Farmers on Saturday during this week blocked the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal (KMP) Expressway to mark the 100th anniversary of the three-day strike that they had. The had also moved to block the lane is part of a plan to intensify protests against the law.
Farmers drove cars, trucks and tractors on the highway to block the road for five hours in defiance of three farm rules imposed in September 2020 which they said hurt them by opening up the agricultural sector to private players.
The protest, which began at 11 a.m., will continue until 4 p.m. Their plan of action included freeing the plazas from charge. Protesters at the Singhu border blocking existing plazas on the way to the KMP Expressway.
In addition to that, the farmers had also from the Ghazipur and from the Tikri borders had blocked the Dasna and Bahadurgarh toll plaza, respectively.
Residents along the Shahjahanpur border also blocked the KMP Expressway connecting Gurugram-Manesar.
“At the moment we are mobilizing our strength. Farmers from all over the province are coming for this reason. We are moving again as many of our vehicles have already arrived at KMP,” said Karamjit Singh, Haryana regional president of Joh Kisra Andad led by Jogendra Yadav. IANS.
Amarjeet Singh who is a 68 year old farmer from Punjab said that the Modi government has turned this protest into an act of pride. They cannot see the pain of farmers, he also said that they have left them no choice but to protest.
Prime Minister Modi called for these laws to make the necessary changes in the old agricultural sector and painted the protests as a political motive.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday also criticized the center, saying the government was harassing farmers, who were fighting for their rights. He said that the Nails have been nailed to the borders of Delhi for the sons of those who sacrificed their lives at the borders of the country. Annadata ‘demands their rights, which are by the harassment by government! Gandhi wrote on Twitter in Hindi saying that
देक की सीमा पर जान बिछाते हैं जिनके बेटे, उनके लिए कीलें बिछाई हैं दिल्ली की सीमा पर।अन्नदाता माँगर 1 रा
Tens of thousands of farmers from several provinces have been camping outside the national capital in cold climates since December demanding the reinstatement of the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; Farmers’ Agreement (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement for Verification of Values and Agricultural Services, 2020; and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.
Their movement has received international attention and support, including celebrities such as weather activist Greta Thunberg and US singer Rihanna, but many negotiations between farmer and government leaders have failed.
The central government has lashed out at supporters of the protests and is being blamed by human rights activists for using sophisticated tactics to stem the protests.
While the protests were extremely peaceful, the brief violence on January 26 led to the protests, and police have opened eight cases against journalists for alleged misconduct and incidents of the day.
“The Indian authorities’ response to the protests was aimed at undermining peaceful protesters, harassing government critics, and prosecuting those who reported on the events,” Human Rights Watch said in a statement last month.
As the capitals prepare for the worst summer and harvest season begins, farmers gathered on Saturday say they have no plans to return until their needs are met.
“The extreme cold did not affect our movement, and the deadly heat would not affect it,” said Raja Singh, a farmer in Punjab, 58.