Chandigarh, Jan 6 (MNN) The SKM that spearheaded their year-long agitation on Delhi border maintained on Thursday that there was no life threat to Prime Minister Narendra Modi when protesters blocked a road his convoy used to travel to Ferozepur a day earlier.
“The threat to Modi’s life seems completely concocted,” the conglomeration of farmers, Samyukta Kisan Morcha, claimed while adding that it expects the Prime Minister to not make “irresponsible statements” keeping in mind the dignity of his post.
The Morcha leaders said video clips from the spot (flyover) showed that protesting farmers did not even make any effort to go towards the Prime Minister’s convoy.
“Only a group carrying BJP flag and raising ‘Narendra Modi zindabad’ slogans reached near that convoy. It is a matter of great regret that to cover up the failure of his rally, the Prime Minister has tried to malign both Punjab and the farmers’ movement by using the pretext of ‘somehow his life was saved’,” the SKM said.
The Morcha leaders alleged that the whole country knows that “if there is a threat to life, it is to farmers when criminals like Union Minister Ajay Mishra Teni become ministers and roam freely”.
The Morcha leaders said that when they received news about Modi’s proposed visit to Punjab on January 5, ten farmer organisations affiliated to the SKM had announced to hold a symbolic protest to demand the arrest of Teni and in support of their pending demands.
Protests and effigy-burning events were announced at village level across Punjab on January 2 and at district and tehsil headquarters on January 5.
“There was no programme to stop the Prime Minister’s visit or obstruct his programmes,” the SKM added.
It said that as per a pre-determined schedule, peaceful protests were held at district and tehsil headquarters in Punjab on January 5.
“When some farmers were stopped by police from going to the district headquarters in Ferozepur, they protested by sitting on the road at many places. One of these spots was the flyover near Pyarayana village where the Prime Minister’s convoy came, stopped and went back. The farmers protesting there had no concrete information that his convoy was going to pass through. They got this information from the media after Modi’s return.”