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8 opposition parties compare the use of tear gas and water cannons to agitate farmers with “making war” | India News


NEW DELHI: Citing core farm laws “threatening” India’s food security, several opposition parties on Saturday compared police attempts to stop farmers from marching into Delhi by using tear gas, cannons of water and road excavation with the “repression”. and “fight a war”.
In a joint statement, the leaders of eight opposition parties extended their support to farmers protesting the three farm laws.
These leaders are NCP Chief Sharad Pawar, TR Baalu ​​from DMK, CPM Secretary General Sitaram Yechury, CPI Secretary General D Raja, RJD MP Manoj Jha, CPI Secretary General (ML) Dipankar Bhattacharya , Debabrata Biswas from AIFB and RSP General Secretary Manoj Bhattacharya.
“Facing severe crackdown, tear gas, heavy water cannons, roadblocks, police barricades, and excavation of national highways surrounding Delhi as if they are waging a ‘war’ against our farmers , tens of thousands of farmers have successfully reached the National Capital of Delhi.
“We salute their determination and courage in this massive protest demanding the withdrawal of the retrograde anti-Kisan agricultural laws,” they said in the statement.
The central government was forced to give in and reverse its earlier decision to prevent farmers from coming to Delhi to peacefully express their protest and assigned them a place to meet, he said.
Leaders said the land allocated to protesters in Delhi’s Burari was too small.
“We, the undersigned, demand that a larger plot such as Ram Lila Maidan or similar be allocated for this peaceful protest and all necessary arrangements must be made for his stay and food.
“We reiterate our opposition to these new agricultural laws that threaten India’s food security, abolish the MSP, destroy Indian agriculture and our farmers – ‘Annadatas’. The Central Government must adhere to the democratic process and rules and address the concerns of farmer protesters, “the statement said.
Farmers were left on the Delhi borders on Saturday with thousands more ready to join them and their leaders had not yet answered the call to move to the Burari field, a site destined for police agitation.
Thousands of farmers protesting the Center’s new agricultural laws are currently on the Singhu and Tikri borders amid a heavy police presence.
Protesters have expressed fear that they will pave the way for the dismantling of the minimum support price system, leaving them at the “mercy” of large corporations.
The Center has invited various Punjab farmer organizations to another round of talks in Delhi on December 3.

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