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2020 redux as thousands from Punjab march to Delhi borders

🔴 The Union Cabinet Wednesday cleared a bill to be taken up in the Winter Session of Parliament, beginning next week, to roll back the three laws, days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the decision to repeal them.

Written by Raakhi Jagga | Ludhiana |
Updated: November 26, 2021 6:40:23 am
2020 redux as thousands from Punjab march to Delhi bordersTractors moving from Boha in Mansa towards Singhu border and (below) Haryana farmers serve food to thier Punjab counterparts on Thursday. (Express Photo)

As the protest against the three central agri laws completes one year on Friday, thousands of farmers farmers Punjab headed to the Singhu and Tikri borders, even as those in Haryana welcomed them with garlands and food.

The Union Cabinet Wednesday cleared a bill to be taken up in the Winters Session of Parliament, beginning next week, to roll back the three laws, days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the decision to repeal them.

The farmers unions welcomes the move but said it was a “mere formality” and “the first victory”, but added and they will continue the agitation till the government agrees to their other demands, including the legal guarantee for the minimum support price (MSP).

Thousands of farmers from parts of Punjab continued to march to the Delhi borders carrying beddings, wollens and tents to accommodate the additional rush.

“We have made arrangements for winters. Haq laye bina nahi vapas aawange (we will not return without getting our rightful due),” said
Malan Kaur from Bathinda who was part of the BKU Ugrahan convoy.

Apart from taking the raid route, many boarded trains too. BKU Ugrahan general secretary Sukhdev Singh Kokrikalan claimed that 1,055 mini buses, 878 buses and 290 trucks carrying farmers have left for the National capital.

Avtar Singh, a commuter on Ferozepur road in Ludhiana, pointing to the rush of tractor-trolleys said, “It is a flashback of the last year when villagers had started marching to the National Capital for the first time on November 25 on the Samyukt Kisan Morcha’s Delhi Chalo call”.

The 32 farmer unions pf Punjab claimed that nearly 35,000 people have moved towards Delhi borders from different villages. Around 400 farmers started from Dhanaula village in Barnala for Singhu even as a convoy of 50 trucks and tractor-trolleys started from Gurdwara Mastuana Sahib in Sangrur.

The Samyukt Kisan Morcha, meanwhile, said its “historic struggle” completes a year on Friday and the farmers will mark it “with massive protests at Delhi morchas and the capitals and district headquarters of distant states…Thousands have started arriving at the various morchas in Delhi”.

“The fact that such a long struggle has to continue is a clear reflection on the insensitivity and arrogance of the Union government towards its toiling citizens,” it said.

“Over the course of 12 months of one of the largest and longest protest movements across the world and in history, crores of people took part in the movement which spread to every state, every district and every village of India,” the SKM said.

In Punjab, Kokrikalan said, a convoy of farmers left for Tikri from Maniana village of Sangrur on Wednesday. “A new pandal near Pakora chowk at Tikri border is being set up to accommodate the gathering. Our one year of dharna programme will be held in the new pandal,” he added.

From Mastuana Sahib Gurudwara in Sangrur district, resident of 6-7 villages left for Singhu. “We are taking ration, woolens…we will be there for a week,” said Satnam Singh from Kila Bharian village.

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