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MPs supporting ‘anti-farmer’ bills to not enter villages, say farmers in Punjab

Farmers warned Punjab MPs against entering villages if they supported the farm bills that they were against, and started a pakka morcha.
Farmers protesting farm bills do not want MPs in support of them entering the villages
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Farmers on Tuesday warned Punjab MPs against entering villages if they supported the farm bills that they were protesting against. They also launched a six-day-long Pakka Morcha outside ex-CM Badal’s residence and at the PUDA ground in CM Amarinder Singh’s home district.

The Centre introduced three news bills for farmers on Monday, but all three of them are harmful for them. Several farmers voiced out their opposition: though on the surface it seems to help the workers, it really undermines the work of farmers, commission agents and labourers on farms. In fact, if implemented, they claim that it will be worse than the pandemic for them. Harinder Singh Lakhowal, general secretary of the Bhartiya Kisan Union, said that 11 other unions were with them on this.

Meanwhile, CM Singh submitted a memorandum to the Governor requesting the withdrawal of Bills. The opposition, Akali Dal, met with the BJP Chief. They claim to not have had a clear idea about the bills, but the CM called it a ‘farce’.

Farmers protest against bills across Haryana, Punjab

They are killing farmers and are threatening to gag our voices in the name of pandemic.

Sukhdev Singh Kokri Kalan, general secretary of BKU (Ugrahan)

In Haryana, farmers faced a lathi-charge from the police for peacefully protesting. Despite that, they continue to stay on the streets, demanding the withdrawal.

Farmers also blocked NH-1 for two hours between Phagwara-Hoshiarpur sugar mill crossing and Phagwara-Nakodar road crossing. The inconvenience to common commuters seems necessary to get the government’s attention. Likewise, farmers under the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh banner blocked traffic at Bhangla on Jalandhar-Pathankot G T Road.

There was also a rally at a lock grain market in Phagwara. BKU President (Doaba) Manjir Rai with farmers, commission agents and mandi workers chanted slogans to demand the bills’ withdrawal.

Now, in Punjab, the farmers are not letting Punjab MPs in support of the bills enter their villages. They also blocked national and state highways, as well as roads with tractors. In one protest in Moga, some farmers also showed their devastation by wearing black robes and leaving nooses around their necks.

On Wednesday, around 200 farmers from Punjab plan to protest outside the Parliament in Delhi.

In the meantime, Tanda Police registered a case against Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee members for blocking the road at Beas river bridge, village Rara, on Tanda-Sri Hargobindpur road.

Pakka Morcha at Badal Village, in Patiala

Hundreds of farmers under the Ekta Ugrahan banner started pakka morcha in Badal and in Patiala. They are planning to stay till September 20. Hence, they brought dry ration, masks and sanitiser as well to stay as safe as possible from the coronavirus. 

Ajmer Lakhowal, faction president of BKU, said that they will ban MPs from entering their villages if they do not stand up for farmers in the Parliament. According to him, Akali MLAs had offered support. Meanwhile, the Union Minister and SAD president Sukhbir Badal stayed quiet in the Parliament. He demands that the so-called 

If Akali Dal is a party of kisans, they need to prove the same in Parliament.

Ram Singh Bhainibagha, president of BKU (Mansa)

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