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 its third day.
The peasants were led by Swaraj Abhiyan leader Yogendra Yadav, CPIM legislator Balwan Poonia and former legislator Amra Ram.
“We don’t know why Haryana Police and government are stopping us. We are not demanding anything from them. This action by Haryana government is undemocratic,” Yadav told reporters. Haryana Police barricaded the entrance at its border, preventing farmers from marching on Delhi. The peasants crouched at the border to ask for their demand to repeal the three property laws.
On Monday night, Protestant peasants ate on the blocked national highway and slept in tents and vehicles.
Kisan Panchayat national president Rampal Chaudhary is also camping in Shahjahanpur demanding the withdrawal of the farm laws. Enacted in September, the three farm laws were projected by the government as major reforms in the agricultural sector that will eliminate the middlemen and allow farmers to sell their products anywhere in the country.
However, the protesting peasants expressed fear that the legislation would pave the way for the removal of the Minimum Support Price security cushion and the removal of the mandi system, leaving them under the power of large companies.