Restless farmer unions should challenge Punjab assembly polls: Gurnam Singh Chaduni
The outfits involved in agitation by farmers against new farm laws are expected to challenge the Punjab Assembly elections as they “will present a model for how the system can be changed,” the Union president said on Wednesday. Haryana Bharatiya Kisan (Chaduni) Gurnam Singh Chaduni. , one of the main leaders of Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SMK) which is spearheading the agitation of the farmers, said: “What I mean is that we should not be launching ‘Mission UP, but Mission Punjab ‘. SKM is planning a “mahapanchayat” in September and other activities in Uttar Pradesh, which will go to the polls next year.
“Now we are moving to Mission UP. A Mahapanchayat will be organized on September 5th. Other activities will take place. Then the polls will come and we will work to defeat the BJP.
“If we assume that the BJP is defeated, then will the Center accept our demands. Don’t take it any other way, ”Chaduni said in a video message, and cited the example of West Bengal, where peasant organizations campaigned against BJP.
“The BJP was beaten there, but the Center then accepted our request,” he asked.
Chaduni said even the opposition has not categorically stated that if they come to power, these laws will be repealed and a law guaranteeing the MSP will be drafted. In the video post, Chaduni said that “we say we want to change the system, but don’t give enough thought to what needs to be done to achieve that”. He said the BJP and Congress have not been able to change the system, “so who should we expect to do this? “If we are to change the system, then we will have to formulate a plan. And this plan should be ‘Punjab Mission’, ”he said. Notably, the Punjab goes to the polls early next year. Agitation by farmers over farm laws began last year in the state before spreading to other areas, with protesting farmers now sitting at Delhi’s borders for more than seven months to support their demands for ‘annulment of agricultural laws. “So many Punjabi bodies are playing an active role in this turmoil. But if they step into the electoral arena and challenge the polls in Punjab and grab power and show how things can be changed, it can be presented as an example, a model to show how a government can be run, which can serve as an example to the rest of the country, ”Chaduni said. He said the people of Punjab are looking for a change. “Why can’t we win polls in Punjab… the people of Punjab want a change in the system. Therefore, Mission Punjab is needed so that he can be shown as a role model. If there is a farmers ‘and workers’ government in place, we can show that it can be done, ”he said. Chaduni’s statement sparked a strong reaction from the BJP in Punjab, with senior leader Harjit Singh Grewal saying it is now clear that the unrest unions were politically motivated.
“The fact that their motivation is political is no longer hidden,” Grewal said.
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