Pune: The All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS), which had organised the ‘long march’ from Nashik to Mumbai and grabbed the attention and sympathy of the entire nation, is gearing up for some major struggles against the current disposition. The Kisan Sabha, an outfit aligned with the Communist Party of India (Marxist) is seeing an unprecedented image turnover since the long march, making it a crucial influencer in the run-up to the 2019 General Elections.
The AIKS has been collecting signatures from people all over the country in a ‘10 lakh farmers signature campaign’. “We have made a charter of demands which talks of the widening economic inequality, farmers’ distress and employment issues. We will be collecting 10 lakh signatures on the charter and presenting it to the government as we want the issues of the farmers to be addressed,” said Ashok Dhawale, President of the AIKS.
“We will submit these signed charters at the district collector offices across the country on August 9, the day Mahatma Gandhi gave the slogan of ‘Quit India’ against the British rule,” said Dhawale. “We will give the same message to the Modi government and its anti-poor policies and thousands of farmers will do a ‘jail bharo’ on the same day,” he added.
The farmers’ leader said that the Sabha is also planning a massive protest in September. “On September 5, the Kisan Sabha will organise a protest march of five lakh farmers to Delhi and the preparations for the same are currently underway,” he further added. There has been a 43 per cent rise in the number of farmers’ suicides and it is evident that the situation of the country is going worse by the day, he said.
Recently, an article written by veteran journalist P Sainath had floated the idea of a massive protest of all the marginalised sections of the society to Delhi. Borrowing from the same, the Kisan Sabha held a meeting and decided to prepare for a strong protest. “We are talking to multiple organisations across the sections. The idea is to bring farmers, Adivasis, Dalits, workers and unemployed youths together and to pressure the government to change the policy direction of the last 25 years,” said, Dhawale.