New Delhi: The ongoing farmers’ protest against the three contentious farm laws passed by the Centre has now entered its eighth day signs of any immediate relief is far from sight. However, all eyes are on today’s meeting as the agitating farmers will meet government representatives for second round of talks to resolve the deadlock after December 1 hurdle remained inconclusive. ALSO READ | ‘Let’s See To What Extent Issues Can Be Resolved’: Govt Ahead Of Round 2 Talks With Farmers Amid Deadlock
Meanwhile, traffic in Delhi-NCR was badly hit as the agitating farmers continued to block several borders like Singhu and Tikri towards Haryana and Chilla and Gazipur towards Uttar Pradesh, affecting movement of commuters as many were struck in the resultant traffic snarls.
The Singhu and Tikri borders have already been closed by the Delhi Traffic Police for any vehicular movement which has caused diversions at various points in the capital.
Farmers’ Protest Day 8 – Key Points
1. The leaders of the protesting farmers wrote to Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Wednesday, demanding a special session of Parliament to repeal the new farm laws and asking the government to not “indulge in divisive agenda” to break farmers’ unity.
2. Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh will meet Home Minister Amit Shah at his residence on Thursday, ahead of the talks between the Centre and farmer leaders over their agitation against the new farm laws. Singh will hold deliberations with Shah on Thursday morning in Delhi in an effort to work out an amicable solution to the deadlock.
3. As the number of protestors swelled at Delhi’s border points, the apex body of transporters — All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC), representing about 95 lakh truckers and other entities — extended its support to the farmers and threatened to halt operations in northern India from December 8 if the government fails to address concerns of the farming community.
4. A crucial round of talks between the Centre and the representatives of protesting farmers is scheduled to be held on Thursday. Ahead of the talks, Union Home Minister Amit Shah held deliberations with Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Railway Minister Piyush Goyal here on Wednesday on ways to dispel concerns over the new farm laws.
5. Representatives of farmers organisations from other parts of the country will also be involved under Kisan Samyukt Morcha to decide the future course of action against the new farm laws. Another farmer leader Gurnam Singh Chadoni said that if the Centre does not withdraw the laws, more steps will be taken in the coming days to press their demands.
6. The Chilla crossing, a key route connecting Uttar Pradesh with the national capital had to be closed on the second day of the protests at the Noida-Delhi border. Massive congestion was seen on roads leading to the Chilla border and the traffic policemen were seen helping the motorists to figure out alternate routes.
7. For those who want to go to Haryana, the Delhi Traffic Police has said the available open borders to Haryana are Dhansa, Daurala, Kapashera, Rajokri NH 8, Bijwasan/Bajghera, Palam Vihar and Dundahera.
8. Congress has stepped up pressure on the government to withdraw the farm laws amid the farmers protest and Rahul Gandhi has been in the forefront in attacking the government. The former Congress President has taken stock of the situation with the Punjab and Haryana Congress in-charges.
9. Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh called his Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal this sneaky little fellow as the two traded charges over the notification of one of the three new central farm laws in the national capital. A day earlier the Punjab chief minister had slammed the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader over the November 23 notification in Delhi, accusing the party of just pretending to support the farmers’ cause.
10. Enacted in September, the three farm laws are anticipated to bring “reforms” in the agriculture sector by removing middlemen and allowing farmers to sell their produce anywhere in the country. Farmers worry these laws will eliminate the safety net of the Minimum Support Price (MSP) and do away with mandis that ensure earning. But the government says the MSP system will continue and the new laws will give farmers more options to sell their crop.