Punjab Congress will hold a protest and a sit-in on the Shambhu border today in support of ongoing farmers’ agitation against the agricultural laws passed by the central government. Thousands of party workers, farmers, artisans and businessmen, besides Congress Punjab Chief Sunil Jakhar, MLAs and Ministers will join the protest on Shambhu Border.
On Sunday, Rajpura MLA Hardiyal Singh Kamboj and Ghanore MLA Madanlal reached Jalalpur to take stock of the preparations for the huge sit-in being organized by the Congress. While talking to journalists, he said that thousands of people will come to support the farmers in this huge protest. The Congress government is full of farmers.
He said that no Congress worker would jam the vehicles in this demonstration, which will be held from 11 am to 3 pm, but there could be problems on the roads. He also informed that arrangements are also being made to run langars throughout the day for farmers and the general public. The Congress MLA further said that free medical and cancer disease checkup has been arranged with the help of social service organization.
Kamboj said that the agricultural laws that the central government has brought as being farmer-friendly, are going to ruin the traders and labourers apart from farmers. He added that farmer groups have been struggling for nearly three months against these laws and for the last 18 days, the farmers sitting in the cold on the Delhi border have been demanding the Central Government repeal these laws.
Meanwhile, in an interaction with journalists on Sunday, Balwinder Singh Dhaliwal, Congress MLA from Phagwara Assembly constituency said that the Central Government has done a great deception and injustice to the farmers of the country by passing black laws in the name of agricultural reform. The government of Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh and the Punjab Pradesh Congress Party are with the farmers and strongly support the agitation being done by the farmers for their rights and interests.
MLA Dhaliwal said that Punjab Pradesh Congress President Sunil Jakhar has decided to stage a sit-in on the Shambhu border today in support of the farmers’ agitation against agricultural laws. A large number of people from Phagwara assembly constituency from the urban and rural levels are going to join this protest. The MLA said that a convoy of 100 vehicles from Phagwara will leave from outside the office of the Market Committee near the new Dana Mandi located on Hoshiarpur road. If the central government changes its behaviour and does not listen to the farmers and does not cancel the black laws, then the opposite results can be achieved.
In the meantime, AAP has announced to support the protest by farmers at district level headquarters across Punjab on 14 December. MP and AAP Punjab state president Bhagwant Mann announced this on Friday as he said that the Modi government is following the policies of making the strongest democracy in the world, a dictatorial country.
The AAP MP said, “The farmers, traders, jobbers and labourers of the country have taken to the streets against the laws brought by the Modi government at the behest of their favourite corporate houses. On the other hand, instead of accepting the demands of the farmers, the central government wants to end the movement with false propaganda and oppressive policy. The AamAadmi Party fully supports the agitators fighting to save their existence.”
Mann said that AAP will continue to support the struggle till the government withdraws black laws.