Farmers end protests. Battle won but war for MSP guarantee law to continue

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Farmers end protests. Battle won but war for MSP guarantee law to continue

Victory celebrations to start from 11th December

Nirmesh Singh , 09 Dec 2021

Current agitation stands suspended. Battle has been won and the war to ensure farmers’ rights, especially to secure Minimum Support Price (MSP) as a legal entitlement for all farmers, will continue. That’s how Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) announced the end of farmers protests after Government of India sent a formal letter to Samyukt Kisan Morcha agreeing to several pending demands of the protesting farmers. Farmers protests all over the country had forced Prime Minister Modi to repeal the three controversial farm laws.

Letter from Government to SKM

All key SKM leaders – Rakesh Tikait, Dr Darshan Pal Singh, Gurnam Singh Charuni, Yogendra Yadav, Shiv Kumar Kaka, Jagjit Singh Dallewal, Hannan Mollah and Balbir Singh Rajewal, Joginder Singh Ugrahan and Yudhvir Singh – were present when SKM announced the end of current protests today in the meeting at the Singhu border.

SKM termed the victory of farmers as historic and dedicated it to over 700 farmers who sacrificed their lives during the protests but postponed all celebrations of the victory as the nation is mourning the death of Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat and other soldiers. Celebration rallies will be taken out after 11th December 2021 when farmers leave the protest sites together in victory rallies.

SKM also asked all collectively to stay alert and ensure that promises are kept.

“Farmers’ unity, peace and patience has been the key to the victory and this will not be allowed to erode in any circumstance, vow the farmers”, added SKM

To ensure that the Government of India is keeping to its commitments made to the protesting farmers, and to chart out future course of action, SKM will hold its next meeting on January 15th in Delhi.

SKM thanked local communities at morcha sites profusely for their patience and support throughout the long agitation, and apologized to them for inconveniences caused to them. It also thanked trade unions, women’s organisations and youth/student outfits who struggled along with farmers in this agitation, lawyers who extended legal aid and solidarity, doctors who set up medical camps and gave their untiring services, various religious bodies that set up langars and fed the protestors unconditionally and uninterruptedly, various progressive organisations that stood in support including human rights groups, numerous artists who were there constantly with the movement, numerous organizations that continuously and consistently responded to SKM calls for action, highway dhaba owners and people who gave space for the Kisan Andolan to run its organisational meetings, NRIs and international farmers’ organisations and others who took up solidarity actions in their own locations,  hundreds of volunteers who participated by giving their sewa and many others including well-wishers.