In Punjab, farm union flags come up exterior homes, retailers in assist of tractor parade

Sukhmeet Bhasin

Tribune News Service

Bathinda, January 25

People in cities and villages of the region have started putting up farm union flags outside their houses and shops as a mark of support for the farmers’ agitation against the three agri laws and tractor parade on Republic Day.

Rising above political lines, people have joined hands in support of the farmers. Green and yellow flags of farm unions can be seen in almost every house in support of the farmers.

In Multania village in Bathinda, all houses in the village have put up kisan union flags on their houses and shops in the village.

Harsewak Singh, former sarpanch of Multania village, said “All villagers have come up unanimously above the party lines in support of farmers’ agitation. This is the issue of our bread and butter, so the entire village is one and supporting this farmer’s agitation as this fight is for our kids and family.”

Jagsir Singh, BKU Ekta Ugrahan leader said: “Earlier, when we used to ask people to hold union flags, they were hesitant; but times have changed. The same people now snatch flags from us as everyone wants it and we are facing a shortage of flags. They like taking photos with the union leaders as if they are celebrities. This is the power of this agitation.”

Even, social activist Harmilap Singh Grewal has started a drive of installing flags with a slogan “Kisan Mazdoor Ekta Zindabad” in the Bathinda city in support of tractor parade on January 26.

Every villager in the region is contributing as per its monetary status to support this agitation. Even labourers are also giving whatever little they can contribute to it.

The flags, stickers and banners supporting farmers’ agitation, in shades of yellows, greens, white, black, are visible almost everywhere in the region at shops, on the rooftops and gates of the houses, in the fields by the highway, and on the vehicles.

BKU Ekta Ugrahan leaders said “They are selling the union flag with logo at Rs 30 per piece after verifying the credential of the persons, but it is learnt that some people have illegally printed these unions’ flags due to its high demand and are selling it at Rs 100 and more per piece”.

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