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Farmers protest: Delhi-Jaipur highway all set to be blocked

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Farmers on Saturday are all set to block the Delhi-Jaipur highway to protest the Centre’s contentious agricultural laws. This comes a day after one of the 32 protesting unions moved the Supreme Court against the Centre’s farm laws.

The ruling BJP has claimed that the agitation has been hijacked by ‘ultra-left’ and ‘pro-left wing extremist’, a claim dismissed by the farmers. Thousands of cops have been stationed at entry points to the national capital to block the movement of the protesters.

Particular focus is on Gurgaon and Faridabad in Haryana to stop the farmers from entering Delhi.

Petition in the Supreme Court by farmers

A petition filed before the Supreme Court sought a repeal of the three ‘arbitrary’ laws and the court has issued notices to the Centre as several petitions have challenged the law.

The BJP has planned a campaign across the country to create awareness about the farm laws. The ruling party will be organising 100 press conferences and 700 farmers’ meets in 700 districts of the country, media reports said.

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The farmers have called accusations about the agitation being pro left as government propaganda to defame them. They said all decisions are taken by the Samyukt Kisan Union.

There are allegations that the farm laws were implemented without enough consultation but the ruling party has denied the same. In Haryana, Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala, a BJP ally, on Friday said he would resign from his post if he is unable to secure the minimum support price (MSP) guarantee for farmers.

Talks have failed so far

The protesting farmers have unanimously rejected the Centre’s written offer of amendments in farm laws and announced a series of plans to escalate their protest. They have threatened full-scale protest by December 14.

So far several meetings with the government including one with Amit Shah earlier this week failed to resolve the deadlock. After the meeting, a sixth consultation between the farmers and government was cancelled.

Thousands of farmers have been camping on the outskirts of Delhi since late November against the laws which they say will put them at the mercy of corporates. The government says the legislation brings much-needed reforms in the agriculture sector.

 

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