Tripura: Samyukta Kisan Morcha urges President to ‘save agriculture, democracy’

Agartala: The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) on Monday handed over a memorandum to Tripura governor Ramesh Kumar Bais seeking legal and direct intervention of the President of India for the protection of democracy and providing minimum support price (C2 + 50%) on agricultural products.

“The memorandum was supposed to be handed over after a huge kisan rally in Agartala on June 26 but the governor said that he would receive the memorandum at 1 o’clock on Monday,” a press statement said.

SKM, formed in November 2020, is a coalition of over 40 Indian farmers’ unions to coordinate satyagraha (non-violent resistance) against the three farm acts initiated in September of the same year.

The four-member delegation of SKM, including Pabitra Kar, secretary of the Tripura state committee of the All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS), Jitendra Choudhury, president of the Gana Mukti Parishad, Ras Bihari Ghosh, secretary of AIKS, and Manik Pal, secretary of AIKS, met the governor.

Later, speaking with reporters after handing over the memorandum to governor Ramesh Kumar Bais, Pabitra Kar, secretary of Tripura state committee of AIKS, said the movement was against the black laws, which have been going on in Delhi for seven months.

“In keeping with that movement, we have handed over a memorandum to the President. The governor read our memorandum and told us it would be sent to the President,” Kar said.

Jitendra Choudhury, president of Gana Mukti Parishad, one of the members of the delegation, said, “We also mentioned the endangered democracy of the country in the memorandum with the interests of the farmers.”

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Besides, the attack on Sudhan Das, a member of the state assembly in Belonia sub-division on Sunday and the attack on the peaceful programme of CPI-M at two places in Agartala on Monday, were also raised.

Choudhury was reminded by the governor that he had promised to stop the violence within 24 hours after the May 12 attack on the opposition leader. However, within 24 hours, party workers and common people were attacked in the area of Rajya Sabha MP Jharna Das Baidya.

Chaudhury further said the governor admitted that the incident could not be allowed to continue, adding, “The governor has assured that in the next two days, he will call everyone, including the chief minister, to talk and take action.”

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