Protest of Farmers against the three agri laws introduced by the Central’s BJP government entered its 86th day on February 21. 2 farmers’ unions have come together in Punjab to hold a Maha Kisan rally opposing the Centre’s farm laws. While a significant part of the protest has been happening around the border areas of the national capital since November last year, Bharatiya Kisan Union BKU (Ekta-Ugrahan) along with Punjab Khet Mazdoor Union held a grand rally today in Punjab’s Barnala district.
BKU Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ekta-Ugrahan) on its Twitter handle had said that the rally is of historic importance as the farmers’ union & the agricultural laborer’s union are coming together to agitate against the repressive state.
BKU (Bhartiya kisan Union) leader Rakesh Tikait has also scheduled series Kisan Maha Panchayats against the farm laws in the upcoming week.
The rally in Barnala saw massive footfall, with people from all sections of society, irrespective of age and gender attending the rally in huge numbers.
Along with the leadership of BKU Ugrahan, Joginder Singh Ugrahan, Sukhdev Singh Kokri Kalan, the leaders of Samyukt Kisan Morcha, the umbrella body of the protesting farmers’ union, Balbir Singh Rajewal, Ruldu Singh Mansa also participated in the maha rally.
Women members from the union were also at the forefront of the rally and participated in huge numbers. Most of the women adorned yellow dupatta signifying the solidarity with the union.
Sufi singers too attended & performed at the rally to boost the morale of the crowd to continue the resistance against the farm laws.
In the earlier protest, in Barnala too, volunteers from farmers’ union were seen making & serving tea langar in Kisan Maha Panchayat in the grain market of Barnala district on Sunday.
The farmers’ from across the country have been demanding the rollback of Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act passed by the Parliament in September, 2020.