Imphal: The Left Parties in Manipur will observe June 26 as solidarity to “Save Agriculture-Save Democracy” Day of the Sanyukta Kisan Morcha.
The Farmers’ agitation in the country led by Samyukta Kisan Morcha completed 200 days of continuous protest on June 14. The occupation of main highways leading into national capital Delhi, for their demands to repeal three farm laws, taking back the Electricity (Amendment) Ordnance, 2021 and legal guarantee for the MSP. They have not only faced bone-chilling cold and winter, destructive storms, scorching summer and now, the onset of rains, have sacrificed almost more than 500 activists, but mainly, the out-and-out pro-corporate central government that is bent on pushing these laws as well as the four hated labour codes, the Left Parties said in a joint press statement released on Thursday.
June 26 marks the completion of seven month long struggle. There are several struggles, including this farmers’ agitation, against the undeclared emergency and authoritarian BJP regime that the country is experiencing today. Even those inhabiting the small island of Lakshadweep are up against these authoritarian ways of the BJP, what to talk of the complete mess they have made in countering the devastating second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, it said.
It is worth noting that June 26 is also the death anniversary of the legendary farmer leader Swami Sahajanand Saraswati , a Comrade in Arms of Jananeta Hijam Irawat Singh . The protests on June 26th will include sit-ins and protest meetings at various places in the state, it added.
The Left Parties viz. CPI, CPI (M), RSP and AIFB appealed to all units to reach out to all the sections of people to join hands in this ” Save- Agriculture , Save Democracy” Nation-Wide Action on June 26.
The Left Parties in Manipur demand that four labour codes, the three farm laws, the Electricity (Amendment) Ordnance, 2021 be repealed; minimum Support Price (MSP) for farmer produce be legally guaranteed; Universal free vaccination within a specific time frame; 10 kg free food grains per person per month to all needy and Rs7500 per month to every non income tax paying family every month; take back the policy of privatization of public sector enterprises and government departments; the government and PSU employees working day and night in the Covid-19 like and road transport, telecom and postal service’s, banks and insurance, electricity, water, education and health services etc be treated as frontline staff and compensate accordingly; and Rs 50 lakh insurance to all frontline workers including ASHA, Anganwadi employees, sanitation workers; adequate compensation to the families of the workers who died due to Covid 19.