NEW DELHI: Farmers protesting against farm laws they strengthened their position on Tuesday and called for a complete blockade of the Chilla border between Delhi and Noida on Wednesday, in an attempt to force the NDA-led NDA government to drop the three agricultural laws. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has argued that there is a conspiracy by opposition parties to confuse farmers over the new laws.
Here are the top 10 developments of the day:
1. Strengthening their position on laws, farmers’ leaders said they would “make” the government repeal these laws and said their struggle had reached a stage where they were “determined” to win it no matter what. They said they would completely block the Chilla border between Delhi and Noida on Wednesday to put pressure on their demands, adding that farmers’ unions are not shying away from negotiations, but the government must pay attention to their demands and put forward concrete proposals. Addressing a press conference at the Singhu border, farmers’ 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, Prime Minister Modi said that a conspiracy was underway to confuse farmers about the new agricultural laws and accused the opposition of using farmers’ shoulders to pull their weapons. As the protest of farmers outside Delhi entered its 20th day, Modi took a strong step towards agrarian laws enacted in September, describing them as historic and said his government was ready to remove any doubts about them. to legislation. Unnamed, Modi, on a one-day visit to Gujarat, said the opposition parties supporting the protest, when in power, were in favor of similar reforms in the agricultural sector. To support his point of view, Modi gave the example of two sectors in Gujarat, his home state, that flourished without government intervention. He said the state’s dairy and fisheries sectors have grown exponentially without much government intervention, as the business is run mainly by cooperative leaders and farmers.
3. During his visit to Gujarat, Prime Minister Modi interacted with farmers in the Kutch district of Gujarat, including Punjab who settled there and also members of a local self-help group (SHG). The separate interactions took place on the sidelines of an event in which Modi, on a day trip to Gujarat, laid the foundation stones for a number of projects in the border district. The prime minister met with Punjab farmers’ delegations based in Kutch district as well as local farmers and heard about their problems, accompanying Chief Minister Vijay Rupani. Sikh farmers cultivate land in areas near the Indo-Pak border.
4. As the conflict continues between the government and groups of farmers protesting three new agricultural laws, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said the acts have been welcomed in various states across the country, but Center is willing to continue discussions with “true agricultural unions” to find an open-minded solution. He also said that the Minimum Support Price (MSP), at which the government is committed to procuring products from farmers, is an administrative decision and “will continue as it is”.
5. The Bharatiya Kisan (Kisan) Union decided to end its protest for the time being, which it was holding at district level in Uttar Pradesh. Members of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Kisan) in Uttar Pradesh sent Tomar a memorandum with suggestions on the Agricultural Acts and the MSP. BKU (Kisan) was not part of nearly 40 groups of farmers who protested at various borders of the national capital and participated in recent rounds of talks with the center without any discovery. According to a statement from the Ministry of Agriculture, Tomar thanked the leaders of BKU (Kisan) for coming to support the laws and said they were welcomed in various states across the country. BKU (Kisan) leaders suggested that farmers be given the option to go to civil courts in the event of a dispute. They also suggested that Panchayat the head should be given the same importance as the head of the mandi to protect the rights of farmers in small towns and villages. In the case of the Essential Goods Act, they suggested that it should prevent hoarding and black marketing.
6. Launch a harsh attack on BJP over the farmers’ protest, SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal called the saffron party “the real tukde tukde gang”, accusing him of putting Hindus against Sikhs in the Punjab. Asking the former ally to avoid the “arrogant attitude” towards agricultural laws and to accept what farmers want, Badal warned the BJP against any attempt to turn the Hindus against the Sikhs. He said that if someone speaks in favor of the central government, he is called “Desh Bhakt” and, if he speaks out against it, he is marked as a “tukde tukde gang”.
7. High Congress leader P Chidambaram called on the government to repeal the laws and bring in a new bill after reaching an agreement with the agitated peasants. “The government should get off its high horse and quickly reach an agreement with farmers … The only way forward is to repeal the current laws and enact a new law based on the agreement. Repeal and reconstitution is a well-known legislative instrument, “Chidambaram said on Twitter.
8. The leader of the Samajwadi Party, Akhilesh Yadav, argued that instead of listening to farmers, the BJP government was “defaming” their protests against the Centre’s new agri-food laws. Yadav claimed that the BJP only misleads people. “If he had believed in democratic values, he would not have resorted to a barbaric burden on peaceful protesters. By sending” samajwads “to prison to support farmers, he did illegal and undemocratic work,” he added.
9. Leaders and workers of the Delhi Congress staged a protest in front of the BJP headquarters in the national capital against the law. Some of the protesters who tried to cross the barricades in front of the BJP headquarters at DDU Marg were detained by the police. Leading the protesters, Dehi Congress President Anil Kumar said that if agricultural laws are implemented in their current form, the country’s agricultural sector will be controlled by large companies.
10. The Jaipur-Delhi national highway in Alwar district of Rajasthan was partially blocked on Tuesday, while farmers’ protest against the new laws of the agricultural center entered there on the third day. The farmers were led by Swaraj leader Abhiyan Yogendra Yadav, CPM 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.