The new political party, Samyukt Samaj Morcha, which could team up with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), is expected to contest all 117 seats in the Punjab assembly election in February-March.
In a very important development ahead of the Punjab assembly elections, 22 farmers’ unions, which had been involved in agitating farm laws under the banner of the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM), are all set to step onto the stage. highly volatile state policy.
This new political party “Samyukt Samaj Morcha” is led by a senior SKM official, Balbir Singh Rajewa, one of the main leaders of the 32 farmers’ unions which came together last year to protest against the agricultural laws of the Center.
The Samyukt Samaj Morcha, which could team up with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), is expected to contest all 117 seats in the Punjab Assembly election in February-March. However, the SKM distanced itself from the political group and said its name should not be used in the election campaign, media reports said.
Union Bharatiya Kisan (Kadian) faction leader Harmeet Singh Kadian told the media that they decided to throw a party after strong pressure from the public. Punjab faces many problems such as drugs, unemployment and youth migration from the state which they want to tackle, he said.
Kadian said the SKM, an umbrella body of different groups, won the agitation against the farm laws. But, when they returned home, pressure was put on them to join politics because they felt that if they could win this battle, they could also win the election, Kadian said. , according to reports.
Meanwhile Farmers’ leader BS Rajewal also said they were under pressure to fight the polls. “We will talk to like-minded people who like Punjab well,” he said.
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The party needed to be strengthened at the village level, Rajewal said, adding that the Aam (the people) newspaper will be part of the Samyukt Samaj Morcha. He however denied that they were linked to the AAP and dismissed it as mere media speculation.
The announcement that the farmers would enter the political arena came after the SKM had completely ruled out any possibility of them standing for election at that time. The SKM is more of a “platform of more than 400 different ideological organizations” and there was no consensus among all the different organizations. Therefore, they would not dispute the polls, the SKM said.
Other farmers unions such as Kirti Kisan Union, Krantikari Kisan Union, BKU-Krantikari, Doaba Sangharsh Committee, BKU-Sidhupur, Kisan Sangharsh Committee and Jai Kisan Andolan are against joining the election scrum.
State elections will be held in Punjab (and four other states including UP) in February-March. Political parties have gone out of their way to woo the farmers as their votes are considered crucial to the fate of the ruling parties in these two states.
Last month, even Prime Minister Narendra Modi had to capitulate after a year of farmers’ struggle and did an about-face by agreeing to repeal the three offensive farm laws. And it came after his party relentlessly attacked them for being “anti-national”. His grand gesture was seen as a move to win over the farmers ahead of the UP and Punjab National Assembly elections.