December 4, 2021

The World Live Breaking News Coverage & Updates IN ENGLISH

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Petitioner suspends its protest post-SC observation, but SKM toughens its stand and to intensify agitation

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, Petitioner suspends its protest post-SC observation, but SKM toughens its stand and to intensify agitation, The World Live Breaking News Coverage & Updates IN ENGLISH

NEW DELHI: A Day after Supreme Court questioned farmers over the rationale behind continuing protests when the matter is sub-judice, the petitioner Kisan Mahapanchayat on Tuesday withdrew its protest till October 21 – the next date of hearing – even as the main farmers’ umbrella body opposing the farm laws, Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), toughening its stand with an intent to further intensify the agitation.
“In the context of the SC’s observation, we have decided to suspend our protest till October 21. The observation gave us a ray of hope that someone (in the judiciary) would hear our points which also include demand of getting legal guarantee to procurement at minimum support price (MSP),” said Rampal Jat, president of the Rajasthan-based outfit, Kisan Mahapanchayat.
The group had been protesting at Jantar Mantar since July 5 even as it did not have permission to do so. Its members used to be detained briefly every day before they came back again at the protest site the next day to follow the drill of symbolic protest.
It was this group’s petition which saw the SC asking farmers the reason for protests when none of the contentious farm laws were in force since January.
The SKM, however, doesn’t appear to relent. It has, in fact, intensified its protests in the wake of the Lakhimpur Kheri incident that saw the killing of eight persons.
“The farmer movement is gaining greater momentum and intensity in states like Himachal Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Telangana, West Bengal. The spontaneous protests from numerous places to express outrage and resistance against the Lakhimpur Kheri massacre of farmers showcase this,” said the Morcha in a statement.
Clarifying its position over the agreement with district administration in the wake of the Lakhimpur Kheri incident, the SKM leader Yogendra Yadav said, “The agreement with the administration yesterday (Monday) was only to pave the way for the last rites to be performed. The key demands of SKM remain. It demands the immediate arrest of Ashish Mishra Teni and his accomplices. SKM also demands the dismissal of the minister of state for home affairs Ajay Mishra (Teni) and Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar from their posts immediately. Our struggle continues.”

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