In a historic transfer, 31 farmer organisations be part of arms for Punjab bandh on Sept 25

Ruchika M. Khanna
Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, September 23

Farmer organisations in Punjab are getting widespread assist throughout the social spectrum, of their agitation in opposition to the Farm Bills handed by the Parliament, as they prepared for an entire “Punjab Bandh” on Friday.

Having refused assist from the political events, and insisting on conserving their motion—in a historic transfer—all 31 farmer organisations in Punjab have joined arms to make sure their band name is successful. 

Even because the representatives of those farmer organisations met at Moga on Wednesday to finalise their technique submit the September 25 band, they’re busy mobilising their very own block degree employees, and strategising the joint protest by employees of all 31 farmer organisations.

Jagmohan Singh Patiala, member of All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee, is main the protests. He is answerable for the farmer unity in these protests. He says, that the angst amongst farmers in opposition to the federal government over these “kaale kanoon” has by no means been so seen. 

“Young computer-savvy children of farmers are busy spreading the word on social media and countering all false propaganda unleashed by the IT cell of those parties which have agreed to enact these Bills. Young girls are stitching banners and flags for the bandh; while our foot soldiers are moving door-to-door asking maximum people to join the stir,” he mentioned. 

Echoing comparable enthusiasm, Dr Darshan Pal of Krantikari Kisan Union, mentioned, that the merchants’ organisations have assured them of full bandha of markets as having the dairy farmer unions, assuring that there can be no milk provide throughout the state on Friday. 

In the run-up to the primary protest on Friday, small protest marches are being held in villages, the place farmers are burning the effigies of Central authorities. 

BKU (Ekta Ugrahan) have held huge protest sit-ins at Patiala and Badal village (house districts of Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh and former chief minister Parkash Singh Badal), which ended on Tuesday. 

“It is a fight for our survival, as the government wants to wash off its hands from good procurement and leave farmers at the mercy of corporates. We will give all we have to oppose this, without taking any support from the opportunist political parties. We won’t allow them to launch their political tirades from our platforms,” mentioned Balbir Singh Rajewal, President of BKU ( Rajewal). 

In Ludhiana, BKU ( Lakhowal) and BKU (Rajewal) are leaving no stone unturned to make sure the success of their bandh. 

Harinder Singh Lakhowal, basic secretary of BKU (Lakhowal), instructed The Tribune, that for previous three days he’s coordinating with the employees of the opposite 30 Unions on locations the place they need to stage dharna and protests. 

Interestingly, girls participation in farmer protests, too, is a comparatively new phenomenon. 

In Barnala district, for the primary time, girls wings of the Bhartiya Kisan Union (Dakaunda) have been shaped in six villages as increasingly girls categorical their solidarity with the protesting Male farmers. Amarjit Kaur, who has been appointed the president of Women Wing of BKU( Dakaunda), mentioned that the in any other case male-dominated ‘Kisan Unions’ realised, that girls too are an enormous drive for efficient protests, after seeing girls participation within the September 14 protests, the place 15,000 girls had been there. 

“We are as much a part of the rural farm economy as men, and as much affected by these ordinances. Women will be stationed on railway lines and major traffic intersections on state and national highways on Friday, to ensure a complete bandh,” she mentioned. 

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