Farmer unions have called for a national strike on March 26 to mark the four-month period of their Kisan andolan at Delhi’s borders.
Farmers’ unions announced their plans to oppose the three farm laws passed by Parliament in 2020, saying that certain trade unions would join them in their March 15 protest against fuel price hikes.
Following the violence at the Red Fort, which tarnished the reputation of the farmers’ so far peaceful agitation, the farmers’ unions are concentrating more on spreading their message to other states through visits, mahapanchayats, and other ways, rather than remaining confined to the Delhi borders.
So farmers from Punjab and Uttar Pradesh are flocking to the protest sites of Singhu, Tikri, and Ghazipur, union leaders are visiting other states, and some of those who have been at the protest sites since November-December are returning to tend to their crops.
The Confederation of All India Traders called a national strike on February 26 to demand that the terms of the goods and services tax (GST) regime be reviewed.
Farmers also marked the 100th day of their continued strike, stating that the marches will continue until the laws are repealed.
‘If required, we will march to Parliament in thousands of tractors to demand the abolition of the three black laws. On Republic Day, 3,500 tractors arrived in Delhi.These were not employed tractors,’ said Bharatiya Kisan Union chief Rakesh Tikait.