Shamlat land: BKU starts two-day protest outside Haryana CM, other ministers’ houses

Updated on Aug 26, 2022 04:07 AM IST

Farmers associated with the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Charuni) on Thursday started their two-day panchayats outside the houses of HaryanaCM and his cabinet colleagues.

The farmers accused the BJP-JJP state government of ignoring their demand of an amendment in the land Act keeping in view the April judgment of the Supreme Court over shamlat deh (village common) land. Farmers from Karnal, Panipat and Sonepat took out a protest march towards the Haryana CM’s house in Prem Nagar. (HT Photo)
The farmers accused the BJP-JJP state government of ignoring their demand of an amendment in the land Act keeping in view the April judgment of the Supreme Court over shamlat deh (village common) land. Farmers from Karnal, Panipat and Sonepat took out a protest march towards the Haryana CM’s house in Prem Nagar. (HT Photo)
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Farmers associated with the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Charuni) on Thursday started their two-day panchayats outside the residences of Haryana chief minister and his cabinet colleagues.

The farmers accused the BJP-JJP state government of ignoring their demand of an amendment in the land Act keeping in view the April judgment of the Supreme Court over shamlat deh (village common) land.

Farmers from Karnal, Panipat and Sonepat districts gathered at Jat Dharamshala and took out a protest march towards the chief minister’s residence in Prem Nagar. Amid heavy police deployment and barricading, they were stopped near the residence of the CM and they started their protest peacefully and did not raise any slogan against the government.

The farmers were demanding that the government should hold a special session to pass a law effecting an amendment in the land Act keeping in view the April judgment of the Supreme Court over shamlat deh land.

Later, union leader Gurnam Singh Charuni also reached the panchayat and accused the BJP leaders and staff at CM’s residence of not making arrangements of water, food and shelter for the farmers despite they had given the call a few days ago.

“This land was given by the farmers for common purposes. Now, this biggest panchayat of the state will decide who the owner of the land is,” he added.

He alleged that the government wanted to snatch the “jumla malkan”, “mustafa malkan” and “deh samlat” land from the farmers by changing mutation in the name of panchayats and urban local bodies. He said the said land belonged to farmers and they have been cultivating it for the last several decades.

The panchayats will continue on Friday and the next decision will be taken if the government does not give any response. Later, the farmers also raised anti-BJP slogans and accused the chief minister of not taking any steps to address this issue.

Farmers start sit-in outside Vij and Kanwar Pal’s houses

Ambala : Farmers under the banner of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Charuni) on Thursday started a two-day sit-in outside the private residences of home minister Anil Vij in Ambala Cantt and education minister Kanwar Pal in Jagadhri, demanding a special session in the assembly on the shamlat land issue.

Union leader Gurnam Singh Charuni led the protests in Yamunanagar, where they were stopped by the police outside Shivpuri Colony.

“We had decided earlier that anti-government slogans would not be raised. However, due to their behaviour and treatment, we are bound to. The minister here (Kanwar Pal) is said to have left already. We will wait for him or any of his representatives,” Charuni told the reporters, further calling for a ban on their entries to the villages if the demand is not met.

According to the BJP, the education minister is on an eight-day official tour to a foreign country starting Thursday.

In Ambala, farmers led by district president Malkit Singh sat outside the gate of Shastri Colony on the NH-44, where Vij’s residence is located.

On being asked about the protest, Vij said that the farmers have a right to dissent. However, the Supreme Court’s judgment on it is being examined.

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