Bharatiya Kisan Union said: They were prevented from coming to Delhi, the protest will intensify

New Delhi: A heavy traffic jam was observed at several borders of Delhi, including Ghazipur and Singhu Border, as thousands of farmers from different states reached here to participate in the ‘Mahapanchayat’ convened at Jantar Mantar in the capital on Monday.

As the number of farmers coming to Delhi increased, the Delhi Police detained some farmers at the Ghazipur border to control the crowd. However, the DCP (East) told The Indian Express that the protesters were allowed to go to their destination after due verification.

The farmers’ unions have convened this mahapanchayat to discuss the future course of action regarding their demands, mainly a legal guarantee for the minimum support price (MSP) and Ashish Mishra’s involvement in the Lakhimpur violence Kheri in view of his father’s central government. of the sacking of Minister of State Ajay Mishra Teni is involved.

Farmer leader Baldev Singh Sirsa said, “Our demands are met only with agitation, why? If the government does not meet the demands, the protest will intensify.

According to the Indian Express, Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Jagjit Singh Dallewal claimed that farmers coming to Delhi to reach Jantar Mantar in support of various demands raised by farmers’ unions were barred from entry into the territory of the union.

Although he asked the administration to allow the vehicles to ply, he said the vehicles were stalled on the Karnal bypass. We do it with peace of mind and our schedule is only one day.

When farmers belonging to various organizations reached Delhi, the police put up barricades at all entry points of the city and checked all vehicles entering the national capital, leading to massive traffic jams.

Apart from several borders including Ghazipur, Singhu and Tikri, traffic was affected on several roads including Delhi-Meerut Expressway, Palam Flyover, Arvind Marg, Ring Road (near Indraprastha Park), Ghaziabad-Wazirabad Road and Munirka Road.

Apart from Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, farmers from states like Karnataka, Maharashtra, Odisha and Kerala also came to Delhi to participate in the ‘Mahapanchayat’. The program was organized based on the demand for minimum support price (MSP) legislation for crops, farm loan waiver and other demands.

Many people had come here with the intention of staying and carrying essentials. He could be seen sitting in and around Janpath.

People raised slogans in support of Kisan Ekta and accused the Center of “failing to fulfill” its promises. Farmer Magha Nibori, who came from Punjab, said he has come fully prepared to stay if necessary.

He said: ‘We are poor farmers. Nobody helps us. Nothing is done for us. We were also involved in the (anti-agriculture laws) movement last year. The government had assured us that it would listen to our demands, but nothing is being done.

Traffic was affected across the city due to heavy security measures. The traffic police informed the passengers about the traffic situation and advised them to plan their journey accordingly.

Farmers engaged in Mahapanchayat organized at Jantar Mantar in Delhi to press for legal guarantee for MSP and other demands. (Photo: PTI)

Assistant Commissioner of Police (East) Priyanka Kashyap said, “Due to tight security measures and apprehension of danger, some people or protesters were detained at the Ghazipur border.”

In a tweet, police asked motorists to avoid Tolstoi Marg, Sansad Marg, Janpath, Ashok Road, Connaught Place Outer Circle, Baba Kharak Singh Marg and Pandit Pant Marg.

SKM leaders (non-politicians) claimed that farmers could not reach Jantar Mantar at some places, though the Delhi Police has denied this claim.

The SKM (Non-Political) is a breakaway group of the United Kisan Morcha (SKM). The Morcha had led a year-long protest on the borders of Delhi against three controversial farm laws of the Centre.

Abhimanyu Singh Kohar, member (non-politician) of SKM and one of the organizers of the ‘Mahapanchayat’, said that the mahapanchayat is a one-day peaceful event where various demands such as legal guarantee on MSP and the repeal of the Electricity Amendment Bill 2022. .

However, he said that the police have not yet given permission for the ‘Mahapanchayat’ at Jantar Mantar. Farmers coming from Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh were stopped on Sunday night and not allowed to reach Jantar Mantar. Those farmers were taken to Gurdwara Bangla Sahib, Rakabganj and Moti Bagh and later released.

Kohad said that during the agitation against the anti-farmer laws, the Center had promised to consider all the farmers’ demands but did nothing. “That’s why we’re here again raising our demands and preparing a future strategy for the movement,” he said.

He said farmers from parts of Punjab, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana have reached Delhi and more people will come to participate in the ‘Mahapanchayat’.

According to India Today, farmer leader Shiv Kumar Kakka said, “This is a purely political protest. The government has not fulfilled our demands and the Union Minister’s (Ajay Mishra ‘Teni’) son (Ashish Mishra) has not been impeached in connection with Lakhimpur Kheri violence.The farmers killed during the protest have not been given the status of martyrs.We are protesting for various reasons.We will submit a memorandum to the Prime Minister and the President.

Significantly, in November 2020, thousands of farmers from Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh had camped on Delhi’s borders against the Centre’s three farm laws. These laws were repealed after a year of demonstration.

The farmers called off their agitation in December last year after the Center had promised legal protection on Minimum Support Price (MSP), withdrawal of cases against farmers and their other demands.

At the time, the Bharatiya Kisan Union and other farmer leaders had said they were leaving the national capital but would resume agitation if their demands were not met.

(with input from the language of the news agency)

Categories: India

Tagged as: Delhi Police, Electricity Amendment Act, Agricultural Laws, Farmers, Jantar Mantar, kisan mahapanchayat, Minimum Support Price, MSP, News, Rakesh Tikait, Samyukta Kisan Morcha, SKM, The Wire

Leave a Comment