Punjab CM Amarinder Singh during a meeting with representatives of various farmers’ organizations (PTI)
BATHINDA: After agreeing to allow passenger and freight trains to run till December 10, farmer groups of Punjab have started preparations for mobilising people for their proposed protest in Delhi on November 26 and 27.
Activists are approaching villagers to persuade them to join the protest and are also collecting ration door-to-door in the Malwa region of the state. Plans are being made to use every route in Punjab for ‘Dilli Chalo’ and district units being briefed on which route to take. Farmers have been asked to prepare tractor trolleys and get these filled with diesel to avoid last-minute rush at petrol stations and also to preempt any hike, if announced by the government, in diesel prices.
“The district units have been asked to take along ration which may be enough for longer durations if they are stopped in the way and not allowed to enter Delhi,” said farm organisation BKU (Ekta Ugrahan) general secretary Sukhdev Singh Kokri.
BKU (Ekta Dakonda) president Buta Singh Burjgill and general secretary Jagmohan Singh said, “It will be a historic march as over 2 lakh activists will head towards the national capital. If not allowed to move further, they will sit at places where they are stopped. For us, it is like a do-or-die battle as we feel the new farm laws are like a death warrant for farmers and we (farmers) will not leave anything to chance to oppose these.”
Sources said the Centre is deciding on providing a written guarantee to farmers of Punjab regarding the continuation of MSP.