Farmers from several states gathered at Jantar Mantar Monday for a mahapachayat with a set of common demands, including that of a law to guarantee minimum support price (MSP).
The unions that were at the site gathered under the name of ‘Samyukta Kisan Morcha (non-political)’, with farmers arriving from states including Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Odisha, Karnataka and Kerala.
The SKM issued a statement Monday distancing itself from the protest at Jantar Mantar. It said “a few farm unions who were part of SKM during farmers protest 2020-21 are organising this. Jagjeet Singh Dallewal of BKU (Bharatiya Kisan Union) Ekta Sidhupur, is leading the protest while rest of the farm unions and leaders are not a part of it”.
Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, whose house was raided by the CBI on Friday in connection with a case it has registered against him and several excise officers over alleged corruption in the rollout of a liquor policy, claimed that the BJP had reached out and offered to drop all cases if he joined the party.
Sisodia made these claims via a statement through his Twitter handle and said that he “would not bow in front of the corrupt and schemers”.
“I have got a message from BJP — leave AAP and join BJP, We will close all CBI/ED cases. My reply to BJP – I am a descendant of Maharana Pratap, I am a Rajput. I will sacrifice myself but will not bow in front of the corrupt and schemers. The cases against me are false. You can do whatever you want,” his tweet read.