September 26, 2021

Jharkhand: Farmers Convention Reinforces Commitment to Strengthen Struggle

Sufal Mahato

ON September 12, a state-level farmers convention was held in Ranchi, and a call for strengthening September 27th Bharat Bandh was given.
P Krishna Prasad, executive member of Rashtriya Samyukt Kisan Morcha and national treasurer of All India Kisan Sabha as the keynote speaker said that to save tribal farming, the demand for modernisation of farming through cooperative farming and crop-based industry must be forcefully raised.

He said, “Hemant Soren government should pass a resolution in the assembly against the three farm laws. The farmers' movement will go beyond 2024 if the Modi government does not repeal these laws. Farming is becoming unprofitable and forcing the farmer to become a migrant labourer.”

Demanding that the Jharkhand government should take an initiative for the scheme of alternative farming, Prasad said the farmers' movement, which has been going on for last nine months, has taken a historic form. The farmers-workers will make the Bharat Bandh of September 27 historic event.

Raja Ram Singh, general secretary of the All India Kisan Mahasabha said that if the agriculture law is not reversed, then farmers will reverse Modi government. Kisan Mahsabha state president and former MP Bhuvneshwar Mehta said that the movement will continue till the retraction of the farm laws. Sufal Mahto, state convener of Jharkhand State Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee said that the farmers' movement has taken the form of an independence struggle. Farmers will come back after winning or dying. The nine months of the farmers' movement and the martyrdom of more than 600 farmers will not go in vain. In the Bharat Bandh on 27, the farmer will be on the road with a plough and bull. Surjit Sinha, general secretary of Jharkhand State Kisan Sabha, said that the agriculture law has to be repealed. Kisan Mahasabha's Puran Mahto, K D Singh, Daymani Barla, Basvi Kindo, Ganesh Mahto, Lakhan Mahto, Rajendra Gope, former MLA Rajkumar Yadav, Haldhar Mahto, CITU general secretary Mithlesh Singh and others addressed the convention.  All India Yagya Kisan Sabha general secretary Mahendra Pathak, presented the resolution.

Surjit Sinha, Puran Mahto, Rajendra Gop, K D Singh were in the presidium. On this occasion Motesham, Char Bhagat, Jagdish Mahto, Birendra Kumar, Hare Krishna Mahto, Surendra Mahto, Subal Mallick of Jharkhand State Kisan Sabha was also present. Farmers’ representatives from across the state participated in this convention.

Slogans were being raised to repeal the farm laws, enact a law on MSP, and for successful September 27 Bharat Bandh.