Singhu Border, 6 April (Sangrami Lehar Bureao)- In Rajasthan’s Hanumangarh, it was the turn of BJP Parliamentarian Mr Nihal Chand to run away from people and their concern for accountability from leaders. Farmers had gathered in large numbers to ask some tough questions to the MP. However, he did not even turn up fearing the ire of farmers. The farmers’ movement is clearly not restricted to just Punjab, as many allege baselessly. Today BJP leader Vijay Sampla was also gheraoed and opposed in Phagwara in Punjab.
From the time that the Government of India brought in three central farm laws undemocratically in the form of Ordinances, farmers have been protesting against the laws.
Farmers have also protested against those parties and leaders who extended their support to these anti farmer laws and defended such laws.
On SKM’s call, farmers have also resorted to social boycott of leaders of BJP and its allies. Based on political moral grounds, farmers have compelled many leaders to end their support and relationship with BJP and allies, explicitly state and come forward to support the farmers agitation. Such instances exist of leaders across regions and states.
There are some who spoke out in support of the farmers’ struggle even while being associated with BJP. Some are afraid of the Centre deploying central agencies after them, if they support the struggle. It has been seen time and again that the Centre has used intimidation tactics against supporters of the struggle. Against this backdrop, Samyukt Kisan Morcha once again puts out a call to leaders associated with BJP and its allies to give up their current posts, dissociate themselves from anti-farmer parties, and step forward to support the farmers’ struggle.
The farmers’ movement has not been limited to agreement or disagreement related to farm “reforms” and policy decisions thereby. It is much more than that. It is about basic human rights and entitlements of farmers and being sensitive towards the same. Instead of seeing this as farmers’ obstinacy, it should be seen as a fight for social justice and equity. We ask BJP leaders to adopt this perspective, be sensitive towards the farmers’ struggle and resign from their posts.
Mitti Satyagraha Yatra is being organized across the country in support of the indefinite farmer movement on Delhi borders for 131 days, on the demand of legal guarantee on MSP, repeal of three farm laws, electricity amendment bill, pollution bill and against the anti-farmer-labour policies of the central government.
The Mitti Satyagraha Yatra started from Dandi (Gujarat) on March 30 and reached Delhi borders via Rajasthan, Haryana, Punjab. During this yatra, the soil was collected from 1500 villages of 23 states, have reached Delhi with the farmer organizations.
Some historical sites from where the soil was collected are Shaheed Bhagat Singh’s village Khatkhad Kalan, Shaheed Sukhdev’s village Naughara district Ludhiana, Udham Singh’s village Sunam district Sangrur, Shaheed Chandrashekhar Azad’s birthplace Bhabhara, Jhabua, Mama Baleshwar Dayal’s Samadhi Bamania, Sabarmati Ashram, Sardar Patel’s residence, Bardoli farmer Movement sites, Sivasagar in Assam, Singur and Nandigram in West Bengal, Uttar Dinajpur, Vasava Kalyan and Bellary in Karnataka, Mandis in 33 districts of Gujarat, 800 villages, 150 villages in Maharashtra, 200 villages in Rajasthan, 150 in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana Villages, 75 villages of Uttar Pradesh, 30 villages of Bihar, 60 villages of Haryana, 78 villages of Punjab.
The soil of village Papadahandi in Navarangpur district was also brought by farmers of Odisha where 19 Satyagrahis were killed by the British in 1942. The soil was also collected from Sambalpur, Bastar, Dalli Rajhara, Dhamtari, Mulatai where 24 farmers were killed by bullets of police, Gwalior and Chhatarpur.
The citizens of Delhi reached the Delhi borders with the soil of 20 places. Mitti Satyagraha Yatras from many states also reached the borders and martyred farmers monuments have been built on every border.
We received reports that yesterday’s protests also took place in Sikar, Jhunjhunu and Udaipur of Rajasthan, Satna in Madhya Pradesh, Hyderabad of Telangana, Patna (Masaurhi), Muzaffarpur, Bhojpur, Nalanda, Vaishali and Darbhanga in Bihar, Jalaun, Agra in Uttar Pradesh and Rewari and Palwal of Haryana.