New Delhi: The Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU), a body of farmers’ unions protesting against the Centre’s agricultural laws, is all set to organize a mahapanchayat in Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh today. It will be held at Government Inter College Ground, Muzaffarnagar. On Twitter, BKU leader Rakesh Tikait had said that the Mahapanchayat is going to be historic.
Rakesh Tikait tweeted, “Kisan Mahapanchayat on 5th September in Muzaffarnagar will be historic. Let’s go to Muzaffarnagar on 5th September. All of you are invited to the Kisan Mahapanchayat.”
Meanwhile, the Uttar Pradesh Police has beefed up security in Muzaffarnagar to ensure law and order during the Kisan Mahapanchayat.
Director General of Police Mukul Goel told reporters, “In view of the Kisan Mahapanchayat in Muzaffarnagar yesterday, proper arrangements have been made to ensure that there is no law and order problem. Farmers from neighboring states of Haryana, Punjab and Uttarakhand are also likely to attend the meeting.
आज मुजफ्फरनगर में किसान महापंचायत है सभी किसान भाइयों से निवेदन है कि शांतिपूर्ण ढंग से अपनी मांगे रखते हुए महापंचायत को सफल बनायें।
Farmers have been protesting at various borders of the national capital since November 26 last year against three newly enacted agricultural laws: the Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; Farmers Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Agricultural Services Act 2020 and Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.
Farmer leaders and the Center have held several rounds of talks but the impasse remains. The United Kisan Morcha (SKM) has also called for a ‘Bharat Bandh’ on Saturday, September 25, after a two-day national conference on the Singhu border.
The farmers’ union, which has been spearheading the movement against the agricultural laws on the borders of Delhi for the last nine months, said in a statement that the SKM National Convention on the Singhu Border has decided to form joint committees of SKMs in all states and districts of India, so that To ensure that the pan-India expansion and the intensity of the peasant struggle is maintained.
SKM said that it was also decided in the conference to make Muzaffarnagar Kisan Mahapanchayat a massive success on September 5. “This will mark the inauguration of ‘Mission Uttar Pradesh-Uttarakhand’, which will take the movement to the grassroots level to ensure the defeat of the BJP rule in both the states,” the statement said.
The national convention of SKM was held on 26-27 August at Singhu border near Delhi. More than 2000 delegates from hundreds of organizations from 22 states participated in the conference, the statement said.