Delhi Farmers Protest Highlights: Despite prohibitory orders in place under section 144 of the CrPC, thousands of farmers turned up for a khap mahapanchayat in Uttar Pradesh’s Shamli district Friday to protest against the three new farm laws. Scores of regional ‘khap’ leaders, Bharatiya Kisan Union members and RLD vice president Jayant Chaudhary, among others, attended the event.
Meanwhile, Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait Friday said that the ‘Chakka Jam’ (blockading of roads as a form of protest) planned on February 6 will not take place in Delhi, but will be done in other parts of the National Capital Region and the rest of the country, including the southern states.
“Dilli mein hum nahi kar rahe, wahan to raja ne khud qile-bandi kar li hai humare jaam karne ki zaroorat hi nahi hai (We are not going to do anything in Delhi, the king there has already fortified it, there is no need for us to do a blockade now),” he said, taking a veiled jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the fortification of the protest sites at Ghazipur, Tikri and Singhu, PTI reported.
In the Parliament, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said the government’s offer to amend the three farm laws did not mean they had any flaws and none from the protesting parties or their sympathisers have been able to point out any shortcomings so far. Tomar said the government has made efforts to double farmers income and increase share of agriculture sector in the country’s GDP, but people in “one state” have been victims of misinformation.
Wary of the protracted farmers’ agitation in the capital and the Republic Day incident at Red Fort, the Punjab government has stepped up efforts to reach out to the Centre to work towards an early resolution, sources told The Indian Express. Some top state officials have been camping in Delhi and are in constant touch with both the protesting farmers and the Centre.