Farmers will begin their protest at Jantar Mantar on Thursday (July 22) against the three farm laws, which are currently being debated in Parliament during the ongoing monsoon session. A police escort accompanied nearly 200 farmers as they travelled from the sit-in protest site at the Singhu border to Jantar Mantar in a convoy of buses. Protests will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Rakesh Tikait, the leader of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU), has appealed to authorities to open roads near protest sites so that local residents can travel more easily. In contrast to the rally on January 26, he assured that the farmers would not deviate from the permitted route this time.
Farmers demonstrate at Jantar Mantar, and the Delhi Police maintain a high level of vigilance – see photos
There is a significant amount of police presence, and the Delhi Police has issued an advisory for today’s protest. Authorities were hesitant to grant permission to farmer unions to hold a protest after violence erupted on January 26 during a tractor rally.
Meanwhile, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar has stated that the government is prepared to engage in dialogue with the farmers who are protesting. In the past, we’ve had conversations with them as well. A farmer-friendly administration is led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, according to the minister.
The country has witnessed firsthand how these farm laws are beneficial to farmers and in their favour… In a recent interview with Zee News, Narendra Singh Tomar said, “We have held the 11th round of talks with the farmers’ union; now it is up to them to decide which path they want to take.”
In a statement issued on Wednesday, the Delhi government stated that farmers would be permitted to demonstrate at Jantar Mantar, but that strict adherence to COVID-19 appropriate behaviour would be required during the demonstration.
There has also been a significant increase in security, and traffic movement has been restricted on the following roads: One lane of traffic is open from Chatta Rail to Subhash Marg (both carriageways are closed); two lanes are open from Shanti Van to Subhash Marg; three lanes are open from Subhash Park to Shanti Van
Despite the fact that the protest began on Monday and is scheduled to end on August 13, the farmers have been granted permission to continue their demonstration until August 9.
Since November 2020, hundreds of farmers have been camped at Delhi’s Singhu, Tikri, and Ghazipur borders, demanding that the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, Farmers’ (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020 be repealed and a new law enacted to guarantee minimum support prices.