6 months of farmers protest: SKM, BKU to protest tomorrow despite curbs, 12 parties show support

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The farmers’ bodies protesting against the Centre’s three contentious laws have given a call for nationwide protests on 26 May to mark six months of the agitation.

The fresh move has also been supported by 12 Opposition parties including the Congress, Trinamool Congress and the Shiv Sena.

Samyukat Kisan Morcha has called for 26 May to celebrate the day of protest across the country and appealed to all the fellow citizens to put the black flags on their houses and vehicles and burn effigies of the Modi government.

Since this day also marks the “Buddha Purnima”, the celebration of Lord Buddha’s birth, nirvana and parinirvana, the Samyukta Kisan Morcha has decided that the Buddha Purnima will be celebrated in its own way on all protest sites on that day.

The Bharatiya Kisan Union(BKU) has given a call for more farmers to join the protests at the Singhu and Tikri borders of Delhi.

A statement signed by Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi, NCP chief Sharad Pawar, and Chief Ministers Uddhav Thackeray, MK Stalin and Mamata Banerjee, among others, said that the leaders have extended their support to the call given by SKM to observe a countrywide protest on 26 May ‘marking the completion of six months of the heroic peaceful Kisan struggle (sic)’.

Scores of farmers from Haryana and Punjab have left for Delhi borders to observe the ‘Black Day’ on 26 May.

The farmers are marching despite the lockdown in Punjab, Haryana and Delhi.