The Sarvkhap Mahapanchayat and the district unit of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) on Saturday decided to launch a two-month non-cooperation agitation against the state government by boycotting purchase of agriculture-related vehicles to press for their demand for implementation of the Swaminthan Commission report and rollback of the amended land bill.
Addressing a gathering at Beri town of Jhajjar district, Sarvkhap Mahapanchayat state president Santosh Dahiya said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders in the state had promised to implement the Swaminathan commission report at the earliest. "But nothing has been done in this regard so far," she said.
BKU district president Rajesh Kumar demanded immediate release of farmers who were arrested by police during their demonstration at Pipli in Kurukshetra on March 5.
"The FIRs lodged in this connection should be quashed and farmers who were rounded up should be released unconditionally or else the farmers of the state would be forced to hit the roads," he threatened.
Brahma Nand, a farmer leader, also accused the BJP government of taking farmers for a ride during the election time by raising the demand for profitable minimum support prices (MSPs) of crops as per the Swaminthan Commission report and later passing an ordinance on amending the land acquisition bill to waive the condition of land owners' consent while acquiring land.