The All-India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee, Rashtriya Kisan Mahasangh and various factions of Bharatiya Kisan Union had given the call for the ‘Delhi Chalo’ march.
Farmers protesting against the Centre’s three farm laws have expressed apprehension that these will pave a way for the dismantling of the minimum support price system, leaving them at the “mercy” of big corporates.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah who is presently campaign for corporation election in Hyderabad had on Saturday appealed to the farmers to shift to the Sant Nirankari ground in Burari that was offered to them for peaceful protests and said the Centre was ready to hold discussions with them as soon as they move to the designated place.
Rejecting Union Minister Amit Shah sugar coated offers Farmer association firmly said “We have decided that we will stay put at the Delhi borders. We will not go to Burari, Bharatiya Kisan Union (Dakaunda) president Buta Singh Burjgill said
The decision was taken by representatives of several farmers organisations, he added
Farmer leader Harmeet Singh Kadian, who is the president of BKU (Kadian), too said that the protesters will not shift to the Burari ground.That is a open Jail he said
Reacting to the Union home minister’s appeal, Kadian told reporters near the Singhu border that the Centre should not impose any condition for holding talks with the farmers.
We do not want any pre-condition. We want a meeting be held without any condition. We are ready for talks, Kadian said.
Meanwhile, thousands of farmers are likely to join the protesters at the Delhi borders soon, a farmer leader said.
Meanwhile, Tikri border has been closed for any traffic as the farmers continue to protest the Centre’s farm laws, said DelhiTraffic Police.
Due to huge gathering of Farmers Commuters headed towards the national capital from other states said they are facing problems due to road blockade at the Singhu border (Delhi-Haryana border).
After the day-long confrontation at Delhi-Haryana’s Singhu and Tikri borders, the Delhi Police on Friday finally allowed thousands of farmers to enter Delhi for a planned protest against the new Central farm laws.
Even after the Delhi Police announced that they could enter the city escorted by cops, tear gas shells were lobbed at regular intervals and water sprays continued to push the crowd back as many wanted to march towards the Ramlila ground in Delhi and not the designated Nirankari ground in North Delhi’s Burari.
The farmers with tractors and trolleys carrying food and essential supplies for days had been trying to enter Delhi from multiple points, defying barricades , digging of roads and barbed wires put up by Delhi Police to restrict their entry.
Punjab farmers are demanding the repeal of the new farm laws, which, they said, should be replaced with another set of legislations framed after wider consultation with the stakeholders. They also want a guarantee on the minimum support price.
The BJP led Modi government rather acting quickly deliberately bought time and has invited several Punjab farmer organisations for another round of talks in Delhi on December 3.