Prime Minister Narendra Modi has tried to win the hearts of farmers by laying the foundation stone of Noida International Airport in Uttar Pradesh, near the Indian capital Delhi. He said that the farmers of western Uttar Pradesh would be the biggest beneficiaries if the airport was opened. They will be able to export all kinds of crops including fruits and vegetables directly to the country and abroad. Apart from farmers, people of cities like Aligarh, Meerut, Mathura, Agra, Bijnor, Beroli, Moradabad will also benefit.
The peasant movement which has been going on for a year and a half has had a strong impact on the western part of Uttar Pradesh except Punjab, Haryana, Uttarakhand and Rajasthan. For this reason, the Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh early next year have left the ruling BJP deeply worried. The Prime Minister is trying to handle the situation. A few days ago, three controversial agricultural laws were announced to be repealed to deal with the losses. Now he is trying to win the hearts of the agitating farmers.
At the groundbreaking ceremony of the International Airport at Noida Jewar near Delhi, he brought up the issue of farmers’ benefits. The Prime Minister said that the employment for this airport will be for millions of people. The people of West-Uttar Pradesh will benefit.
Just as the Prime Minister is desperate to win the hearts of the farmers, the peasantry is increasing the pressure on them to realize their demands. Today marks one year since the siege of Delhi by the farmers. On this occasion, the United Kisan Morcha has taken a program to increase the presence of farmers in the three borders of Delhi. Farmers from different parts of Punjab, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh have started coming to Delhi on November 26 to gather at the Singhu, Tikri and Gazipur border. The idea of the Morcha leaders is that there will be a gathering of lakhs of farmers at the three borders. The next day, on November 26, the Morcha leadership will hold a meeting and take the next step of the movement.
Morcha leader Hannan Mollah told Prothom Alo yesterday that their next step depends on the Prime Minister. He said a letter had been sent to the Prime Minister on behalf of the Morcha. The demands of the farmers have been informed in it. Farmers have been asked to sit down to discuss this. Somehow the reply to that letter came by Friday. If the government agrees to negotiate one way or the other. In that case, the nature of the Morcha movement will be decided during the parliamentary session. That decision will be made on Saturday. Apart from gatherings at Delhi’s three borders, farmers will also gather in each state capital on Friday.