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Farmers are adamant and are encircling Delhi for repeal of New Farm Laws.GOI is adamant saying that it will not repeal but do amendments, if warranted after discussions with farmer’ leaders .

The winter chill, notwithstanding, the protestors are undeterred by the cold weather and so are the Delhi rulers undeterred by the current political weather on this account. Delhi Establishment always saying it’s own ‘Mann Ki Baat’ is oblivious about the ‘Public Ke Mann Ki Baat’ even as lacs are on roads.

Keeping the farmers’ unrest pot boiling, it appears it suits all political parties at least in Punjab besides farmers themselves. It can be understood like this.

How it suits BJP/NDA?

This party has been successful to a large extent to push the rural-urban divide agenda deep at least in Punjab politics with a view to capture urban votes mainly of service, trading and industry class not directly connected with agriculture, but who are badly impacted with the current agitation.IThe CENTRE  appears deliberately weekening Punjab by prolonging the deadlock in resolving the issue.

How it suits Congress?

The present Government in Punjab has already taken the tactical position by passing a resolution against laws and passing it’s own laws (pending for Governor’s consent).Notwithstanding, it having worked quite effectively against Covid challenge and also streamlining online education in schools in these times , it still has to face ire of the people on many a developmental issues, since it is already starved of funds .

How it suits Akalis?

Feel that it is time to consolidate their vote bank once again to retrace it’s core vote bank in villages. It kept ashamedly supporting the Farm Bills till last day, but opted out of Central Cabinet after increasing opposition in the State. This way it is able to hide the erstwhile food minister’s incompetency too for giving any fruitful scheme in Food Processing domain except benefitting only the existing big wigs. By giving call on Panthic platforms, it certain will continue to influence the rural farming class for consolidating vote bank politics which is perhaps a God sent opportunity for them .

How it suits Aam Aadmi Party?

Born out of Anna Hazare movement, it spares no time in criticizing all the existing political parties and it’s members often cite strengths of Delhi Govt. which they hope can influence the agitating minds of Punjabis for finding the alternative in politics. AAP this way is also putting under carpet the internal party bickering and dissent against party’s Delhi Bosses.

Communists, how they too benefit?

Every economic unrest in the society /classes comes handy for them to exploit the situation to their advantage by extending support to such groups explicit or implicit. Their winning argumentative nature failing to translate into votes since long, notwithstanding, they thus keep their presence felt. The Centre has already   spoken about their infiltration in farmers’ protests which Farmers leaders deny

Other political groups, how do they benifit ?

Other political parties like BSP and splinter groups of all parties  in Punjab are also tactically keeping themselves on margins and can strike a surprise when the real test in elections comes.


It is for the first time that farmers’ outfits numbering 30s are at least united temporarily with a minimum common program to fight Delhi for repeal of Farm Laws. Despite December Chill, their Agitation will be worth the sacrifices as this will give them:

  • A status quo of existing farm operations for under the current APMC act for assured MSP for Paddy/Wheat plus other freebees of Water and Electricity as they get currently. They are saved off hassles of innovation even as there is no constructive proactive support either from the Central Govt. or the State but only tall talks.
  • An opportunity to befittingly challenge all political class since they know the strength of their numbers..

We must find answer to an emerging common question, if this all is good for the masses at large ?

—-By Brij Bhushan Goyal (Satlujian)

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Manmohan Dewan December 14, 2020 at 12:35 pm

Very balanced insight. Without siding anybody. I would request you to keep us updated & provide your keen observation of this issue.
Thanks s lot.

Brij Bhushan Goyal December 14, 2020 at 1:52 pm

Thanks Sir. All those like us who are kept on margins must speak for our Nation’s sake.

Ashwani Kumar Malhotra December 14, 2020 at 12:53 pm

As I am neither an agriculturist nor an economist , I do not know how whether it is beneficial for the farming community as claimed by the Government or would it harm the interest of the farmers as alleged by the farmers associations and the opposition parties. I am an ordinary citizen and as such I am saddened at the turn of events. Since there is so much misinformation, one wonders whom to believe. It seems every one is thinking of themseves but not the country. I would appeal to all concerned to end this impasse through continuation of dialogue and talks and not through exploitation of the situation for their own selfish interests and political ends.

Brij Bhushan Goyal December 14, 2020 at 1:51 pm

Quite a sane appeal.

K B Singh, ex DGM, PNB December 14, 2020 at 2:16 pm

Presently the agitation of farmers on New Farm Acts has moved to a difficult situation where farmer associations are demanding repealing of Acts where as GoI has offered to bring amendments and acceeding to nearly all original demands and irritants in New Acts.

In case of such situations third party role for arbitration is very important. Farmer Unions have already stated that no political interference would be allowed.

Repealing of laws is tantamount to rolling back of reforms and no Government would take such step. Bringing amendments and formulation of seperate R Kegulatory Body for prescribing guidelines for Contract Farming as well for putting in place a greivance redresal mechanism on Contract Farming may give more leverage for farmer Unions to accept the proposals of GoI.

Nevertheless, there should be an early resolution to this issue.

Dr.Sunil Chopra December 14, 2020 at 2:37 pm

Thanks Mr.Goyal for doing the detailed analysis of the situation.Which political party will get an edge because of this agitation,I am not sure but my heart will definitely bleed if farmers will lose this battle.

K I Singj December 14, 2020 at 5:42 pm

Further continuance of agitation is not good.Direct interaction of PM with agitating farmers can bring resolution.

K I Singh December 14, 2020 at 5:42 pm

Further continuance of agitation is not good.Direct interaction of PM with agitating farmers can bring resolution.

P. Gupta December 15, 2020 at 5:56 pm

I fully agreed the comments passed on by Dr Sunil chopra

P. Gupta December 15, 2020 at 6:27 pm

I fully agreed the comments passed on by Dr Sunil chloracne.


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