The protest against the three contentious farm bills is intensifying with each passing day, with a tractor set on fire near India Gate in New Delhi. The incident took place at around 7.15 am in the morning when 15-20 people carrying a tractor in a truck came to the site, offloaded it and set it on fire.
While the fire was doused by the firefighters and removed from the site, the police have arrested five people in connection with the incident. The car in which they were travelling has been also seized by the police.
Protestors were from Youth Congress
The Delhi Police, in a statement, said: “Today at around 7:15 AM, some (15-20) persons carrying tractor in Tata 407 vehicle came at Rajpath, Man Singh Crossing. They offloaded the tractor and tried to set it ablaze. They claimed to be members of Youth Congress Punjab.”
Police said that the protesters had raised pro-Congress slogans. In fact, the Punjab Youth Congress live-streamed the protest at India Gate on its official Facebook page. Punjab Youth Congress workers had allegedly tried to set a tractor on fire in Haryana’s Ambala on September 20.
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Meanwhile, Union heavy industries minister Prakash Javadekar said: “Congress workers brought a tractor on a truck and set it on fire near India Gate. This is the drama of the Congress. This is why people voted the Congress out of power.”
President clears controversial farm bills
President Ram Nath Kovind has given his assent to the controversial farm bills on Sunday evening, despite the Opposition requesting him not to do so. Notably, the three farm bills were passed recently in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha amid a huge uproar. Eight Opposition MPs were also suspended for alleged “unruly” behaviour while protesting against the farm bills.
Govt hails it as “historic”
While there are widespread protests against the legislations throughout the country, the Union government hails it as “historic” that will help in doubling the income of farmers. However, the farmer groups think otherwise and consider the legislations as a step towards abolishing minimum support price (MSP) and government procurement.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, however, has tried to assure the farmers that the MSP and government procurement mechanism will continue. However, the farmer will be free to choose who it wants to sell its produce to and at what price.
PM Modi has also criticised the opposition for misleading the farmers on the legislations.
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