Intensifying their agitation against the state government for non-fulfilment of the promises made earlier this month, BKU (Ekta Ugraha) and Punjab Khet Mazdoor Union have decided to boycott the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) in villages and raise black flags during campaigning by its leaders.Besides, the unions have also decided to gherao offices of deputy commissioners in seven districts including Bathinda, Mansa, Sangrur, Barnala, Moga, Muktsar and Faridkot on March 20.
It is pertinent to mention here that the Punjab government had struck a `70-crore deal with protesting farmers in Bathinda on February 18 after the protesters had laid a siege to the district administrative complex for seven days.
The state government had then agreed to release the pending amount of compensation to families of the farmers, who had committed suicide owing to debt and to give possession of plots to homeless farmers besides giving compensation of `3 lakh each to 221 families of Gobindpura in Mansa district displaced for setting up of a thermal power plant there. But, the unions allege no promise has been fulfilled.
“The government had then also agreed to our demand of five-marla plots to the homeless, handing over of possession within a week to those who had been allotted plots and a week’s time for others to apply for them. But nothing has been done so far," said BKU (Ugraha) general secretary Sukhdev Singh Kokarikalan.
“We would raise black flags during election rallies by SAD leaders in villages and ask the people to vote for anyone else, but not for SAD.