New Delhi, Nov 20 (MNN) Even as the protests by farmers on the Delhi borders completed 359 days, their leaders said on Saturday that the march to Parliament from November 29 will be held as planned.
The stand of the Samyukt Kisan Morcha came a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that his government will withdraw the three farm laws passed by Parliament in September 2020 amid opposition.
“From November 29, farmers plan to move peacefully to Parliament in tractor-trolleys carrying 500 protesters daily while the Winter Session is on,” the farmer leader said.
The SKM also appealed to the protesting farmers to make the Lucknow Kisan Mahapanchayat on November 22 a success as also all protest sites on completion of one year of their agitation on November 26.
They also asserted that farmers will keep the toll plazas free for commuters.
“While the Prime Minister announced his government’s decision to repeal the three black farm laws, he chose to remain silent on our pending demands. More than 670 farmers have died so far and the government did not even acknowledge their sacrifices. Hundreds of false cases have been registered to implicate thousands of farmers in Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Delhi, Chandigarh, Madhya Pradesh and elsewhere,” the Morcha leaders said.
“These martyrs’ families have to be supported with compensation and employment opportunities. The martyrs also deserve homage during Parliament session, and a memorial erected in their name,” the SKM said.
Similarly, they pointed out, farmers have also been seeking withdrawal of the Electricity Amendment Bill and to keep farmers out of penal clauses related to statutes on air quality regulation in Delhi. “All these demands are still pending,” the said.
On November 28, a Kisan Mazdoor Mahapanchayat will be held in Azad Maidan in Mumbai under the banner of Samyukta Shetkari Kamgar Morcha in cooperation with over 100 organisations.
Meanwhile, the SKM also claimed that Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra Teni — whose son Ashish Mishra has been arrested for his alleged involvement in mowing down four farmers in Lakhimpur Kheri on October 3 — has been invited as chief guest for launch of crushing season at Sampoornanagar sugar mill that owes at least Rs 43 crore to growers for the last season.
“The district administration surely realises the upset mood of the farmers… the SKM advises the District Magistrate to cancel the planned event immediately. We also strongly demand once again that Ajay Mishra be sacked from the Union Cabinet and arrested,” the Morcha said.