Supreme Court docket mustn’t mediate, gained’t give in: Unions

Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service
New Delhi, January 10

Farm unions today resolved to continue their agitation for the repeal of farm laws and urged the Supreme Court not to become a “mediator” in the policy issue concerning farmers’ welfare.

The unions chalked out an agitation plan in the run-up to Republic Day and said they would not use disruption and violence to make their point and never do anything to undermine the Tricolour.

Terming the anti-farmer protest petition in the SC as “motivated”, the unions said they would seek its dismissal in the court.

“Farmer unions have not petitioned the SC, nor has the government. Some persons have gone to the SC seeking removal of farmers from protest sites alleging the agitators are inconveniencing people, but that is not true. The petitions are clearly backed by the government and should be dismissed,” unions alleged. While they had no problems if the apex court decided to look into the constitutionality of farm laws, the SC should not get into mediation on a policy issue around whether the laws are good or bad for the farmers, they said. “The Supreme Court, in two earlier petitions that sought a law to prevent farmers’ suicides and another to change drought-related policies, had refused to intervene. We hope the anti-farmer protest petition is also dismissed similarly. The SC should not try to get into a compromise-building exercise between us and the Centre,” they said.

“Agitation is the only way forward. The farmers know this is their last fight and if they don’t struggle until victory there will be no farmers’ agitation in India for a long time to come. Farmers know this is a fight for dignity now, and the agitation will only end when we win,” they added.

The unions’ resolution Sunday night said there’s no going back from the path of agitation and this is a “fight to the finish”. It was decided to celebrate Lohri on January 13 even in states where the festival is not marked and burn copies of farm laws; serve food to commoners and build a public connect on Makar Sankranti on January 14; mark Mahila Kisan Divas on January 17 and 18 to mobilise women farmers across the country; take a pledge of struggle until victory on January 20; Guru Gobind Singh’s Parkash Utsav; and to mark Subhas Chandra Bose’s birthday on January 23. The unions said they would unveil the Republic Day plan later. It would be peaceful and one that celebrates, rather than undermining Indian democracy, they added.

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