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Farm unions burn effigies of BJP leaders at 550 spots in Punjab

Effigy burning was earlier to take place on Dussehra day, but following objections by BJP leaders, it was postponed to October 16.

Written by Raakhi Jagga | Ludhiana |
October 17, 2021 5:37:49 am
Farmers shout slogans as they burn an effigy with the pictures of India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Uttar Pradesh state Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Chairman of Reliance Industries Ltd Mukesh Ambani, Chairman of the Adani Group Gautam Adani and BJP union ministers during a protest against the central government's agricultural reforms, in Amritsar on Saturday, October 16 2021. (EXPRESS PHOTO BY RANA SIMRANJIT SINGH)

FARMER UNIONS in Punjab burnt effigies of PM Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and a few other BJP leaders at over 550 places in Punjab. Others whose effigies were burnt by protesters included UP CM Yogi Adityanath, Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar and owners of some corporate houses.

Effigy burning was earlier to take place on Dussehra day, but following objections by BJP leaders, it was postponed to October 16.

Farm leaders stated that lynching at Singhu was highly condemnable but BJP should stop defaming them. “Samyukt Kisan Morcha has clearly stated that they condemn this incident and will fully co-operate with the investigation, but BJP is trying to defame farmer unions. Our fight against farm laws continues as it is,” said Manjeet Singh Dhaner, senior vice president of BKU (Dakaunda).

Jasveer Singh Burjsema from BKU (Ugrahan) added, “We are upset over the Singhu incident but we are united over farm laws issue. This is the reason that our effigy burning programme continued today as it is. There was not even one percent of less enthusiasm in effigy burning programme of PM and other BJP leaders.”

“Women members of the union burnt effigies at many places,” added Harinder Kaur Bindu, vice president of BKU (Ugrahan).

In addition to this, farmer unions are making arrangements for a day-long rail roko call given by SKM for October 18. This is part of protest against farm laws and against Lakhimpur Kheri incident, said Sukhdev Singh Kokrikalan, general secretary of BKU (Ugrahan).

Kisan Mazdoor Sangrash Committee (KMSC) general secretary Sarwan Singh Pandher said that effigies of BJP leaders and corporate house owners were burnt in Majha. “Our members made the effigies,” he said.

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