The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), an umbrella body of farmers’ unions, is holding Mahapanchayat in Lucknow today to press for a law guaranteeing MSP and the sacking of Union Minister Ajay Mishra, whose son is an accused in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence. People in thousands have gathered in Mahapanchayat at Eco Garden in Lucknow on Monday, 22 November.
“Farmers Mahapanchayat in Lucknow has reminded UP government of demands which remain unfulfilled as yet. 1. Send Ajay Mishr Teni to jail 2. UP government should compensate those who were injured in attack by Monu Mishr,” tweets tractor to twitter which campaigns in support of protesting farmers.
The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), has also written an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi listing six demands of agitating farmers.
In the letter, the SKM demanded, The government should immediately resume talks with farmers. Till then, movement will continue.
“Agitation isn’t ending. Who told you that the agitation is ending? It’ll continue,” said Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait.
“They’ve just taken laws back, they should go to Parliament and make this legal. We have Samyukt Morcha 9-member committee meeting today. Everything will be decided there. If the government wants to put forth their side, they should do it there,” he added.
The farmers’ unions stated they would continue their agitation till the controversial agricultural laws are formally withdrawn at the Parliament.
Yesterday, SKM said that it will proceed with the planned march to the Parliament on 29 November to observe one year of anti-farm law agitation.
The SKM will hold another meeting on 27 November to decide future course of action, farmer leader Balbir Singh Rajewal has said.
Addressing a press conference at Singhu border following a meeting, Rajewal said, “We discussed the repeal of farm laws. After this, some decisions were taken. SKM’s pre-decided programs will continue as it is. Kisan panchayat will be held in Lucknow on November 22, gatherings at all borders on November 26 and March to Parliament on November 29“.
Here is the open Letter written to Prime minister
*Letter to PM Mr Narendra Modi, from Samyukt Kisan Morcha*
21 November 2021
Mr. Narendra Modi,
Government of India,
*Subject: Your message to the nation and farmers’ message to you*
Dear Prime Minister,
Crores of farmers of the country heard your address to the nation on the morning of 19th November 2021. We noted that after 11 rounds of talks, you chose the path of unilateral declaration rather than a bilateral solution; nonetheless, we are glad that you have announced the decision to withdraw all three farm laws. We welcome this announcement and hope that your government will fulfill this promise at the earliest and in full.
Prime Minister, you are well aware that repeal of the three black laws is not the only demand of this movement. From the very beginning of the talks with the government, the Samyukt Kisan Morcha had raised three additional demands:
1. Minimum Support Price based on the comprehensive cost of production (C2+50%) should be made a legal entitlement of all farmers for all agricultural produce, so that every farmer of the country can be guaranteed at least the MSP announced by the government for their entire crop. (The Committee formed under your Chairpersonship had made this recommendation to the then Prime Minister in 2011 and your government had also announced about this in the Parliament).
2. Withdraw the draft “Electricity Amendments Bill, 2020/2021” proposed by the government (During the talks, the government had promised that it would be withdrawn, but then, in a breach of promise, it was included in the Parliament’s agenda).
3. Remove the penal provisions on farmers in the “Commission for Air Quality Management in the National Capital Region and Adjoining Areas Act 2021” (This year, the government removed some anti-farmer provisions but again through section 15, possibility for penal action against farmers has been brought back).
The farmers have been disappointed due to lack of concrete announcement on these important demands in your address. The farmers had hoped that through this historic movement, not only would the three laws be averted, but they would also get a legal guarantee of remunerative MSP for their hard work.
Prime Minister, during this historic movement in the last one year, some other issues have also arisen which need to be resolved immediately:
4. Thousands of farmers have been implicated in hundreds of cases during this movement (June 2020 till date) in Delhi, Haryana, Chandigarh, Uttar Pradesh and several other states. These cases should be withdrawn immediately.
5. Ajay Mishra Teni, the mastermind of Lakhimpur Kheri murder case and accused of section 120B, is still roaming freely and remains a Minister in your cabinet. He is also sharing the stage with you and other senior ministers. He should be sacked and arrested.
6. During this movement, so far about 700 farmers have given their lives to the cause, as their supreme sacrifice. There should be compensation and rehabilitation support for their families. To build a martyrs’ memorial in the memory of the martyr farmers, land should be given at Singhu Border.
Prime Minister, you have appealed to the farmers that now we should go back home. We want to assure you that we are not fond of sitting on the streets. We too desire that after resolving these other issues as soon as possible, we return to our homes, families and farming. If you want the same, then the government should immediately resume talks with the Samyukt Kisan Morcha on the above six issues. Till then, the Samyukt Kisan Morcha will continue this movement.
Samyukt Kisan Morcha