NEW DELHI: The peasants protest against the Agricultural laws Their stance was tightened on Tuesday and the Chilla border between Delhi and Noida was completely blocked on Wednesday in an attempt to force the BJP-led NDA government to repeal the three farm laws. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi claimed there was a conspiracy by the opposition parties to confuse farmers about the new laws.
Here are the top 10 developments of the day:
1. Farmers leaders tightened their stance on the laws, saying they would get the government to repeal these laws, claiming that their struggle has reached a stage where they are “determined” to win it, no matter what is happening. They said they will completely block the Chilla border between Delhi and Noida on Wednesday to press for their demands, adding that the peasant unions are not running away from negotiations but that the government is taking their demands into account and making concrete proposals got to. At a press conference on the Singhu border, peasant leader Jagjeet Singh Dallewal said: “The government says we will not repeal these laws. We say we will make you do it.”
2. During his visit to Gujarat, PM Modi said a conspiracy was under way to confuse farmers over the new agricultural laws and accused the opposition of using farmers’ shoulders to fire their weapons. When farmers’ protest outside Delhi began on day 20, Modi made a strong impression of the September agricultural laws, describing them as historic, and saying his government was ready to dispel any doubts about the laws. Without naming names, Modi said on a one-day visit to Gujarat that opposition parties that support the protest when in power are advocating similar reforms in the agricultural sector. To support his point, Modi gave the example of two sectors in Gujarat, his home state, that flourished without government intervention. He said the dairy and fisheries sectors in the state have grown exponentially without much intervention from the state government, as the business is mostly done by co-op leaders and farmers.
3. While visiting Gujarat, PM Modi interacted with farmers from the Kutch District of Gujarat, including those from Gujarat Punjab who have settled there and also members of a local self-help group (SHG). The separate interactions took place on the sidelines of an event during which Modi laid the groundwork for a variety of projects in the border district during a one-day visit to Gujarat. The Prime Minister met delegations of Punjab farmers who had settled in Kutch District, as well as local farmers, and heard their problems with Prime Minister Vijay Rupani, who accompanied him. Sikh farmers work land in areas near the Indo-Pak border.
4. While the stalemate between the government and groups of protesting farmers continues over three new agricultural laws, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said the laws have been welcomed in several states in the country, except the US center is ready to continue talks with “real unions” to find an open solution. He also said the Minimum Support Price (MSP) at which the government pledges to source products from farmers is an administrative decision and “will go on as it is”.
5. The Bharatiya Kisan Union (Kisan) has decided to end its protest, which it held at the district level in Uttar Pradesh, for the time being. Members of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Kisan) from Uttar Pradesh submitted a memorandum to Tomar with proposals on the Farm Acts and the MSP. The BKU (Kisan) was not part of the almost 40 farmers’ groups who protested on various borders of the state capital and who had taken part in the most recent rounds of talks with the center without a breakthrough. According to a statement from the Ministry of Agriculture, Tomar thanked the leaders of the BKU (Kisan) for supporting the laws and said they were welcomed in different states in the country. The leaders of the BKU (Kisan) suggested giving farmers the opportunity to go to civil courts in the event of a dispute. They also suggested that the Panchayat The head should be given the same importance as the head of the mandi, in order to protect the rights of farmers in small towns and villages. In the case of the Essential Commodities Act, they proposed preventing hoarding and black marketing.
6. Launch a devastating attack on the BJP In response to the farmers’ protest, SAD leader Sukhbir Singh Badal called the Saffron Party the “real Tukde-Tukde gang” and accused them of using Hindus against Sikhs in Punjab. Badal asked the former ally to avoid the “arrogant attitude” towards the farm laws and accept what the farmers want, and warned the BJP against any attempt to turn Hindus against Sikhs. He said when speaking for the central government he is called “Desh Bhakt” and when he speaks against it he is branded as “Tukde Tukde Gang”.
7. The Chairman of the Congress, Fr. Chidambaram, called on the government to repeal the laws and put forward a new bill after reaching an agreement with the agitated farmers. “The government should get off its high horse and come to an agreement with the farmers quickly … The easy way forward is to repeal the current laws and re-enact a new law based on the agreement. Repeal and reenactment are a good thing.” well-known legislative tool, “said Chidambaram on Twitter.
8. Samajwadi party leader Akhilesh Yadav, instead of listening to the farmers, claimed that the BJP government was “defaming” its protests against the centre’s new agricultural laws. Yadav claimed that the BJP was only misleading people. “Had it believed in democratic values, it would not have resorted to barbaric Lathicharge against peaceful protesters. By sending ‘samajwadis’ to prison to support farmers, it has done illegal and undemocratic work,” he added.
9. Delhi Congress leaders and workers protested the laws near the BJP headquarters in the state capital. Some of the demonstrators who tried to cross the barricades outside the BJP headquarters in DDU Marg were arrested by the police. Anil Kumar, President of Dehi Congress, led the demonstrators, saying that if the agricultural laws are implemented in their current form, the country’s agricultural sector will be controlled by large corporations.
10. The Jaipur-Delhi national road in the Alwar district of Rajasthan remained partially blocked on Tuesday when farmers protest against the centre’s new farm laws on the third day. The farmers were led by Yogendra Yadav, the leader of Swaraj Abhiyan, CPM lawmaker Balwan Poonia, and former lawmaker Amra Ram. “We don’t know why the Haryana police and government are holding us up. We don’t ask anything from them. This act by the Haryana government is undemocratic, “Yadav told reporters.