Over 2000 farmers from parts of Uttar Pradesh and surrounding states held a massive mahapanchayat in Muzaffarnagar, which was organized by Samyukt Kisan Morcha, against the farm laws that were passed in September last year. The organizers have told they will be holding more rallies and meeting in the coming weeks to campaign against the passing the law and there no plans of backing down. The meeting was attended by major leaders of the movement including Rakesh Tikait who has the become the face of the protest. “Let us raise our voices so it reaches the ears of those sitting in the parliament”, said a speaker.
Apart from protesting against the farm laws, the meetings are also being held to voice their dissent against the Yogi Adityanath government in UP, and to spread their message across ‘every village of the state’, before the next assembly elections in 2022.The government had deployed around 8000 security personal for the event, according to NDTV.
On twitter, BJP leader Varun Gandhi urged the government to start ‘re-engaging’ with the farmers. The tweet was in a sympathetic tone, considering the small amount of choices the ruling party has.
The next Mahapanchayat will be held in Karnal on Monday, September 7th. The organizers are planning to hold 17 such meetings across the state, and plan to hold an ALL-India Strike on September 27th.
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