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Farmers form political front in Punjab

Chances are high that the 22 unions of farmers will together erode the votes that were supposed to go to the INC for its support to the agitation

Posing a problem for the political parties that were against agriculture reforms, 22 farm organisations in Punjab that were part of the protest against the now-withdrawn three farm laws formed a political front today and announced they would contest the upcoming state assembly election. A decision in this regard was taken by representatives of these organisations in Chandigarh.

The political outfit has been named after the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) as the Sanyukt Samaj Morcha.

The SKM, however, clarified that it will not float its own political front, saying it was formed only for the issue of farmers.

These 22 farm bodies were among 32 farmer organisations in Punjab which participated in the over-a-year-long protest against the three Central farm laws.

Talking to reporters here, farmer leader Harmeet Singh Kadian said the Sanyukt Samaj Morcha has been set up for fighting the assembly election in Punjab due early next year.

Sources said the newly-formed front may consider joining hands with the Aam Aadmi Party at a later stage. However, the leaders have so far maintained that they will contest the elections independently. But the newly-floated front denied aligning with any political party and announced it was ready to contest all the 117 assembly seats in Punjab.

Senior farmer leader Balbir Singh Rajewal was elected as the leader of the front.

Rajewal said that following the farmer agitation, the aspirations of people had grown and they urged the leaders to float a political party.

Earlier, Haryana-based farmer leader Gurnam Singh Charuni floated his own political party called Sanyukt Sangharsh Party ahead of the Punjab assembly election. Charuni
said that politics had become polluted and there was a need to change it. “Policymakers promoting capitalism, policies are being framed to favour capitalists. Nothing is done for common man, the poor,” he said.

Charuni is a member of the SKM, an umbrella body of 40 farm unions that led an over-a-year long farmers’ agitation against three central agriculture-related laws, which have been repealed. The party will contest the Punjab assembly polls, which are due early next year, Charuni said.

“Our objective will be to purify politics and bring good people forward,” said Charuni who is also the president of the Haryana Bhartiya Kisan Union.

The Sanyukt Sangharsh Party will be a secular one, he said and added that it would work for the welfare of all sections of society.

Replying to a question, Charuni said he will not fight the upcoming election in Punjab.

To another question, he said his party will try to contest all 117-assembly seats in the state.

Meanwhile, the Bharatiya Janata Party is all set to contest the Punjab assembly election in alliance with former Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh’s party Punjab Lok Congress.

Punjab assembly polls are scheduled to be held in 2022.

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