27
Jul

Farmers Protest: Electricity Bill

   Posted by: aman   in Other

Day 244

Toll 546+

Electricity Bill

Yesterday, with women running the show, was glorious at the Kisan Sansad. The women demonstrated how the Parliament can be run with dignity and discipline. They condemned how the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act 2020 encourages hoarding and passed two resolutions: one for the need of well-thought-out measures to increase the role and space for women in the Kisan Andolan; another on 33% representation in Parliament and Assemblies on the pattern of local bodies like Panchayats and Municipal Committees.

Yesterday, the Samyukt Kisan Morcha held a press conference in Lucknow and announced the launch of Mission Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand from Lucknow. The Mission is to intensify and strengthen the farmers’ agitation in the next phase of the struggle. There will be a Mahapanchayat at Muzaffarnagar on September 5th and farmer activities will certainly impact the upcoming UP elections in February 2022.

Today is Day 4 of the Kisan Sansad. The focus will be on the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act 2020. Ideally, the Parliament of the country, where we send our elected representatives is supposed to be a space we look up to expectantly to make laws which benefit the society at large. However, such is our tragedy as a democracy that the functioning of the Parliament worries us.

The worry this time is that the government, having committed to drop the Electricity Ordinance in talks with farmers early December, is all set to bring up the The Electricity (Amendment) Bill, 2020 in the ongoing Monsoon session. If that happens, if the Electricity Bill is introduced, what would you say about the hypocrisy of the government?

Is this a ploy to enrage the farmers further? Is this a measure to assert who has power in our democracy? Is it being done to teach the farmers a lesson?

What would the lesson be? That you can continue suffering on Delhi’s borders for eight months, we do not care about you, we do not keep count of your dead, but privatisation of all sectors, to benefit crony capitalists who fund us, will continue.

If the Bill is introduced, if government does not uphold its commitment to farmers made earlier, tell me why would farmers believe the PM saying: ‘MSP was there, is there, will be there’? MSP isn’t even a law.

If the Bill is introduced, it will be a real shame for whatever we call democracy in our country. If that does not inspire us to extend our solidarity to the farmers protest, I do not know what will. It simply means all the wrongs that the government does has our sanction. Well, not mine.

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