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Poll remarks: SKM suspends prominent farm stir leader Gurnam Chaduni for one week

Chaduni has insisted that he stands by his "ideology" that the farmers and majdoors should contest polls.

Written by Sukhbir Siwach | Chandigarh |
Updated: July 15, 2021 10:38:08 am
Gurnam Singh Chaduni

Almost a week after prominent BKU leader Gurnam Singh Chaduni suggested that farmer leaders should contest the forthcoming Punjab polls, the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) Wednesday suspended him from the morcha for a week. He has been asked not to join any stage or meeting of the SKM during the suspension period. Sources said that the SKM is not happy with Chaduni’s statements over joining the poll battle.

Senior farmer leader Dr Darshan Pal said that “such statements create confusion among the farmers and majdoors”.

He added: “The issue has been discussed at length. People are unhappy over the statement on elections and ‘Mission Punjab’. There should not be any deviation and dilution from our side during the ongoing farmers’ agitation. We should focus only on struggle and opposition to BJP and its allies. We don’t have any plan to join the poll battle or support any party till the agitation is not won. Agitation is one thing and electoral politics is a different thing.”

Chaduni, meanwhile, has insisted that he stands by his “ideology” that the farmers and majdoors should contest polls.

Chaduni, who belongs to a village in Haryana’s Kurukshetra district, is among the leading faces of the ongoing farmers’ agitation against three contentious farm laws. He is also one among the nine members of the SKM, which takes key decisions regarding the ongoing agitation.
“The suspension on the basis of someone’s ideology is wrong. But the ongoing farmers’ agitation will not be allowed to weaken. We will participate in it with more strength, even more than the previous participation,” Chaduni told The Indian Express. “I have explained my point of view before the SKM too,” he added.

The farmer leader further said: “It is okay if they (SKM) take such decision (suspension) in future too. My stand will be the same that Mission Punjab should be launched. The agitators, honest people, majdoors, farmers and small shopkeepers should form their own government and the traditional parties should be defeated. Today, there is need to change the system, not the raaj and the system can be changed by taking over the power.”

In a video message to the farmers late evening, Chaduni said, “The government should not be in the illusion that now we are a divided house. We will not stay away from the agitation at all. We will keep participating in the agitation as per the decisions of the SKM.”
Chaduni, who is president of BKU (Chaduni), had called upon the people of Punjab to launch “Mission Punjab” to change the system even before agitators’ proposed “Mission Uttar Pradesh” which is aimed to defeat BJP in the upcoming Assembly elections there.

Chaduni had suggested the leaders of farmers and farm labourers to contest Punjab Assembly polls to form a government and to offer a model of alternative government to the entire country.

“Mission Uttar Pradesh will take place to defeat BJP. And Mission Punjab is needed to offer an alternative model,” Chaduni had stated. However, soon after Chaduni’s statement, the SKM had clarified that the joint front has not decided anything like “Mission Punjab” adding that it has not even discussed the Punjab elections yet.

Already anticipating that he will face criticism for his suggestion on joining poll battle, Chaduni had also stated, “The politicians may say that the agitation was being carried on to do politics. But I want to ask if only they (politicians) are authorised to do politics. If politics is a sin, why are they (politicians) doing this sin?”

“The farmers and majdoors who are associated with agriculture have 65 per cent votes and now the people from towns too are ready to support you,” Chaduni had said, adding, “If you vote for the gangs of looteras, can you hope they will introduce laws for you? Why will they make laws for you? They will make laws for themselves.”

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