Farmers’ leaders who are protesting against the Centre’s recently enacted farm laws have intensified their agitation. They have sat on a one-day hunger strike on Monday and staged demonstrations across the country. The hunger strike is part of the farmers’ plans to intensify protests from today.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and deputy CM Manish Sisodia are also observing a one-day fast in solidarity with the protesting farmers, while urging people to also observe fast for a day. Meanwhile, more farmers have joined the protest at the Singhu and Tikri borders as talks with the government remained inconclusive.
उपवास पवित्र होता है। आप जहां हैं, वहीं हमारे किसान भाइयों के लिए उपवास कीजिए। प्रभु से उनके संघर्ष की सफलता की प्रार्थना कीजिए। अंत में किसानों की अवश्य जीत होगी।
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) December 14, 2020
Talks with Centre soon
As farmers intensify their protest against the Centre’s three farm laws, Union Minister Kailash Choudhary on Sunday said the government will soon decide a date and call union leaders for the next round of talks.
Previous five rounds of talks between the central government and representatives of 40 farmer unions remained inconclusive.
The sixth round of talks did not take place after farmer leaders rejected the government’s draft proposal to amend certain provisions of the farm laws and declined to participate in the meeting.
The government has made it clear that it is ready for discussion anytime. But the farmer unions have said they would come for talks only if the laws are repealed.
BJP slams Kejriwal for fast
Slamming Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal over the call for a day-long fast in support of the framers’ protest, Union information and broadcasting minister Prakash Javadekar on Monday said that this is nothing but hypocrisy. However, Manish Sisodia reacted to the tweet and attacked Prakash Javadekar.
Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, Javadekar said “@ArvindKejriwal this is your hypocrisy. You promised amendment to APMC Act in Punjab assembly elections. You notified one farm law in Delhi in November 2020 and you are on fast today. Nothing but hypocrisy.”
.@ArvindKejriwal this is your hypocrisy. You promised amendment to APMC Act in Punjab assembly elections. You notified one farm law in Delhi in November 2020 and you are on fast today. Nothing but hypocrisy.@AamAadmiParty @BJP4India
— Prakash Javadekar (@PrakashJavdekar) December 14, 2020
वाह प्रकाश जावड़ेकर @PrakashJavdekar जी! आप काले क़ानून बनाकर किसानों की खेती बर्बाद करें, प्रदर्शनकारी किसानों को जेल में डालने की साज़िश करें तो आप हितैषी.@ArvindKejriwal जी किसानों को जेल में डालने की आपकी साज़िश नाकाम करें, उनकी सेवा करें, समर्थन में उपवास करें तो पाखंडी!
— Manish Sisodia (@msisodia) December 14, 2020
Future strategy of farmers
Jasveer Singh Virk, a senior farmer leader, at the Ghazipur border said, “We will have a strategy meeting at Ghazipur at 5 pm today. Then we will have a meeting at the Singhu border at 11 am tomorrow to plan for the next step. Agitation will be intensified further but in consultation with all. The increasing number of protesters at several borders is our strategy. The government wants to divide us by holding meetings with few farmers so we are also making a strategy to bring here as many farmers as possible.
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