After two days of clashes, water cannons and stone-pelting, the farmers finally entered the national capital on Friday as part of their “Dilli Chalo” march to press for the withdrawal of the three farm bills.
A large number of farmers in tens of thousands are still camping around the Delhi border despite a ground being allocated to them in the capital’s outskirts to hold their protest against the farm laws that they want repealed.
While the Tikri border (that leads from Delhi to Bahadurgarh) was opened for the farmers to enter the national capital, situation remains tense in Singhu border near outer Delhi’s Narela.
Farmers ( protesters) who have braved tear gas, water cannons and lathi-charge during their agitation – have said they have enough essentials to continue their protests for up to six months. At least three highways that lead to Delhi remain blocked amid the protests.
At least three highways that lead to Delhi remain blocked amid the protests. Apart from Delhi-Bahadurgarh highway and Delhi-Sonepat, situation is also tense at Delhi-Haridwar with farmers from Uttar Pradesh marching towards the national capital.
Groups of farmers, walking with tractors carrying food and essential supplies, had been trying to enter Delhi from multiple points, defying barricades, many wrapped in barbed wire, and trenches dug up near key roads.
“We’ve got food rations for six months. We’ll go back after getting rid of the black agriculture laws which are against farmers,” a protester at Singhu border was quoted as saying by news agency
A part of the protesters, however, are camping at a ground in Burari near the capital’s outskirts amid heavy police presence.
They say that their protests will continue till the farm laws are withdrawn. “Our protest will continue till the farm laws are not withdrawn. We are here for the long haul,” a farmer was quoted as saying at Nirankari Samagam Ground in Burari, the site approved for protests.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who also has backed the farmer protests, is personally monitoring arrangements being made in Burari, his party informed in a tweet.
Delhi Minister Satyendar Jain and Delhi Jal Board Vice Chairman Raghav Chadha have been instructed to supervise arrangements on site, it added. Local AAP MLAs instructed to provide tenting and food facilities to farmers, it said.
BJP central government is ready to discuss issues related to three agriculture sector laws with the representatives of farmers organisations, he said.
“The government has always been ready to discuss issues with farmers. We have invited farmers’ organisations for another round of talks on 3rd December.
I appeal to them to leave agitation in view of COVID-19 and winter,” Mr Tomar told news agency