In a transparent indication of muscle-flexing forward of the Punjab meeting polls, representatives of over two dozen farmer unions convened a gathering with all political events, minus the BJP, making it abundantly clear that farm legal guidelines will type the core agenda for the forthcoming elections.
The leaders from Samyukt Kisan Morcha had just about summoned representatives from all political events to the Folks’s Conference Centre in Chandigarh to debate contentious farm legal guidelines and their stand on it.
The whole high brass of all political outfits made a beeline to the centre. From Navjot Singh Sidhu to Akali Dal management all have been current. The newly-appointed Congress chief who had earlier rubbed noses on the fallacious facet together with his ‘thirsty ought to come to the effectively’ remarks on talks with farmers, was among the many first to fulfill the farmer leaders. He waited for an hour earlier than he was referred to as in.
Some farmer leaders additionally objected to Sidhu coming to the venue below heavy police cowl. Senior leaders like Sukhdev Singh who heads the Shiromani Akali Dal (Sanyukt), additionally got here to fulfill the leaders within the morning hours solely to be advised to attend until the post-lunch session.
With well-liked sentiments on the facet of the farmers, all main political events have been cautious of taking any opposite view on the contentious farm legal guidelines. The SAD led by Sukhbir Badal too was unwilling to antagonize the farmers. In reality, after just a few of his occasions have been disrupted, the get together had put its ‘Gal Punjab di’ marketing campaign on maintain and determined to speak to the farmers’ leaders. “The feelings are closely in favour of the farmers stir. So each get together desires to be seen on the farmers’ facet,’’ commented a protesting farmer chief.
On the all-party assembly, the SKM is reported to have advised all political events to keep away from campaigns or rallies earlier than the election dates are introduced because it had the potential to divert the eye from farm agitation. “This may even divide the farmer neighborhood alongside get together traces and that’s why we wish it to be halted for now since our agitation has reached an important stage,” commented a farmer chief.
On the assembly, the farmer leaders additionally questioned the delegation from completely different events on what pro-farmer measures they’d envisioned. “The questioning went manner past simply the farm legal guidelines. The farmer leaders mentioned a number of different farmer associated points,’’ revealed a celebration chief attending the meet.
Although farmer leaders have tried to keep up that the agitation was apolitical, statements by a few of its constituent leaders have thrown up fascinating propositions. As an example, Gurnam Singh Charuni, an vital farmer chief, has publicly requested farmers to contest the elections. “Not matter how sturdy the rebuttal is however there may be all the time an opportunity that the agitation in some unspecified time in the future will get a political color, ‘’ commented a pacesetter.