Pune: The Rashtriya Kisan Mahasangh (RKM), which is leading the ongoing farmer’s strike in various parts of the country, has come out with a statement dissociating itself from the farmers’ meet with Rahul Gandhi announced by the Congress party on June 6, saying that they will not entertain any political attempt to hijack the struggle.
The Mahasangh, which consists of various farmers organisations, has been at the forefront in organising the week-long strike where farmers have decided to not supply their produce to the urban areas, preferring to throw it away or let it go waste instead. The farmers have long been demanding the implementation of the recommendations of the Swaminathan Commission report along with other demands like loan relaxations, farmers’ pensions, etc.
The Mahasangh, in its statement, said that it considers itself and the strike, ‘apolitical’. The statement said, “The farmers protest led by the Mahasangh is seeing a good response in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Chattisgarh and Uttar Pradesh and the government is trying to crush the struggle,” adding, “In lieu of which, announcement by Rahul Gandhi regarding meeting with farmers in Mandsaur, MP, on June 6, seems like an attempt to hijack the struggle. The Congress should first clear its stand about the strike.”
Talking about the insensitivity of the current government, the statement said, “It has been 3 days since the strike began and there has been no response from the government. It seems like the government has no interest in solving the issues of the farmers and instead the Agriculture Minister and Haryana Chief Minister have made insensitive comments about farmers,” adding, “If the government remains silent, this will prove to be the silence before the storm.”
The statement was under the signature of Rohit Gidde Patil, a core committee member of the Mahasangh.