Farmers’ unions held several rallies, held mahapanchayats, called for a Bharat Bandh and staged dharnas on Friday to mark one year of their protest at Delhi’s borders. Thousands of farmers have been camping at three border points of Delhi Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur since November last year to protest against the three agrarian reform laws brought by the Centre.
To mark the occasion, farmers have planned rallies and dharnas in large numbers on the borders of Delhi. In response, Delhi Police tightened security at various border points.
Thousands of farmers from neighboring states, especially Punjab and Haryana, were moving towards the borders of Delhi. Farmers were reported from districts like Amritsar, Jalandhar, Ferozepur, Patiala, Ludhiana, Sangrur, Ambala, Hisar, Sirsa, Rohtak, Kurukshetra and Bhiwani reaching the Delhi border.
“With large-scale protests in Delhi on the call to mark one year of the historic agricultural movement of the United Kisan Morcha, morchas, farmers and activists are responding in huge numbers at far-flung state capitals and district headquarters,” Read a statement issued by The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), an umbrella body of over 40 agricultural unions, is spearheading the protests.
“Thousands of farmers have started arriving at various protest sites in Delhi. Preparations are underway to mark the event with rallies, dharnas and other events in states away from Delhi,” news agency PTI was quoted as saying by SKM.
A large group of farmers belonging to Kheti Bachao Sangharsh Samiti and Bharatiya Kisan Union (Chhaduni) left for Delhi from Fatehabad in the early hours of Friday.
security beefed up
Delhi Police has beefed up security at various border points of the city. Police said additional deployment of paramilitary forces along with Delhi Police personnel was made at places where the protesting farmers were on dharna.
Special Commissioner of Police (Law and Order Division Zone-1) Deepender Pathak was quoted by PTI as saying, “Adequate security deployment has been done and there will be a strict vigil by senior police officers on the ground. We are using professional policing to escape.” No untoward incident.”
Police officials said if the protesters tried to cross the border or create a nuisance, they would be dealt with strictly.
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Center will repeal agriculture reform law
Amidst the massive uproar over the three agrarian reform laws, Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently announced that the Center will repeal three laws Which was implemented in September last year. The Union Cabinet has also approved a bill in this regard, the Agricultural Laws Repeal Bill, 2021.D. It will be introduced in the upcoming winter session of Parliament. The winter session of Parliament is starting from November 29.
Unions representing farmers refused to leave the protest site, despite PM Modi urging farmers to “go home to their families and start anew”. He said he would not end his protest until the agricultural laws were officially repealed. The protesting farmers also said that they need to discuss other issues, including the Minimum Support Price (MSP), with the Centre.
He said, “This protest will not end yet. We have a meeting on November 27, after which we will take further decisions. [Prime Minister Narendra] Modi has said that farmers’ income will double from January 1, so will ask them how it will be done. Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait tweeted in Hindi on Thursday, “Farmers’ victory will be ensured when they get the right price for their crops.”
(with inputs from PTI)