SKM Calls For Nationwide Protests Today


New Delhi: Farmers protesting against the central farm laws will hold a countrywide protest on Tuesday to demand the sacking of Union Minister Ajay Mishra Teni and also to mark the completion of 11 long months of peaceful struggle.

On completion of 11 months of the farmers’ movement, the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) has called for nationwide protests at tehsil and district headquarters from 11 am to 2 pm on Tuesday.

The SKM, a joint forum of farmer unions, demanded from the central government the fulfilment of its “legitimate demands” – repeal of the three anti-farmer laws, making minimum support price (MSP) into a legal entitlement for all produce and all farmers, and sacking as well as the arrest of Mishra.

Farmers from Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh have been camping at Delhi borders — Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur — since November 26, 2020, to oppose the three contentious farm laws.

Four of the eight people who died in the violence on October 3 were farmers, allegedly knocked down by a vehicle carrying Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers. The farmers then allegedly lynched some people in the vehicles. The other dead included two BJP workers and their driver.

Farmers have claimed that Ajay Mishra’s son Ashish was in one of the vehicles, an allegation denied by him and his father who say they can produce evidence to prove he was at another event at that time. Ashish Misra was arrested in the case on October 9.

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