The Jaipur-Delhi National Highway in Rajasthan’s Alwar district was partially blocked on Tuesday, while farmers’ protest against the Centre’s new agricultural laws came on the third day.
The farmers were led by Swaraj leader Abhiyan Yogendra Yadav, CPIM lawmaker Balwan Poonia and former lawmaker Amra Ram.
“We do not know why the police and the Haryana government are stopping us. We don’t ask them for anything. This act of the Haryana government is undemocratic, “Yadav told reporters. Haryana police barricaded the entrance to its border, preventing farmers from heading to Delhi. Farmers crouched on the border to demand their repeal of the three farm laws.
On Monday night, protesting farmers ate on the blocked national highway and slept in tents and vehicles.
National President Kisan Panchayat, Rampal Chaudhary, is also in camp at Shahjahanpur, demanding the withdrawal of agricultural laws. Enacted in September, the three agricultural laws were drafted by the government as major reforms in the agricultural sector that will eliminate intermediaries and allow farmers to sell their produce anywhere in the country.
However, Protestant farmers have expressed concern that the legislation would pave the way for the removal of the safety pillow from the minimum support price and eliminate the mandi system, leaving them at the mercy of large corporations.