Tents transformed into everlasting buildings, lengthy stretches of bamboo huts constructed underneath flyovers, important commodities stocked up and ACs operating on turbines to beat the warmth the standoff by farmers at Delhi’s Ghazipur and Singhu borders continues.
Six months into the motion towards the controversial agriculture legal guidelines, farmers appear to be in no temper to let the steam off. And on Wednesday, in response to the Samyukta Kisan Morcha’s (SKM) name for a nationwide strike, farmers, some of them carrying black turbans, have been seen waving black flags and burning effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. At Singhu, the PM’s effigy was first paraded on an “arthi” amid anti-government slogans after which burnt.
“It has been six months of protests. It started from Punjab, and spread to Haryana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and other states. After Bengal, we want UP and Uttarakhand to be BJP-mukt,” stated a protester at Singhu border.
SKM, the umbrella organisation of protesting farmers’ unions, had appealed residents to place up black flags on their homes and automobiles on May 26. Several Opposition events similar to Congress, Shiv Sena, NCP and Left have prolonged assist to the strike.
Sabir Ali, a resident of Uttar Pradesh’s Rampur, has erected a bamboo hut underneath the Delhi-Ghazipur flyover. He has been at this protest web site since December 26. “We sold our wheat, but there was no MSP for us. Small farmers are left to die and suffer. I will continue to sit here till the farm laws are repealed and MSP is made a law,” stated Ali.
However, the menace of Covid infections at the protest websites stays. Several protesters have been contaminated with coronavirus within the absence of Covid-appropriate behaviour. “The threat of getting infected will remain wherever we protest. But this protest is for our families and future generations. We will sit here till our demands are met,” stated Ali.
Bharatiya Kisan Union chief Rakesh Tikait has warned that there will probably be no withdrawal of protests until the farm legal guidelines are repealed. When identified about violation of social distancing and masks norms, Tikait stated if the federal government is so frightened about their security, allow them to repeal the farm legal guidelines and farmers will return residence. Farmers’ leaders even appealed the Centre to renew dialogues with them to resolve the impasse.
“We are not spreading corona. We are farmers who give food. Anaaj increases immunity. The government is telling people to stay inside, depriving them of sunlight, which gives vitamins C and D. The government is not giving sanitisers, masks or medicines. They have failed in everything,” stated Gurmeet Singh of SKM.
But whereas the Congress helps the agitation, its personal chief minister in Punjab Amarinder Singh had requested farmers to not protest as such occasions might develop into super-spreaders.
Meanwhile, the implementation of the farm legal guidelines has been placed on maintain by the Supreme Court, which shaped a committee for session with stakeholders on the legal guidelines. But some farmers are sceptical about this committee too.
“The SC committee constitutes people who support the farm laws. We have always said that these laws are not good for agriculture. We have said this again and again in 11 meetings. They said they will amend the laws; why not repeal it altogether?” stated Major Singh Punnewal, basic secretary of All India Kisan Sabha, Punjab.
Farmers just lately gheraod the Hisar Commissionerate in Haryana to hunt apology from the state authorities over the May 16 police motion towards protesters, and withdrawal of police instances towards them.