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Kisan Mahapanchayat in UP heralds revived farmer movement across the nation

  The farmer agitation in India took a new turn against the proposed Farm Laws. In the recent Kisan Mahapanchayat, millions of farmers gathered over the days in Uttar Pradesh to protest and decided for a nationwide strike or ‘Bharat Bandh’ on September 27.
The historical convention took place in Government Inter College Ground at Muzaffarnagar. The Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM), an umbrella body of the present farmer organizations claimed that it marked the beginning of the ‘Mission UP and Uttarakhand’ from the stage. The farmers from over 16 states attending the meet is going to have a long term major impact on the political scenario of India for sure.
The farmers took part in one of the biggest rallies in the recent post-Covid time, as it did not dampen their spirit. While the local administration claims that the rally was attended by 5 lakh farmers, the Kisan Mahapanchayat asserts that the number exceeded a million over the day.
There were several major political personalities as well as farmer leaders present on the stage, which added importance to the Kisan Mahapanchayat. Rakesh Tikait, the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) national spokesperson and President Naresh Tikait shared the stage with social activist Medha Patkar and farmer leader Ghulam Mohammad Jola.
The consolidated voice of the speakers from the dais claimed that they will continue the movement until the government offers a legal guarantee of Minimum Support Price (MSP). The other demand of the Mahapanchayat included factors like loan waivers for farmers and crop insurances. Besides, they stated that the next farmers’ meet is going to take place in Lucknow if the government does not take prompt action.
Even though the farmer body is apolitical in nature, the stage is being used by political parties for gaining traction. There are calls against the ruling Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh from the stage. Moreover, the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) was seen with an active presence on the stage, as they are trying to reclaim lost ground from their previous disastrous performance in the recent two Lok Sabha elections. They will try to change their performance in the upcoming UP election, in which the farmers’ support will play a vital role.
The primary concern against the proposed farm bill is that it will do away with the Minimum Support Price (MSP). The Indian government is yet to change its stance on repelling the Farm Laws even though they are sympathetic to the farmer’s cause. According to them, it is a must-needed change that can be used to secure the future of the farmers themselves and the economy of the country. The administration is open to discuss over the pros and cons and amend the laws for the betterment, but repealing the laws is not an option.
The same sentiment is echoed in the words of Virendra Singh Mast, the MP from Ballia and the national president of BJP Kisan Morcha. He stated that the government will not withhold the legislation as it will even bring questions to the authority of the due parliamentary procedure. Still, he welcomed suggestions on the improvement of the proposed bill in the interest of the farmers.
The positive side of the farm bill will lessen the government regulations and will open a huge potential for the farmers to earn from the MNCs without any interference. Still, proper convenience of the facts and listening to the farmers’ voice is the need of the hour, least the farmer agitation will continue on a nation-wide scale in the coming months.
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