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Farmers pledge to intensify stir; Unions gear up for ‘Rail Roko’ protest

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: In order to make their long neglected voice heard, protesting farmers have adopted a new strategy to draw Centre’s attention to their issues against government’s newly formed farm laws. Alleging that the ruling party is trying to counter and destroy their movement instead of instead of working on resolving the issue, the umbrella body of farmers’ unions, Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), announced to hold a four-hour nationwide ‘Rail Roko’ (rail blockade) protest on Thursday from 12 noon to 4 pm.

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“It is clear that instead of resolving the ongoing struggle (on farmers’ demands), the BJP is trying its best to counter and destroy it (movement),” said Darshan Pal, leader of the SKM, ahead of the Morcha’s four-hour nationwide ‘Rail Roko’ (rail blockade) programme scheduled for Thursday (12 noon to 4 pm).

The farmers’ union was referring to a meeting of top BJP leaders including home minister Amit Shah and party president J P Nadda with leaders of Haryana, Rajasthan and western Uttar Pradesh on Monday in the backdrop of a number of ‘mahapanchayats’, held in the past over two weeks, in the region.

“The SKM condemns this attitude of the ruling party and demands that the government resolve the farmers’ issues immediately without any further delay,” said Darshan Pal, adding that the Morcha pledged to intensify the struggle and mobilise more farmers in its support.

Tens of thousands farmers have been demanding the repeal of the three central farm laws which were enacted last year in September to provide choice to farmers to sell their produce outside regulated ‘mandis’ (Agri markets), encourage contract farming under-protected mechanism and remove the stock limit on agriculture commodities for attracting private investment in the warehouse and cold-chain infrastructure.

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The farmers, however, are apprehensive that these legislations would make them prone to exploitation from corporates, hence they want a complete repeal of these laws.

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