Farmers have extended the ongoing ‘Rail Roko’ movement against farm bills till October 14. In Amritsar, the farmer groups from October 23 onwards will burn large effigies of the Modi government and corporate houses. From, October 25 farmers will burn the effigies in 800 villages of the state. On Sunday, farmers continued to picket on the railway track for the 18th day. Farmers have stalled rail traffic by organizing dharna at about 28 places in Punjab.
Farmer leaders Satnam Singh Pannu, Sarwan Singh, and Indrajit Singh said that there was no shortage of coal, fertilizer, diesel, petrol, and other materials due to the non-running of goods trains. Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh is lying. There is abundant coal in stock for six months. Goods are coming up to Chandigarh; from there, the goods can come through trucks.
Neither the Prime Minister nor Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh is making efforts to solve the present crisis of farmers, alleged the President of SAD (Badal) Sukhbir Singh Badal. He said that the Prime Minister himself should take the initiative to interact with farmer organizations.
Sukhbir Badal said that if the Central and Punjab government did not make serious efforts to solve this crisis, its consequences would be fatal. The people have chosen Captain Amarinder as their representative. He must go to Delhi on their own to discuss the issue of farmers. Sarwan Singh Pandher, general secretary of the Kisan-Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee, said that the dharna on the Devidaspur railway track would continue till October 14. On October 23, burning of effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and corporate houses will take place at Ranjit Avenue.
On October 25, there will be demonstrations in villages across the state. In Gurdaspur and Pathankot, protests against agricultural laws continued. The dharna by the Farmers Jathebandi Doaba Kisan Committee on the Cholang toll plaza on Jalandhar Pathankot Highway in Hoshiarpur in protest against the farming laws continued for the seventh day on Sunday.
The farmers took out a huge fury march under the leadership of Pradhan Jangveer Singh Chauhan.
In the ongoing agitation against agricultural laws in Muktsar, the officials of Muktsar Development Mission joined the farmers on Sunday. At the Kisan Rally held in village Bhalaiyana, Aam Aadmi Party president and MP Bhagwant Mann alleged that both Amarinder Singh and former CM Parkash Singh Badal have a hand in passing the agricultural laws.
On the issue of shortage of coal in the thermal plant, Mann said that the Chief Minister is splitting the people and farmers in the matter of electricity.
On Sunday, under the banner of Bharatiya Kisan Union Ekta (Ugrahan), a large number of farmers staged a sit-in on the track at the railway station of village Dhabalan, while farmers on the toll plaza near village Dharheri Jattan on Kalyan Road and Patiala-Rajpura Road did a sit-in.