NEW DELHI, India: The Samyukta Kisan Morcha, a Federation of around 500 Farmer Organizations, has announced not to appear before any Committee to be formed by the Indian Super Court today (January 12) because of the Modi government’s intransigence on the issue of farm laws.
In a Press Release, the Samyukta Kisan Morcha said that all the farmer organizations which are spearheading the fight against the farm laws are unanimous in their decision that laws must be repealed forthwith.
The Samyukta Kisan Morcha said that though all organizations express great respect for the Hon’ble Indian Supreme Court for its understanding of the problem and comforting words expressed during the hearing held on Monday.
While all organizations welcome the suggestions of the Hon’ble Supreme Court to stay the implementation of the farm laws, they are collectively and individually not willing to participate in any proceedings before a Committee that may be appointed by the Hon’ble Supreme Court.
Looking to the attitude and approach of the government which made it clear before the Court on January 11 repeatedly that they will not agree to the discussion for repeal before the Committee.
The Samyukta Kisan Morcha said that as requested by our lawyers before the Hon’ble Supreme Court today repeatedly they had no instructions to agree for the Committee without consulting the organization involved, we met our lawyers on Monday evening at length and after deliberation on the pros and cons of the suggestions of to the Committee, we informed them that we are unanimously not agreeable to go before any Committee.
The Committee may be appointed by the Hon’ble Supreme Court on Tuesday due to the stubborn attitude of the government.
It further said that the Hon’ble Supreme Court was requested by our lawyers as also by other lawyers including Sh Harish Salve to fix the hearing to again tomorrow (January 12) to enable them to consult the organizations and seek their consent to the suggestion of the Hon’ble Court.
However, we have been told that no such hearing has been fixed for tomorrow (January 12) as per the Cause List already published for tomorrow till 9:00 pm and that only the matters are listed for pronouncements for order by the Hon’ble Court.
The Samyukta Kisan Morcha said that these events have deeply disappointed us, our lawyers, and also farmers at large.
Therefore, it has been decided to release this press statement to let the world know our stand in the matter.
“Farmers and we as their representatives once again express our gratitude to the Hon’ble Supreme Court but regret our inability to accede their suggestions,” the farmer organizations said.
Since our struggle is for the welfare of hundreds of millions of farmers across the Country, and it is in the larger public interest while the government falsely propagates that agitation is confined only to farmers of Punjab, thousands of farmers from Haryana, UP, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, MP, Maharashtra and some other states are assembled on the borders of Delhi while thousands more are protesting at various places of different states at this very moment.