All 31 farmer’s unions in Punjab have finally agreed to hold talks and meet with the center on Wednesday. Unions have shown solidarity historically against the agricultural laws passed by Parliament. The law passed last month and has created controversies across the country. Parliament passed three laws recently- The Farmers Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020, The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce Act, 2020, and the Essential Commodities Act, 2020 in the monsoon session held last month.
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This law replaced three ordinances that were similarly named that the Cabinet had approved in June of this year. The unions’ representatives declared that the protests against what they refer to as “black law (Kaala kanoon)” will continue. 29 representatives of different organizations met on Tuesday and decided to hold talks with the center.
The center invited them for the meeting to discuss their demands after the protests against the law escalated. BKU(Ekta Ugrahan) which is the largest farmer Union is holding separate protests. Although these are also with coordination with other unions. They also announced yesterday that they are going to the meet. This meet will be with the Secretary, Agriculture, Government of India. The only organization that has refused the invitation is the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee.
It is interesting to observe that the leadership of BKU(Ekta Ugrahan) has decided to change their protest methods. They have recently moved their dharnas from railway tracks. They have decided to focus their powers and resources on dharnas outside the houses of BJP leaders.
General Secretary of the Ekta Ugrahan(BKU), Sukhdev Singh Kokrikalan talked to reporters. “Every other union is already holding a protest on the rail tracks. So we decided to intensify protests outside the residences of BJP leaders in Punjab.”
However, the other unions have decided to continue their ‘Rail Roko protests’. They’ll do this along with the protests outside the residences of BJP leaders. These are the statements from the president of BKU Rajewal, Balbir Singh Rajewal.
Meanwhile, during this all, a delegation of the Punjab government met the representatives of these 29 Unions. This delegation comprising Ministers Sukhbinder Sarkaria and Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa assured them. The assurance of a special Vidhan Sabha session is going to be initiated by the state government next week. This Vidhan Sabha is to reject the Agricultural Laws passed by the Central government.