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Friday, 9 October 2020

Farm unions call for 6-hr ‘chakka jam’ on November 3

Tribune News Service

Kurukshetra, October 8

Farmer leaders from different states, who gathered in Kurukshetra today to chalk out further strategy against the three farm laws, have called for a nationwide 'chakka jam' and decided to block the national highways across the nation for six hours on November 3.

Leaders of around 30 farmer unions and organisations from Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi had gathered at Kamboj Dharmashala today. Bhartiya Kisan Union (Charuni) chief Gurnam Singh said: "A meeting was organised to spread the farmers' movement across the country for which leaders from different states were here today. We have decided to block the national highways for six hours (from 10 am to 4 pm) on November 3 to mark our protest against the farm laws. Leaders in Punjab are also holding another meeting tomorrow where the further strategy and decision about next meetings will be taken. Soon, another national-level meeting of farmer unions will be held and some union leaders, especially from southern states who couldn't reach here today due to Covid or non-operation of trains, will also be invited to further strengthen the agitation."

He said: "The farmers will hold peaceful agitation and besides blocking the national highways, local units can also decide on blocking the state highways." Farmer leaders Balbir Singh Rajewal, Rampal Jat, Sewa Singh Arya, Ranjit Singh Raju, VM Singh, Prem Singh Gahlawat, Gopal Das, and Suresh Dahiya were among those who attended the meeting.

The state unit of the Shiromani Akali Dal came out in support of the farmers today and announced to observe black Dasehra and Diwali this year.

from The Tribune

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