Naveen Bharat Editorial
Chandigarh, October 9: Demanding the sacking of Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra and arrest of his son Ashish Mishra, the United Kisan Morcha (SKM) on Saturday built an effigy of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Home Minister Amit Shah. decided to blow up. On Dussehra, local leader SKM also announced nationwide rail blockade on October 18 and mahapanchayat of farmers in Lucknow on October 26.
The SKM, the umbrella organization of the farmers’ union, in its general body meeting at the Singhu border, has raised doubts over the investigation conducted by the Uttar Pradesh Police Lakhimpur Kheri violence in which eight people, including four farmers, were killed. SKM leaders Balbir Singh Rajeva, Yogendra Yadav and Rakesh Tikait said that Ajay Mishra should be sacked from the cabinet and arrested for spreading hatred, murder and conspiracy. Whereas his son Ashish Mishra (Monu) and his associates (in whom the names of Sumit Jaiswal and Ankit Das have surfaced) should be arrested immediately.
Rajewal, Tikait and Yadav announced that ‘Antilim Ardas’ (bhog ceremony) would be held at Lakhimpur Kheri on 12 October and asked all supporters to either come to Lakhimpur Kheri for ‘Anti Ardas’ or remember those who were killed at their local place. Gurdwara, temple, mosque, church or protest site. If this is not possible, people can light five candles in memory of those killed in Lakhimpur Kheri on October 12, four farmers and a journalist,” Yadav said.
He said that if the demands were not accepted by October 11, the United Kisan Morcha would launch a nationwide protest program. After the last Ardas, the Shaheed Kisan Yatra will be taken out from Lakhimpur Kheri with the ashes of the martyr farmers. This yatra will begin with separate ‘Asti Kalash’ for each district of Uttar Pradesh and each state of the country. The yatra will end at a holy or historical place in every district and state.
“On Dussehra the farm union will burn effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath besides other local leaders. Some members wanted to burn effigies of Manohar Lal Khattar, some of Yogi Adityanath. So we decided that The third effigy could be of a local villain.
The leaders said nationwide ‘Rail Roko’ protest from 10 am to 4 pm on October 18 and mahapanchayat of farmers in Lucknow on October 26.
Farmer leaders said they have rejected the Special Investigation Team (SIT) and judicial inquiry set up by the UP government, noting that even the Supreme Court had said it was not satisfied.
Joginder Singh Ugrahan, a prominent farmer leader of Punjab’s largest farm union BKU (Ugrahan), said that the central government has taken a violent stand against the protesting farmers but farmers will not take the path of violence.
Tikait also criticized Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his “silence” on the incident.
“The Lakhimpur Kheri massacre will be remembered as a painful chapter in the history of India’s agrarian movement. This incident has completely exposed the character of the Central Government, the Government of Uttar Pradesh and the Bharatiya Janata Party, which held power in both the places. BJP is not ready to take any action against its leaders and others even after such a huge murder and there is clear evidence of involvement of BJP leaders. Obviously BJP has now turned to violence after defeat in this historic About the agricultural movement,” he said.