Samyukt Kisan Morcha asks BJP MPs, allies to support farmers’ agitation

New Delhi (TIP): The Samyukt Kisan Morcha on Thursday, April 1,  appealed to the BJP MPs and its allies to extend their support to the farmers’ movement.

The SKM also noted that they would continue their “peaceful social boycott” of leaders of the BJP and its allies. “We request the BJP MPs and its allies and other elected representatives to support the farmers’ movement. The SKM appeals to these leaders that they can support the movement in any form, including resignation from their posts,” according to a statement released by the SKM. It claimed that Haryana Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala was met with “fierce opposition” by the farmers during his visit to Hisar on Thursday.

“Farmers did not let the helicopter of the anti-farmer Dushyant Chautala take off,” the statement claimed.

Chautala, whose Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) is the coalition partner of the ruling BJP in Haryana, has faced repeated protests from farmers over the past few months for supporting the agricultural laws. In Rajasthan’s Hanumangarh too, farmers “gheraoed and protested against Pilibangan MLA Dharmendra Singh at Dabli toll plaza”.

“At the time of the vote, they (leaders) become very friendly to the farmers and other people, but today when the farmers are struggling, he (Singh) is standing against them,” the statement said. The Centre has said the new farm laws will benefit farmers by freeing them from the clutches of middlemen and ushering in new technology in the sector. However, farmers say these legislations will remove the safety net of the minimum support price (MSP) and leave them at the mercy of big corporates.

SC-appointed panel on farm laws submits report

The Supreme Court-appointed three-member committee, on the three newly-enacted farm laws, has submitted its report to the top court in a sealed cover. The SC panel, in its report, said that around 85 farmer organisations have been consulted in the case. The committee has submitted its report after meeting with the farmer organisations to find a solution to the matter. “The report has been submitted in the Supreme Court in a sealed cover envelope on March 19,” agricultural economist Anil Ghanvat, one of the members of the SC-appointed committee, has confirmed. However, he refused to divulge any other details, saying it is a “confidential process” and that the matter is sub judice. The committee had also sought comments, views, and suggestions of the public through a public notice published in major newspapers.

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