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In a first-of-its-kind show of solidarity, 31 farmer organisations in Punjab cut across party lines on Wednesday to announce a joint statewide protest to be held on September 25 against the farm bills passed by both Houses of Parliament

Sep 23, 2020
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In a first-of-its-kind show of solidarity, 31 farmer organisations in Punjab cut across party lines on Wednesday to announce a joint statewide protest to be held on September 25 against the farm bills passed by both Houses of Parliament. The organisations have given a call for complete 'Punjab bandh' as a mark of protest.

A decision in this regard was taken at a meeting of 31 farmer organisations held at Moga in which it was decided to make the occasion historic by not taking the support of any political party, farmer leaders said.

The farmer organisations also chalked out a strategy for post-September 25 protests.

It was decide that the All-India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee member Jagmohan Singh Patiala will be leading the protest.

He said farmers were against the government's 'kala kanoon' or black law that the government was aiming to bring by any means and in any form.

"If the government wants to respect farmers' wishes, withdraw them," he said.

Interestingly, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), an NDA ally, on Tuesday announced to stage a 'chakka jam' for three hours across Punjab on September 25 to lodge its protest.

Senior leaders will lead the protests in their constituencies and district headquarters from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., SAD spokesperson and former minister Daljeet Cheema said.

A SAD delegation earlier this week met President Ram Nath Kovind and urged him to withhold assent to the contentious farm bills.

Meanwhile, state-wide protests continued across Punjab on Wednesday with farmers burning the effigies of Central government.

"We will not allow the government to please the corporate houses at the stake of the farmers. These are the worst-ever laws introduced by any government in India so far and it must not exist for a single day," BKU (Rajewal) President Balbir Singh Rajewal told IANS.

Echoing similar sentiments, BKU (Lakhowal) General Secretary Harinder Singh Lakhowal said all 31 farmer organisations have joined hands against the BJP-led NDA government to express their anguish.

"They are not for farm reforms but a death warrant for the farmers," he added.

(IANS)