11
Oct

Farmers Protest: Bandh

   Posted by: aman   in Other

Day 319

Toll 635

Bandh

Today the Maharashtra government has called for a Bandh in support of the Lakhimpur Kheri farmers massacre. This Bandh tells us how the massacre has drawn battle lines for the upcoming Uttar Pradesh elections. Rashtriya Lok Dal, Samajvadi party, Congress, Shiv Sena, Trinamool Congress are all rising against the BJP. Yet, personally, I do not trust political parties. May they score against BJP, but for them the agenda is different than for people’s movement.

For the arrest of Ashish Mishra Monu and accomplices, at least two names are known Ankit Das and Sumit Jaiswal, resignation and arrest of union MoS Home Ajay Mishra Teni, the Samyukt Kisan Morcha had given today’s deadline to Government of India and Government of Uttar Pradesh. The UP Government’s SIT arresting Ashish Mishra Teni on grounds of non-cooperation with investigation into the massacre, and for evasive replies is under 160CrPC (witnesses) not murder (302 CrPc).

Yesterday, a ‘Chetavani Rally’ in Barnala, Punjab, organised by BKU Ekta Siddhupur with participation of several SKM leaders, saw a massive turnout of farmers. Picture below.

The program for next few days:

- October 12th: Antim Ardas for slain farmers and journalist will be marked as Shaheed Kisan Diwas. Shradhanjali sabha, homage meetings will be held in many states. Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Karnataka and others have confirmed participation.

All India Shaheed Kisan Kalash Yatra with the remains of martyred farmers to start from Lakhimpur Kheri and travel all states and districts across the country.

- October 15th: Dussehra, Modi, Shah and third according to local situation effigies to be burnt all over the country.

- October 18th: Rail Roko all over the country.

- October 26th: Kisan Mahapanchayat in Lucknow.

On the other hand, paddy procurement has not commenced as expected despite the Union Government’s acceptance of SKM’s demand on October 2nd. This applies to Rajasthan also, where the FCI has agreed to procure from Hanumangarh and Sriganganagar. Bajra procurement should also commence in Rajasthan and Haryana immediately. Crop loss compensation for cotton farmers who have incurred losses due to pink bollworm damage be paid out immediately in Punjab and Haryana without any further delay.

The ground is growling in anger. We must ensure that if we lend support to political parties, it should be for the farmer and labour agenda rather than for their own myopic power gains.

Link to picture here

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