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Punjab: Farmers to stay put at toll plazas for now, wait for SKM’s next move

In Mohali, the farmers are sitting at Dappar, Azizpur, New Chandigarh and Kharar toll plazas where commuters need not to pay toll. The farmers had stopped the payment of toll when the agitation was started last year.

By: Express News Service | Mohali |
Updated: November 19, 2021 11:56:54 pm
Farmers celebrate after PM Narendra Modi announced the repealing of the three farm laws, near Ferozepur road in Ludhiana. (Express photo by Gurmeet Singh)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Friday announcement of withdrawal of the three ‘contentious’ farm laws has brought much joy among hundreds of protesters who have been holding fort at various toll plazas of Punjab. The agitators, however, have made it clear that they will not clear out, just yet, and will wait for further instructions from the  Sanyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM).

The farmers organisations on Friday burst into celebrations as soon as news of the Prime Minister’s announcement trickled in.

The farmers who had been sitting at the toll plazas, said that they welcomed Friday’s development but a final decision on ending the protest at the toll plazas will be taken after the SKM takes the call.

In Mohali, the farmers are camping at Dappar, Ajijpur, New Chandigarh, and Kharar toll plazas where commuters need not pay taxes. The farmers had stopped the collection of tolls ever since the farm agitation started last year.

Lakhwinder Singh, the Block President of Bhartiya Kisan Union (Sidhupur), said that the farmers agitation had borne fruit.

“Everything shall be finalised after the SKM decides the next course of action. We shall continue to sit here till our organisations take a decision,” Lakhwinder Singh said.

Meanwhile, the farmers and local people who had extended their support to the agitation said Friday was a hictoric day.

Satbir Singh, a young farmer who has protested every evening at Phase 3B-2 and Phase V light point in the past year, said that many locals used to gather at the light point every evening and raise slogans with them against the three controversial laws.

“It is a big day for the farmers of our country. We should also thank the people who held ground and continued to raise the issue,” Satbir Singh said.

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