“We are actively working in this direction and contacting different agricultural unions to form a farmers’ party and also to broaden the platform to contest the elections.
The issue is already being discussed among farmer groups and we are trying to involve all stakeholders to form a farmers party and also take good representatives from other sections and professions to bring policy change quality in 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 leader Gurnam Singh Chaduni so that a formidable force would be formed. “We are talking with trade unions that are part of Sanyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM), other agricultural groups and mazdoor organizations because people are already disenchanted with other established political parties and there has been a strong undercurrent. underlying for qualitative change,” he added.
“The common refrain among farmer groups and farmers is that farmers should broaden their platform and challenge on their own instead of allying with any existing political party,” Sangha said.
The farm movement has already added to the political fluidity in the state and in the event that farmer groups jump into the polls fray by forming a common platform, it will further complicate the situation and all the arithmetic of the polls. would change. Other parties – Congress, Shiromani Akali Dal and AAP – are likely to be impacted while the BJP is already restricted to urban areas, with very few exceptions.
Traditionally, the Congress and the SAD Dal have dominated the political scene in Punjab, and the latter has made an alliance with the BJP, its former avatar Jan Sangh until 1980 and then with the BSP. However, as disenchantment with key players grew, it proved advantageous for the AAP in the 2014 elections despite the party’s lack of infrastructure. However, the party failed to win more as its central leadership through its Delhi observers micro-managed the party’s affairs, and it may only get 20 seats in the assembly elections. of 2017, with his vote share also declining 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 congressional slump began in April, it began to gain traction.
Well-placed sources revealed that the AAP had also sent emissaries to a farm manager to join hands. However, Sangha said most farmer groups would not like to join or have an alliance with any party.