The protest against the Centre’s recently enacted farm laws is likely to intensify with around 2,000 women joining the protest at Delhi’s border points in the days to come. The women who are expected to join the protest soon will be from the families of farmers protesting against the farm laws.
Notably, farmer organisations are making the required arrangements for the food and stay of these women. The women are likely to be put up in separate tents and will have their food in separate langar. Also, extra temporary toilets are being arranged, farmers’ leaders said.
Due to the farmers’ protest, several major thoroughfares connecting Delhi with other states have been closed and the traffic has been diverted. Farmers have apologised for the inconvenience from commuters saying they are left with no option but to stage a protest.
Hunger strike of farmers
Leaders of around 32 farmer unions observed a day-long hunger strike at Delhi’s Singhu border on Monday to protest against the Centre’s new farm laws. The unions claimed that demonstrations were also held at various district headquarters across the country.
Congress’ chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said, “For the first time in 73 years, the farmers who feed the nation are on a hunger strike throughout the country. How many more ‘achche din’ you will bring Modi ji!”.
“Let go of the hands of election financiers and hold the hands of ‘annadaatas’ (food providers), wipe their tears and apologise, while taking back the three black laws,” Surjewala said.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi too on Tuesday took a dig at the Centre saying only “crony capitalists” are best friends of the Modi government and anybody who opposes the government will be branded as enemy.
Farmers to intensify protests
The protesting farmers have warned that they will intensify their protests against the government’ farm laws as multiple rounds of talks with the government remained inconclusive. The Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Monday said that the government is ready for a clause by clause discussion on the farm laws with the protesting farmers.
The government, however, has clarified that it will not withdraw the farm laws, which is one of the primary demands of the protesting farmers.
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