The Kisan andolan is organizing programs in many states in the form of yatras and mahapanchayats. Everywhere, it is winning increasing support amongst all sections of the working people.
Kisans in different regions of the country have announced many programs to mark Shaheedi Divas — the martyrdom day of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Shaheed Sukhdev, and Shaheed Rajguru. District, and Tehsil level programs will be held everywhere on March 23. They are preparing to organise a Bharat Bandh on March 26 to mark 4 months of the protest at Delhi borders. On the occasion of Holi, March 28, kisan organisations have announced that they will burn copies of the three anti farmer laws all over the country.
Farmer organisations have announced plans to organise a “Shaheed Yadgar Kisan Mazdoor Padyatra” between March 18 and 23. These marches will begin in different places in Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab and conclude at the borders of Delhi. They will join the Shaheedi Divas events marking the 90th anniversary of the martyrdom of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Shaheed Sukhdev, and Shaheed Rajguru at the Delhi borders. One padayatra will start on March 18 from Lal Sadak Hansi in Hisar in Haryana and will reach Tikri Border. Another will start from Khatkar Kalan village in Punjab and pass through Panipat before reaching Singhu Border, and the third padayatra will begin in Mathura and will be headed towards Palwal.
A unity march is being organised by kisans and youth beginning March 25 from Punjab which will conclude at the Tikri and Singhu borders. The march is being organised to commemorate the martyrdom of Navreet Singh, the young kisan who died during the Tractor Rally in Delhi on January 26. The appeal for the unity march has been issued in the name of Baspu Hardeep Singh Dibdiba, the grandfather of Shaheed Navreet Singh. The march will start from Moga and pass Ludhiana, Doraha, Khanna, Gobindgarh, Sirhind, Rajpura, Shambhu, Ambala, Kurushetra, Karnal, Panipat, Sonipat on the way to Delhi borders. The rally is aimed at strengthening unity of the Kisan andolan, and stepping up the struggle for the repeal of the anti Kisan laws.
Preparations are taking place all over the country for a Sampoorna Bharat Bandh on March 26. The Bandh will take place at village, tehsil, district, and state levels. The call for Bandh has received support from trade unions, traders and arthiya associations, workers’ unions, including agricultural workers unions, transporter associations, teachers’ associations, youth and students associations.
Several kisan organisations have committed to mobilising thousands of people at the protest sites at a time when the protesting farmers would be making preparations for the harvesting of the wheat crop.
Earlier, the Kisan Adhikar Yatra in Odisha reached Kashipur in Gajapati district on 15th March. The yatra is getting stronger with the support of kisans and local people, and a number of small meetings have been organised all along the route. In Bihar, all seven yatras returned to Patna after covering 35 districts of the state. Together, the Bihar yatras covered over 2000 villages and included over 300 meetings.
On 18th March, kisans organised under the banner of the Samyukta Kisan Morcha, Madhya Pradesh, submitted memorandums to the Chief Minister raising their demands. This was carried out at the district and tehsil level. They raised the problems faced by kisans and agricultural workers in Madhya Pradesh. They demanded that the state government create mechanisms to ensure that the kisans receive MSP for wheat, chana, masar dal and other crops. They demanded that the government waive their debts. They demanded a stoppage to the loot of kisans by the electricity department.