Ruchika M Khanna
Tribune news service
Chandigarh, December 24th
Twenty-five farmers’ unions involved in the agitation against the Centre’s three farm laws have reportedly voted to run in the Punjab parliamentary elections. These unions are likely to form an alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).
Seven unions that were part of the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) have chosen to stay away from electoral politics. These are the Kirti Kisan Union, Krantikari Kisan Union, BKU-Krantikari, Doaba Sangharsh Committee, BKU-Sidhupur, Kisan Sangharsh Committee and Jai Kisan Andolan.
At a meeting in Mullanpur, near Ludhiana, on Friday, these seven unions reportedly asked the other unions not to use the SKM banner for campaigning. The BKU-Ugrahan, the largest farmers’ union in Punjab, has already announced that it will not take part in the elections.
Senior Vice President of the Kirti Kisan Union, Rajinder Singh Deepsinghwala, told The Tribune that on the 31st. It was discussed that union leaders Balbir Singh Rajewal and Harmeet Singh Kadian are contesting the AAP ticket.
Punjab CM’s offer to erect a memorial to tortured farmers and the review of SKM funds were also discussed at the meeting today.