Prepares in Punjab to form farmers’ political party for election leap | Ludhiana News

JALANDHAR: Gung-ho after his ‘victorious’ return from Delhi borders after the repeal of the three central agricultural laws, Punjab farm groups could compete to enter the political arena for the Punjab elections by forming a new party of farmers. If this becomes a reality, it will upend the poll calculations of all established parties in the state.
“We are actively working in this direction and are contacting different agricultural unions to form a farmers party and also to expand the platform to contest the elections.

The issue is already being discussed among the farmer groups and we are trying to involve all stakeholders to form a farmers party and also to take good representatives from other sections and professions to bring about qualitative policy change. in the Punjab, ”said Jaswinder Singh Sangha. , general secretary of the Jalandhar Potato Growers Association, in an influential group of farmers in the region.
He said they were also working to integrate the Punjab Mission launched by BKU chief Gurnam Singh Chaduni so that a formidable force could be formed. “We are talking with unions that are part of Sanyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM), other farm groups and mazdoor organizations because people are already disappointed with other established political parties and there has been a strong undercurrent for a qualitative change, “he added.
“The common refrain among farmer groups and farmers is that farmers should broaden their platform and challenge themselves instead of having an alliance with an existing political party,” Sangha said.
The farm movement has already added to the state’s political fluidity and in the event that farm groups get into the ballot fray by forming a common platform, it will further complicate the situation and all the arithmetic of the poll will change. Other parties – Congress, Shiromani Akali Dal and AAP – are likely to be affected while the BJP is already confined to urban areas with few exceptions.
Traditionally, Congress and SAD Dal have dominated the political scene in Punjab, and the latter had an alliance with the BJP, its first avatar Jan Sangh until 1980, and then with the BSP. However, as disenchantment with the main players increased, it proved to be beneficial for the AAP in the 2014 elections despite the lack of party infrastructure. However, the party failed to win more as its central leadership through its Delhi observers micromanaged the party’s affairs, and it was only able to secure 20 seats in the 2017 parliamentary elections, its share of votes have also fallen slightly despite the relegation of the SAD-BJP alliance. in third place. In 2019, the AAP even lost security deposits in most seats, but after the crisis in Congress began in April, it started to gain traction.
Well-placed sources have revealed that the AAP also sent envoys to a senior agricultural leader to shake hands. However, Sangha said most farmer groups would not be interested in joining or having an alliance with a party.

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