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Farmers will observe the hunger strike on Monday; will stop the collection of tolls on the roads of Haryana from December 25 to 27 | India News


NEW DELHI: Intensifying their agitation against the Center’s new farm laws, farmers announced Sunday that they will observe a one-day relay hunger strike on Monday at all protest sites here and stop collecting road tolls in Haryana from December 25 to 27.
Thousands of farmers, mainly from Punjab and Haryana, have protested against the laws over the past four weeks at various border points in Delhi, demanding that the laws be repealed.
“Farmers will begin a one-day relay hunger strike on Monday at all protest sites against the new farm laws. It will be started by an 11-member team at protest sites here, including the Singhu border.” Said Swaraj India chief Yogendra Yadav He added, “We call on everyone at all protest sites across the country to participate in it.”
“The protesters are being threatened by the Haryana government. This goes against the direction of the Supreme Court. I urge you to stop harassing farmers starting tomorrow,” he told a news conference on the border between Delhi and Haryana Singhu.
The Supreme Court had said Thursday that the peasant agitation should be allowed to continue “unimpeded” and that this court will not “interfere” with it, as the right to protest is a fundamental right. He had also made a single caveat that neither the farmers nor the police should violate the peace.
While announcing the next move by protesting farmers after their hunger strike, farmers’ leader Jagjeet Singh Dalewala said that farmers will stop collecting road tolls in Haryana from December 25 to 27.
“From December 25 to 27, we will not allow all the toll booths in Haryana to collect tolls, we will prevent them from doing so. On December 27, our prime minister will say his ‘Mann ki baat’ and we want to appeal to people to beat the ‘thalis’ during his speech, “Union leader Bharatiya Kisan (BKU) said at the press conference.
The ‘Mann Ki Baat’ is Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s monthly radio address to the nation.
Farmer leader and BKU senior member Rakesh Tikait, who also participated in the press conference, said that farmers protesting the new agricultural laws will celebrate Kisan Diwas on December 23 and “we ask people not to cook lunch. for a day”.
Earlier in the day, protesting farmers paid tribute to farmers who died during the upheaval and also lit candles in their memory.
The All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC) also wrote to various traders unions requesting their support for the ongoing farmer agitation.
Farmers protest against the 2020 Farmer Price Assurance and Agricultural Services (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement, the 2020 Agricultural Products Trade and Trade (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, and the 2020 Essential Products (Amendment) Act .
The three farm laws, enacted in September, have been projected by the government as major reforms in the agricultural sector that will cut out middlemen and allow farmers to sell anywhere in the country.
However, protesting farmers have expressed their fear that the new laws would pave the way to remove the Minimum Livelihood Price safety cushion and wipe out the mandis, leaving them at the mercy of large corporations. The Center has repeatedly stated that these mechanisms will continue.

Times of India