New Delhi: Punjab farmers have announced to take to the streets against the lockdown imposed by the government to prevent infection amid the outbreak of coronavirus across the country. 32 farmers' organizations in Punjab had announced on Wednesday (May 5, 2021) that on May 8, they would take to the streets against lockdown and call upon the people to oppose it.
The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) also held a press conference at the farmers' demonstration site at the Singhu border in Delhi. Farmer leader Balbir Singh Rajewal has alleged that the government has imposed a lockdown to hide its failures to control the corona epidemic. It is a conspiracy to suppress the voice of the farmers. "32 farmer's unions in Punjab have decided to protest against lockdown in Punjab on May 8, where workers from our area will take to the streets and ask people to open their shops and not follow lockdown," he said. According to the report, farmer leaders may try to force shopkeepers to open shops and violate lockdowns.
Rajewal claimed that lockdown is not a solution to deal with corona. He accused the Central government of imposing a lockdown to pass agricultural laws and said, "Three black laws were also enacted during the lockdown last year. Lockdown is not a solution. This will only hurt the economy and increase unemployment. The government is hiding its failures under the guise of lockdowns – such as how they are failing to provide oxygen, beds, and other medical facilities to patients.”