Agriculture chief Gurnam Singh Chaduni launches political party to fight polls in Punjab

Peasant leader Gurnam Singh Chaduni launched his political party Sanyukt Sangharsh on Saturday and said he would contest next year’s Punjab assembly elections.

Chaduni is a member of Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), an umbrella body of 40 agricultural unions that has led a more than year-long farmers’ agitation against three central agricultural laws, which have been repealed.

“We are launching the Sanyukt Sangharsh party,” he said while addressing the media here.

The party will contest the Punjab assembly polls, which are due to take place early next year, Chaduni said.

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“Our goal will be to cleanse politics and bring good people forward,” said Chaduni, also chairman of the Haryana Bhartiya Kisan Union.

Slamming political leaders, he said they craft policies “in favor of the capitalists while ignoring the interests of the poor”.

The Sanyukt Sangharsh party will be secular, he said and added that it will work for the welfare of all sections of society.

In response to a question, Chaduni said he would not fight the upcoming polls in Punjab.

On another question, he said his party would try to contest the 117 seats in the state assembly.

Chaduni, who had fought for ‘Mission Punjab’, asked the state’s farmer outfits to fight for the upcoming elections.

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