Rail roko across the state on a nationwide against pending farmer demands-SKM.
The Punjab farmer unions that are part of the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) have constituted a five-member committee to commence negotiations with them ahead of a gathering of non-political farmer unions in Delhi on Tuesday.
SKM members BKU (Sidhupur) president Jagjit Singh Dallewal, Shiv Kumar Kakka of the Rashtriya Kisan Mahasangh, and several like-minded farmer unions have convened a gathering of non-political farmer unions for July 12 in Delhi, as previously announced.
Dallewal and Kakka have protested against the SKM re-acquiring 16 Punjab farmer unions that had either contested Vidhan Sabha elections or supported farmer political organisations such as Sanyukt Samaj Morcha (SSM) and Sanyukt Sangharsh Party (SSP).
On Monday, 22 Punjab farmer unions gathered in Ludhiana under the banner of SKM, Punjab, including the 16 unions that were reintegrated into the SKM fold on July 3.
‘A five-member committee has been formed, consisting of Satnam Singh Behru, Manjit Singh Rai, Baldev Singh Nihalgarh, Hardev Singh Sandhu, and Avtar Singh Mehlon, to initiate talks with all those unions which are expected to participate in the July 12 meeting,’ said BKU (Lakhowal) general secretary Harinder Singh Lakhowal, who presided over Monday’s meeting.
‘Our primary goal is to enhance SKM, bring agricultural issues to a common platform, and settle any conflicts,’ he continued.
Meanwhile, Dallewal has stated that other apolitical unions from Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, UP, Uttarakhand and other states are expected to attend the conference on Tuesday.
Dallewal had questioned how farmer unions that had fought elections in February or backed SSM and SSP could now claim that they have no ties with SSM and SSP. Also, how can farmer union leaders be back after initiating backdoor channel negotiations with the Centre during the farm agitation without alerting the SKM leadership?
According to farmer union leader Avtar Singh Mehma, district-level joint meetings of SKM, Punjab, would be scheduled on July 14 to discuss future protest programmes.
Rail roko on July 31 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. across the state on a nationwide call by SKM against pending farmer demands; district-level conventions from August 7 to August 14 against the Agneepath scheme; and dharna at Lakhimpur Kheri from July 18 to July 20 for which an appeal will be made to farmers to come to Lakhimpur in large numbers are among the upcoming programmes.