The leaders of Samyukt Kisan Morcha on Monday called on the people to start a sustained struggle against the center to end the Narendra Modi government’s “mistake”, drawing inspiration from the Indian freedom movement.
Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) spokesman Rakesh Tikait spoke at a peasant mahapanchayat chaired by Vadde Sobhanadreeswara Rao, coordinator of the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee, on the sprawling ABM College Laws will either be repealed or the Bharatiya Janata Party bows out of office. “
“Shop-tight, jeeten-tight (We will fight, we will win), Mr. Tikait thundered and received resounding applause from the huge crowd of farmers who had gathered for the rally on the south coast of Andhra Pradesh. Mr Tikait said he was happy to be in Ongole, which is known as the heartland of the famous Ongole bull and the base for many peasant fights.
“The controversial agricultural laws will pave the way for a vice-like corporate influence in the agricultural sector, which will lead to a massive price hike, which will affect citizens the most. The farmers’ struggle has now been supported by more sections of the population, including industrial workers, who are upset about the PSU-led government’s privatization spree, ”said Tikait, suggesting that the Modi government’s“ stubbornness ”persists with the three “draconian” laws would turn out to be the political waters of the Saffron Party.
All Indian President of Kisan Sabha (AIKS) Ashok Dhawale said legal support to the MSP (Minimum Support Price) regime was the need of the hour to help farmers who were taking the extreme step of ending their lives, because they did not produce returned profitably.
The “Kerala model” of reimbursement prices for rice and other crops, including fruits and vegetables, should be implemented nationwide to end the severe agricultural crisis, he said. The NDA government alienated farmers, farm workers, and industrial workers who were major producers of national wealth in order to please the corporate sector, Dhawale said, calling for a sustained campaign to end the NDA government’s “mistake” at the government center.
AIKS Punjab Unit President Balkaran Singh Brar said the peasant protest that began in the states around Delhi has now spread to different parts of the country and is supported by a larger section of the population.
“We are prepared for a battle,” he said, mentioning how farmers, including women from Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, have been staying on the borders of Delhi for over five months.
The entire Indian General Secretary of Kisan Mazdoor Sangh, Ashok Ghayale, recalled the bombing of Bhagat Singh on the Central Assembly Hall in Delhi to oppose the British Raj. He wanted the peasants to be inspired by the revolutionary leader to “overthrow the BJP-led government when it was implementing an agenda of imperialism.”
Mr. Tikait published a Telugu version of ‘Mandi, Market and Modi’ written by journalist Hartosh Singh Bal and published by AIKMS. Artists performed songs and dances at the rally against the farm’s bills.