The death of a young farmer at the Punjab-Haryana border has reignited protests, with the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) announcing a series of actions and farmer leaders criticizing both state governments. Here’s a breakdown of the key developments:

SKM Ramps Up Protests

Black Friday and Tractor Rallies:** In response to the farmer’s death, SKM declared today as “Black Friday” and called for nationwide protests. Rakesh Tikait, a prominent BKU leader, announced plans for tractor marches on highways on February 26th, culminating in a large gathering at Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan on March 14th.

Demands and Criticisms

  • Justice for Shubhkaran Singh: SKM demanded the “murder” charges against Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar and Home Minister Anil Vij, alongside their resignations. They also urged the Punjab government to register an FIR and grant “martyr” status to the deceased farmer.
  • Punjab Government Under Fire: The Punjab Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee criticized the state government for failing to file an FIR and accused them of “insulting the martyrs.” They expressed disappointment at the lack of response to their demands despite negotiations.

Haryana Police Warns Against Violence

Property Seizure and Bank Actions:** The Ambala police warned protestors of potential property seizures and bank account attachments if they damage government or private property during their demonstrations. Farmers allegedly attempted to break barricades and threw stones, leading to the warning.

Wider Political Landscape

  • Congress Demands Parliamentary Session: The Congress party urged both the central and state governments to convene special sessions to address farmer concerns.
  • Central Government Reiterates Commitment: Agriculture Minister Arjun Munda acknowledged the need for further efforts to reach a consensus, while Union Minister Anurag Thakur emphasized the government’s commitment to improving farmer income.

Looking Ahead

The upcoming tractor marches and mahapanchayat indicate a potential escalation in protests. The SKM’s demands and criticisms raise questions about both state governments’ responses, while the central government reiterates its commitment to dialogue. The coming days will likely be crucial in determining the future trajectory of the agitation and its impact on the wider political landscape.

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