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From today, protesting farmers will launch an agitation against Agri laws at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar

From today, protesting farmers will launch an agitation against Agri laws at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar

Farmers’ protests against the three agri laws are set to receive a boost on Thursday. Samyukta Kisan Morcha will be holding a series of demonstrations at Jantar Mantar. Lieutenant-governor Anil Baijal has only allowed farmers to continue their demonstrations till August 9. Thousands of people have taken to the streets in protest against new laws that they say are anti-farmer.

Key Summary

  • Beginning today, the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) will hold a series of demonstrations at the Jantar Mantar near the Parliament in New Delhi.
  • To hold a demonstration at the site, the farmers’ movement was permitted because no more than 200 protestors would be allowed until August 9.
  • There will be heavy security deployment in the area amid the ongoing monsoon session of the Parliament.
  • Since November 2020, hundreds of farmers have gathered at Delhi’s Singhu, Tikri, and Ghazipur borders.

Farmers’ protests against the central government’s three agricultural policies, which have been underway for months on the outskirts of the national capital, are poised to gain momentum on Thursday. The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), an umbrella organization of protesting farm unions, will stage a series of demonstrations at the Jantar Mantar near New Delhi’s Parliament.

Permission was granted to the farmers’ movement to organize a demonstration at the site; on the proviso, no more than 200 demonstrators will be allowed until August 9. Rakesh Tikait, leader of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU), said that 200 farmers affiliated with the SKM would travel every day to the Jantar Mantar via bus, as permitted by Anil Baijal, Delhi’s lieutenant-governor.

Additionally, protesting farmers have been required to provide an affidavit stating that they would adhere to all Covid-19 standards and that the movement will be peaceful. Demonstrators will face a significant security presence in the region, which is currently hosting the Parliament’s monsoon session.

Police personnel was spotted strengthening security at the Singhu border near the national capital on this day, ahead of farmers’ protests at Jantar Mantar against the three agro laws.

Protesting farmers have stated that their demonstrations against the central government’s three agri-laws will continue until August 13, assuming the Parliament’s monsoon session concludes on that date. However, Delhi’s lieutenant governor Anil Baijal permitted farmers to continue their protest marches until August 9.

Notably, this is the first time that authorities have permitted protesting farmers’ unions to hold protests in the city since earlier this year’s violence at a tractor rally on Republic Day, January 26.

Meanwhile, BKU leader Rakesh Tikait urged authorities to restore highways near protest locations for the convenience of local inhabitants, insisting that no farmer from the Ghazipur border would travel to Delhi “secretly” and would instead congregate at the approved protest site at Jantar Mantar.

Since November 2020, hundreds of farmers have been camped at Delhi’s Singhu, Tikri, and Ghazipur borders, demanding that the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020 repealed and replaced.

On the other hand, the government has maintained that the laws are pro-farmer in 11 rounds of formal negotiation with protestors.

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