As the recent shift of powers took place in Punjab and the state saw a change of Chief Minister amid the political debacle, the ongoing farmers movement that has its roots in the Haryana-Punjab states mostly was bound to have its significant outlook as well. The Bhartiya Kisan Union has welcomed Charanjit Singh Channi as the replacement of Capt. Amarinder Singh, with whom the farmers weren’t very happy.
However, the Union has maintained firmly that irrespective of the leader, it will not share the stage with any political party. While responding to the allegations that the farm protests are being funded by the opposition parties to create problems for the Centre, the BKU has clearly refuted them and implied that they are mere false speculations.
Saurabh Upadhyay, a spokesperson for the BKU has been quoted as saying that “First and foremost, this is not a protest run by any political party or opposition. It is a farmers’ movement against the three new anti-farmer laws brought out by the BJP-led government”. While admitting that the current opposition is weak, Upadhyay mentioned that still he is thankful to the new Chief Minister of Punjab for supporting their movement. He has reportedly added that a ‘Bharat Bandh’ has been called on the coming 27th of September, in continuation of the protests that have now been going on for almost two years now. Notably 11 rounds of talk have been held with the farm leaders by the Centre, but not one has been successful and hence, the deadlock continues.