Press Reporter News Service
Chandigarh, November 20
A farmer can slay his actual brother however he cannot let an inch of land go, the previous saying goes in Punjab’s countryside. The worry of dropping land that got here with the three farm legal guidelines proved turning level in making the farmers agitation a real individuals’s motion in Punjab.
“The corporates will snatch your lands at some point. We had been attempting to inform individuals for the previous three a long time,” recounts Shingara Singh Mann, state committee member of BKU (Ugrahan). However the present motion centred on query of land was a dream come true for a lot of leaders who had been energetic for the previous a number of a long time.
Final 12 months Punjab was in extreme grip of Covid and curfews had been on, when union authorities pushed three payments via ordinances on June 5. On the night of June 5, Dr Darshan Pal of Krantikari Kisan Union and Jagmohan Singh of BKU (Dakunda) organised a Zoom assembly from Patiala with different constituents of All India Kisan Sangarsh Coordination Commitee (AIKSCC) and gave a name to burn effigies of Modi authorities. That was the primary motion. “It was determined to inform individuals about that their lands might be taken away by company homes if Contract Farming Act comes into existence.
On the similar time one of many greatest farmer organisation BKU (Ugrahan) was additionally apprehensive concerning the ordinances however was not a part of AIKSCC. On June 13, they known as an emergency assembly of their state committee in Machhike village in Moga and determined to make villages centre of the battle. “Let’s take this to each fireplace,” that was the slogan. Most of management of the organisation which was in mid seventies determined that now we should selected, whether or not we should always die of Corona or whereas preventing the federal government. “The selection was clearly second,” says Shingara Singh Mann, state committee member of BKU (Ugrahan).
“Within the following days our leaders tried to inform people who how the company homes have arrived to remove your lands,” says Mann. Quickly the organisations realised that the response from the villages is past creativeness. The motion unfold to round 1,000 villages. “So we determined to take the motion past villages.”
It was adopted by giving memorandums to SDM and DCs advert additionally to the President of India. On June 30 protests had been held in entrance of SDM and DC workplaces throughout the state. The month of July and August was marked with tractor marches, banning entry of SAD-BJP leaders in villages.
In September, from tractor to bike marches, from mega protest rallies to road nook assembly, Punjab witnessed a lot. However the greatest turning level introduced by BKU (Ugrahan)’s name to begin protest in village Badal demanding SAD to finish alliance with BJP. On the primary day round 10,000 individuals had been current. The protest stored on swelling and on the final day on September 22, the quantity was 45,000. However earlier than that it had compelled SAD to interrupt alliance with BJP and Harsimrat Kaur Badal resigned. “It infused a brand new life in motion,” says Mann.
When the motion was selecting up the momentum throughout the state, the constituents of AIKSCC in Punjab had been doing efforts to deliver the complete remaining organisation to the fold. “We had realised that it’s not simple to defeat authorities onslaught by particular person oragnsiations. So we invited Rajewal, Ugrahan and different organisations for joint assembly in Moga on September 23,” says Jagmohan Singh. Thus, the 32 farmer organisations umbrella platform got here into existence.
By then a number of common Punjabi singers began exhibiting solidarity with the motion. “Their new songs concerning Punjabi farmers’ love for land and his historical past of battle towards Delhi, merely swayed the lots,” says Manjit Dhaner of BKU (Dakunda.)
Quickly, it turned Punjab Vs Delhi. And a name for march for Delhi was collectively given for November 26 and 27. “Now it’s going to go as a real Lengthy March, which not simply saved the lands of Punjab however of India,” says Rajinder Singh Deep Singhwala of Kirti Kisan Union.