Ruchika M. Khanna
Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, September 28
‘Gherao Corporate Businesses’ is the new plan of the protesting farmers in Punjab, after the three controversial Farm Bills got the Presidential nod on Sunday.
From the silo plants for grain storage built by Adanis to Walmart and Metro stores, from Toll Plazas on highways operated by some big corporate houses to the three private power plants in the state-a list of all businesses run by big corporate houses has been drawn and distributed among the ranks and file of Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ekta Ugrahan). Beginning Monday, they will lay siege to these businesses, even as their three day Rail Roko campaign ends on Tuesday.
Farmers owing allegiance to Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ekta Ugrahan) called an emergency meeting on Sunday night, after the President of India gave assent to the Bills, allowing enactment of Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, and Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill-the latter being the most unacceptable to farmers in Punjab.
Other than BKU (Ekta Ugrahan), 30 other farm unions in the state have announced their plans to stop all trains from October 1, and gherao the offices and residences of BJP leaders in all districts of the state.
Sukhdev Singh Kokrikalan, general Secretary of BKU (Ekta Ugrahan), said that since the Modi government was enacting the laws to favour corporate houses, they had decided to gherao all businesses run by these corporate houses.
“We will stall their operations. While a formal announcement will be made later today, we have given directions to our district units to start the protests,” he said.