HIGHLIGHTS:

  • On the occasion of Gurpurab, Prime Minister Narendra Modi disclosed the withdrawal of the farm laws
  • At a kisan mahapanchayat, the farmers urged the immediate resignation of Union home minister Ajay Mishra Teni
  • Yogendra Yadav claimed that the Prime Minister is suffering from a disease of arrogance

On Monday, farm leaders voiced that they will believe the three contentious central farm laws, against which they have demonstrating for almost a year, have been repealed only after the government issues a gazette stating the matter. In a televised address on the occasion of Gurpurab, Prime Minister Narendra Modi disclosed the withdrawal of the farm laws and asked the farmers to pull out their protests.

At a kisan mahapanchayat organised by the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), which is an umbrella body of protesting farmer unions, the farmers also urged the immediate resignation of Union home minister Ajay Mishra Teni, whose son Ashish has been detained in context with the Lakhimpur Kheri violence in which nearly four ryots were killed past month.

Farm leader Joginder Singh Ugaraha asserted, “We don’t trust the announcement made by the Prime Minister. We will believe that the farm laws are taken back only after we see a government gazette regarding it.” He added that Ajay Mishra’s family is the main accused of the Lakhimpur incident. He further mentioned that the accused is in jail but the Modi government has not asked him to resign yet.

More than thousand farmers from multiple districts of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab have participated at the kisan mahapanchayat being organised at the Eco Garden in Lucknow. Senior Bharat Kisan Union (BKU) leaders, involving Rakesh Tikait and Balbir Singh Rajewala are addressing the gathering. Activist Yogendra Yadav is also participating in the event.

Tikait affirmed that the ongoing protest along the borders of New Delhi would continue until the farmers’ demands are met. He remarked, “The government should bring a law to guarantee MSP (minimum support price) and announce 700 farmers who lost their lives during the struggle as martyrs.”

Yogendra Yadav claimed that the Prime Minister is suffering from a disease of arrogance. He added that people of Bengal gave Narendra Modi a small injection for this that proved slightly effective. Yadav mentioned that he requires a bigger dose and that is the election of Uttar Pradesh.

Yadav noted, “I want to make this clear that the farmers’ protest will continue till a law is formulated to guarantee MSP. The form of protest will be decided by morcha.”

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