have joined hands to launch village-level agitation across the state from March 1 where five farmers from each village will observe fast for eight hours every day and record messages for Prime Minister
seeking withdrawal of three
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“Idea behind this kind of
is to take it to every nook and corner of the state instead of joining the protesters at Delhi borders. We have devised a new way of protest where the farmers can stay in their villages and also take part in the agitation without neglecting their day-to-day farm operations,” said V M Singh of Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Sangathan (RKMS).
Four weeks after his withdrawal from farmers’ protest and exit of his supporters from the
border in the wake of violence on January 26, Singh on Tuesday said, “Majority of the farmers are small and marginal, and they cannot afford to come to Delhi to join the protest. This new method of protest will ultimately strengthen the agitation.
Pradesh will show this new way to farmers across the country.”
Singh, who had broken ranks with the umbrella body of farm groups agitating for the repeal of farm laws in December, said his outfit had never withdrawn from the protest. “We are now back with the new method of protest. I still believe that the three farm laws will automatically become infructuous if a law on the guarantee to MSP is passed.”
Alleging the umbrella body, AIKSCC, of shifting goal post, Singh had earlier maintained that the group’s original demand was a legal guarantee to MSP as per its goal of ‘Karza Mukti Pura Daam’, but leaders had later put their focus on withdrawal of the three farm laws.
Nevertheless, the 22 organisations which assembled under a common platform – Uttar Pradesh Kisan Mazdoor
(UPKMM) – to take the protest to village level from March 1 will pitch for both the demands such as the repeal of the thee farm laws and legal guarantee to MSP.
Under the UPKMM’s plan, five farmers from each village in Uttar Pradesh will observe fast from 9 am to 5 pm. “At 3 pm every day, these farmers will record two-minute messages, introducing themselves to the PM and sharing their views on farm laws. These messages will be uploaded on our website,” said Singh.
“This will continue till the time farmers from each and every village of UP get the MSP for their wheat crops,” said Singh, noting that even if 20,000 out of 65,000 panchayats in UP take part in the movement, one lakh messages will be recorded for the PM every day.
“Imagine what will happen if 50,000 villages join this unique protest,” he said while asking whether PM Narendra Modi then still says that the messages coming from the villages are not from farmers.
In order to promote brotherhood among farmers, the Morcha has also decided that every household in the village contribute a fistful of grains which will then be used to prepare a “langar” once a week.
The UPKMM claimed that more and more farm outfits will join hands for this unique method of protest across the state in the next few days.
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