Farmer unions announce “kisan mahapanchayats” across India

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A mahapanchayat is a mass gathering of people belonging to several surrounding villages. (Image Source: Twitter/Vishal Lochab)

Samkyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) said that its teams are planning to organize programs of state-wise mahapanchayats. 

The Samkyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM), an umbrella body of over 40 protesting farmer unions, on Thursday announced that “kisan mahapanchayats” will be held across India in the coming days against the Indian government’s three controversial farm laws. In a statement, SKM said that its teams are planning to organize programs of state-wise mahapanchayats. A mahapanchayat is a mass gathering of people belonging to several surrounding villages. These gatherings will mostly consist of farmers but other workers will also join. 

Farner leader Darshan Pal said that on Friday a mahapanchayat will be held in Moradabad (Uttar Pradesh), followed by Bahadurgarh bypass (Haryana) on February 13, Sri Ganganagar (Rajasthan)on February 18, Hanumangarh (Rajasthan) on February 19, and Silkar (Rajasthan) on February 23. According to media reports, Pal said that the government is not serious to fulfil the “fair and genuine” farmers’ demand of “karza mukti, pura daam.”

Farmer unions have also said that the Haryana government has proposed to install CCTV cameras at the Tikri border protest site. Meanwhile, at the  Singhu border protest site, the unions have already started installing CCTV cameras for enhanced security, electric fans to beat the coming summer weather, and installing separate optical fiber lines for wi-fi facility in case of internet suspension.

The “kisan mahapanchayats” move comes a day after the “rail roko” or rail blockade was announced. As we have reported earlier, SKM said that a four-hour nationwide “rail roko” will be observed on February 18. 

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