Ruchika M Khanna
Tribune press service
Chandigarh, January 10
The Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ekta-Ugrahan), the largest farmers’ organization in Punjab, announced on Monday that it would not participate in the legislative elections or support the Sanyukt Samaj Morcha (SSM) led by Balbir Singh Rajewal. However, he would not “oppose” the SSM in any constituency.
Has committees in 1,400 villages
- From 800 villages before Delhi, the Ugrahan union now has committees in 1,400 villages
- These committees have succeeded in reaching the women of these villages.
- In addition, he expanded his base in the areas bordering Hry, R’sthan
The announcement is important because the BKU (Ekta-Ugrahan) has a lot of influence in the Malwa belt which includes 69 of the 117 constituencies of the Assembly. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had hoped to make gains in the rural segments in alliance with the SSM, but it did not work. The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), who has his voice bank in rural Punjab, could also see a split in his voices.
Joginder Singh Ugrahan, chairman of BKU (Ekta-Ugrahan), said that, but for the newly formed SSM, other parties would be asked about their position on various agricultural issues mentioned in their manifesto.
“All farmers’ organizations, including those that are part of the SSM, will meet on January 15 to discuss the demands that have yet to be met by the Union government,” he added. Contacted, Rajewal said he was sure of Ugrahan’s support. “It’s just a pretext,” he said. “The sharing of seats with Gurnam Singh Charuni’s Sanyukt Sangharsh Party will be announced soon,” he added.