NEW DELHI: The peasants protesting against the farm laws hardened its stance on Tuesday and called for a complete blockade of the Chilla border between Delhi and Noida on Wednesday to try to force the NDA-led government of BJP to repeal the three farm laws. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi claimed that there is a conspiracy by opposition parties to confuse the peasants about the new laws.
Here are the top 10 developments of the day:
1. Hardening their stance on the laws, peasant leaders said they would “make” the government repeal these laws and claimed that their battle had reached a stage where they are “determined” to win it no matter what. They said they would completely block the Chilean Border between Delhi and Noida on Wednesday to press their demands, adding that farmers ’unions are not shying away from negotiation, but the government must pay attention to their demands and present concrete proposals. Addressing a press conference at the Singhu Border, peasant leader Jagjeet Singh Dallewal said, “The government says ‘we will not repeal these laws’, we say we will make you comply with it.”
2. During his visit to Gujarat, Prime Minister Modi said a conspiracy was being hatched to confuse farmers about the new land laws and accused the opposition of using the shoulders of farmers to launch their guns. As the protest of farmers outside Delhi came on the 20th, Modi made a strong presentation for the agriculture laws enacted in September, describing them as historic and said his government is ready to remove any doubts about the legislation. Without taking names, Modi, during a full-day visit to Gujarat, said opposition parties that support the protest when they ruled were in favor of similar reforms in the agricultural sector. To support his argument, Modi gave the example of two sectors in Gujarat, his home state, that prospered without government intervention. He said the dairy and fishing sectors in the state have grown exponentially without much intervention from the state government as the business is mainly run by cooperative sector leaders and farmers.
3. During a visit to Gujarat, Prime Minister Modi interacted with farmers from Gujarat’s Kutch district, including those from Punjab who settled there, as well as members of a local self-help group (SHG). The separate interactions took place on the side of an event where Modi, during a full-day visit to Gujarat, laid cornerstones for a host of projects in the border district. The prime minister met with delegations of Punjab farmers housed in Kutch district as well as local farmers and heard their problems with Prime Minister Vijay Rupani accompanying him. Sikh farmers cultivate land in areas close to the Indo-Pak border.
4. As the confrontation continues between the government and groups of Protestant peasants over three new farming laws, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said the Acts were welcomed in various states across the country, but the Center is ready to continue its talks with “genuine farming unions” to find an open-minded solution. He also said the Minimum Support Price (MSP) at which the government is committed to getting the product from farmers is an administrative decision and it will “continue as it is”.
5. Union Bharatiya Kisan (Kisan) has decided to end its protest at present which it has held at district levels in Uttar Pradesh. Union members Bharatiya Kisan (Kisan) from Uttar Pradesh sent a memorandum to Tomar with suggestions on the Estate Actions and the MSP. BKU (Kisan) was not part of nearly 40 peasant groups that protested at various borders of the national capital and attended the recent negotiations with the center without any success. According to a statement from the ministry of agriculture, Tomar thanked the leaders of BKU (Kisan) for their support of the laws and said they were welcomed in various states across the country. The leaders of BKU (Kisan) suggested that farmers should have an option to go to civil courts in case of a dispute. They also suggested that the Panchayat a chief must receive the same importance as the chief of the mandi to protect the rights of the peasants in towns and villages. In the case of the Essential Goods Act, they suggested that it should prevent hoarding and black marketing.
6. Launch a sharp attack against the BJP over the protest of peasants, SAD leader Sukhbir Singh Badal called the saffron party the “true tukde tukde band”, accusing it of setting up Hindus against Sikhs in Punjab. Asking the former ally to avoid the “arrogant attitude” about the farm laws and to accept what peasants want, Badal warned the BJP against any attempt to set up Hindus against Sikhs. He said that if one speaks in favor of the central government, he is called ‘Desh Bhakt’ and if he speaks against it, he is branded as a ‘tukde tukde band’.
7. Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram asked the government to repeal the laws and introduce a new bill after agreement with the agitating peasants. “The Government needs to get off its high horse and reach an agreement with the farmers quickly … The simple way forward is to repeal the current laws and implement a new law based on the agreement. Repeal and re-enactment is a well-known legislative tool,” Chidambaram said. on Twitter.
8. Samajwadi party leader Akhilesh Yadav claimed that instead of listening to peasants, the BJP government “slanders” its protests against the Center’s new land laws. Yadav claimed that BJP only misleads people. “If it believed in democratic values, it would not use a barbaric accusation against peaceful protesters. By sending ‘samajwadis’ to prison for supporting peasants, it did illegal and undemocratic work,” he added.
9. Leaders and workers of Delhi Congress protested against the laws near BJP headquarters in the national capital. Some of the protesters who tried to cross the barricades in front of BJP headquarters at DDU Marg were detained by the police. Leading the protesters, Dehi Congress president Anil Kumar said that if the rural laws are implemented in the current form, the agricultural sector in the country will be controlled by large companies.
10. The Jaipur-Delhi national highway in Rajasthan’s Alwar district remained partially blocked on Tuesday as the peasant protest against the center’s new farming laws entered the third day there. The peasants were led by Swaraj Abhiyan leader Yogendra Yadav, CPM legislator Balwan Poonia and former legislator Amra Ram. “We don’t know why the Haryana Police and government are stopping us. We don’t demand anything from them. This action by the Haryana government is undemocratic, ”Yadav told reporters.