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Farmer groups say no political party will be allowed to speak at the protests, calling the Burari site an ‘open jail’

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The president of the Bharatiya Kisan Union, Surjeet S Phul of the Krantikari wing said on Sunday that no political party will be able to speak at the protest site on behalf of or on behalf of the farmers. The farmers also said they will not move to the designated protest site in Burari and called the land an open-air prison.

Phul, while speaking to ANI, said: “We have decided that we will not allow any political party leader to speak on our stage, be it Congress, BJP, AAP or other parties. Our Committee will allow other organizations that support us to speak if they follow our rules. “

Phul reiterated the demands of the farmers’ bodies, saying that the talks with the Center will be carried out unconditionally, saying that the farmer groups protesting at the Singhu border will not move to the DDA grounds in Burari of North Delhi. , which has been destined for the protests of the Center.

Naming the protest site an open jail, he said: “Instead of going to the open jail in Burari, we have decided that we are going to gherao Delhi blocking five main entry points to Delhi. We have a 4 month ration with us so there is nothing to worry about. Our Operations Committee will decide everything ”.

The turmoil carried out by more than 30 farmer organizations has entered its fourth day. Farmers began their march from Delhi Chalo on Thursday evening. The protesters clashed with the police at various border checkpoints on the Punjab-Haryana border. On Thursday, police also fired tear gas projectiles and sprayed water blasts at protesting farmers with water cannons.

Farmers have also rejected the Center’s proposal to speak to the Interior Ministry. They have demanded that the Union government establish a high-profile cabinet committee to address farmers’ complaints. Interior Minister Amit Shah, who on Sunday said he does not consider the protests to be political, invited farmers to discuss issues related to the three agricultural bills passed in parliament during the monsoon session.

Farmers demand a revocation of the Agreement for the Guarantee of Prices and Agricultural Services for Farmers (Empowerment and Protection); the Draft Law on Trade in Agricultural Products and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation); and the Essential Commodities Bill (Amendment). Farmers fear that these bills will help large corporations make more profits and affect obtaining agricultural returns under the minimum support price system.

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