Farmers are arriving in large numbers to join protests in Delhi after the harvesting season to strengthen the protest against the Centre’s new farm laws, the Samyukta Kisan Morcha said on Wednesday. SMK further added that the only way for the center to resolve the deadlock with the protesting farmers is by repealing the contentious farm laws and coming out with legislation to guarantee the minimum support price (MSP).
Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), an umbrella body of farmer unions, has been leading scores of farmers’ camp at Delhi’s border points of Singhu, Tikri, and Ghazipur for the last 148 days with their demands to repeal the three new laws and a new law on MSP for crops. On the call of the SKM, farmers in large numbers have come towards Delhi. The farmers are coming back after harvesting, to strengthen the protest at the Delhi border.
SKM leader Darshan Pal in a statement said, “If the government is equally worried about the health of farmers, it should immediately repeal the three laws and make new law on the MSP. This is the only solution where farmers can roll back the protest, otherwise, it will get stronger day by day.”
Darshan Pal also virtually participated in the International Press Conference at Press Club Geneva, where he claimed that the Indian government failed to consult the farmers, farmer organizations, and people living in rural areas, pro-farmer economists, political scientists, or political parties while framing the controversial laws in violation of a UN declaration which grants rural dwellers rights on such issues.
Mr. Pal, who is also the president of Krantikari Kisan Union of Punjab said that the farmers of India protesting against these Acts have a very genuine case, and the government has violated their rights which were provided by the United Nations declaration of 2018”, and also added that they are not getting MSP or remunerative price for our crops and demanded that the government make a law on it.
The protests at the Delhi borders have continued even amid the rising covid cases in the nation. The protestors have continued protesting even after several requests by the government to put a hold on them. Recently, the protest has seen a drastic growth as farmers are returning to the sites of protest after the harvest season. Farmers in large numbers have increased the risk of community transfer of the virus. But Yogendra Yadav has alleged the government to be hatching a conspiracy to curb the protests in the name of covid.
SKM has further accused the BJP’s IT cell of spreading fake news regarding farmers obstructing the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic by stopping trucks of oxygen and other essentials on the borders of Delhi and spreading the infection. The SKM condemns and opposes all these false narratives.
The farmers are not asking for anything new; they are only fighting to save what they have. In this battle of existence, they are fighting against both coronavirus and the government; it added. SKM also alleged that the government is running away from its responsibilities at the time of the pandemic but is ironically choosing to blame the farmers.
In fact, on humanitarian grounds, the protesters have been more than willing to assist locals and others despite the serious hardships that they find themselves in, in the ongoing stir, it added.
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