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'Begin hunger strike from wherever you are' Says Gurnam Singh Chathuni

After ‘Bharat Bandh’ called earlier this month, the protesting farmers on Sunday declared a wider day-long

Gurnam Singh Chathuni

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  14 Dec 2020 6:01 AM GMT

NEW DELHI: After 'Bharat Bandh' called earlier this month, the protesting farmers on Sunday declared a wider day-long movement, urging its leaders to undertake a hunger strike from wherever they are protesting.

The announcement comes after a meeting of farmers here at Singhu border gave their nod to the decision taken by farmer representatives of 32 different unions on Saturday for holding the hunger strike on December 14 (Monday) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Earlier, it was decided that the farmer leaders will hold the hunger strike only on Singhu border at Delhi-Chandigarh route — one of the major protest site where thousands of farmers have been camping under open skies from November 26 seeking rollback of three farm laws enacted by the government in September during Monsoon Session of Parliament.

Addressing a press briefing here at Singhu, Bhartiya Kisan Union's (BKU) Haryana President Gurnam Singh Chathuni said "all the leaders would be carrying out hunger strikes wherever they are leading the protest".

Bharatiya Kisan Union's (BKU) national spokesperson Rakesh Tikait said: "The hunger strike would be carried out tomorrow till 5 p.m. but the farmers will have to take care that no disturbing element comes in our movement".

Tikait, who represents the farmers from western Uttar Pradesh, advised that all the younger ones shall learn how agitations are carried out.

Opening a way to begin government-farmers talk, the farm leader, meanwhile, said "if the government sends us any proposal, we would carry out discussion and take a decision on the same".

Sarva Hind Rashtriya Kisan Mahasangh's Shivkumar Kakka, however, clarified that that farmers are still adamant on the issue that they will not end the ongoing protest till the government repeal the three laws.

He also accused the government of obstructing the way farmers' coming to Delhi, saying "our trolleys are being stopped at Morena and other cities of Madhya Pradesh".

Stressing that the whole agitation is still being run under 'Sanyukt Kisan Morcha' banner, the leader said all the associations are working here and no one has left. "All the decisions taken here are not by majority but maturity and unanimity."

Giving detail about one farmer leader Bhanu Pratap, who has approached Supreme Court and is about to end the protest, the farmer leaders here at Singhu said he was not "our part and he has no relation with this movement". (IANS)

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