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Samyukt Kisan Morcha Says Farmers Will March to Parliament on Foot in May Against Laws

Farmers dance as they sing a folk song during a 12-hour strike, as part of protests against farm laws, on a highway at the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border in Ghaziabad. (Reuters/Adnan Abidi)

Farmers dance as they sing a folk song during a 12-hour strike, as part of protests against farm laws, on a highway at the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border in Ghaziabad. (Reuters/Adnan Abidi)

The date for the march is yet to be decided.

Announcing their plans for the upcoming two months, farmers, who have been protesting against the new farm laws at the Delhi borders, said they will march to the Parliament on foot in May, the Samyukt Kisan Morcha said on Wednesday. “The Sanyukt Kisan Morcha met yesterday, and decided that the farmers will be undertaking a march to the Parliament.” The date for the march is yet to be decided.

“It will be joined not just by farmers, but also by women, and unemployed individuals, and labourers who have been supporting the movement,” farmer leader Gurnaam Singh Chaduni said. Addressing a press conference, he said that the march would be carried out in a “peaceful” manner, and special care would be taken that “what happened on January 26 is not repeated”. The leaders also shared their plans of forming a committee to control protesters if there is police action in parliament march. We will form a committee to let the protestors know what to do in case there is police action during the march.

“It will also be made clear to them that SKM condemns all kinds of violence. So the protestors will know that if there is any damage of property by them, they will have to serve the penalty,” a farmer leader said. Farmer leaders also announced their plans to block the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal expressway for 24 hours on April 10.

“We will be blocking the KMP expressway on April 10 for 24 hours, that is from 11 am on April 10 to 11 am on the next day. “We will be doing this because the government has not been listening to us. It has been sleeping. This is to wake up the government,” another farmer leader said. An event to honour the farmers who have lost their lives during the agitation will be organised on May 6. “Soil from different parts of the country will be brought to these borders and a memorial will be created for all our brothers who have lost their lives while participating in this movement,” a farmer leader said.

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Separate events will also be organised to commemorate Ambedkar Jayanti, and Labour Day. Enacted in September, the three farm laws have been projected by the Centre as major reforms in the agriculture sector that will remove the middlemen and allow farmers to sell their produce anywhere in the country. The protesting farmers, on the other hand, have expressed apprehension that the new laws would pave the way for eliminating the safety cushion of the Minimum Support Price (MSP) and do away with the “mandi” (wholesale market) system, leaving them at the mercy of big corporates.

first published:March 31, 2021, 18:58 IST