Noor Nabi Khan | India Tomorrow
NEW DELHI—While certain interested groups have launched a propaganda that farmers from South Indian states are not participating in the protest against the three controversial farm laws, reports reaching here say that farmers from different states including Kerala, Odisha, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal have left their states and are on way to reach Delhi borders to join the protesting farmers.
To give more strength to ongoing farmers’ protest at Delhi border many more farmers groups from other states like Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Odisha has left from their place to join agitation against Center government’s proposal of new farm laws.
While farmers from Maharashtra, including Adivasi farmers, have reached Rajasthan and joined the farmers camping at Haryana borders from where they are not allowed by the Haryana police to move to Delhi border, more than 500 farmers in seven buses reached Jharkhand capital Ranchi on Sunday where they were welcomed by Jharkhand agriculture minister Bharat Patralekh. Odisha farmers are reported to have begun their march for Delhi.
Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) leader Dr. Darshan Pal told mediapersons that more than 500 farmers from Kerala have reached Uttar Pradesh’s Shahjahanpur and are on their way to Ghazipur bordering Delhi.
In West Bengal, farmers are organizing daily protest meets in different districts against the farm laws. In Uttarakhand and Rajasthan, farmers are taking out tractor marches at different district headquarters to create awareness about the controversial agricultural laws passed by the Central government. Farmers in Bihar and Madhya Pradesh are continuing indefinite sit-in against the farm bills which the farmers want to go lock, stock and barrel.
Famrers of Karnantaka organized a protest in Bengaluru under the Joint Struggle of Farmers, Dalits and Workers coalition group to express their solidarity with the protesting farmers against the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance & Farm Services Act, the Farmer’s Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act.