SKM will meet in Delhi today to discuss its future activities; Focus on restarting farmer protests


SKM leader, Rakesh Tikait

The Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM), a peasant platform opposed to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), will hold its first discussions in the national capital on Monday to discuss future plans, including to revive its agitation, after suffering a defeat in the recent legislative elections. completed.

While analysts believe that SKM has an uphill battle, a member of the group’s decision-making council says the farmers’ goals are not limited to a single election cycle, despite the group fighting to defeat the BJP in Uttar Pradesh.

The BJP cracked down on a major peasant movement in Uttar Pradesh, easily winning re-election despite a reduced vote count. Election results in India’s most populous state are believed to have an impact on national political trends.

“Our agitation will continue until our demands are met, regardless of which party is in power.” I’m not going to discuss the UP elections. It’s finish. However, the tension will undoubtedly persist. On Sunday, Rakesh Tikait, the leader of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU), a peasant organization, a key figure in the movement, declared: “I am with the SKM”.

Tikait has debunked speculation in some quarters that he is stepping down from the hustle as a badmashon ki afwah (malicious rumours). “The (news) media reported that we failed.) ‘Why did the government repeal the farm laws if we failed?’ Tikait asked.

The urgent objective of the SKM is the dismissal of all lawsuits brought against the farmers during the movement, some of which were brought under the tough Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, or both (UAPA). “I have been charged under the UAPA,” said Avik Saha, the SKM representative in West Bengal. “Do you think I’m a terrorist?”

Farmers are also asking for regulation that protects their income by guaranteeing guaranteed minimum prices for important agricultural products.

The 2021 Farmers’ Movement, which has spanned many states, has been one of the largest agricultural protests in decades. Their main demand was for the Narendra Modi administration to repeal three central agricultural laws. In response to public outcry, the Center repealed the laws in December 2021.

Farmers feared the laws would expose them to abuse by big business with the power to dictate prices. The government said the reforms were necessary to increase agricultural investmentwhich is still India’s largest employer.

Although the farmers’ campaign had limited impact, it managed to reduce the BJP’s tally, increase seats for the opposition Samajwadi party and lose several notable BJP candidates at the polls, according to the farm leaders.


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