skm: SKM: Stay on farm laws can be lifted any day and therefore its repeal is the only solution, Morcha never approached the SC | India News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court might have questioned the farmers on continuing with their protests when the matter is sub-judice and none of the contentious farm laws are in force, but the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) – the joint platform of farmer unions spearheading the movement – on Monday said it had never approached the apex court or any other Court for the resolution of the core issues, and the stay on implementation of farm laws can be lifted any day and therefore repeal of the laws is the only solution.
“SKM has always believed that the three central laws which reflect the anti-farmer policy directions adopted by the Union government have to be repealed by the government itself. Towards this, SKM has also written to the President and the Prime Minister asking for dialogue to be resumed and demands to be fulfilled. SKM did not approach the Court even on the constitutionality matter,” said the Morcha while reacting to the SC’s observation.
It noted that though it is important that the state government’s constitutional authority over agriculture has to be restored and strengthened, it is equally important to realise that the issues with the farm laws are not just about constitutionality or lack thereof.
“It is about the implications of the farm laws on farmers and the death blow to their fragile livelihoods. While the laws might have been suspended from implementation, for now, SKM realises that the stay can be lifted any day. Therefore, the movement has insisted on a full repeal of the laws,” said nine leaders in a statement issued on behalf of the Morcha.
The SC’s observation came while considering a writ petition filed by Rajasthan-based farmer outfit Kisan Mahapanchayat, seeking permission to protest at Jantar Mantar in the Capital. This group has, in fact, never been aligned with the SKM even as it has been opposed to the farm laws and demanding legal guarantees to procurement at minimum support price (MSP).
On the issue of demand of protest at Jantar Mantar, the SKM sought to remind what it did to organise ‘Kisan Sanasd’ during the monsoon session of the Parliament in July-August.
It said the SKM did not have to knock on the doors of any court. It had fully fulfilled the conditions with which it obtained Delhi Police’s permission and cooperation for organising the same, it added.
“Therefore, there is no question of the farmers’ movement entering the Courts and seeking justice, and protesting at the same time. The petitioner, in this case, has got nothing to do with SKM,” said the Morcha.
The court’s rulings can, however, apply to entities that are not represented before it. The court on Monday also issued notice to 43 farmer leaders representing different farm groups within the SKM on the matter of blocking the highways.
Reacting to this, the SKM, however, said the roads were blocked by the Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi Police as the farmers did not put up any barricades or blockades. “Farmers have kept the roads clear for traffic on both sides at the Morcha sites. Public inconvenience, if any, is being caused by the police which has barricaded the highways,” said the SKM in the statement.
It said, “SKM has always maintained that farmers did not put up any barricades or blockades on the roads. It was the Haryana, UP, and Delhi Police who did so…Farmers have also maintained that the agitation can be resolved if the Union government does not behave in this egoistic, adamant and unjustifiable manner. The nine leaders who stated on behalf of the SKM include farmer leaders such as Balbir Singh Rajewal, Darshan Pal, Gurnam Singh Charuni, Hannan Mollah, Jagjit Singh Dallewal, Joginder Singh Ugrahan, Shivkumar Sharma ‘Kakkaji’, Yudhvir Singh and Yogendra Yadav.

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