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SKM was not in favour of 'Dilli Chalo' call, says farmer leader Pandher

Pandher said this while responding to the SKM's claims in the media that it was neither invited nor consulted before deciding about the 'Dilli Chalo' call.
Last Updated 27 February 2024, 15:32 IST

Chandigarh: Farmer leader Sarwan Singh Pandher on Tuesday said several meetings were held with the Samyukta Kisan Morcha over the issue of 'Dilli Chalo' call but it was not in favour of the march to the national capital.

Pandher said this while responding to the SKM's claims in the media that it was neither invited nor consulted before deciding about the 'Dilli Chalo' call.

The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (Non-Political) and the Kisan Mazdoor Morcha (KMM) are spearheading the 'Dilli Chalo' march to press the government to accept their demands, including a legal guarantee for a minimum support price (MSP) for crops and farm loan waiver.

The SKM, an umbrella body of several farmer unions, is not part of the 'Dilli Chalo' call but it has extended its support to the ongoing stir.

The SKM had spearheaded the 2020-21 farmers' agitation against the now-repealed farm laws.

Speaking to the media at the Shambhu border, KMM leader Pandher said 13 meetings were held with the SKM and its constituents over the issue of the march.

"When we felt that their positions were not clear, then we held talks in other states and many organisations supported us (for the 'Dilli Chalo' call)," said Pandher.

He further said that the SKM in its statement made on October 10 last year, had said that they had "nothing to do with the 'Dilli Chalo' call".

Pandher said they wanted the 'Dilli Chalo' agitation to be held in November last year but it got delayed as the SKM did not want the agitation to be held.

After talks, when all possibilities to bring the SKM on board ended, then they joined hands with the Jagjit Singh Dallewal-led SKM (Non-Political) for the march, said Pandher.

A few days back, the SKM had constituted a six-member panel to hold talks with the SKM (Non-Political) and KMM for fighting unitedly to press the Centre to accept the farmers' demands.

Meanwhile, the stalemate between the farmers and the Punjab government continued over the issue of registration of an FIR in Subhkaran Singh's death.

Shubhkaran (21), a native of Bathinda, was killed and 12 police personnel injured in clashes at Khanauri border point on the Punjab-Haryana border on February 21. The incident took place when some protesting farmers were trying to head towards barricades.

As the farmers are adamant on the registration of the FIR, the post-mortem examination of Shubhkaran has not been conducted yet.

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(Published 27 February 2024, 15:32 IST)

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