After threatening to resign from NDA, RLP ally joins farmers’ protest in Shahjahanpur
Large numbers of supporters of the Rashtriya Loktantrik Party (RLP), an ally of the NDA, joined the farmers’ protest on Saturday that took place on the Jaipur-Delhi National Highway in Shahjahanpur of the Alwar district along from the border between Rajasthan and Haryana.
At approximately 3:00 pm on Saturday afternoon, hundreds of vehicles arrived at the border from the Kotputli area in rural Jaipur. RLP workers have installed a separate pandal on the road alongside the farmers who support RLP.
“I ask the central government not to play with fire. Every government that has dared to go against the people has been dethroned. Because of this act that will end mandi farming, why didn’t the government consult the farmers? Due to these laws, territorial mafias will increase. I don’t understand why the government is not withdrawing the agricultural laws, ”said RLP chief Hanuman Beniwal at the protest site.
He said he was the son of a farmer, but the central government wants to crush the farmers’ protest. “This (farmers ‘protest) is the issue of farmers’ livelihood and pride and we stand by their side,” he said.
Previously, the head of the RLP, Hanuman Beniwal, had threatened to resign from the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) if the three agricultural laws were not repealed. But he didn’t make any such announcements on Saturday.
On Friday, farmers from Maharashtra also came to Shajahanpur to support farmers protesting against the three agricultural laws. The farmers had traveled a distance of 900 kilometers since Monday, after starting their journey from Nashik.
Addressing farmers at the protest site in Shahjahanpur, Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Joginder Singh said the prime minister does not care about farmers’ children. “He only cares about the children of a few companies. He doesn’t understand us, ”he said.
“BJP is calling us Khalistani and Pakistanis. I am ashamed of them. We are all from Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan. We have seen corpses of freedom fighters and soldiers who died for the country. Judges, officials, representatives of the people, come to our protests and tell us that they support us. The regime is crumbling, ”Singh said.
Kisan Mahapanchayat National Chairman Rampal Jat said along the lines of the Singhu border protest, the farmers’ movement in Rajasthan has progressed. “Peace is our strength. Large numbers of farmers have begun to arrive at the border. The march to Delhi will be carried out in a peaceful manner, ”he added.
Due to the increasing number of farmers at the border, the traffic jam on the highway has increased and traffic has been diverted to new routes connecting Jaipur and the national capital. Arriving from Jaipur to Shahjahanpur, the traffic has been diverted from four intermediate places. Similarly, vehicles coming from Delhi deviate from Bawal. Because of this, the pressure from heavy vehicles has increased on the second way off the road.
Farmers from Rajasthan, Haryana and Gujarat had started heading towards Delhi earlier this month, but were stopped by Rewari police on the Haryana-Rajasthan border. Since then, they have been protesting in Shahjahanpur in the Alwar district, near the Rajasthan-Haryana border.