The Fact News Service
Delhi/Chandigarh, November 20
While reacting to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Announcement regarding the repeal of agricultural laws in the coming session of the parliament, BKU (EKTA-UGRAHAN) termed it a victory of the determined peasant struggle but at the same time stressed upon the need to remain vigilant.
In a statement issued to the press Joginder Singh Ugrahan and Sukhdev Singh Kokri Kalan, President and General Secretary of BKU (EKTA-UGRAHAN) respectively, said that the Modi government, no doubt, had to bow before the historical and unprecedented peasant struggle but still it has not affected any change in its policies designed for the infiltration of the corporates in the agrarian sector.
It is yet to be watched whether the Modi government still tries to deviously feed the corporate interests. Therefore, they said, the decision regarding the movement shall be taken after today’s announcement is implemented by the government.
Besides these laws, the issues of MSP, PDS, and Electricity Bill are pending even now. They further added that whereas Modi has only talked about the MSP, but the peasants demand to have all the crops procured at the MSP by the government as a legal right.
The issues about the constitution and expansion of the MSP Committee and bringing it within the legal framework are still pending. They emphasized that PDS and the procurement of the crops at MSP are not independent of each other, instead, these are interlinked. PDS is a major issue for poor working-class consumers. In this context, MSP and PDS constitute a single set of demands which can guarantee the interests, both of the peasants and the consumers.
Besides these demands, the punishment to the culprits of Lakhimpur Kheri killings, action against officials and political leaders of Haryana responsible for oppressing the peasants, and withdrawal of cases registered against the peasants during this movement, are a few of the many demands that remain unresolved.
The PM’s announcement does not even touch upon these demands. The President and General Secretary of BKU (EKTA-UGRAHAN) said that the further program of the ongoing movement will be planned by keeping in view the holistic resolution of all these issues and will be done after due consultations with all the organizations of SKM.
They also called upon the people to stay vigilant while celebrating the bowing down of the Modi government.
They further said that the Gurpurab of Guru Nanak Dev was observed at the Tikri Border and dozens of struggle sites in Punjab. The news of the bowing down of the Modi government has further brightened the celebrations of Gurpurab.
The speakers on different Morcha sites spoke highly of the voice raised by Baba Nanak against social evils and the state’s oppression. They called upon the people to identify today’s Babar’s and Malik Bhagos i.e. Rulars & Corporates alliance. Lastly, they also spoke to live one’s life by doing ‘Kirat'(labor) and defending its interests.