Farmers marched in large numbers on Wednesday from three Punjab borders to the Tikri border in Delhi, despite the Covid borders.
Claiming that farmers are fighting against both Covid-19 and the government, farmers’ leaders said they understood their responsibility during the pandemic, but had no choice but to protest. They called on all dharna participants to get vaccinated. Farmers also reiterated that dharna does not cause any obstruction to emergency services.
Shingara Singh Mann, president of the Bathinda unit of BKU (Ugrahan) and vice president of the union, led a convoy on the Bathinda-Dabwali road with thousands of farmers.
He said: “I am 61 years old and I was vaccinated. The second dose is due in the second week of May. Undoubtedly, the crown is a disease, but not as deadly as it is projected. However, the entire state committee of our union received the first jab and we will receive the second dose next month. Our president gave positive results for Covid last month and we understand our responsibilities. ”
The farmer leader added: “If the Haryana government organizes any vaccination camp in the Bahadurgarh area, we will call on our members to get vaccinated. The government put us all in danger after the adoption of agricultural laws in September. Instead of managing Covid, they forced us to go out on the road. Otherwise, the villagers were busy giving thikri pehras in the villages to implement the blockade ”.
Jagseer Singh, a member of the BKU (Ugrahan) district committee in Bathinda, said: “We also received the first jab and, in fact, hundreds of us received the first dose. It depends on a person whether to get vaccinated or not. However, we appeal to the people who come to the dharna because the government has forced us to stay on the roads. So we should at least get vaccinated, because we cannot avoid dharna until our requirements are met. ”
So far, the first dose of vaccine has been given to Sukhdev Singh Kokrikalan, Secretary General of BKU (Ugrahan), Joginder Singh Ugrahan, President of the Union, Roop Singh Chhana, Vice President of the Union and Jhanda Singh Jethuke, Senior Vice President of the Union in addition to a few other members of the state committee.
On Wednesday, Ugrahan drove farmers on the Khanauri-Jind highway.
“Op Shakti on plans to evacuate the yard”
Kokrikalan said: “In response to the Union government’s plans for Operation Clean Up, we organized Operation Shakti and went to Tikri in large numbers, despite the fact that farmers are busy harvesting today. In Punjab, our pakka dharna takes place in 40 different places. We are facing problems in buying wheat in Punjab, but our lots will continue to go to the borders of Delhi. ”
Farmers fighting both the government and the crown: SKM
Reacting to some allegations that farmers ‘dharna obstructs the transport of oxygen cylinders, Dr. Darshan Pal, Samyukta coordinator Kisan Morcha said: “The BJP IT cell is constantly campaigning for farmers’ dharna to obstruct the fight against the crown. There is some propaganda that farmers have stopped oxygen trucks and other essentials at the Delhi borders. Farmers are also accused of spreading the crown. SKM condemns and opposes all these false narratives. Farmers never intended to sleep on the streets and stay away from their homes and land. The government has inhumanely imposed these laws on farmers. Farmers are not asking for anything new, they are just fighting to save what they have. In this battle of existence, they are fighting against both the crown and the government. ”
He added: “The government is running away from its responsibilities at the time of the crown pandemic, but ironically chooses to blame the farmers. In fact, for humanitarian reasons, farmers were more than willing to assist locals and others, despite the serious difficulties they face during the ongoing protests. The protesting farmers kept the roads open for essential services from the moment they had to squat at the borders. Barricades set up by the police are the biggest obstacle to the free movement of vehicles. We call on the government to remove the obstacles they have placed in the way of blocking them in Delhi, so that ordinary citizens do not face difficulties and emergency medical services can function normally. ”