Farmer's 'Mahapanchayat' against the NDA government in muzaffarnagar

6th Sep, 2021

Farmer's 'Mahapanchayat' against the NDA government in muzaffarnagar

With just months remaining for the UP elections, farm leaders driving the movement challenging the Centre’s new agricultural laws organised a major show of power in Muzaffarnagar on Sunday, declaring in front of thousands of farmers their plan to campaign against the NDA led ruling party in the state.

The movement was termed as a “mahapanchayat” by the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM), the umbrella body of farmers’ unions that has been heading the movement over the last nine months, but the political importance of the campaign lay in the choice of the venue itself.

The western UP district, which was marked by communal riots in 2013, had been a strong centre of the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) until the rise of the BJP, which had managed to gather the support of prominent Khaps including the those directed by Naresh Tikait and Rakesh Tikait, sons of iconic farmer leader, the late Mahendra Singh Tikait. Tikait alleged the Centre of not reaching out to farmers since January 22, when the last round of talks was held. “They did not even conveyed grief over the deaths of over 600 farm protesters over the last nine months. He said that our campaign will cover the whole country, our mission is to save the country.

Blaming the Centre of cheating the people, he accused that the government is selling our farmlands, highways, power, LIC, banks, and corporate houses like Adani and Ambani are the buyers. Even the FCI godowns and ports are being sold by them.

The three controversial farm laws are concerned to the sale and purchase of farm produce outside government mandis, contract cultivation, and removing the Centre’s powers to bestow stockholding limits on foodstuffs.

The farmers from UP, Haryana, Rajasthan, Telangana, Karnataka, Uttarakhand and other states attended the sunday gathering.

According to SKM, the mission is a sustained campaigning against the Government to reverse the laws and mobilise a largescale farmer movement in the state.