The police lathicharged AIKS leaders and farmers
Section 144 imposed
Internet Services Snapped
All Highways and several roads blocked
The agitation which is going on for last 13 days in northern part of Rajasthan which is led by the Akhil Bhartiya Kisan Sabha , the peasants front of CPIM . The main demand is a waiver of loans as done in Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra along with the implementation of Swaminathan Committee recommendations. Farmers are also demanding that crops should be timely purchased at minimum support price.11 demands that were raised by farmers include, crop loan waiver, purchase of crops at minimum support price (MSP), increasing farmers’ pension from rupees 500 to rupees5,000, managing the menace of stray cattle, free electricity for agriculture and removing the ban on the sale of cattle. Former CPI(M) MLA Amraram, who is leading the stir, told DH, “We are planning to call for a statewide protest and Chakka jam. Government is coming up with any concrete solution. Loan in the state amounts to approximate rupees 49,500 crores.”
The farmers, who have been protesting for the last 13 days, have gathered at around 250 different locations in the region, blocking highways. Thousands of farmers in Shekhawati area of north Rajasthan continued their sit-in for the 13th day. Link roads and national highway 52 have been blocked by the farmers and there were reports of daily essentials such as milk and vegetables being sold at high prices. Thousands have occupied the Jaipur-Sikar route, and continue to block the area outside the agriculture produce market. Several roads connecting Jaipur to Jhunjhunu, Churu, and Bikaner are blocked. All roads and highways passing through Sikar district are blocked at more than150 places on Wednesday. Effects of the chakka jam were evident in Bikaner, Nagaur, Sriganganagar and Hanumangarh districts. Farmers have threatened that blockades will continue.
The BJP Government has imposed section 144 and has put a blanket ban on internet. Forcible detention is also being resorted to. The BJP is scared of the massive nature of the democratic upsurge with all sections of society coming out in support.The Vasundhara Raje led BJP Government in Rajasthan has turned the State virtually into a cantonment with batallions of police, Rapid Action Force, Water Cannons and Barricades. There were also reports of lathicharge by police in several locations . Hundreds of peasants were arrested and detained using the measures of non bailable offences. The internet servers remain shut down which shows the government is afraid of a massive uprise .
The All India Kisan Sabha congratulated the peasantry in Rajasthan, who have launched a historic struggle since 1st September, 2017. An indefinite Mahapadav (Gherao) of District Collectorates was started on 1st September which saw massive participation across the State. Lakhs of farmers and other sections of society marched on the streets in different districts. A mock funeral of the Vasundhara Raje led BJP Government was held in which enthusiastic participation of farmers and large number of women was witnessed across the State. Earlier the peasant movement in the State had a victorious struggle against the exorbitant increase in electricity price hike forcing the BJP Government to withdraw the decision. In this phase of struggle which has been continuing all sections of the society including students, youth, women, Adivasis, Dalits, small traders have joined in an unprecedented show of solidarity.
The main demands of the present struggle are implementation of Swaminathan Commission recommendation of fixing Minimum Support Price at least 50 percent above cost of production (C2+50%) with assured procurement, loan waiver for all agricultural workers, poor and middle farmers, pension of Rs.5,000/- per month for agricultural workers and farmers above the age of 60 years, employment for unemployed, effective crop insurance, protection of crops from stray cattle and wild animals, right to trade in cattle etc. Despite the massive protests the insensitive BJP Government has refused to address the genuine demands. In this light it has been decided to further intensify the struggle. All Government offices will be brought to standstill and farmers have been gathering with their tractors, carts and vehicles in District headquarters. The Rajasthan Kisan Sabha has decided to continue the struggle and not withdraw unless the anti-farmer BJP Government relents and concrete assurances are won.