‘Tractor to Twitter’ campaign gives digital push to Farmers’ Protests

While farmers from across the country have been protesting at the Delhi borders against the newly enacted farm laws 2020, netizens have taken to the virtual world supporting farmers’ protest with a campaign ‘Tractor to Twitter’.

Punjabi singers, politicians and several social media influencers are supporting the farmers’ protest and running campaigns with hashtags on Twitter. Also, there are some others who have formed a WhatsApp group to organise support on Twitter.

As per the report, a Ludhiana-based Bhavjit Singh said that “We will bring over 25,000 new users on Twitter to reply to propaganda machinery of the Bharatiya Janata Party. The only difference would be that ours will be real people.”

Likewise, netizens launched the “#Tractor2Twitter” (Tractor to Twitter) campaign.

Meanwhile, several people asked all Punjabis to come forward to counter and defeat the BJP’s “troll army’s” propaganda.

“Most people in Punjab either post in Punjabi or English, but the Hindi audience has been just an audience. I have started in Hindi as most of the propaganda against Punjabi farmers’ agitation is happening in Hindi,” Former MP Dharamvira Gandhi said.

Likewise, the hashtag “istandwithfarmerschallenge” was also started on Twitter.

Punjabi singer-actor Amrinder Gill asked people to join Twitter “to spread the message of Punjabi farmers’ struggle. Moreover, singer-actor Diljit Dosanjh and Gippy Grewal also asked people to run hashtags in support of farmers.

A group of Supreme Court lawyers led by senior advocates H S Phoolka and Rajiv Khosla have conveyed they are with farmers. Demanding that cases against farmers be withdrawn, Phoolka said lawyers would extend support, including fighting their cases, without any fee. Advocate Khosla said Delhi Bar Council will hold a meet on Dec 4.


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