The historic farmers’ movement running in India from November 26th 2020 at Delhi’s borders, completes eleven full months as of today.
Last eleven months has seen lakhs of annadaatas of the country putting themselves through severe hardships. In these largest such protests anywhere in the world, farmers have been demanding that their livelihoods be protected from corporate loot in unregulated markets. Farmers have been asking for a repeal of 3 anti-farmer pro-corporate laws thrust upon them undemocratically and unconstitutionally, and for a law that guarantees MSP for all farmers.
Modi Government has not only not agreed to rightful demands of farmers pertaining to life and death and their future generations, it has gone out of its way to attack the protesting farmers and also ignore them. On the other hand, with each undemocratic and desperate assault on the movement, it has only grown stronger and spread wider. SKM reiterates once again strongly that farmers will not go home until their demands are fulfilled.
Thousands of farmers protest all over India, demanding the arrest and dismissal of Ajay Mishra Teni
Today, responding to SKM’s call, protests were organised in hundreds of places all over India, to demand the immediate arrest and sacking of Ajay Mishra Teni, the sutradhaar of the Lakhimpur Kheri massacre.
The protests took various forms including marches, motorcycle rallies, sit-ins etc.
Farmers drove in with tractors into the Meerut Collectorate to protest.
Reports have come in from Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Bihar, Rajasthan, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh.
Supreme Court pulls up UP Government yet again in the Lakhimpur Kheri Massacre
Today in the third hearing, the Supreme Court pulled up the Uttar Pradesh government yet again on the Lakhimpur Kheri massacre. The CJI-led Bench expressed surprise at the fact that only 23 eyewitness accounts were recorded in the case when hundreds were present in the rally. The UP Government was asked to identify more eye witnesses, accord them protection and record their statements. The UP Government has listed 68 witnesses for recording of their statements, out of which only 30 statements have been recorded so far including 23 eye witnesses. The Apex Court asked the Uttar Pradesh government to expedite the forensic examination, or said that it will issue directions to laboratories for the same. The next hearing has been posted for November 8th 2021.
While this is so, reports show that Ashish Mishra Teni is being treated like no other murder-accused gets treated. He was hospitalised on ‘suspected’ dengue initially, and it was only a subsequent sample that is supposed to have confirmed dengue infection. Further, he is also getting an attendant to stay with him. While this is something that SKM would want all prisoners of India to get, it demands that Ashish Mishra should not get any special treatment just by virtue of being the Minister of Home Affairs’ son.
A black flag protest was organised against UP BJP MP Dr Satyapal Singh in Pusar village near Baraut in Baghpat district. There was much slogan-shouting against BJP on this occasion.
In Sirsa of Haryana, in village Mallekan, a large number of farmers gathered to protest against the visit of Haryana Sports Minister Sandeep Singh and Agriculture Minister JP Dalal. Farmers blocked the main entry to the village and ensured that no political leader could enter it. The BJP leaders’ event had to be cancelled, and farmers dispersed after that.
In a novel protest, in Rewari district of Haryana, farmers dumped sacks of Bajra in front of MLA Laxman Singh Yadav’s residence and demanded MSP for the same. The protesting farmers pointed out that the claims of MSP being there are untrue and that the MLA has to purchase the bajra of farmers at MSP, if it is indeed true. MLA Laxman Singh Yadav convinced the farmers that he will speak to the Chief Minister about the matter.
Shaheed Kisan Asthi Kalash Yatras
Shaheed Kisan Asthi Kalash Yatras are travelling on different routes. Yesterday, such yatras went through Sitapur, Kaushambi and Aligarh districts of Uttar Pradesh. Asthi Kalash was received in Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh. Today is the last day of the yatra in Tamil Nadu, and the ashes will be immersed in the sea at Vedaranyam.
In Andhra Pradesh, the yatra ended with the immersion of the ashes in the Krishna River near Vijayawada.
The Shaheed Kalash Yatra ended in Odisha today after the ashes were immersed in Daya River, historically documented as the river that changed the heart of Emperor Ashoka. Leaders who participated in the yatra prayed that the arrogant government of today should also have a change of heart.
Maharashtra’s Lakhimpur Kheri Shaheed Kalash Yatra will begin in Pune tomorrow from Mahatma Jyotirao Phule’s house, culminating in a huge Kisan Mazdoor Mahapanchayat in Mumbai at the Hutatma Chowk on November 18th 2021. This Mahapanchayat will be addressed by SKM leaders. The yatra would reach Mumbai after traveling all over the state covering 36 districts. Hundreds of public meetings are planned to be held all over the state.