June 24, 2022

Punjab polls: Peasant leader Gurnam Singh Charuni launches political party

Gurnam Singh Charuni of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU)-Charuni Unity, one of the main faces of the year-long agricultural unrest, launched his political party in Punjab on Saturday. The state is expected to see a high-stakes assembly election in the coming months.

Speaking to reporters at the Chandigarh Press Club, Charuni said the new group, Sanyukt Sangharsh Party, plans to field candidates for all 117 seats in the state.

He said politics in India had become polluted and needed to be changed. “Policymakers promote capitalism, policies are designed to favor capitalists. Nothing is made for the ordinary man, the poor. We are therefore launching our new party, the Sanyukt Sangharsh party,” the peasant leader was quoted as saying by the ANI news agency.

In November, Charuni said he would not contest the elections but would field candidates and present a governance model. “We will form our party for the polls… If our government comes to Punjab, the whole country in 2024 (when Lok Sabha elections are due to be held) will turn to the Punjab model,” Charuni had said on November 25. . .

“We run ‘Mission Punjab’ – those with votes should rule, not those with money,” he said, adding that if the old rule votes will be cast in favor of the voters, but if the latter is the case, then laws will be made in favor of the rich.

While the Center repealed the farm laws, ending a year-long agitation by farmers, Charuni refused to thank any political party or leader for the same and credited the farmers for the feat.

The main contenders in the upcoming elections are the ruling Congress, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Shiromani Akali Dal Alliance (SAD).

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), meanwhile, has formed an electoral alliance with the Punjab Lok Congress of former Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh.

(With ANI inputs)