Riding tractor cars, farmers from 4 states to join protest in Delhi
Farmers in tractor cars from Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand will head to Delhi to join those from Punjab and Haryana in a protest against the new farm laws, agricultural leaders said, giving them a boost. They are expected to enter Delhi via UP.
Earlier today, after fighting tear gas shells and water cannons for hours on the Delhi-Haryana border in Sonipat and Jhajjar, thousands of farmers from Punjab and Haryana were allowed to enter the Tikri border at night and hold their protest in Burari in North West Delhi against the three agricultural bills: the Trade in Agricultural Products and Trade (Promotion and Facilitation) Act 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Guarantee of 2020 Agricultural Prices and Services and the Essential Products (Amendment) Act 2020 – passed by Parliament at its monsoon session.
At the Singhu border, which falls onto the Grand Trunk Highway, where thousands of tractor cars are stranded with farmers, the police did not allow entry until late at night. Haryana police officers said there were many farmers in cars, buses and tractors heading towards Delhi from different roads in the state. Farmers’ organizations have been demanding the repeal of these laws and the introduction of a new law that guarantees the minimum support price (MSP) for all agricultural products in the country.
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When images of protests on the Delhi-Haryana border went viral, the bodies of farmers in at least 12 districts of Uttar Pradesh staged protests and blocked traffic on the roads, and leaders called on farmers to start a march. to Delhi from Saturday.
Dharmendra Malik, state spokesman for Bharatiya Kisan Union, said the union has decided that farmers will start marching towards Delhi starting tomorrow in their tractor cars.
“Five lakh farmers had organized a protest in Delhi for seven days in 1988 under the leadership of Mahendra Singh Tikait, forcing the then government of Rajiv Gandhi in the Center to accept their demands. The farmers would force the Modi government to withdraw the bills, ”he said.
A large number of Madhya Pradesh farmers, who were trying to join the Punjab and Haryana farmers’ protest in Delhi, held a protest near Agra on National Highway 3 on Friday because the UP police did not allow them to proceed.
MP Kisan Sangh Secretary General Akhilesh Singh said: “MP farmers had been trying to get to Delhi to join a peaceful protest since Wednesday night, but the UP police were arresting them. On Friday morning, they sat in dharna at the Saiyan tollbooth near Agra on National Highway 3 and stopped traffic for more than five hours. Later, they were allowed to advance towards Delhi on the Delhi-Mathura-Agra highway. “
All India Kisan Sabha members from Rajasthan have mobilized farmers from Sri Ganganagar, Hanumangarh and Sikar districts to join the stir. “Farmers in Rajasthan will join the Delhi Chalo movement in the coming days. We have held solidarity protests in various parts of the state on Friday, ”said Amra Ram, former legislator and general secretary of Kisan Sabha.
In Rampur, Uttar Pradesh, farmers in tractor wagons from the Uttarakhand rice field, Uddham Singh Nagar, were prevented from heading to Delhi. They have started an indefinite sit-in protest on the Rampur National Highway and have blocked traffic for some time. They were joined by local UP farmers.
Tajendra Singh Virk, President of Terai Kisan Sanghtan, US Nagar, said: “UP police do not allow us to go to Delhi on behalf of Covid-19. We too have decided that we will continue to sit and camp here until the police allow us to go to Delhi. ”
The Uttar Pradesh police had deployed a large force on the Rampur road to prevent farmers from reaching Delhi. When the UP police did not allow the peasants, despite various efforts, they began to sit near the barricade on the road.
“Farmers are already in a pathetic condition due to government policies. These farm laws will make our problems even worse. So we have no choice but to speak out in Delhi, ”Virk said.
There were protests in various places in Maharashtra, such as Thane, Ahmednagar, Nashik, Sangli and Wardha, and agricultural leaders said they would decide within days whether or not to join the farmers’ revolt in Delhi.
Although the three agricultural bills do not affect Maharashtra farmers much, Ashok Dhawale, All India National President Kisan Sabha, said: “Thursday was a nationwide protest on the same issue. Punjab and Haryana are not the only states affected. We will soon receive a call to join the turmoil in Delhi. ”
Meanwhile, farmers’ organizations have decided to organize protests for the next 4-5 days. “The protests will take place over the next four or five days,” he said.
While there were no protests from farmers’ associations in Telangana, farmers from the Andhra Pradesh city of Vijayawada held a solidarity protest under the auspices of the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC).
The protesters were detained by the police after they had a small confrontation with them. AIKSCC leader Vadde Sobhanadreeshwar Rao lashed out at the NDA government for enacting a draconian law that would severely affect farmers’ interests. It is regrettable that even the YS Jagan Mohan Reddy government in Andhra Pradesh has supported the legislation, he said.