The COVID 19 pandemic is far from over, yet scores of farmers head from Punjab, Haryana to join the ongoing protest at the Tikri (Delhi-Haryana) border. Since, December 2020, the farmers have been protesting at the Delhi borders, demanding a repeal of the Centre’s three agricultural laws.
In spite of the state-wide COVID lockdown, the Samyukta body of over 40 farm organisation, has decided to hold protests on 26th May and observe the day as ‘black day’. The Samyukta Kishan Morcha has given a call to observe a countrywide protest tomorrow. Twelve major opposition parties led by Congress have extended support to the Kishan’s protest call.
A joint statement in this regards was issued by the Congress Chief Sonia Gandhi, former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda, NCP chief Sharad Pawar, Chief Minister of West Bengal, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, and Jharkhand, former Jammu and Kashmir CM Farooq Abdullah, former Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav, RJD leader Tejashewi Yadav, CPI leader D Raja and senior CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury.
On May 12, the leaders of opposition parties including Sonia Gandhi and four sitting Chief Minister and other senior leaders had written to PM Narendra Modi, demanding the immediate repeal of the farm laws. Even the central government has held several rounds of formal talks with the farmers’ union, however, the farmer’s leaders have stuck to their demand for complete repel of the three farm laws.