The occasions organised to mark 140th start anniversary of Shaheed Bhagat Singh’s uncle Ajit Singh, who led the Padgi Sambhal Jatta motion towards anti-farmer legal guidelines enacted by British rulers in 1907, drew massive gatherings throughout Haryana Tuesday. The occasions have been a part of the “Pagdi Sambhal Diwas” organised on the decision of Samyukta Kisan Morcha.
Many among the many farmers equate the continuing agitation towards the agri legal guidelines with Pagri Sambhal Jatta motion. The occasions which drew vital turnouts have been held in Ratia (Fatehabad), Sirsa, village Chuli Bagdiyan (Hisar), Khatkar toll plaza on Jind-Patiala freeway, Badhowal toll plaza on Hisar-Chandigarh freeway in Kaithal district and Kitlana toll plaza on Mahendragarh-Bhiwani freeway.
In Ratia, the occasion was named as “Pagdi Sambhal Jatta Kisan Panchayat”. Here, Bhagat Singh’s nephew Professor Jagmohan mentioned, “The current agitation is similar to the movement which was launched by Ajit Singh against Britishers. Now, the people are fighting against the Modi government unitedly.”
Remembering the Pagdi Sambhal Jatta motion in a rally in Chuli Bagdiyan village, Haryana BKU chief Gurna Singh Chaduni mentioned at the moment too the farmers have been being exploited. Amid slogans of “farmers unity jindabad”, Chaduni mentioned, “We will keep fighting till we win the battle. This is not the battle of farmers only, but it’s corporates versus public. The laws are more harmful to those who don’t have agricultural land because the companies will be going to take over the entire food business. The small traders will be finished following the introduction of three laws.”
Alleging that the costs of meals grains will improve with the removing of the inventory restrict, the farmer chief mentioned, “The entire food grains will be stored in the big godowns, which are being constructed by the corporates. When you will turn hungry, you have to buy the food grains from those godowns only. Four years back, the Maharashtra government had removed the stock limit from pulses. That time the corporates had bought pulses from farmers at the rate of Rs 50 per kg but later the same were sold at the rate of 200 per kg…. one corporate earned one lakh crore only through the business of pulses. (After three laws) the prices of ration will increase just like the prices of petrol. And you won’t be able to do anything.”
Underlining how the non-public gamers have already affected the federal government establishments, Chaduni mentioned, “They (BJP leaders) say the government mandis will keep functioning despite the introduction of private mandis. Earlier, the private schools were introduced to compete with the government schools. Where are government schools now? You have seen the condition of government schools now. Private hospitals were opened to compete with the government hospitals. Today, (you know) what type of treatment is offered in government hospitals. Likewise, the private (telecom) companies had come to compete with the BSNL. Where is BSNL today? When the private mandis will come to compete with the government mandis, the government mandis will stand collapsed automatically.”