Protesting farmers in no temper to relent as Centre sends contemporary invite for talks

Parvesh Sharma
Tribune News Service
Sangrur, October 11

Majority of farmer organisations are in no mood to clear rail tracks as they alleged that Punjab government and Centre wanted to torpedo their agitation against farm Acts, by scaring them in the name of coal scarcity.

Both Central and state government have invited farmers for discussion and organisations will take final decision about invitation and future course of action, during October 13 meeting at Chandigarh.

Central government has sent another invitation to the members of all 29 farmer organisations for another meeting at New Delhi on October 14. Apart from it, Punjab government has also formed a committee of three ministers, who want to meet us. During our October 13 meeting, we would take decisions about both invitations and about our future course of action,” said Jagmohan Singh, general secretary of BKU-Dakaunda.

Punjab working president of BKU-Ugrahan, Jaswinder Singh Longowal, said they would decide future course of action after taking feedback from all farmers of Punjab.

The agitation of farmers has been gaining momentum with each passing day and their protests have been going on at various places at railway tracks, in front of petrol pumps of big corporate houses and at roads.

“Punjab would not face any shortage of electricity as cheap power is always available to Punjab from outside sources. Earlier, trains were remained closed due to lockdown and there was no shortage of power during that lockdown. But now just to create panic in state, the Punjab government is saying that farmers’ agitation would cause blackout,” said Jagjit Singh Dallewal, state president of BKU-Sidhupur.

Leaders of various organisations said after the Punjab government started claiming coal shortage, they have also intensified their criticism of state government to counter the claims.

“During October 13 meeting at Chandigarh we would discuss all issue and current situation of state to take final decision,” Dr Darshanpal, state president of Krantikari Kisan Union.

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