Chandigarh: Amid a statewide Covid lockdown, thousands of farmers today depart from Karnal, Haryana, for Delhi, where they decide to observe May 26 as ‘Black Day’, marking six months of their protest against three central farm laws. Reports have also emerged of the many from Sangrur, Punjab, leaving for the capital .
Led by Bharat Kisan Union (BKU) leader Gurnam Singh Charuni, the famers depart from the Bastada tract , heading in many vehicles for the Singhu border point near Delhi. they’re going to perform langar seva for every week after reaching their destination, the farmer leader said. Visuals from Karnal showed many of the farmers, either wearing no masks or wearing them improperly, and raising slogans.
“The farmers have depart from Karnal in order that the agitation in various districts of Delhi is well represented,” Mr Charuni said.
Haryana is under a lockdown thanks to the recent surge in Covid cases within the state. The government has blamed the farmers protesting along Haryana’s borders for the surge in rural areas. The Centre has also highlighted the spread of infection in rural Punjab.Thousands of farmers have, for the past many months, been protesting against the Central government’s three agricultural laws passed last year: 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 therefore the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.
Besides their roll-back, the farmers also need a new law made to ensure minimum support price for crops.
They have camped along various points like Kundli and Singhu along Delhi’s border, refusing to backtrack despite the continued Covid crisis within the country.
Hitting back at allegations that the protest may prove disastrous amid the pandemic, Mr Charuni today said it had been the govt that was spreading the infection.
“The government is blaming the farmers only to cover its own ineptitude. it’s no ambulances, beds, or hospitals. we’ve our own compulsions, but why is that the government organising programmes where crowds gather?” he said.The BKU leader also reiterated the farmers’ stance that they’re ready for talks. On Friday, the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), an umbrella body of over 40 farmer unions, wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging him to resume talks.
The BKU has also said that thousands more have left Khanauri Border in Sagrur, Punjab, to hitch the protesters at the Tikri Border point near Delhi.