Peasant leader Gurnam Singh Chaduni launches political party to contest 117 seats in Punjab
Union Bharatiya Kisan (BKU) leader Gurnam Singh Chaduni launched his political party called Sanyukt Sangharsh Party on Saturday.
At a press conference today, Chaduni said the party plans to run for the 117 seats in the upcoming Punjab polls. He said, however, that he would not contest the elections from the Punjab.
Chaduni led the farmers’ agitation against the Center over the Three Farm Laws and was instrumental in mobilizing farmers at Delhi’s Punjab and Haryana borders for over a year. the laws have been repealed in November of this year.
Earlier on November 26, the BKU leader proposed to place a “Punjab model” in front of the country so that the rest of the states could follow suit. “I don’t dispute the Punjab polls, but I bring people together to challenge and present a model (of governance). We will form our own party for the polls… If our government comes to the Punjab, the whole country in 2024 (national) the polls will adopt the Punjab model ”, then declared the head of the BKU.
“We run the ‘Punjab Mission’ – those with votes should rule, not those with money. If the first reigns, the laws will be made in favor of the voters, but if it is the second, then the laws will be made in favor of the rich, ”he added, ANI news agency reported.
In addition to being active during farmers’ protests, Chaduni has also played a crucial role in the border state of Haryana. Haryana has witnessed Chaduni’s protests over farmers’ problems for over a decade now, often deploying techniques such as climbing water tanks, standing in the middle of a river for days or leading. a parade of semi-clad farmers.
August 28 of this year, It was at Chaduni’s call that the protesters attempted to go to a BJP event in Karnal, attended by, among others, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar. Police crackdown has left several injured farmers and the Khattar government on its back, with unsavory episodes including the transfer of sub-divisional magistrate Ayush Sinha. It also reinforced the fact that the Chaduni-led unrest in Haryana kept the state administration on guard for nearly a year.
The BJP and the JJP, however, accuse Chaduni of “playing politics”. “He wants to become another Arvind Kejriwal through the turmoil,” Haryana Interior Minister Anil Vij said. Agriculture and Farmer Welfare Minister JP Dalal said: “Chaduni is operating under instructions from Congress. He is not a chief farmer but an arhtiya.