Tribune press service
Amritsar, September 20
Farmers’ organizations held a cycling rally in the city on Monday to mobilize support for the September 27 call for bandh, launched by the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM). The gathering started from the Bagh company and culminated at the Bhagatawala grain market after passing through different markets and residential areas.
The farmers also held a meeting with arhtiyas and laborers and asked for their help in forcing the central government to repeal the three controversial farm laws.
Farm leaders said the government was trying to put agriculture back into corporate hands, which would force hundreds of thousands of farmers and their families away from their only source of income. More than 700 farmers lost their lives in the nearly 10-month protest, but the government was more concerned with winning the election and overthrowing the opposition than listening to the concerns of the general public.
Protesters also criticized the government for privatizing public sector units for the benefit of a few companies. Their agitation would continue until the government repeals the three farm laws and introduces a bill to ensure a minimum support price (MSP) for crops, they argued.
Balkar Singh Dudala, Sawinder Singh Meerankot, Rattan Singh Randhawa, Dhanwant Singh Khatrai Kalan, Bhupinder Singh Tirathpura, Sukhrambir Singh Loharka and Davinder Singh Chattiwind addressed the protesters.