On a day the BJP, at its first meeting of new office-bearers, passed a resolution thanking the PM for reforms in the agriculture sector, farm unions held a massive rally in Barnala on Sunday, a clear indication that the farm stir has not lost steam and that the protesters are prepared for a long haul.
At the ‘maha rally’, Sanyukt Kisan Morcha leaders gave a call to Punjabis to reach Delhi in large numbers on February 27 when the agitation completes three months.
They appealed to the women to celebrate International Women’s Day (March 8) at Singhu and Tikri.
Seating arrangements for the rally were made on a 9 lakh sq ft area. Despite police arrangements for managing traffic, there were massive traffic jams. Joginder Singh Ugrahan called the January 26 incident a government plot. “A group was acting on the directions of the authorities. Its members had raised the Khalistan issue earlier. This stir is about saving livelihoods not only in Punjab but across India,” he stresssed. It was for the first time that Sanyukt Kisan Morcha leaders spoke from the BKU (Ugrahan) dais.