Updated: December 24, 2020, 1:05:44 pm
Punjab peasant leaders protesting at the borders of Delhi have begun to travel from the Dharna site to different parts of the country to relate them to the ongoing agitation. Protesting unions are now planning to expand the agitation to 20 states in nearly 500 districts by the end of December, said the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC).
As part of the plan, Satbir Singh, the general secretary of the Kirti Kisan Union (KKU), Punjab, was in Mumbai on Tuesday, where he attended a protest rally organized by Swabhimani Paksha of former MP Raju Shetti and also social activist Pratibha Shinde.
Speaking to The Indian Express, Satbir Singh said: “KKU’s national wing All India Kisan Mazdoor Sabha (AIKMS) was also part of this protest. I left Punjab alone because the KKU is part of 32 Punjab farmers’ unions that protest on a common platform. The NDA government has repeatedly said that the protest is restricted to Punjab, but in fact we are also being called by unions in other countries. ”
Jagmohan Singh Patiala, General Secretary of the BKU (Dakaunda), said: “I am going to Patna on December 29th, as a mega-protest rally is being organized by many farmers’ organizations in Bihar on that day, and I will be there as an AIKSCC member as well Representative of a Punjab Farm Union. I will speak to the local farmers and their union leaders there. “
Speaking about the role of the Punjab unions in spreading the protest, P Krishnaprasad, a member of the AIKSCC Working Committee and former Kerala MLA currently in Delhi, said, “Punjab is the powerhouse of this agitation against farm laws. They started Aandolan in a very peaceful way and reached the borders of Delhi which gave the peasants a lot of strength. The Punjab leaders also travel to other states because the farming community and not a particular state is acting against the agricultural laws. “
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