- MEA reacts sharply to American Pop star Rihanna’s tweet on farmers’ agitation
- Samyukta Kisan Morcha “acknowledge” it
By Special Correspondent
New Delhi: The Samyukta Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of 41 farmer unions, spearheading the agitation against the Modi government’s three contentious agri laws, on Wednesday “acknowledged” the support of international personalities, including pop star Rihanna, on farmers’ movement in the country.
“Samyukta Kisan Morcha acknowledges the support of international personalities towards the ongoing farmers’ movement in India. On one hand, it is a matter of pride that eminent personalities are showing sensitivity towards the cause of farmers,” Morcha leader Dr. Darshan Pal said in a statement.
“While on the other hand, it is unfortunate that the Government of India is not understanding the pain of the farmers and some people are even calling peaceful farmers as terrorists,” he further stated.
Rihanna, who has 100 million followers on Twitter and is among the most-followed people on the microblogging site, on Tuesday tweeted, “why aren’t we talking about this?! #FarmersProtest, linking a CNN report on the internet shutdown near the protest site.
The Morcha also extended its support to the one-day strike of electricity workers across the country. “We strongly oppose the privatisation of the electricity sector. The Draft Electricity Amendment Bill 2020 is an attack on farmers as well as other citizens”, the Morcha said.
In the press statement, the farmer unions said the farmer movement was getting stronger day by day. After heavy support in Kisan Mahapanchayats in Uttar Pradesh, farmers have organised Mahapanchayats in Dabra and Phulbagh in Madhya Pradesh, Mehndipur in Rajasthan and Jind in Haryana. A large number of farmers will be coming to Delhi in the coming days.
The Morcha has taken note of the transport-related issues that were discussed by Kundli and Singhu enterprises and is intent on resolving the same to the extent possible.
The Morcha has also condemned the police action to stop the entry of journalists on the Singhu border.
“The government has already shut down the Internet and now the entry of media persons to the protest sites and ensuing coverage is being choked by the government. The government is fearful of the reality of this movement reaching the common people across the country and is doing its best to block communication from the protest sites,” the Morcha said.
The statement said that, by doing all this, the government wants to spread its propaganda, which the farmers will not allow at any cost. It is high time that internet services were restored, that barricading of main and internal roads was removed, that supplies were freely allowed, that innocent protesters were released, that attacks on peaceful protesters by orchestrated mobs was immediately stopped by a democratic government.
Farmers from Rajasthan and Punjab are reaching the Shahjahanpur border continuously. After the atrocities of the government, farmers have again started a dharna at Palwal border. In the coming days, a large number of farmers will reach this site from Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, they said.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of External Affairs has taken strong notice of the comments made by Rihanna, teen climate activist Greta Thunberg and others on farmers’ protests. Some Bollywood actors including Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgn, filmmaker Karan Johar and Suniel Shetty also reacted to the tweet. They said citizens should focus on the government’s efforts to resolve the ongoing farmer crisis rather than paying attention to “half-truths” and those “creating differences.”