New Delhi: The farmers are observing a ‘black day’ on Wednesday to mark six months of their protests in opposition to the Centre’s three farm legal guidelines in response to the Samyukta Kisan Morcha’s (SKM) name for a nationwide strike.
Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, the protesting farmers elevating black flags and shouting slogans of “we will fight, we will win” carried out marches in a number of cities and villages in Punjab and Haryana, and at Delhi’s borders.
They additionally burnt effigies of nationwide leaders, together with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, throughout their protests.
The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), a union of 40 farmers’ outfits, had appealed to all to place up black flags on their homes and autos throughout the protests.
“If the government wants us to end our protest, then it should listen to us and take back the decronian laws, because we are not going anywhere unless our demands are met,” a farmer chief informed information company PTI.
In tune with the identical, the farmers at Delhi’s Ghazipur and Singhu borders transformed tents into everlasting buildings, constructed lengthy stretches of bamboo huts underneath flyovers and stocked up important commodities to make sure they don’t face any hindrance throughout the protests.
Similar was the scene in a number of villages of Punjab and Haryana the place the farmers have been seen carrying black turbans as they continued their protests demanding that the three legal guidelines be repealed by the Centre.
Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) chief Rakesh Tikait had, nevertheless, on Tuesday downplayed the issues concerning giant gathering within the nationwide capital in view of the surge in Covid-19 instances.
“We will put up black flags. There will be no crowding or public meeting. Nobody is marching to Delhi. The people will put up the flags wherever they are. It’s been six months now, the government hasn’t taken back the black laws,” ANI quoted Tikait as saying.
Several opposition events, together with the Congress, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), JD-S), NCP, Shiv Sena, TMC, DMK, JMM, JKPA, RJD, CPI, CPI-M and Samajwadi Party have prolonged their help to the farmers.
Thousands of farmers, largely from Punjab, Haryana and Western Uttar Pradesh, have been tenting at three Delhi border factors since November final yr, demanding the three farm legal guidelines – Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, Farmers’ (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020, – handed final yr by the Centre be repealed
So far, 11 rounds of talks between 40 farm leaders and the federal government have failed to interrupt the impasse over the three legal guidelines. The final spherical was on January 22. There has been no talks between the 2 sides since January 26 when the farmers’ tractor rally within the nationwide capital turned violent.