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Seven months of agitation: Farmers plan march to Delhi, three metro stations shut

A protest march is also being taken out in Massachusetts, USA, in solidarity with the farmers agitating in India.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
Updated: June 26, 2021 4:43:02 pm
Farmers on tractors drive towards the Delhi-Ghazipur border to join the protest march on Saturday. (PTI)

Marking seven months of their agitation at Delhi’s borders against the farm laws passed by the Centre, farmers have decided to march towards the national capital on Saturday.

As such, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has restricted movement at some of their stations. “As advised by Delhi Police, in view of security reasons, three Metro stations of Yellow Line namely, Vishwavidyalaya, Civil Lines and Vidhan Sabha will remain closed for the public from 10.00 am to 2.00 pm on Saturday,” DMRC said in a statement.

The Samyukt Kisan Morcha has also appealed to farmers across all states to submit memorandums addressed to the President to their respective governors. The protest, called “Kheti Bachao, Loktantra Bachao Diwas” (Save agriculture, Save Democracy), comes in the backdrop of the 46th anniversary of the promulgation of Emergency.

“In the last seven months, farmer unions of India, led by Samyukt Kisan Morcha, organised one of the world’s largest and longest continuous protests. Thousands have joined in from different parts of the country. We plan to intensify our stir as well,” Dr Darshan Pal of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) said.

According to the farmer unions, thousands from Saharanpur and Sisauli have reached the Ghazipur Gate led by BKU chief Rakesh Tikait. Farmers were also seen on tractors, ready for Saturday’s rally.

A protest march is also being taken out in Massachusetts, USA, in solidarity with the farmers agitating in India.

Punjab Khet Mazdoor Union on Friday announced that they will start a three-day dharna in Patiala, the hometown of CM Amarinder Singh, from August 9 if the issues related to farm labourers are not resolved by then.

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