Kisan Morcha appeals public to join nation-wide protest on June 26
New Delhi, June 13, 2021: On the completion of 200 days of farmers' agitation against three farm bills, the Samyukta Kisan Morcha has urged the public to join the nationwide protest called by the farmers union on June 26.
"There were many protests that were organized for months in different states before lakhs of protestors arrived at Delhi borders on 26th November 2020. In that sense, this agitation is longer than even 200 days. However, the Narendra Modi government continues to ignore the fundamental issues being raised by the protestors and their key demands, at its peril. The mood in rural India in different states is apparent from the election results coming out even as the agitation has been unfolding," read the press statement issued by SKM.
The farmer leaders claimed that protestors are getting more and more determined and resolute in their peaceful struggle.
"They have faced bone-chilling cold and winter, destructive storms, scorching summer, and now, the onset of rains. Despite the paddy sowing season having begun, more and more farmers are coming to the borders. They are ready to be drenched in rain and flooded by rainwater gushing into their tents, and they continue their stage programs standing if required, through a downpour, as has happened today," the organization added.
Balbir Singh Rajewal, farmer leader shared that preparations are underway to intensify the struggle on June 26th which has been declared as a "Save Agriculture-Save Democracy" day.
"This day marks the completion of seven long months of struggle. It also is the 46th anniversary day of India's Emergency, a dark period not forgotten in our history. There are several struggles, including this farmers' agitation, against the undeclared emergency and authoritarian BJP regime that the country is experiencing today. It is worth noting that June 26th is also the death anniversary of the legendary farmer leader Swami Sahajanand Saraswati. The protests on June 26th will include sit-ins at Raj Bhavans in various states in addition to district/tehsil level protests all over India. SKM appeals to all progressive institutions and citizens of India, including trade unions, traders associations, women's organizations, student and youth organizations, employees' unions, and others to join hands with the farmers' movement and join the nationwide protests," SKM informed.
The union also condemend the "temporary restriction" of the BKU Ekta Ugrahan Twitter account and warns the government against the suppression of freedom of expression of citizens.
"The constant stifling of citizen voices by the Government of India is unacceptable, and the government has to desist from this", warned SKM.
The farmer union further demanded that the Haryana administration locate Bijender Singh, a missing farmer from Kandela village of Jind, who went missing on January 26th this year.
"Bijender's widowed mother has been running from pillar to post in desperate search of her son and the administration is not activating its machinery to locate the missing young farmer. SKM lends its voice to the family's and villagers and demands that the Haryana government immediately locate the missing person," the farmer leaders demanded.