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Kisan Mahapanchayat: Benaras To Bathinda, Farmers Of Battleground States UP And Punjab Speak Out

What explains the centre’s sudden move to withdraw farm laws ahead of crucial polls?

New Delhi: On the day farmers hold Mahapanchayat in the battleground state of Uttar Pradesh, India Ahead’s Editor-in-Chief Bhupendra Chaubey and Contributing Editor Smita Sharma brought in ground reports on farmers’ issues in PM Modi’s own constituency Varanasi and key farming state Punjab. What is the real agenda behind repealing the farm laws? Has Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision placated the farmers?

Despite PM Modi’s surprise announcement on Friday, farmers have maintained that their protests will continue. “The farmers’ agitation will not stop now as the demands for MSP guarantee law and seed bill have not been accepted yet,” say Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait on Monday. 

“PM Modi may have made his move by recognising what is not working; UP polls will be resembling of referendum on repeal of the farm laws.”– Bhupendra Chaubey

“Malwa has been facing a deep agrarian crisis. Farmer’s suicide is not just statistics, these are real individuals who have been personally affected, their families have been affected” – Smita Sharma

How’s Punjab Reacting To Centre’s Decision Of Repealing The Three Farm Laws?

Translating the promises into reality seems like a challenge for the government. People are exhausted, their trust in the government and the leaders of Punjab is drowning. They say, “Leaders come with promises but, they always fail to meet the promises they make.” 

“No trust on leaders, poll promises vanish soon”  – Women residents of Bhatinda

Women in Punjab’s Bathinda say MGNREGA dues have not been cleared for several months, and cotton crops have been damaged. Neither PM Modi gave them anything, nor the Punjab CM did. They say that they are massively hit by the price rise. “We use water to add ‘tarka’ to our food because we can’t afford to buy mustard nor does the government purchase much crops from us,” they say.

How’s Uttar Pradesh Reacting To Centre’s Decision Of Repealing The Three Farm Laws?

In Uttar Pradesh, people had different opinions in context to the government’s decision to withdraw the three farm laws. Varanasi’s tea stall owner praised PM Modi and CM Yogi Adityanath for good governance in the city. The local residents say that they feel BJP’s move was with a clear political agenda.

“When it comes to credibility nobody can match Modi. As a woman, I feel safer in Uttar Pradesh after Yogi & Modi took the front seat.Women tourist in Varanasi

Raising concerns over “fake” promises of the leaders, a local resident says, “This government will not come back again because the work done by it can only be seen in the papers where is that work in real life?”

“Ahead of crucial elections, the farm laws have been repealed. It clearly has political agendas. The present government is scared.”– BHU Student

A shop owner says that the leaders have failed to convenience Indian farmers and, therefore, they repealed the farm laws. “The country was moving towards Khalistani agendas and to overcome that the present government took this step,” he says.

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