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Mahapanchayat in Charkhi Dadri, Haryana on 74th day of farmers’ protest

Kundan Singh, New Delhi: Today is the 74th day of the farmers’ agitation against the agricultural laws of the central government. Farmer leaders say that they accept nothing less than the withdrawal of the agricultural laws.

Farmers’ organizations say that the government’s current proposal to keep the new agricultural laws suspended for one to one and a half years is not acceptable to them.

Today, a farmers’ Mahapanchayat will be held in the Charkhi Dadri district of Haryana. In this Mahapanchayat, Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait will also be present. Kisan Kranti 2021 was announced on Saturday before the Mahapanchayat. 

“We have given time till October 2 to the government. We will then proceed with our strategy. We will not discuss the agricultural laws with the government under any pressure,” Rakesh Tikait said.

Earlier, on February 6, the farmers’ organizations observed a nationwide strike except 3 states – Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. The maximum impact of the strike, which took place from 12 noon to 3 pm, was seen in Rajasthan, Haryana and Punjab. 

A statement by Darshanpal, leader of the United Kisan Morcha which comprises 40 peasant organizations, exposed the schism of the peasant organizations. Actually, Rakesh Tikait kept Delhi, UP and Uttarakhand apart from Chakkaajam. Darshanpal said on this decision that Tikait should have talked to us before making such a statement. He made a hasty statement.

Earlier, farmers’ organizations had observed a day-long fast on January 30 on the Martyrdom Day of Mahatma Gandhi, protesting against agricultural laws. 

Farmers’ organizations had also taken out a tractor parade in Delhi on January 26. However, there was a lot of violence during the tractor rally. Farmers allege that they alleged that they have been ignored in the Union Budget 2021-22 and that water and electricity supplies have been blocked at their protest sites. In order to protest against this, a joint Kisan Morcha meeting is going to be held today on the Singhu border in which farmers will discuss their future strategy.

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Significantly, 11 rounds of negotiations have been held between the farmers and the government regarding the agricultural laws, but no solution has been found yet. Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar proposed to postpone the new agricultural laws for one to one and a half years, but the farmers are adamant on their demand for legal guarantee of the minimum support price (MSP) system guarantee and withdrawal of these agricultural laws.

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