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Farmers Protests

Khedut Chetna Yatra (Farmers’ Awareness Yatra) – farmers’ attempt to wake the slumbering government

Sanyukt Khedut Sangharsh Samiti – Gujarat
Jameen Adhikar Andolan – Gujarat (JAAG)
C/o Khet Bhavan, Near Gandhi Ashram, Ahmedabad 380 027
Contact: 94093 07693
19th May 2015
PRESSNOTE
To,
Editor/Bureau Chief,
Khedut Chetna Yatra (Farmers’ Awareness Yatra) – farmers’ attempt to wake the slumbering government
The newly elected NDA government, in December 2014, had sought to undermine the newly enacted and hitherto unimplemented LARR Act, 2013 through an ordinance. The ordinance was met with severe resistance and protest at the ground level from people’s organisations and farmers. Looking at the groundswell of opinion against the provisions of the ordinance, it looked as if the government would heed this voice and repeal the ordinance. Looking at the popular discontent against the ordinance, the RSS and its affiliate organisations like the Bharatiya Kisan Sangh and the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh also joined forces and gave an impression of being in solidarity with the farmers.
This was a charade; their compromise with the ruling dispensation was imminent. Their past record of misleading farmers is there before us; this is an addition to that list. Today’s newspaper reports suggest that the RSS has “realised” that the ordinance is in the interests of farmers and labourers.
Such blatant double-speak is only possible by the RSS. No other organisation in the country has ever cheated the people of the country like the RSS, in the name of religion and ‘Indian culture’. There can be no greater or better opportunity for the people of the country to recognise the reality of the RSS than this blatant betrayal. The public proclamations are an eyewash, the reality is diametrically opposed to the public face. The common people should look through this farce and rid society of such back-stabbing forces.
Sagar Rabari                           Chandubhai Shingala                          Dahyabhai Gajera
Jayesh Patel                            Pradyumnasinh Chudasama               Bharatsinh Jhala
Naranbhai Chauhan                Bhavubhai (Sandhida)

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