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Outrage against inflation: In Punjab tractors parked by roadsides, farmers hoist gas cylinders, take to streets

THOUSANDS OF farmers on Thursday hit the streets in varied elements of Punjab in response to a name given by the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) to maintain nationwide protests against rising gas and cooking gas costs.

Farmer unions throughout Punjab protested for 2 hours, 10am to midday, by parking their autos together with the street and elevating slogans against the Narendra Modi authorities. Women protesters too joined in by carrying empty LPG cylinders on their heads and elevating anti-Modi slogans.

The farmers additionally honked the horns of their autos for 7-8 minutes to draw the eye of the federal government in direction of the quickly rising inflation.

In Jalandhar, members of Bharatiya Kisan Union-Rajewal, below the management of Mandip Singh Samra and Amarjot Singh, parked tons of of autos on the service lanes of Jalandhar-Panipat National Highway from close to Ramamandi flyover in direction of Ludhiana aspect. Most farmers who had parked their tractor trolleys by the aspect of the street put up placards on their autos studying ‘On Sale’.

The farmers additional wrote on the placards that due to the excessive value of petrol and diesel, they can not afford to buy gas to function their tractors due to which they had been helpless and had been being compelled to promote these autos.

Elsewhere, Kirti Kisan union leaders, Santokh Singh Sandhu and Makhan Singh Kandola, together with tons of of protesters, additionally parked their autos, bikes, and tractors on Nurmahal-Phillaur and Talwan, Mehatpur and Shahkot street.

Dihati Mazdoor Sabha, below the management of Baldev Singh Nurpuri, parked autos close to BMC Chowk, Jalandhar.

Likewise, numerous girls activists reached varied protest spots together with empty cylinders and carrying the flags of farmer unions of their arms.

The girls activists mentioned that the costs of gas cylinders have already crossed Rs 864 per cylinder, which is out of the attain of the poor. SO, now they’d no different choice however to return to the standard strategies of cooking on ‘earthen and bricked stoves by utilizing flamable gas.

In Ludhiana, too, framers gathered in massive numbers and parked their autos together with the roads and raised slogans against the Modi authorities, and honked the horns of their autos.

“This was to let the deaf government hear our voices,” mentioned Jagseer Singh Jhumba, a Bathinda-based farmer.

SKM leaders, who coordinated Thursday’s protests, mentioned that petrol and diesel costs had touched round Rs 100 per litre, which was larger than the price of aviation gas per litre. “In 2014, the excise tax on diesel and petrol ranged from Rs 3.56 to Rs 9.48 per litre; in 2021, it went up to Rs 31.80 per litre of diesel and Rs 32.90 per litre for petrol. Similar is the case of LPG gas. Recently, there has been a hike of Rs. 25/ per cylinder. There have been at least 62 hikes i fuel prices in 2021 alone,” mentioned Dr Darshan Pal, SKM chief.

On Ferozepur Road, farmers protested by pulling their autos, like tractors, manually with the assistance of a rope. In Ludhiana’s Kohara and another areas, some farmers got here out bare-chested to protest the steep value rise.

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