Patna: The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) led opposition in Bihar join-in farmers’ agitation against Centre’s contentious ‘farm laws’ by announcing to take out a massive human chain protest on January 30, across the state of Bihar, in solidarity with farmers and in support of other agriculture-related demands. All the grand alliance parties including Congress, CPI-ML( liberation), CPI and CPM, have decided to participate in the event.
This first major show of strength by the main opposition bloc in the state is being held to support farmers’ demand for repeal of the three agricultural laws; Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance, and Farm Services Act, 2020, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020 for almost two months at Delhi’s borders demanding scrapping of these ‘anti-farmer’ laws.
Meanwhile, all party district presidents have been asked to finalise the spots in their respective districts for formation of the human chain and mobilise workers for the event, informed the RJD state president Jagdanand Singh.
“The human chain event would be a big show with huge participation. The grand alliance supports the repeal of the farm laws as sought by the agitating farmers and wants to highlight how the farm sector in Bihar has suffered due to scrapping of APMC Act. The preparations are in full swing,” said RJD state president.
Furthermore, the human chain would reportedly touch all district headquarters, state highways and national highways as well as blocks and gram panchayats and will be joined by leaders and party workers of all GA constituents, the CPI-ML (liberation) state president Kunal said adding that leaflets are also sent to the party’s district units to publicise the event for wider public participation.
“The human chain’s basic aim is to create consciousness that the Central government is working against the interest of farmers by trying to give private players greater control over the agriculture sector. In Bihar, the farmers are not getting MSP on their produce and it’s because of the scrapping of the APMC Act and the mandi system,” said Kunal.
“We are expecting participation of a few lakhs of people in the human chains this time,” he said, adding, the final route chart would be announced on January 25 after the meeting of all GA allies in Patna. “We have a plan to form the human chain in different pockets so that the city’s adjoining areas like Bihta and Maner are also connected,” he further added.
Along with great alliance, a large number of farmers’ bodies have also aligned with the left parties to begun mobilising support for the event.