The Eastern Leg of the Kisan Mukti Yatra concluded on Sunday at Muzaffarpur in Bihar with the presence of massive crowd including farmers, agricultural workers, trade unionists and religious and social minorities.
Following the massive receptions in Begusarai, Patna, Aurangabad and Bhojpur, the fourth leg of the Yatra reached Muzaffarpur; the land of martyrs, Khudiram Bose and Prafulla Chandra Chaki. The members of the Yatra including All India Kisan Sabha General Secretary (AIKS) Hannan Mollah and AIKS Joint Secretary Vijoo Krishnan paid tributes to the martyrs.
Khudiram Bose (December 3, 1889, to August 11, 1908) was one of the youngest in the revolutionary movement for Indian independence. His Comrade Prafulla Chandra Chaki (December 10, 1888, to May 2, 1908) was associated with the Jugantar group of revolutionaries.
Prafulla Chandra Chaki along with Khudiram Bose was chosen to murder Kingsford, the magistrate of Muzaffarpur, Bihar. Kingsford during his previous tenure as the Chief Presidency Magistrate of Calcutta was unpopular for passing harsh and cruel sentences on young political workers of Bengal. He was also noted for inflicting corporal punishments on such workers. Later the duo was arrested and hanged to death.
While addressing the massive gathering at Begusarai, Vijoo Krishnan said that all of the Indian farmers, except Kerala, are getting only RS 900-Rs 1000 per quintal of paddy when the Minimum Support Price is RS 1,550/- per quintal as per the promises of government. While the Left Democratic Front (LDF) ruled Kerala paddy was being procured at a record RS 2,300/- per quintal, he added.
The Central BJP Government and JD(U)- BJP Government in Bihar are betraying farmers and lack the political will to work for the welfare of the Peasantry. Vijoo further criticized the policies of state and central governments which always make fake promises to the farmers and agricultural workers.
The AIKS joint secretary also cited the case of Debt Relief Commission in Kerala which helped to waive institutional loans as well as loans taken from Private sources. On the other hand, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, whose government had issued 90 paise, 1 Rupee and 18 Rupee cheques to the farmers in the name of loan waiver, betrayed the farmers in the state, he observed.
Referring to the "Awaaz" programme of the Kerala’s LDF Government, he said that while the state is aspiring to become a model, by implementing measures ensuring the social security of its workers, BJP is insinuating communal hatred throughout the country. Recently Kerala made the headlines by implementing health insurance, life insurance and accident insurance for all migrant workers along with other policies.
The Yatra team, along with Hannan Mollah, Vijoo Krishnan, AIKMS general secretary Rajaram Singh, NAPM convener Dr. Sunilam along with others, called upon the peasantry to attend the Kisan Sansad in Delhi on 20th November in large numbers to defeat the communal RSS-BJP and Neo-Liberal Economic Policies implemented by the ruling classes.