Here an SKM, there an SKM, and the threat to farmers’ unity

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Here an SKM, there an SKM, and the threat to farmers’ unity

Ramlila Maidan Farm Mahapanchayat: Samyukta Kisan Morcha’s success in getting permission for a mahapanchayat in Delhi even as its splinter outfit, the SKM (Non-Political) languishes at the Shambhu border, has created unease in the farm movement. GoI has played a smart political hand, but will the two groups resolve differences for the sake of their common goals like legal guarantee for MSP?

 

Farmers are back in the national capital. The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) had given a call to farmers across the country to congregate at the historic Ramlila Maidan on March 14 for a “mahapanchayat” to pressure the Union government to deliver on their promises on MSP, crop damage compensation and other agrarian issues.

Even as the SKM is organising this grand meeting, its splinter faction which is known as SKM (non-political) is holding fort at the Shambhu and Khanauri borders that separate Punjab from Haryana. Questions are being asked if there are schisms between the two farmers’ groups.

One can assume there is a widening gulf, just by reading the writing on the wall or even their press releases. The splinter faction overtly calls itself the SKM (non-political) or SKM(NP) because it wants to distinguish itself from the larger body of farmers’ unions – SKM though both groups are essentially demanding the same things.

SKM And SKM (Non-Political)

The reason for the schism is believed to be the strong non-political stance of SKM(NP). The SKM (non-political) wanted to distinguish themselves from the earlier farm leaders who had quit SKM and contested in the Punjab elections.

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