As the farmer’s protests at Delhi borders reach the 58th day, the government is trying to use various tactics to weaken the movement. Yesterday in the 11th round of farmers-government meeting, the govt proposed to suspend farm laws for a period of 1.5 years. The govt. offered to give an affidavit in the Supreme Court committing to the same.
Despite govt. assurance, the farmers emphasized their demand for repealing of the laws. Farmer Unions are skeptical of the government’s offer of the temporary suspension of farm laws. There is a fear that govt will try to quell protests for the time being and try to circumvent the official route
Farmers’ unions, however, agreed to discuss the proposal in their next meeting tomorrow.
Preparations Underway for Kisan Parade, Farmers from all over India congregating
The mass movement is taking a wide form in Punjab and Haryana. Not only farmer-laborers but people from every section of the society are showing participation in this movement. Farmers are preparing to come on Delhi borders by performing tractor march, bike rally and small meetings in northern Rajasthan.
The farmer’s unions had a meeting with the Delhi, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh Police about the 26 January’s Kisan Parade in which the farmers stood firm on their plan for the parade on the Outer Ring Road, while the police suggested alternative roads and even to not hold the parade. There will be a meeting about this tomorrow also.
Farmers from across the country are reaching Delhi borders in this nationwide and mass movement. Thousands of tractors from Lakhimpur and Bijnor of Uttarakhand will be reaching Delhi.
MSP and Harassment through NIA Investigations
In yesterday’s meeting, the government offered a committee for discussion on MSP but the farmers rejected it. The farmers will discuss the matter among themselves on the govt proposal and will share it with the government on January 22nd at 12 noon.
In yesterday’s meeting, NIA investigations and arrests were also discussed and the government gave the assurance that people associated with the ongoing movement will not be harassed and intimidated using the NIA.
Yesterday was Prakash Gurupurab of Sri Guru Govind Singh Ji. People across the world took a pledge for the success of this movement by chanting the Shabad “Deh Siva Baru Mohe” from 11 am to 1 pm.
Kisan Jyoti Yatra and farmers agitations in Various Parts of the Country
So far 138 farmers have been martyred in this movement. The entire leadership of the Samyukta Kisan Morcha pays homage to these martyrs. We all assure that the sacrifice of these farmers will not go in vain. We demand proper compensation to the families of the martyrs.
Kisan Jyoti Yatra under the leadership of NAPM has crossed Udaipur. Widow farmers or family members of a farmer who has committed suicide are coming from Yavatmal, Maharashtra for participation in the farmers’ movement at Delhi borders. A massive rally was organized today in Kolkata where an indefinite sit-in strike is going on under the Annadatar Saath Bangla.
Seeing the support received by the people in the Navnirman Sangthan’s journey from Odisha to Delhi, the Uttar Pradesh government disturbed this march and the route was also changed. In protest against this, the farmers of the yatra will observe a fast till 26 January
In many places including Riva, Gwalior, Multai in Madhya Pradesh, farmers are continuing with indefinite sit-in strike. Memorandums are being given to the administration at different places. Women’s Farmers Day was also celebrated with full energy and enthusiasm. Now farmers are going village to village and making awareness and preparing the upcoming programs. A huge tractor march was taken out in Bilwani, also.
Farmers are agitating continuously at more than 20 places in Bihar. The government is presenting this movement by connecting it with a particular section and area. With their struggle, farmers of Bihar have also responded to the argument. In Bihar, one side demonstrations are being held at the villages, district headquarters wherein Patna many people protested in large numbers.