Farmers’ protests to continue till Parliament action to repeal the laws

New Delhi, November 20 (KMS): Farmers unions, the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) and Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU), have said that they will not end agitation till the announcement by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to repeal three farm laws takes effect through due parliamentary procedures.

The three farm laws that were passed last year by the Modi government have been a cause of widespread agitation with a consortium of farmers staging protests demanding the repeal of the laws.

In a statement, the SKM said, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced repeal all three anti-farmer, pro-corporate black laws first brought in as Ordinances in June 2020. He chose to announce this on Guru Nanak Jayanti. Samyukt Kisan Morcha welcomes this decision and will wait for the announcement to take effect through due parliamentary procedures.”

The statement further said, “SKM also reminds the Prime Minister that the agitation of farmers is not just against the repeal of the three black laws, but also for a statutory guarantee to remunerative prices for all agricultural produce and for all farmers. This important demand of farmers is still pending. SKM will take note of all developments, hold its meeting soon and announce further decisions if any.”

Rakesh Tikait, leader of Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU), shortly after Narendra Modi’s announcement repealing the three contentious farm laws, said that the farmers’ ongoing agitation will continue. “The farmers’ agitation will go on. We will wait till the day when the three farm laws are actually scrapped by Parliament,” Tikait told media persons in Palghar where he had gone to discuss certain issues with the farmer leaders.

Terming the Prime Minister’s decision a decisive victory for the peasantry, Tikait said: “We dedicate it to over 750 farmers who died, and to the tribals, workers, women and others who became a part of this historic movement.”

He also said there are a host of other farmers’ issues which need to be discussed and he called upon the Modi government “to discuss them” and expressed his readiness for talks.