Tribune News Service
Amritsar, October 18
The protest by farmer associations at Buttari railway station entered the 18th day on Sunday. The farmers also paid tributes to activists Harbans Singh of Sangrur and Jagtar Singh of Mansa, who have lost their lives during the protests, recently.
The farmer leaders stated that all political parties were trying to torpedo their agitation. “The political class is presently working for the corporate sector and is indifferent about the farmers and farm workers,” said farmer leader Rattan Singh Randhawa.
The farmers also demanded from the government to take action against the nexus of traders and officials involved in the purchase of paddy from Uttar Pradesh at very low prices and its sale in Punjab at Minimum Support Price.
The leaders stated that while the farmers in UP were forced to sell their produce at low prices, the traders earn huge profits by selling the same in Punjab markets. They reasoned that with the agriculture market becoming solely dependent on private traders after implementation of three farm related acts, the Punjabi farmers too would be exploited. The farmer leaders stated that the protest would continue till the government is ready to revoke all the three acts.