New Delhi: Sanyukt Kisan Morcha on Saturday served an ultimatum to the government announcing that the farmers will march into the National Capital on January 26 with their tractor trolleys if the talks on January 4 are not successful and their demands are not met.
While addressing a press conference here, the SKM leaders said that the “farmers’ republic parade” will take place after the official parade.
“We intend to be peaceful and had told the Centre during our talks that it has only two options – either repeal the 3 central farm acts or use force on us to evict us. The time has come for decisive action here, and we have chosen January 26 both because the Republic Day represents the supremacy of the people and also because we would have demonstrated patiently and peacefully at Delhi’s borders for two full months in extreme weather conditions by then our resolve to get our demands met”, said the farmer leaders.
Samyukt Kisan Morcha also announced their plan of action till January 26 in view of intensifying and deepen the movement.
There plan includes a fortnight of nation wide campaign to counter the government’s propaganda called “Desh Jagriti Abhiyan” between January 6 to 20th, which will include rallies, conferences and dharnas all over the country.
Lohri and Sankarnati will be marked as Kisan Sankalp Diwas by burning the copies of these three new farm laws, the leaders added.
On January 18 ,they will celebrate Mahila Kisan Diwas to underline the role of women fatmers and Azad Hind Kisan Diwas will observed on Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s birth anniversary ,that is January 23rd by protesting outside Governors’ official residence across all state capitals.
In a press conference on Friday at Singhu border the farmers’ leaders made it clear that in the last round of talks with the government, though the government agreed to two minor demands of the farmers’ movement, however, even these are yet to be secured in writing or legal form, and the the major demands of the protesting farmers remain unresolved.
On the demand to repeal the three central farm acts, the Government of India had asked the farmers’ organisations to come up with ‘alternative proposals’, and the farmer leaders responded by saying that there is no alternative other than repeal, the SKM leaders added.
The government has refused to agree, even in principle, to the demand for legal right to purchase at MSP, they said.
“We have no alternative and if the government does not meet our demand by the 26th of January, we will be left with no option other than to start marching peacefully into Delhi”, said Samyukt Kisan Morcha.
The press conference was addressed by Balbir Singh Rajewal, Darshanpal, Gurnam Singh Chadhuni, Ashok Dhawale (in place for Hannan Mollah), Jagjit Singh Dallewal, and Abhimanyu Kohad (in place for Shiv Kumar Sharma Kakkaji) and Yogendra Yadav.