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No dip in polls, will set agenda: SKM: The Tribune India


Ruchika M Khanna

Tribune press service

Chandigarh, December 18

The Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) should act as a pressure group and set the agenda of other political parties. That was the consensus among the 32 farmer unions who gathered in Mullanpur this afternoon to discuss whether they can use their success in the one-year morcha to take a political plunge.

A majority of unions also said that if an individual farmer leader decided to go into politics and contest the upcoming assembly elections on a particular party’s list, it would be his individual foray and the SKM would not. would not be considered a supporter of that particular party. It comes amid speculation that Balbir Singh Rajewal is the main ministerial face of the Aam Aadmi party and discussions that Harmeet Singh Kadian has met with senior AAP officials.

No invitation from CM channi yet

  • SKM leaders have so far said they have not received an invitation from CM Channi for Monday’s meeting
  • “We only read this in the newspapers. We will go to the meeting together, if we get an invitation, â€they said.
  • Sources said the SKM had discussions on the issues to be raised during its meeting with the chief minister.

Representatives from all 32 unions attended today’s meeting, which lasted almost three hours. La morcha, which had started showing signs of fragmentation earlier this week, with seven unions having initially gone astray, also decided that their importance as a formidable pressure group was only until they were remained united.

Although no reference was made to the public feud between the rulers – Rajewal and Jagjit Singh Dallewal – the SKM unanimously ruled that no statement against a ruler would be made public and that the disputes (the case if applicable) would be resolved internally. Dallewal was not present at the meeting, although his union – BKU Sidhupur – was represented by Kaka Singh Kotda. Leaders did not like his group to individually address the Punjabi government and get the SKM meeting postponed.

Sources said that although the meeting began with discussions on the issues to be raised at SKM’s meeting with Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Monday, it ultimately revolved around public expectations of the government. SKM during elections.

While some farmer leaders would have been in favor of the collective formation of a political front, a majority opposed it and felt that their role as a pressure group would work better, several leaders present told the Tribune. in the meeting. Examples were given of SKM’s previous success in calling all political parties in Punjab earlier this year and banning them from holding political rallies. The leaders also said they would allow the Punjab toll plazas to reopen if they were willing to operate at the same rates as before they closed.

“We will not allow toll plazas to charge even Re 1 more than they charged last year. Those who accept this can start operating the toll plazas, â€the unions said.