The general body of the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) has decided to continue the protests at the borders of Delhi as they did not get any assurance from the Centre on the pending demands. The SKM has formed a five-member committee to hold discussions with the Centre.
Talking to reporters after the meeting, SKM leader Ashok Dhawle said the Centre is yet to announce an assurance on withdrawing the cases against the farmers in various States and in Delhi. The next meeting of the SKM will take place on December 7. The decision to form the panel was taken after Union Home Minister Amit Shah reaching out to BKU (Tikait) general secretary Yudhvir Singh late on Friday. Singh briefed the general body about the details of the discussion.
The SKM leaders said they have given two days’ time to the Centre to formally announce its decision on the pending demands. Dhawle said there were informal discussions with the functionaries of the Government and the five-member committee will hold formal parleys with the Centre. The general body decided that Ashok Dhawle, Balbir Rajewal, Gurnam Charuni, Shivkumar Kakka and Yudhvir Singh will hold formal interactions with the Centre.
‘Issue yet to resolve’
BKU (Ekta-Ugrahan) coordinator Pavel Kussa told BusinessLine after the meeting that the farmers should remain steadfast in the protests till all the issues get satisfactorily resolved. “We are of the view that without a resolution of these demands, Delhi Morcha cannot be withdrawn,” he added.
The SKM said in a statement that it was decided unanimously that the farmers’ agitation will continue as is, until formal and satisfactory responses are obtained from the Government of India. The statement added that despite a formal letter offering talks, the Government chosen to work informally and in a piecemeal fashion of responding to some of the issues being raised by the protesting farmers. “We will not end this agitation without formal responses on each of the issues being raised by us. We want to see all the cases foisted against farmers as well as their supporters as part of this movement to be withdrawn and such an assurance coming formally”, the statement said.