New Delhi, May 23 (MNN) Twelve opposition parties in India on Sunday extended support to a call given by Sanyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) to observe a countrywide protest on May 26 to mark completion of six months of their peaceful protest on Delhi borders and elsewhere against three central farm laws.
Those who extended support included a former Prime Minister, four Chief Ministers, two former Chief Ministers, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, and two Left leaders.
The parties said that they had jointly written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 12 to urge for the repeal of the contentious farm laws to protect lakhs of ‘annadatas’ from becoming victims of the coronavirus pandemic “so that they can continue to produce food to feed the Indian people”.
“We demand the immediate repeal of the farm laws and the legal entitlement to the Minimum Support Price (MSP) of C2+50 per cent as recommended by the Swaminathan Commission.
The parties said that the Indian government must “stop being obdurate and immediately resume talks with the SKM, a conglomerate of more than 40 farmer organisations spearheading the agitation, on these lines”.
The signatories to the support were Congress President Sonia Gandhi, former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda (Janata Dal-Secular), Sharad Pawar (Nationalist Congress Party), West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee (Trinamool Congress), Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray (Shiv Sena), Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin (DMK), Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren (Jharkhand Mukti Morcha), and former Chief Ministers Farooq Abdullah (National Conference) and Akhilesh Yadav (Samajwadi Party), Tejashwi Yadav (Rashtriya Janata Dal), D Raja (Communist Party of India), and Sitaram Yechury (CPI-Marxist).