Friday, June 2, 2023

    Punjab: Farmers’ organizations have requested political parties to suspend their election campaigns

    Chandigarh. Farmers’ organizations, which oppose the central government’s three agricultural laws, on Friday called on political parties to hold elections until the date of the Punjab Assembly elections is announced. Peasant leader Balbir Singh Rajewal, who presided over the agitation meeting, said Congress and Shiromani Akali Dal leaders had said they would announce the decision in consultation with their party leadership.

    The Congress was represented by Punjab State President Navjot Singh Sidhu. After the meeting, Sidhu tweeted, “There was a positive meeting with the United Kisan Morcha and the way forward was discussed.” Apart from these two parties, representatives of Aam Aadmi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party, Lok Insaf Party and SAD (United) also attended the meeting, while the Bharatiya Janata Party was not invited to the meeting due to its support for the Agriculture Act.

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    “We have requested the parties not to start campaigning till the election date is announced,” Rajewal said. The party that insists on starting the campaign before announcing the election date, we will consider it as the opponent of the peasant movement. “

    After the five-hour meeting, Rajewal told reporters, “Our morcha (movement) is going on, the attention of the farmers is focused on the front. When the parties start campaigning and mobilize supporters for their program, it will divert their attention.”

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