Samyukt Kisan Morcha Calls For Bharat Bandh on September 25

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In Image, Social activist Medha Patkar and others during the press conference of Samyukt Kisan Morcha

The United Farmers' Front, or the Samyukt Kisan Morcha, has called for a nationwide strike on September 25. It is a collective platform for all Farmers' Unions to come together, and they just held a two-day-long convention at the Singhi Border, to discuss the future of the movement. September 25 marks the one-year completion of the long-standing Farmers' Movement, and the strike is aimed at "proving the national character of the protests and developing a blueprint for future action." The convention had over 3000 delegates from 22 states, consisting of 300 farmer and agricultural workers unions, 18 trade unions, 9 women's organizations, and 17 student and youth organizations. The three Farm Bills were passed in the Parliament in September, last year, and the Farmers called for a strike in protest on September 25, 2020. Two days later, the Bills were signed into law. The convenor of this conference and head of All India Kisan Mazdoor Sabha, Mr. Ashish Mittal, told the press, "Last year, the bandh call came in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, but there was still a widespread response. We hope that the strike call will be more successful this year." He also mentioned, "We must unite with all those who oppose these anti-farmer, anti-common man, pro-corporate laws." Keeping the strike before them, the Samyukt Kisan Morcha also has planned on hosting a mass rally in Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar on 5th September. All India Kisan Sabha leader, Atul Kumar Anjan, has said, “The historic mahapanchayat will take decisions with regard to the coming U.P. elections. There is anger in rural India with regard to the farm laws, the price of diesel and petrol, inflation and hunger, and the lockdowns which caused widespread unemployment.”

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