More farmers from Punjab leave for Kundli border - ECAS Punjab

More farmers from Punjab leave for Kundli border

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Tribune News Service

Amritsar, December 11

Eighty-year-old Bhag Singh from Attari is not physically fit to spend bone-chilling nights in open, yet he is determined to protest at New Delhi against the new contentious farm laws.

He is part of a large contingent of the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee (KMSC) which proceeded to Delhi's Kundli border after paying obeisance at the Golden Temple and conducting ardas at the Akal Takht today.

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Bagh Singh, Attari farmer

Will push for revoking laws

My conscience did not allow me to stay home when my colleagues were going to protest at Delhi. We along with others will make the Centre revoke the laws that would destroy our ancestral occupation.

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"My conscience did not allow me to stay home when my colleagues were going to protest at Delhi. We prayed to the Almighty to keep everyone in 'Chadhdikala', including PM Narendra Modi and his ministers. We along with others will make the Centre revoke the laws that would destroy our ancestral occupation and coming generations," says Bhag Singh.

A youth, Amolakdeep Singh, from Attari wants to participate in the Delhi protest for another reason. "Young people like me are going to participate in the protest to negate negative perception about youth and fight for our rights," he says.

Amid slogans of 'Bole So Nihal', the farmers' group consisting of approximately 2,000 farmers left from here in their tractor-trolleys and cars loaded with essentials, including eatables and other itmes. As a goodwill gesture, volunteers of the the United Sikh Organisation offered tankful of fuel for free. Later, farmers from Jalandhar, Tarn Taran, Gurdaspur and Batala, too, joined the entourage on the way.

KMSC president Satnam Singh Pannu and general secretary Sarwan Singh Pandher, who led the contingent, said the Centre's stubbornness was troublesome.

They said this was the second contingent that would join the protest at Delhi. The earlier group under the banner of the KMSC was already protesting at the Kundli border. The next group will leave on December 24 from Gurdaspur.

"The government wants to exhaust us and force us to leave Delhi; that's why various tactics are being adopted to scuttle the movement against the contentious laws. We are firm on the repeal of all three farm laws. Now, we have no choice but to intensify the agitation", says Pannu.

Pandher says be it Congress, BJP, SAD or AAP all parties when in power have an identical agenda of curbing the people's voice.

"That's why no political party has been allowed to use our stage. They can extend support, but they will not be allowed to politicise our movement," he stresses. With the addition of a large number of tractor-trolleys from the Beas bridge, the length of the convoy of vehicles increased to several kilometres.



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