New Delhi: The farmers’ unions contesting the Punjab Assembly polls will no longer be a part of the United Kisan Morcha (SKM), which on Saturday spearheaded an agitation against the repealed agricultural laws.
The SKM leaders also said in a press conference after their meeting at Kondli on the Singhu border that BKU leader Rakesh Tikait would visit Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh for three days in January to press for the sacking of Union Minister Ajay Mishra. whose son is accused. The farmers who were protesting last year were crushed.
Yudhveer Singh said, “Tikaits will meet the victims, jailed farmers and officials. If no progress is made, then Lakhimpur may be cordoned off by farmer organizations.”
Mr Singh also said that the SKM does not agree with the farmers’ organizations participating in the elections in Punjab and they will not be a part of it.
“The organizations participating in the elections are not part of the SKM. We will decide on our relationship with them in the SKM meeting after four months,” he said.
SKM leader Joginder Singh Ugarhan said, “SKM has nothing to do with him.” Two prominent SKM leaders Gurnam Singh Chadhuni and Balbir Singh Rajewal, who were part of the anti-farmer law protests at Delhi’s borders last year, have joined the fray in Punjab.
Mr. Chaduni has formed his own political party. The Punjab unit of Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) has formed a Samyukta Samaj Morcha to contest the Punjab Assembly elections.
The United Samaj Morcha consisting of several farmers’ organizations has announced to contest the elections under the leadership of Balbir Singh Rajewal.
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