Farmers, protesting over the contentious farm laws, on Thursday reached Jantar Mantar in Delhi to hold demonstrations during the monsoon session of Parliament. A group of 200 farmers travelled to Jantar Mantar from their Singhu border in buses with a police escort. They will hold protests there from 11 am to 5 pm. No permission has been granted to protest at Tikri border site.
Farmers will hold protests amid heavy security deployed across Delhi. This is the first time since the January 26 violence in Delhi during the tractor rally that the authorities have granted permission to protesting farmer unions to hold a protest in the city.
The protest comes during the ongoing monsoon session of Parliament, which started on Monday and is scheduled to conclude on August 13. However, the farmers have received permission to protest till August 9.
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On Wednesday, the Delhi government granted permission to the farmers to protest at Jantar Mantar on the condition that the demonstrators would travel from the Singhu border in buses with police escort
A group of 200 farmers will travel to Jantar Mantar from the Singhu border in buses with a police escort. They will hold protests there from 11 am to 5 pm, sources in the Delhi Police told PTI
The Delhi Police also issued an advisory, saying strict observance of Covid-19 appropriate behaviour would be mandatory during the protest. Heavy security has also been deployed at Tikri Border in view of the farmers’ protest at Jantar Mantar amid the ongoing Monsoon Session of Parliament.
The traffic movement is closed on the following roads: 1. Chatta Rail to Subhash Marg (both carriageways closed); 2. Shanti Van to Subhash Marg; 3. Subhash Park to Shanti Van 1 lane is open for traffic
Meanwhile, Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait urged authorities to reopen roads near protest sites for the ease of local residents and assured that “no farmer from Ghazipur border would go to Delhi “secretly””. He has vowed that the protesting farmers will not digress from the permitted route like the January 26 rally in which chaos gripped New Delhi as the farmers ran amok and took over the Red Fort soon after the Republic Day events.
Rakesh Tikait said on Thursday he will go to Jantar Mantar to hold protests over the farm laws. “This struggle is going on for 8 months…We will peacefully keep our point before the government. A panchayat will be held in Jantar Mantar and that panchayat is called Kisan Parliament…Yes, we will stay at Jantar Mantar for the whole parliament session,” he said.
Ahead of Parliament’s monsoon session, Congress MP Manickam Tagore has given adjournment motion notice on the issue of discussion about prolonged agitation of farmers’ against anti-farmers’ bill and direct government to withdraw it.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was also seen protesting along with other MPs in support of the farmers at the Parliament House
Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said that the Centre is ready to talk to the protesting farmers. “We spoke to them in the past as well. The [Narendra] Modi government is a farmer-friendly government,” he said.
Hundreds of farmers are encamped at Delhi’s Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur borders since November 2020 with a demand that the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, Farmers’ (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020 be rolled back and a new law made to guarantee minimum support price (MSP) for crops.
Over 10 rounds of talks with the government, which has been projecting the laws sides. at major agricultural reforms, have failed to break the deadlock between the two groups.