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BJP leaders gheraoed in Sangrur

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Tribune News Service

Sangrur, September 22

Farmers, under the aegis of the Kirti Kisan Union, laid siege to a dharmshala in Sangrur where BJP leaders were expected to hold a press conference on the Bills. They forced BJP leaders to leave the venue without holding the event.

Mandi Ahmedgarh small farmers to boycott those not supporting the September 25 bandh

"BJP leaders wanted to misguide locals by projecting that the farm Bills were in favour of farmers. We had announced that if they did not leave on their own, we would remove them forcibly," said Bhupinder Longowal, convener, KKU.

The police also reached the spot and tried to pacify the agitating farmers. But they refused refused to budge and kept raising slogans against the BJP leaders for almost an hour.

As the number of protesters swelled, BJP leaders, including party's state executive member Sarjiwan Jindal, district president Randeep Deol, Kisan Morcha general secretary Maninder Singh Kapial and BJP Yuva Morcha district president Navdeep Sharma, left the dharmshala under police protection.

"Our party has done nothing wrong, but our political opponents are spreading false information about the Bills," said Jindal. In Mandi Ahmedgarh too, small and marginal farmers have decided to adopt a do-or-die policy to get the farm legislations withdrawn by the Centre. They have decided to boycott all those who don't intend to support the complete bandh on Friday.

"The fact that not even a single farmer was ready to vouch for agricultural policies being brought in by the government reflects that the farm legislations were against farmers in all respects and if implemented would ruin the future of the peasantry gradually," said Satbir Singh Sheera Banbhaura, an AAP leader from Amargarh.

All India Kisan Sabha leaders Baldev Latala and Sikandar Jartauli regretted that successive governments had failed to protect the interests of farmers and the NDA government was hell bent upon appeasing the corporate sector by crushing the backbone of the economy of the nation.

from The Tribune

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