The United Kisan Morcha, which leads the farmers’ organizations opposing the agricultural laws, has said that the organization will resume its ‘Mission UP’ campaign against the BJP, as the Modi government has not fulfilled any of those demands. He had ended the farmers’ movement by promising to do so.
Chandigarh: After several ministers and MLAs of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) quit the party just ahead of the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, farmers’ organizations are now gearing up to give a nod to the BJP.
The United Kisan Morcha (SKM), in its review meeting on Saturday, announced that the organization will resume its ‘Mission UP’ campaign against the BJP, as the Narendra Modi government has not fulfilled even a single demand that has been fulfilled. He had ended the farmers’ movement by giving assurance to do so.
After the review meeting was over near Delhi’s Singhu border, Dr. Darshan Pal, a key member of Kisan Morcha the wire Told that like the West Bengal elections, Mission UP will be organized. Voters will be asked to vote against BJP’s anti-farmer policies.
Dr. Pal said that on December 9, 2021, the government had written a letter to the United Kisan Morcha promising to fulfill all the pending demands, after which we had no intention of resuming the political campaign against the BJP, but a Months later, the BJP did not take any action on those demands, so it was forced to start the Front Mission UP again.
He said that the ‘Mission UP’ campaign would start from Lakhimpur Kheri on January 21, as four innocent farmers were crushed to death by a vehicle there. In this case, the investigating agencies had confirmed a ‘planned conspiracy’.
He said that instead of punishing the culprits, the BJP is constantly protecting the main conspirator, Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Kumar Mishra ‘Teni’.
He further said, ‘On the other hand, Uttar Pradesh Police is very active in trapping and arresting the farmers named in this incident. To oppose this, there will be a permanent protest under the leadership of Rakesh Tikait and other members of the United Kisan Morcha.
He also told that the Morcha has decided to observe ‘Betrayal Day’ across the country on January 31, under which there will be protests at the district and block level.
Talking about the pending demands of the Morcha, they include the formation of a committee to implement the Minimum Support Price (MSP), withdrawal of fake cases registered against farmers and compensation to the families of farmers killed during the farmers’ agitation.
Apart from these, the United Kisan Morcha has demanded withdrawal of anti-farmer provisions in the Electricity Amendment Bill, removal of penal provisions on stubble burning and removal and arrest of Union Minister Ajay Mishra in the Lakhimpur Kheri incident.
In the press conference after the review meeting, the Morcha leaders said that no action has been taken on any of these demands.
While Union Home State Ajay Kumar Mishra remains a minister in the Modi government, cases registered against farmers in Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh remain intact. In Haryana also no concrete action has been taken except some paperwork.
The leaders of the United Kisan Morcha also said that along with the states, the Center is silent on the question of compensation. The Uttar Pradesh government has not initiated any action on compensation to the families of the martyred farmers. He said that no announcement has also been made by the Haryana government regarding the amount and nature of compensation.
On the issue of MSP, the government has neither announced the formation of any committee nor has given any information about the nature of the committee.
It was also announced that on February 23 and 24, the central trade unions have called for a nationwide strike against privatization and MSP issues for farmers along with withdrawal of four anti-labour laws. Front will support it.
The Kisan Sangathan also announced that several constituent organizations of the United Kisan Morcha, which have decided to contest elections in Punjab, are no longer a part of it. Along with this, he has said to review the situation again in April.
Dr. Pal said that Samyukta Kisan Morcha has always prohibited any use of its name, banner or platform by any political party and it has been and will remain non-political since its inception.
Meanwhile, Balbir Singh Rajewal, who formed the new political party ‘Samyukt Samaj Manch’ and the farmer leader Gurnam Singh Chaduni, who formed a party called ‘Samyukt Sangharsh Party’, were not present in the meeting.
Rajewal’s party has already announced candidates for more than 10 seats and it will announce more candidates in the coming days. 22 farmer organizations are supporting this party.
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