FARM BILLS ROW - 19th DAY PROTEST-REJECT INVITATION FOR TALKS
Farmers condemn provocative statements by BJP leaders; reject invitation for talks
Ferozepur, October 12, 2020: Hundreds of farmers and laborers today rejected the invitation of the Central Government to hold talks on October 14, on the 19th day of the permanent front on the railway track Basti Tankwali blocking main route to Jalandhar, Ludhiana, and Delhi. Farmers also condemned the provoking statements of BJP leaders, calling them for holding the appositive view - as ‘urban naxals’.
Hundreds of farmers and laborers of Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee Punjab marched on the railway tracks and burn the effigies of Punjab BJP leaders - Harjeet Singh Grewal and Tarun Chugh, BJP National President JP Nadda, Punjab BJP President Ashwani Kumar - in protest against calling the agitators as ‘urban naxals’ and treating the three Farm Bills like a lining on the stone.
The railways are also rescheduling its operation of cancelling, short termination, origination and diversion plants on day-to-day basis in the wake of extending the protest by the farmers. Earlier, it had cancelled the 14 pairs of passenger express trains from Amritsar to avoid inconvenience to the passengers and loss of government property.
Farmers Core Committee in its meeting today has rejected the called for farmers meeting on October 14 at Delhi as there is no transparency as to who will preside over and attend the meeting. It further said that PM himself should come forward to create a conducive atmosphere for dialogue with the farmers by involving the farmers from Haryana also.
It is very unfortunate that the centre government has extended the invitation to Punjab’s 29 farmer outfits and it is a conspiracy to create fissure among the farmer's community by keeping out the farmers from Haryana and other states, said Pannu.
He further said the Prime Minister himself should talk to the farmers’ representatives from all over the country to come to any solution by giving hip his arrogance attitude besides taking action against the BJP leaders for giving provoking statements.