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Rallies will continue as planned, some issues still pending: Farmer leaders

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: A day after Modi-led central government announced its decision to roll back three contentious farm laws, the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM), an umbrella body of 40 farm unions, on Saturday held a core committee meeting to discuss the future course of action. During the meeting, the farmer unions decided to continue to hold their Lucknow rally on November 22, a gathering to mark one year of the agitation on November 26, a tractor rally to Parliament on November 29 and other rallies as planned.

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“Lucknow rally will continue likewise. November 29 tractor march will continue. We will celebrate one year anniversary. Protest will continue to take place. The main body of SKM to sit tomorrow. Mahapanchayat on November 22 in Lucknow, protest on November 26 on Ghazipur-Singhu border and tractor rally on November 29 will take place as planned. The Prime Minister did a one side conversation yesterday. Until we are satisfied the protest will continue,” said farmers’ leaders after the meeting.

Farmers will continue with their scheduled programmes in the days ahead, despite welcoming the Centre’s decision to repeal the three contentious farm laws.

To observe one year of the anti-farm law agitation, the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM), an umbrella body of farmers’ unions, had earlier this month announced that 500 farmers will participate in peaceful tractors marches to Parliament every day during the Winter Session starting November 29.

Further decision on these matters are likely to be taken in a meeting on Sunday.

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“The SKM will decide on the call for tractor trolly march to Parliament. So far, there is no call to withdraw it. A decision on this is likely to be taken on Sunday after the SKM’s core committee meeting,” Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ugrahan) leader Joginder Singh Ugrahan said.

He reiterated that farmers will stay put here at Tikri and other borders until the Centre formally repeals these laws in Parliament. He said many farm unions are holding separate meetings to ponder over farms issues and future strategies after the prime minister’s Friday announcement.

Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait too had said that the agitation will not be called off till the laws are formally annulled via Parliamentary procedure.

Thousands of farmers from Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh under the aegis of various unions have been protesting at the borders of the national capital since November last year to demand repeal of the three farm laws.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday announced the Centre will repeal the three farm laws.

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