Farmers’ mobilisation in full swing ahead of strike

New Delhi, September 26 (KMS): Mobilisation of farmers opposed to the new farm laws is in full swing for the countrywide strike on Monday and their presence at Singhu protest site along Delhi-Haryana border has swelled ahead of the schedule‘ ’.

Though their number, as explained by farmers, may slightly decrease during peak harvest season from October end to mid-November, they will be back after sowing Rabi (winter sown) crops, and be there at protest sites in bigger numbers to observe one-year of their movement at Singhu Border on November 26.

The Samyukta Kisan Morcha — joint platform of farm unions spearheading the protest since November last year — has given a call for the countrywide strike on Monday and appealed to all organisations of workers, traders, transporters, businessmen, students, youth and women to participate in it voluntarily.

Considering support of political parties including Congress, and trade unions, the scheduled ‘Bandh’ is expected to be wider than the previous one as this time, the farm groups appear to be more organised in states beyond Punjab, , western UP and parts of Rajasthan.

As farmers geared up for ‘Bharat ’, they said they were determined not to leave the site till the government accepts their demand of repeal of three farm laws. “We’ll not leave the place till the government takes the laws back. No matter if we have to be here for another year,” said, elderly farmer from Sahabana village of Ludhiana district in Punjab. He has been there at the Singhu Border protest site for the last 10 months.

Asked when he will go back as there doesn’t appear to be any solution to the issue after talks between farmer leaders and government ended in a stalemate in January, he said, “Ham jeet ke hi jayenge (we’ll go only after winning)”.