In Majha, bandh succeeded, but SGPC keeps its offices open
The Bharat Bandh took place peacefully in the Majha region of Punjab without any untoward incident, although the closure received a good response in Amritsar, Tarn Taran, Gurdaspur, Pathankot.
Jamhoori Kisan Sabha and other farmers’ unions in SKM organized protests at various locations in Rayya, Jandiala, Majitha, Kathu Nangal, Attari, Ajnala of Amritsar district.
The leaders who addressed the rallies at various locations were Rattan Singh Randhawa, Balwinder Singh Dudhala, Harjit Singh Mina, Dawinder Singh, Mehtab Singh, Gurnam Singh, Dhanwant Singh Khatrai, Baba Arjan Singh, Muklitar Singh Mullawa, Socha Singh A, between others.
The Kisan Mazdoor Sangarsh (KMSC) committee in Punjab organized separate protests in different parts of Majha. They also blocked the entrance to Amritsar by organizing a dharna at the Golden Gate.
“We held separate gatherings in 30 locations in Amritsar and a total of 84 locations throughout Punjab. We have also blocked the Amritsar-Delhi railway line, ”said Satnam Singh Pannu, President of KMSC.
Students also staged protests on the Guru Nanak Dev University campus where most classes were suspended.
This time, the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak committee did not close its offices in response to Bharat bandh’s appeal from the farmers’ unions.
The SGPC officially closed its offices during the call to the unions in Bharat Bandh on March 26.
This time, several SGPC employees struggled to get to the office because no transportation was available.
Although the SGPC has made no official statement, sources said the elected supreme body of the Sikhs was not satisfied with the alleged attack on SAd protesters by militant farmers at the Tikri border at the time. that they were returning after participating in the party’s dharna on agricultural issues in Delhi on September 17th. .
The SGPC has invested resources in the farmers’ protest over the past year in the form of compensation to farm families who died in the protest, langar, medical services, makeshift toilets, tents, etc.
Farmers’ unions, however, did not respond to Bibi Jagir Kaur’s demand for strict action in the Tikri border incident.
Meanwhile, SAD spokesperson Virsa Singh Valtoha said, “Akali Dal supported the farmers’ struggle and our workers participated in the protest in various places. We support the protest in principle. But it is also true that some farmers’ unions have acted irresponsibly and this is the reason for the attack on Akali workers at the Singhu and Tikri border on September 17th. Now people in general have started to question the behavior of some farmers’ unions, which have political interests. Such unions undermine the cause of farmers.