Get ready with your tractors because the fight to rescue our lands will have to increase,' he added. Farmers should not be expected to return as expected by the central government. Farmers will only return once their demands have been met. Farmers will return only after their demands are met. We demand that all three laws should be repealed and a law should be made on MSP.
Efforts to weaken the farmers' movement also failed to achieve any success. Therefore, on June 9, the central government had given a gift to the farmers by increasing the minimum support price (MSP) of many other Kharif crops including paddy, that perhaps they would soften a bit, but it did not happen. This movement is not going to end just by increasing the MSP. A screw is stuck between the government and the farmers, on which the government has not given any guarantee so far and the farmers are adamant on it.
According to the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee, one among their important demands is that "the government should declare purchases at prices below the Minimum Support Price (MSP) as a crime and government procurement on MSP should be imposed." Now the government has proved by increasing the MSP that the government procurement will continue, but it does not want to declare the purchase at a low price as a crime. The government will have to bring a new law on the guarantee of MSP, which it does not want to bring. This is the screw, due to which the farmers are afraid that if the crime is not committed, the big capitalists will buy the crops at throwaway prices according to them, due to which they will suffer a lot.
As assembly elections in six states, including Uttar Pradesh, are due early next year, the farmers' movement is becoming an important political weapon for the opposition parties. They feel that by supporting the movement, farmers' votes will easily come in their bag, through which they can prevent BJP's return to power. Keeping the same in mind, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi today expressed his support for the food donors. Rahul Gandhi tweeted, "It's simple - we are with Satyagrahi Annadata." However, the political meaning of this simple thing is also well understood by the agitating farmers.
However, Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself has tweeted twice to clear the doubts of the farmers. On MSP, in his tweet on September 20 last year, the Prime Minister had said that "I have said before and say once again, the system of MSP will continue, government procurement will continue. We are here to serve our farmers. We will do everything we can to help the food donors and ensure a better life for their future generations."
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