The body of 75-year-old Ralla Singh is yet to be cremated as stalemate between Bharti Kisan Union and Bathinda district administration entered the 26th day Saturday. The body of Singh, who had died on the 25th day of farmers protest in Bathinda, is still lying in the hospital mortuary.
Although two rounds of meetings took place between both the parties Saturday, no consensus was reached it. While farmer unions are demanding a compensation worth Rs 10 lakh, the administration has agreed to give Rs 5 lakh besides a job to a family member and loan waiver.
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“Even if the state government agrees to give compensation of Rs 10 lakh in cheque, our indefinite dharna will continue near DC office as some of our demands are yet to be accepted. We started dharna on May 24 and during the course Singh expired. We are fighting for his case as well. However, even if the government agrees to meet all the demands we sought for Singh, we will not end the dharna ,” said Jhanda Singh, president of Bharti Kisan Union (Ugrahan).
Kisan with Captain
While farmer unions are continuing their dharna near DC office, PPCC president Capt Amarinder Singh came to Bathinda Saturday evening to take part in the programme- Kisan with Captian – at a resort which was attended by over 1,500 farmers. Notably, his original programme, Coffee with Captain, was changed to Kisan with Captain. However, during the meeting, Amarinder chose to stay silent on the farmers’ dharna and the death of Ralla Singh. He, however, promised to implement Swaminathan Commission once he comes in power besides promising that he will reduce power tariff from existing Rs 7 per unit to Rs 4 per unit.