Farmers’ strike on 31 January for other demands including support

The farmers’ organization had in December announced suspension of their year-long agitation. (file)

New Delhi: The Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) on Saturday said it would observe a ‘protest day’ on January 31 if the Center did not respond to its demands.

Addressing a press conference at the Singhu border, BKU leader Yudhveer Singh said, “So far, the Center has neither formed any committee on MSP nor approached us on it. The government has not removed the MoS whose The son is involved in the Lakhimpur Kheri incident.”

“If the central government does not respond to our demands, we will observe ‘protest day’ on January 31,” he said.

Reminding the government to suspend the farmers’ agitation, he said, “Our agitation was suspended on December 11. The government has not yet responded to our demands, we will burn effigies on the government across the country on January 31.”

He further told that BKU will start the movement again in Uttar Pradesh from February 1.

BKU leader Rakesh Tikait said, “We will go to Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh for 3-4 days from January 21 and meet the families of the affected farmers. We will discuss and chalk out a strategy on the further course of our agitation.”

In December last year, the SKM had announced suspension of its year-long agitation after receiving a letter from the Centre, with a promise to form a committee on Minimum Support Price (MSP) and withdraw cases against them immediately.

Both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha passed the Agricultural Laws Repeal Bill on November 29, the first day of the winter session. President Ram Nath Kovind had also given his assent to the bill completing the process of repeal of three agricultural laws.

The farmers were protesting against the agriculture laws at various borders of Delhi since November 26, 2020.

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