Chandigarh, October 15
A day after representatives of 29 farm unions from Punjab walked out of the meeting with the Agriculture Secretary in Delhi, they met here today and vowed to intensify stir against the new farm laws.
The leaders said while the “rail roko” protests would continue till October 20, they would start an indefinite sit-in outside the residences of all prominent state BJP leaders.
Besides, businesses owned by two large corporate houses and toll plazas on the state and national highways would not be allowed to operate, they said. Jagmohan Singh Patiala, general secretary, BKU (Dakaunda), said they were ridiculed in Delhi as no minister was willing to meet them. “We are not being taken seriously even as eight ministers have been deputed to reach out to farmers in Punjab to create a parallel narrative on the farm laws. We will counter this move.” Nirbhay Singh Dhudike, president, Kirti Kisan Union, said the unions would hold another meeting on October 20.— TNS