Farmer Protests: Farmers Reject Government Proposal, Vow to Intensify Agitation
By: Sashwata Saha
Following the Centre’s talks with the agitating farmers ending in an impasse, thousands of farmers remain put at Delhi’s various borders on Wednesday to press for the repealing of the three agricultural laws passed in October.
A meeting called by Home Minister Amit Shah on December 8 ended in failure as farmer leaders rejected the government's offer to amend the farm laws, reiterating that they would settle for nothing less than the repeal of the ordinances. This was the fifth round of talks between the two bodies.
The sixth round which was scheduled for earlier today has been cancelled. The decision comes after many farm leaders had threatened to boycott the talks.
As the protests continued, traffic was disrupted at the Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur border points.
Taking to Twitter, the Delhi Traffic Police has notified commuters that the Tikri, Jharoda, Dhansa Borders are closed for any traffic movement. However, the Jhatikara border is open only for two-wheelers and pedestrian movement.
It also added that those travelling to Haryana can take either of the Daurala, Kapashera, Badusarai, Rajokri NH 8, Bijwasan/Bajghera, Palam Vihar and Dundahera Borders.
“Singhu, Auchandi, Piao Maniyari, Mangesh borders are closed. NH-44 is closed on both sides. Take alternate routes via Lampur, Safiabad, Saboli, NH8/Bhopra/Apsara borders/Peripheral expressway,” the Delhi Traffic Police tweet read.
It also said that the traffic has been diverted from Mukarba and GTK road and suggested commuters to avoid Outer Ring Road, GTK road, NH-44.
In another related development, multiple TV channels have aired reports that Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) workers are providing free diesel at a petrol pump at Delhi-Amritsar national highway to farmers heading to Delhi to join the agitation.
Farmer leaders have been firm on their demand for the repeal of three new farm laws enacted in September. The Centre, which claims the laws would revitalise India’s agrarian economy by boosting produce, has made several attempts to placate them. But five rounds of talks have failed to break the deadlock so far.
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