These 22 farmers’ organizations are among the 32 farmers’ organizations in Punjab that took part in the more than a year-long protests against three agricultural laws. At the same time, the United Kisan Morcha clarified that it is not contesting the assembly elections.
New Delhi: 22 farmers’ organizations from Punjab, which have been involved in protests against the Centre’s three agricultural laws, on Saturday formed a political front and announced that they would contest the upcoming state assembly elections for a “political change”.
These 22 farmers’ organizations are among the 32 farmers’ organizations in Punjab that took part in the more than a year-long protests against the three central agricultural laws.
However, the United Kisan Morcha (SKM), which spearheaded the farmers’ movement against the laws, clarified that it was not contesting the assembly elections.
Farmer leader Harmeet Singh Kadian told reporters in Chandigarh that a United Samaj Morcha has been formed to contest the assembly elections to be held in Punjab early next year.
Referring to the repealed central agriculture laws in the recently concluded winter session, he said the SKM was formed with different bodies with different ideologies and “we returned from fighting after more than a year”.
The Bharatiya Kisan Union (Qadian) leader said, “The kind of welcome we got in Punjab and people’s expectations from us has increased.”
“We are under a lot of pressure from the cadre and others and if you can win that ‘front’, you can do something for the betterment of Punjab,” Kadian said. He said, ‘We are coming up with a new front ‘Sayukta Samaj Morcha’.
Kadian claimed that three more farmer organizations, including Bhakiyu (Dakonda) and Bhakiyu (Lakhowal), have supported the decision, but they are holding their meetings.
“On the call of the people of Punjab, we have brought this ‘Morcha’, which is ready to fight on all the 117 (assembly) seats (of the state), he said.
Kadian said, ‘We extend an open invitation to other organizations also to join us for creating a new Punjab.’ He said that Balbir Singh Rajewal of Bharatiya Kisan Union (Rajewal) will be the leader of the United Samaj Morcha.
“For now we will fight on all 117 seats as there is no alliance talks with any political party including Aam Aadmi Party,” Rajewal said.
They the wire The SKM deliberately kept political parties away from the Kisan Morcha as it believed that the country’s electoral politics did not live up to the expectations of the people.
However, Darshan Pal, a farmer leader and a major part of the SKM, said Rajewal’s announcement was contrary to the understanding with which the SKM came into existence.
He said his decision would create a lot of confusion in the front and even hamper the unfinished agenda, including a legal guarantee for MSP as “we have to fight even harder to get our pending demands”. Will happen’.
“The SKM has rejected his call to contest the elections. We will discuss the issue in the SKM meeting on January 15 and take a unanimous decision to remove him from SKM officially.
Darshan Pal said, ‘All farmer leaders contesting elections will be treated at par with other political parties. We will oppose anyone who uses the name of SKM for political purposes.
Farmer leader Baldev Singh said that farmers’ organizations are entering politics keeping in mind the expectations of the people. Singh said, ‘We will give a new direction to Punjab.’
He said that the problem of illegal sand mining and narcotics is not being solved by the political parties.
Singh said, “We assure the people of Punjab that they believe in us and we will work towards resolving their issues, such as curbing drug menace and preventing youth from going abroad.”
Farmer leader Kulwant Singh Sandhu said, “We want to take Punjab to the top.”
Reacting to the decision of farmers’ organizations to enter politics, Rajewal said there was a demand and “huge pressure” from the people of Punjab to take this decision.
He said that this decision has been taken for ‘political change’. Rajewal said that the United Samaj Morcha will contest all the 117 assembly seats.
Appealing people not to fall prey to the statements of traditional political parties, he said, “There is a need to change the deteriorating system in the state.”
Asked whether the ‘Morcha’ (United Social Front) would forge an alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party, which is the main opposition party in Punjab, Rajewal said no decision has been taken yet.
Calling it a ‘new dawn’, Kadian said it was not a political party, but a ‘front’.
On the decision of the SKM not to contest the assembly elections, Sandhu said that there are 475 organizations in the SKM, while there are 32 farmer organizations in Punjab. He said that he is not using the name of SKM to contest the elections.
SKM leaders Darshan Pal and Jagjit Singh Dallewal said in a statement that he is not contesting the Punjab Assembly elections.
He said that SKM is a forum of more than 400 different ideological organizations across the country and it was formed on the issues of farmers.
The SKM leaders said there was no call for boycott of the elections and no sense to contest the elections. He said it was formed by the people to take away their rights from the government and the struggle has been postponed after the repeal of three agricultural laws.
On November 26 last year, farmers from Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, mainly from Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, started protests in Delhi’s borders – Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur.
The laws were repealed by Parliament on November 29, but the farmers raised their voice on their pending demands such as a committee for legal guarantee of Minimum Support Price (MSP) and withdrawal of police cases against farmers. The protest was continued.
The protest was postponed on 9 December after the government agreed to fulfill the pending demands. The SKM leaders had said in the statement that the status of the remaining demands would be reviewed in the meeting to be held on January 15.
Regarding 32 organizations in Punjab, he said that there was no consensus on going jointly in this assembly election.
The leaders said that it has been decided that the individuals or organizations participating in the elections cannot use the names of SKM or 32 organisations. He warned in the statement that doing so would result in disciplinary action.
Krantikari Kisan Union, BKYU Krantikari, BKYU Sidhupur, Azad Kisan Committee Doaba, Jai Kisan Andolan, Dasuha Ganna Sangharsh Committee, Kisan Sangharsh Committee Punjab, Lok Bhali Insaaf Welfare Society and Kirti Kisan Union Punjab, out of thirty-two farmer organisations, took a stand against contesting the elections. is adopted.
(with input from news agency language)
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