Farmers’ Protest Highlights: After the farmers wrapped up their sit-in at Jantar Mantar Thursday evening, security was tightened at the protest site, along with the Singhu border, which has seen a prolonged farmers’ protest since November last year.
The farmers on Thursday said they will keep returning to Jantar Mantar in batches. Farmer leaders have also contended that they suspect that they were being snooped on by the government through Israeli software Pegasus. Swaraj India president Yogendra Yadav said the phone numbers of farmer leaders will figure in the data of the year 2020-21.
Meanwhile, Union Minister of State for External Affairs Meenakshi Lekhi apologised for calling the protesting farmers ‘mawalis’ (ruffians) on Thursday.
This is the first time since the tractor rally on January 26, when violence broke out in the National Capital, that authorities have permitted the farmers to hold protests. The agitating farmers plan to protest against the government’s farm laws and hold ‘Kisan Sansads’ on each working day of Parliament until the monsoon session ends.