NEW DELHI: Taking note of the high-level meeting of BJP on farmers’ protests, an umbrella body of the farmers’ unions opposed to the central farm laws, Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), on Wednesday said the ruling party was trying its best to counter the farmers’ movement instead of working on resolving the issue.
“It is clear that instead of resolving the ongoing struggle (on farmers’ demands), the BJP is trying its best to counter and destroy it (movement),” said Darshan Pal, leader of the SKM, ahead of the Morcha’s four-hour nationwide ‘Rail Roko'(rail blockade) program scheduled for Thursday (12 noon to 4 pm).
He was referring to a meeting of top BJP leaders including home minister Amit Shah and party president J P Nadda with leaders of Haryana, Rajasthan, and western Uttar Pradesh on Monday in the backdrop of a number of ‘mahapanchayats’, held in the past two weeks, in the region.
“The SKM condemns this attitude of the ruling party and demands that the government resolves the farmers’ issues immediately without any further delay,” said Darshan Pal, adding that the Morcha vowed to intensify the struggle and mobilize more farmers in its support. The SKM has been demanding the repeal of the three central farm laws which were enacted last year to provide choice to farmers to sell their produce outside regulated ‘mandis’ (Agri markets), encourage contract farming under-protected mechanism, and remove the stock limit on farm commodities for attracting private investment in the warehouse and cold-chain infrastructure.
The farmers’ representatives, agitating for the repeal of these laws, however, asserted that these legislations would be disastrous for them as it would make them prone to exploitation from corporates.
The Morcha, meanwhile, appealed to everyone for a peaceful protest during the nationwide ‘Rail Roko’ program.