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Punjab farmer organizations will continue to stop the journey of passenger trains, Chief Minister expresses disappointment

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| Updated: 19 Nov 2020, 12:39:00 AM

Chandigarh, November 18 (Language) Various farmer organizations of Punjab on Wednesday decided to continue the decision to block the route of passenger trains. At the same time, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh criticized this ‘nonchalant’ stand of farmer organizations who have been sympathetic to the movement. Farmers’ organizations decided in the meeting here that they would consider letting the passenger trains run if the state and the Center start operating the goods trains first. It is worth mentioning that due to weeks of deadlock between farmers, center and railways, fertilizer, power in the state

Chandigarh, November 18 (Language) Various farmer organizations of Punjab on Wednesday decided to continue with the decision to block the passage of passenger trains. At the same time, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh criticized this ‘nonchalant’ stand of farmer organizations who have been sympathetic to the movement. Farmers’ organizations decided in the meeting here that they would consider letting the passenger trains run if the state and the Center start operating the goods trains first. It is worth mentioning that due to weeks of deadlock between farmers, Center and Railways, the supply of essential materials including fertilizer, coal for power houses has been affected in the state. Railways have refused to restore the operations of goods trains in Punjab. Railways say that either it will operate both the goods train and the passenger train or it will not operate any. Farmers are opposing the agricultural laws implemented by the Center and they allege that this will end the minimum support price system. Farmer leader Ruldu Singh told reporters that the central government has adopted an ‘obstinate’ attitude towards the farmers, traders and workers of Punjab, which we condemn. It has been almost a month since farmer organizations have decided not to disrupt the goods trains. He said that if the center starts operating goods trains first, after that they will consider letting the passenger trains run. Singh, leader of the Punjab Kisan Union, said, “The central government should start operating the goods trains first and after that we will decide on an emergency meeting on the operation of passenger trains.” If we start, we will think about passenger trains. “Farmers’ organizations met in Delhi with Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal and Minister of State for Commerce Som Prakash. . Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh expressed disappointment over the decision of the farmers unions to refuse to end the rail blockade and said that because of this the state has been paralyzed for the last one and a half months. In a statement, the Chief Minister termed the decision of the farmers unions extremely unfortunate and said that their blockade for passenger trains is also preventing movement of goods trains. He said that he hoped that he would give up his obstinate attitude in the interest of Punjab, especially given that the Punjab government was fully supporting him. At the same time, Ruldu Singh said that representatives of about 30 farmer organizations are ready to go by tractor to perform Delhi on 26 and 27 November against agricultural laws. He told, “Millions of farmers are ready to go to Delhi by tractor. On not allowing protests in Delhi due to the Corona virus epidemic, he said it was an ‘excuse’. Singh said, “Whether they allow it or not, we are all set to go to Delhi.” It is noteworthy that the ‘Delhi Chalo’ demonstration called for a forum of 200 farmers’ organizations across the country. All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee has done it. In response to another question, he said that farmers are protesting in front of the house of BJP leaders in the state. He was asked if he would also surround BJP President JP Nadda if he comes to Punjab? To this Singh said that he would definitely do so. It is noteworthy that Nadda will digitally inaugurate the party office of 10 districts of Punjab on 19 November. After this, a three-day visit to Punjab is proposed to review the party’s preparedness in view of the 2022 assembly elections.

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