ens of thousands of farmers opposed to three agricultural reform laws enacted in September 2020 virtually set up protest townships at five sites before the government in November announced the scrapping of the legislation. (AP)
Security and checking of vehicles have been intensified at Ghazipur, Singhu, and Tikri along Delhi’s borders with Haryana and Uttar Pradesh ahead of a proposed Kisan Mahapanchayat (grand assembly of farmers) in central Delhi’s Jantar Mantar. Farmers from across the country are expected to participate in the assembly to press for demands including a law guaranteeing minimum support prices for their produce.
he assembly is being held days after farmers congregated in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri on Thursday for a 75-hour long sit-in protest and reiterated the demand for Union minister Ajay Mishra Teni’s dismissal. Teni’s son, Ashish Mishra, is accused of mowing down farmers protesting against the now-repealed farm laws in Lakhimpur Kheri in October last year.
Tens of thousands of farmers opposed to three agricultural reform laws enacted in September 2020 hunkered down on highways across several states for nearly 14 months and held one of the biggest demonstrations in decades. They virtually set up protest townships at five sites including Ghazipur, Singhu, and Tikri, and choked traffic before the government in November announced the scrapping of the laws.