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200 farmers opposing agricultural laws started ‘Kisan Sansad’ at Jantar Mantar

Amid heavy security, a group of 200 farmers protesting the Centre’s three agricultural laws started ‘Kisan Sansad’ on Thursday at central Delhi’s Jantar Mantar, a few meters from Parliament where the monsoon session is underway. Is.

The farmers said that the idea behind holding ‘Kisan Sansad’ was to show that their movement is still alive and tell the Center that they too know how to run a parliament.

Police said security has been tightened and thousands of personnel have been deployed in the area in view of the protest.

Farmer leader Raminder Singh Patiala said, ‘Parliament’ will have three sessions. Six members have been selected who will be elected speaker and deputy speaker for three sessions. Farmer leaders Hannan Mulla and Manjit Singh in the first session. The posts were selected for.

Another leader Shiv Kumar Kakka said that after the Republic Day incident, the farmers decided to shorten the meeting this time.

“Neither we nor the government were comfortable with the large gathering.

“The members who want to speak are giving their names to the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker. There will be lunch and tea-break and we have everything.

Elaborating on the need for Kisan Sansad, he said, the media is reporting on the COVID situation across the country and a message was going out that the agricultural movement is coming to an end.

We have shown through ‘Kisan Sansad’ that the movement is still alive and we will take our rights, Kakka said.

Bharatiya Kisan Sangh leader Rakesh Tikait, who is spearheading the farmers’ movement, said that the government has accepted only after eight months that those who are sitting on the borders of Delhi are farmers.

“Farmers know how to run Parliament. Those who are sitting in Parliament – whether they are opposition leaders or in the government, if they do not raise our issues, we will raise their voice against them in their constituency.

He said, “This is the first Parliament in the world which is functioning within barricades and started by farmers. ‘Farmers Parliament’ will last till the Parliament session and you (government) will have to agree to our demands.”

Tikait said they would pass a resolution to repeal the three disputed agricultural laws.

Farmer leader Hannan Mulla said that there was a ruckus in Parliament over the three agricultural laws.

In the ‘Kisan Sansad’, we will discuss about the three agricultural laws that we are fighting against, he said. These black laws were passed in the Parliament without any discussion. We will reject these laws through ‘Kisan Sansad’.

Mulla said the farmers had written to all MPs to raise their demands, but alleged that Parliament was not taking up their issues.

Earlier, Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal has given special permission to a maximum of 200 farmers to protest at Jantar Mantar till 9 August.

In view of the protest, the police threw security cordon around central Delhi and kept a strict vigil on the movement of vehicles.

Adequate security arrangements have been made and police and paramilitary personnel have been deployed, he said.

A senior police officer said around 5,000 security personnel have been deployed in New Delhi district.

Police said that four companies of paramilitary force have been deployed in and around Jantar Mantar.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (New Delhi) Deepak Yadav said, “Several companies of CRPF and RAF have been deployed at Jantar Mantar. CCTV cameras have also been installed in the area.”

He informed that barricades with metal detectors have been installed on both sides of Jantar Mantar and two water cannon machines have also been installed.

Initially, media persons were not allowed to enter the area where the ‘Kisan Sansad’ was operating. However, after checking their ID cards, they were allowed inside.

Earlier, a group of 200 farmers traveled from their Singhu border protest site to Jantar Mantar in buses accompanied by police escorts to protest from 11 am to 5 pm.

The United Kisan Morcha (SKM) has been asked to give an undertaking that all COVID-19 norms will be followed and the movement will be peaceful.

This is the first time since the violence during a tractor rally in the national capital on January 26 that the authorities have given permission to the protesting farmers’ unions to hold demonstrations in the city.

Thousands of farmers across the country are agitating against three agriculture laws at three border points in Delhi – Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur, claiming that the MSP system will be scrapped, leaving them at the mercy of big corporations . .

More than 10 rounds of talks with the government, which is introducing laws on major agricultural reforms, have failed to break the deadlock between the two sides.

(Only the title and image in this report may have been reworked by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is generated automatically from a syndicated feed.)

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