6 Mar 2024

Farmers Protest 2.0: Peasants to resume 'Delhi Chalo' march today; heightened police vigil at Tikri, Singhu, and Ghazipur borders

Farmers are set to resume their 'Delhi Chalo' march in full force on Wednesday, responding to the call from the Kisan Mazdoor Morcha and the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (Non-Political). Farmer leaders Sarwan Singh Pandher and Jagjit Singh Dallewal urged a nationwide gathering in Delhi on March 6 to intensify the ongoing protest.

The protesting farmers have been camping at the Shambhu and the Khanauri border points between Punjab and Haryana after their "Delhi Chalo" march was stopped by security forces. Additionally, they have announced a four-hour countrywide rail roko on March 10 to support their demands.

Protest will continue even if Model Code of Conduct is enforced

During a recent announcement, farmer leader Sarwan Singh Pandher stated that the 'rail roko' protest, scheduled from 12 pm to 4 pm nationwide, aims to exert pressure on the government to address the farmers' concerns. Jagjit Singh Dallewal emphasized the steadfastness of the protest, asserting that it will persist even if the Model Code of Conduct for elections is enforced.

Mahapanchayat in Delhi on March 14 

The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) national body has called for a Mahapanchayat in Delhi on March 14 to bring attention to various issues, including legal guarantees for Minimum Support Price (MSP), opposition to the electricity amendment bill, freedom from debt, old age pension, repeal of labor codes, and unresolved concerns.

Amid the ongoing deadlock between farmers and the government, negotiations have failed to yield a resolution. The government's offer during the last round of talks was rejected by protesting farmers, who continue to demand a legal guarantee of MSP for all crops.

Farmers' demands 

Farmers' demands encompass a wide range of issues, such as the implementation of the Swaminathan Commission's recommendations, pension for farmers and laborers, farm debt waiver, no increase in electricity tariffs, withdrawal of police cases, justice for the victims of the 2021 Lakhimpur Kheri violence, reinstatement of the Land Acquisition Act, 2013, and compensation for the families of farmers who died during the previous agitation in 2020-21.

Despite the reopening of the Ambala-Chandigarh national highway, which was closed for three weeks, the Haryana-Punjab border near Ambala remains barricaded, reflecting the persistent tension surrounding the farmers' protest near the national capital.

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