What is the reason for the protest on 25 September?
After the passage of the Agricultural Bills from both houses of Parliament, farmers have feared that the passage of the Minimum Support Price (MSP) through these Bills will clear the way and they will be dependent on the ‘mercy’ of the big capitalists. On the other hand, other opposition parties including Congress are also attacking the government against this bill. Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said, ‘The government repeatedly says that it has brought this bill in the interest of farmers. If there are friends of farmers like these, then no enemy is needed. The Congress leader said, ‘The MSP (Minimum Support Price) is not mentioned in the Bill. The existence of the MSP was abolished. That is, the basis for determining the price of the produce was gone. Our question is, if nothing is fixed then who will decide the price? Apart from this, there is another argument that if farmers sell their produce outside the Registered Agricultural Produce Market Committee, then the states will suffer a loss of revenue as they will not be able to get ‘mandi duty’. If the entire agri-trade goes out of the mandis, the commission agents (jobbers) will suffer.
BJP attacks, Congress wins from its manifesto before protest
Comparing Congress’s opposition to agrarian reform bills passed in Parliament with ‘ivory’, BJP has challenged that it should declare to withdraw from its manifesto before opposing these bills. Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar claimed that there is no provision in the Agricultural Reforms Bills passed in Parliament that would harm farmers. Taking a dig at the Congress for opposing these bills, Tomar alleged that the opposition party was trying to mislead the farmers. He said, ‘The teeth of Congress are more to eat, more to show. She is doing double party politics. She does politics of lying in the country. Congress is trying to mislead farmers, it will not get success in this. He said, ‘If the Congress is opposing these bills, then it should first declare to withdraw from its manifesto, because in its manifesto for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, it said that APMC will change the law, on the business of farmers There will be no tax and will promote interstate trade. The same thing is in the bills passed by Parliament.
Farmers will take to the streets against government in Punjab and Haryana
Punjab and Haryana are the most opposed to the agricultural bills. Around 31 farmer organizations have mobilized against the agriculture bills of the central government. The farmers have made up their mind to fight a protracted war against the agricultural bills in a peaceful manner. The ‘Punjab Bandh’ of 25 September will remain successful. Executive Secretary General of Bharatiya Kisan Union Harinder Kaur Bindu said that there will be sit-in demonstrations during the Punjab bandh on September 25 and demonstrations against the central government by stopping trains from September 24 to 26. For this, the farmers sat on the railway tracks putting tents on Wednesday.
Railways stopped many trains as a precaution
The railways have also taken safety measures due to the fear of the fierce performance of farmers in Punjab and Haryana. Railway officials said 14 pairs of special trains will be suspended from September 24 to September 26. He said that this decision has been taken keeping in mind the safety of passengers and protecting railway property from any kind of damage. Officials said that Golden Temple Mail (Amritsar-Mumbai Central), Jan Shatabdi Express (Haridwar-Amritsar), New Delhi-Jammu Tawi, Karmabhoomi (Amritsar-New Jalpaiguri), Sachkhand Express (Nanded-Amritsar) and Shaheed Express (Amritsar- Jayanagar) has been stopped for the time being. Timings of many freight trains and parcel trains have also been changed. Currently, regular passenger trains are already suspended due to the Kovid-19 epidemic. The ‘Rail Roko’ movement was called by the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Samiti and later various farmers’ organizations have also given their support to it.
BJP’s ally Akali Dal also prepares
The Shiromani Akali Dal, an ally of the central government, has also come up against the agricultural bills. Harsimrat Kaur Badal, a minister in the central government, has already resigned from the Council of Ministers. Now the party will jam the chakka in Punjab on 25 September. Apart from this, a peasant march will also be organized from 1 October from Sikh religious boards to Mohali. Party spokesperson Daljit Singh Cheema said that the party leaders have been asked to block all the constituencies with farmers, farm laborers, jobbers. For this, the time has been fixed from 11 am to 2 pm. However, party workers have been told not to stop the emergency services.