Protesting farmers’ unions announced on Friday that they will organize dharnas at the homes of governors across the country on June 26 to mark the end of seven months of their agitation against the three new central agricultural marketing laws.
Samyukta Kisan Morcha, a body that brings together more than 40 farmers’ unions, said they will display black flags during their June 26 protest and send memos to President Ram Nath Kovind.
Farmer leader Inderjit Singh of Samyukta Kisan Morcha told a press conference that the day will be observed as “Kheti Bachao, Loktantra Bachao Diwas (save agriculture, save democracy day).”
“We will protest by displaying black flags at Raj Bhavans and delivering a memorandum to the president through the governor of each state, who is the representative of the president.
“It is (June 26) also the day that the Emergency was declared in 1975 and we will celebrate seven months of our protest. Along with agriculture, the democratic rights of the people have also been attacked in this environment of dictatorship. This is an emergency not declared “. Singh said.
Thousands of farmers, mainly from Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh, have been camping on the borders of Delhi for more than six months in protest against the three laws that they say will leave them at the mercy of big corporations and will end with the MSP regime. .
The government has said that all these concerns are unfounded and that the new laws favor farmers.
The Supreme Court has suspended the implementation of the laws until new orders are issued and has created a committee to examine the issues.
In response to the concerns of the female protesters, peasant leader Suman Hooda said that special committees will be formed on Saturday night that will be dedicated to women in the protest sites.
“We get some complaints from our female protesters. I want to assure you that these committees will only work to address any issues they face. Their contact numbers will also be shared on Sunday,” he said.