Hunger strike for days tomorrow; Haryana toll booths will be closed from December 25th to 27th

Following protests against the center’s new farm laws, farmers unions announced a 24-hour hunger strike on Monday at all protesting locations, said Yogendra Yadav, head of Swaraj India.

In a press conference today, farmer Jagjeet Singh Dalewala also said that farmers would stop tolling highways in Haryana from December 25-27.

“Kisan Diwas is celebrated on December 23rd. I would like to urge people to avoid eating that day,” said Rakesh Tikait, Bharatiya Kisan Union.

As a sign of protest, the heads of state and government also announced that they would call on everyone to beat “Thali” in their homes during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s last Mann Ki Baat address this year.

“On December 27th, during Mann Ki Baat from Prime Minister Modi. We appeal to everyone to beat ‘Thali’ in their homes until he speaks during the program,” said Jagjit Singh Dalewala, Bharatiya Kisan Union.

On Sunday, farmers in Punjab and Haryana watched ‘Shradhanjali Diwas’ to pay homage to their brothers who died during the ongoing agitation against the centre’s agrarian reform laws.

Farmers’ bodies have claimed that over 30 farmers involved in the uproar have died from a variety of reasons, including heart attacks and road accidents.

The protesting farmers held ardas (prayer) in several villages in both states in memory of their deceased brothers.

Farmers from different parts of the country, including Haryana and Punjab, have been camping at different border points in Delhi for four weeks to demand the repeal of farm laws.

The three agricultural laws passed in September were planned by the government as major reforms in the agricultural sector that would remove the middlemen and allow farmers to sell their produce anywhere in the country.

However, the protesting farmers have expressed concern that the new laws would pave the way for the removal of the Minimum Support Price (MSP) safety cushion and abolish mandis that secure income and leave them extradited to large companies.

Farmers also demanded compensation and government jobs for the families of those who died in the agitation.

The Supreme Court on Thursday recognized farmers’ right to nonviolent protest and discussed the idea of ​​deferring the controversial agricultural laws to allow negotiations with agitating farmers, who were rejected by the center, stating that farmers would then not show up for talks would.

With agency entries

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