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10 things to know about SKM joining farmers ‘Black Friday’ rebellion today

Samyukta Kisan Morcha joins 'Black Friday' protests, demanding justice and accountability. Key events unfold as farmers amplify their calls for a fair resolution.

SKM Joins Farmers’ ‘Black Friday’ Rebellion: 10 Key Developments You Need to Know”

In a significant development, the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), a coalition of approximately 40 farmers’ unions, has decided to join the ongoing farmers’ agitation, marking the day as ‘Black Friday.’ The decision comes in response to what the coalition views as “unsatisfactory” resolutions proposed by the Union government in addressing the demands of the protesting farmers. This move follows the tragic death of a 21-year-old farmer during tear gas shelling on the Punjab-Haryana border and has prompted a series of events and demands from the farmers.

Compensation and Job Announcement:

Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann declared compensation of Rs 1 crore and a government job for one of the family members of Shubhkaran Singh, who lost his life during the recent turmoil on February 21, 2024.

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Demands for Accountability:

SKM has demanded the booking of Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and State Home Minister Anil Vij for the alleged “murder” of the protesting farmer. SKM leader Balbir Singh Rajewal has further called for the resignation of Khattar and Vij.

Planned Protests:

While observing Black Friday, SKM, along with other farmers, plans to stage a Jan Akrosh rally on the same day. Additionally, they have scheduled a nationwide tractor rally on highways for February 26 and a mahapanchayat at Delhi’s Ramlila Ground on March 14.

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Rakesh Tikait’s Statement:

Rakesh Tikait, a prominent leader of the Bharatiya Kisan Union, stated that protesting farmers are expected to attend the March 14 mahapanchayat without tractors, testing the government’s commitment to their freedom of movement.

Haryana Police Warning:

Amidst the protests, the Haryana Police issued a warning, stating that if government or private properties are damaged during the agitation, the properties of responsible farmers will be seized. This comes in response to incidents of breaking barricades and disruptions causing damage to public and private property.

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Pause in ‘Dilli Chalo’ March:

In response to the tragic death of the 21-year-old farmer, the ‘Dilli Chalo’ march was temporarily halted for two days. This pause allowed for an assessment of the situation and a collective understanding among the farmers.

Continued Border Camps:

Protesting farmers persist in staying at camps situated at the Khanauri and Shambhu borders between Punjab and Haryana. Their primary demands include a legal guarantee for the minimum support price for crops and a waiver of farm debt.

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Congress Party’s Call for Special Sessions:

The Congress party has demanded the convening of a special session in both the Parliament and the Punjab Assembly to address the urgent concerns of the farmers, emphasizing the gravity of the situation.

Agriculture Minister’s Call for Consensus:

Union Agriculture Minister Arjun Munda stressed the need for additional efforts from both sides to reach a consensus. He reiterated the Union government’s commitment to working in the best interests of the farmers.

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Centre’s Openness to Dialogue:

Union Minister Anurag Thakur affirmed that the Centre is ready for talks with the protesting farmers, referring to them as “brothers” and “annadaatas” (food providers). He highlighted the various steps taken by the Modi government to ensure a higher income for farmers.

Conclusion: As the SKM joins the ‘Black Friday’ rebellion, the farmers’ agitation continues to intensify, with demands for accountability, compensation, and a legal framework to safeguard their interests. The unfolding events underscore the deep-seated concerns within the agricultural community and the ongoing struggle to secure their rights and livelihoods.

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