Chandigarh, June 4: Farmers’ orgainsation in Punjab on Monday decided to revoke their on-going nationwide strike on June 6, after reports of clashes between farmers and milk vendors in Punjab. The farmers, under the banner of Rashtriya Kisan Maha Sangh decided to hold a 10-day nationwide strike from June 1.
Farmers from Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Punjab, and Haryana started a 10-day nationwide strike demanding waiver of loans, right price for their crops and implementation of recommendations of Swaminathan Commission. However, after carrying out the strike for four days, they have now decided to call it off. The four-day strike led to a spike in vegetable prices in cities such as Mumbai, Delhi and Jaipur due to disrupted supplies.
Balbir Singh Rajewal, state president of the Bhartiya Kisan Union (Rajewal) said at a press conference that Progressive Dairy Farmers Association had requested them to call off the strike. He added that some anti-social elements had infiltrated their protest and kept harassing the common man.
Rajewal said that the farmer unions never asked anyone to resort to violence; only to stop the vegetables and milk supply. After seeing the violence, they thought it was better to call off the strike.
On June 2, farmers and milk vendors engaged in a clash in which shots were fired.
The strike will be formally revoked on June 6, after paying tribute to the six farmers who died in an agitation last year, a newspaper reported.