Farmer leaders also demanded the withdrawal of cases against the farmers involved during the movement.
Responding to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to overturn the three contentious agricultural laws, Samyukta Kisan Morcha, the umbrella body of the farmers’ unions leading the agitation, wrote an open letter to the Prime Minister on Sunday evening demanding a legal guarantee of a remunerative minimum wage. Support Price (MSP) and withdrawal of the Electricity Amendments Bill, 2020/2021 while expressing hope that farmer leaders would be called for discussion.
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The letter also called for the removal of the penal provisions relating to farmers in the Commission for the Management of Air Quality in the National Capital Region and Adjacent Areas Act, 2021 and the withdrawal of cases against thousands of people. ‘farmers who were involved during the movement.
Describing Union Minister Ajay Mishra Teni as “the mastermind of the Lakhimpur Kheri murder case and Article 120B accused”, the letter said he should be sacked and arrested.
The SKM welcomed the decision to repeal the laws, but noted that “after 11 rounds of talks, you [the Prime Minister] chose the path of a unilateral declaration rather than a bilateral solution ”and hopes that the government will keep its promise as soon as possible and in full.
Hannan Mollah, general secretary of All India Kisan Sabha and a member of the SKM central committee, said that from the start of talks with the government, Morcha raised three additional demands, including the legal right to a minimum support price based on the overall production cost (C2 + 50%) for all agricultural products.
“Without the guaranteed MSP, the farmer would not survive. This is one of the main reasons for farmer suicides across the country, ”he said. The Hindu, adding that the Prime Minister had taken the decision in his own “dramatic style without having first obtained the authorization of the cabinet.”
Mr Mollah added that SKM hoped the farmers would be called for a discussion. “We have always said that dialogue and discussion is the only way out of the impasse. If the Prime Minister does not respond, we will look into the situation at the November 27 meeting, ”he said.
Meanwhile, he added, farmers would continue with their predetermined agitation schedule. This includes holding a mahapanchayat in Lucknow on Monday, celebrating the anniversary of the unrest on November 26, and marching to Parliament on November 29.
Earlier, speaking to the media after a meeting of the central committee at the Singhu border, farmer chief Balbir Singh Rajewal said: “In his speech on Friday, the prime minister was not clear on the rights, duties and schedule of the committee to be formed. on granting legal status to MSP.
In a press note, SKM said the farmers, who have been protesting peacefully for about a year now, are the ones who have done the “real thing.” tapasya (penance) with faith ”.
“This victory is not a matter of someone’s pride or ego, but a matter of the lives and livelihoods of millions of ignored and marginalized Indians,” he said.
SKM pointed out that although the Modi government did not recognize the “heavy and avoidable sacrifices of about 700 brave farmers of Kisan Andolan”, the Telangana government has stepped forward “to provide support to the relatives of the martyrs” . While announcing support of 3 lakh rupees per martyr family, the chief minister of Telangana, K. Chandrasekhar Rao, also demanded that the Indian government pay 25 lakhs for each farming family and also withdraw all cases.
The note also highlighted how BJP ministers and MPs had faced the wrath of farmers.
In Haryana, when State Agriculture Minister JP Dalal arrived in Tosham for the inauguration event of a court complex, farmers gathered in large numbers for a protest under the black flag. In eastern UP, Maharajganj’s deputy Jai Mangal Kanojiya had to face the anger of residents on Saturday.