Punjab Congress’ Kisan and Khet Mazdoor Cell on Thursday announced to offer a bowl brimmed with blood of farmers and labourers to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and gherao him during his visit to Chandigarh on June 21 to observe International Yoga Day.
While interacting with media persons, the cell’s state chairman Inderjit Singh Zira, who kicked off a tour on Thursday from Amritsar to collect blood of debt ridden farmers and farm-labourers across the state, alleged that they have chalked out the program as the PM is “sucking blood” of members of both the communities by implementing policies which are against their interests.
He said, “The condition of farmers and labourers has deteriorated so much so that daily 4-5 persons are committing suicide. Despite being biggest contributors in the central pool of foodgrain, Punjab’s farmers are struggling for their livelihood now.”
“India used to import petrol and diesel from Iraq while would import Basmati rice from India. But Modi stopped importing petroleum products from Iraq and replaced it with Syria. As a result, Iraq stopped purchasing Basmati from India, thereby pushing the farmer community of Punjab into deep mess”, he added.
He said Modi had vowed to implement report of Swaminathan commission, which is the only solution to farmers’ crisis, and waive debt on them, but he forgot that. “So, we will offer him the blood to remind him of the promise he had made in the election manifesto and awaken him to redress the condition of farmers who are opting to end their precious lives. We will also gherao him”, he added.
Detailing about the programme, Zira said they have divided all districts into seven zones and blood will be collected from two farmers of each zone. He said he would visit to Barnala, Bathinda and Mansa districts on Friday to collect the blood.
At the office of Amritsar district Congress committee (rural), he collected the blood of farmer Raghbir Singh, resident of village Sairon (Amritsar district), and Ranjit Singh, resident of village Gaddiwind (Tarn Taran district).