Delhi: The Samyukta Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of over 40 farmer unions, said they will show black flags during their June 26 protest and send memorandums to President Ram Nath Kovind. The protesting farmer unions said that they will organise dharnas outside governor houses across the country on June 26 to mark the completion of seven months of their agitation against the three new Central agri-marketing laws.
Farmer leader Inderjit Singh of SKM told mediapersons that the day will be observed as “Kheti Bachao, Loktantra Bachao Diwas (save farming, save democracy day)”.“We will protest by showing black flags at Raj Bhavans and giving memorandum to the President through the governor of each state, who is the President’s representative. “It (June 26) is also the day when Emergency was declared in 1975. We will complete seven months of our protest. Along with farming, democratic rights of the people have also been attacked in this environment of dictatorship. This is an undeclared emergency,” Singh said.
Thousands of farmers, mainly from Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh, have been camping at Delhi’s borders for more than six months now in protest against the three laws that they say will leave them at the mercy of big corporates and end the MSP regime. The government has said all these concerns are baseless and that the new laws are pro-farmer.
The Supreme Court has put on hold the implementation of the laws till further orders and set up a committee to examine the issues.