New Delhi/Chandigarh: Farmers tried to march to the residences of governors in several states on Saturday to mark the completion of seven months of agitation against the new agricultural laws. At the same time, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar appealed to the farmers to end their agitation and offered to resume talks on the provision of the three laws. On the other hand, the United Kisan Morcha called Tomar’s recent statements as contradictory and said that the farmer leaders are not demanding meaningless amendments in the laws.
About 40 unions of farmers, led by the United Kisan Morcha (SKM), are protesting at various border points in Delhi. The United Kisan Morcha claimed that farmers were detained in states like Haryana, Punjab, Karnataka, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh and Telangana during the protests.
Tight security arrangements were made in many cities including Delhi
Terming Tomar’s recent statements as “contradictory and shocking”, the Morcha said that the farmer leaders are not demanding some “meaningless amendment” in the central agricultural laws which have “fundamental flaws”. The Morcha urged the people to punish the BJP. Security was tightened in other cities, including Delhi, after the SKM announced that they would submit a memorandum of their demands to the President in various states.
Farmers had reached Ghazipur border by tractor from many areas of Uttar Pradesh
Hundreds of farmers from rural areas of Uttar Pradesh, many of whom were on tractors, reached Delhi’s Ghazipur border on completion of seven months of protest. A group of protesters led by Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait submitted a memorandum of their demands at the North East Delhi DCP office after a virtual meeting with Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal.
Following this, the farmers canceled their march to Delhi, BKU’s media in-charge Dharmendra Malik said. “The memorandum includes our demands to withdraw three new agricultural laws and enact a new law to ensure MSP guarantee,” he said. “
SKM told to give permission to hand over undeclared emergency
Farmers from several parts of Haryana gathered at Gurdwara Nada Sahib in Haryana’s Panchkula and crossed the barricades and proceeded towards Haryana Raj Bhavan but were stopped at the Chandigarh-Panchkula border where the state police had deployed water cannons and trucks. “Where was the need to stop the protesters. It was only a matter of submitting a memorandum to the Governor and not granting even that much shows an undeclared emergency,” the SKM said in a statement.
Police used water cannon to stop farmers in Punjabl
At the same time, the police used water cannons to stop the agitating farmers of Punjab coming from Mohali, but they managed to enter Chandigarh by crossing the barricades. Farmers from many parts of Punjab had gathered at Gurdwara Amb Sahib in Mohali before proceeding to the Governor’s House of Punjab.
Agriculture Minister Tomar appealed to end the agitation
At the same time, Agriculture Minister Tomar tweeted, “I want to tell through you (media) that farmers should end their agitation. Many people across the country are in favor of these new laws. Still, some farmers have to face the provisions of the laws. But there is a problem, the Indian government is ready to listen and discuss it with them.”
Farmer leaders accused of handing over farming to corporate houses
Addressing the protesters in Mohali, farmer leader Balbir Singh Rajewal Rajewal alleged that the intention of the central government was to hand over agriculture to the corporate houses. Carrying union flags and raising slogans against the BJP-led government, protesters, including women and youth, marched towards Chandigarh in tractors, other vehicles and on foot. The police stopped them near Sector 17, where some buses were parked on the road to prevent the protesters from going towards the Punjab Raj Bhavan. The farmers submitted their memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner of Chandigarh under the leadership of Rajewal.
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