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Who are the two farmer leaders leading the protest?

Protesting farmers and police face off close to Shambhu border that divides northern Punjab and Haryana states, virtually 200 km from New Delhi, 14 February 2024. AP

The ‘Delhi Chalo’ march led by two farm leaders from Punjab has entered the third day. Representatives of the protesting farmers are slated to carry a 3rd spherical of talks with Union ministers Arjun Munda, Piyush Goyal and Nityanand Rai over their a number of calls for, together with a authorized assure of minimal assist value (MSP) for all crops, at 5 pm in Chandigarh on Thursday (15 February).

Two different talks held earlier in February resulted in a stalemate, resulting in farmers hitting the streets on Tuesday amid heightened safety in Delhi and Haryana. Protesting farmers had camped at Delhi borders for nearly a 12 months through the 2020-21 agitation towards the Centre’s now-repealed three agriculture legal guidelines. However who’s behind the present stir?

Let’s take a better look.

The farm leaders spearheading ‘Delhi Chalo’

The farmer unions main the present protests are completely different from people who have been on the forefront of the 2020-21 stir. Greater than 250 farmers’ unions underneath the Kisan Mazdoor Morcha (KMM) umbrella and the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (non-political) have known as the march to Delhi this time.

Whereas Sarwan Singh Pandher is the coordinator of the KMM, the SKM (non-political) is led by Jagjit Singh Dallewal.

SKM (non-political) is a splinter of the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) which led the 2020-21 farmers’ protest.

In response to Indian Specific, the KMM and the SKM (non-political) are umbrella our bodies of farm unions throughout India. Nevertheless, the Delhi Chalo march mainly entails farmer teams from Punjab and Haryana.

Who’s Sarwan Singh Pandher?

Pandher is the convener of the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee (KMSC) primarily based in Punjab’s Amritsar. KMSC has a presence in 16 districts of the state, as per Indian Specific.

The union was part of the 2020-21 stir however took its personal calls through the yearlong farmers’ agitation.

In response to a Hindustan Occasions (HT) report, the 51-year-old KMSC chief belongs to the Pandher village within the Fatehgarh Churian space of the Gurdaspur district. He’s a graduate who beforehand labored for Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ekta-Ughrahan).

In December 2020, the KMSC marched in the direction of Delhi with a convoy of over 3,000 tractors. It had additionally erected a separate stage on the Delhi border at Kundli.

Talking to the media on the Shambhu border between Punjab and Haryana on Thursday, the Normal Secretary of Punjab KMSC urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to intervene to resolve the calls for of the farmers.

“We have said it earlier also. It is not a question of going ahead, we are not saying that we will break your barricade, there are two things, today there is a meeting with the Union ministers, and we would like the Prime Minister himself to talk to them and these demands should be resolved today. This will be pleasant for everyone,” ANI quoted him as saying.

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Who’s Jagjit Singh Dallewal?

Dallewal is a local of Sadik village in Faridkot district. He grew to become the president of Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) Sidhupur, which operates in 19 districts of Punjab, seven years again following the loss of life of its then chief Pishora Singh Sidhupur, reported HT.

Dallewal, who comes from a farmers’ household, accomplished his postgraduation from Punjabi College, based on the newspaper.

He shaped the SKM (non-political) in July 2022 together with different farmer leaders who have been towards the SKM’s transfer to reinstate about 16 farm unions into its fold even after they entered the Punjab Meeting polls in February that 12 months, as per Indian Specific.

The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (non-political) includes 150 farmer unions. The farmers’ physique joined arms with the KMM just a few months again. They gave the Dilli Chalo name on 2 January this 12 months to stage protests at Jantar Mantar.

In response to Dallewal and Pandher, they obtained a response from the Centre over their calls for solely in early February. The 2 farmer leaders additionally spearheaded talks with a delegation of Union ministers, together with Piyush Goyal and Arjun Munda, on 8 and 12 February.

Farmers from Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh are protesting to demand increased costs for his or her crops, debt waiver, and figuring out crop costs based on the Dr MS Swaminathan Fee’s report amongst others.

With inputs from companies

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