Countrywide Farmers’ Protest On May 26 Backed By Leaders Of 12 Opposition Parties

News Desk: After Chief Minister of Punjab Captain Amarinder Singh urged the Farmer Union to put an end to the ongoing protest in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the leaders of the opposition came forward to extend their support to the farmers by releasing a joint statement on Sunday. Referring to the farmer protest as ‘heroic peaceful Kisan struggle’, the 12 opposition party leaders in the joint statement, extended their support to the call given by the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) to observe a countrywide protest on the completion of 6 months of the protest on May 26.

The leaders also added excerpts of the letter written by them to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “Repeal farm laws to protect lakhs of our annadatas becoming victims of the pandemic so that they can continue to produce food to feed the people of India,” it read and vividly reiterated that the opposition demands the immediate repeal of the farm laws and the legal entitlement to the Medium Support Price of C2+50 percent as recommended by the Swaminathan Commission. The letter said, “The Central Government must stop being obdurate and immediately resume talks with the SKM on these lines.”

The joint statement has been signed by Sonia Gandhi (Congress), H D Deve Gowda (JD-S), Sharad Pawar (NCP), Mamata Banerjee (TMC), Uddhav Thackeray (SS), M K Stalin (DMK), Hemant Soren (JMM), Farooq Abdullah (JKPA), Akhilesh Yadav (SP), Tejaswi Yadav (RJD), D Raja (CPI) and Sitaram Yechury (CPI-M).