The protest against three controversial farm laws, which began last year, will continue, a farmers’ body said today to mark the 200th day of their agitation.
Thousands of farmers, mostly from Punjab, Haryana, and western Uttar Pradesh , began their protest in November at three different border points of Delhi, demanding that the Centre repeal these laws. The demonstrations at Singhu, Tikri, and Ghazipur borders also received support from social activists, some political parties also as locals.
This morning, Kisan Ekta Morcha, a farmers’ collective, tweeted that the “biggest protest in Indian history continues because it completes 200 days”.
“Farmers are ready for an intensified protest” till their demands are met, the farmers’ body said.
Over the past six months, the protesters weathered Delhi’s biting cold before the devastating second wave of the novel coronavirus. The farmers, however, continued their resistance.
Last week, on June 11, the protesting farmer unions announced that they’re going to organise sit-ins at governor houses across the country on June 26. The day also will mark the completion of seven months of the farmers-led agitation against the news agricultural-marketing laws.
On June 26, the Samyukta Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of over 40 farmer unions, said they’re going to show black flags and send memorandums to President Ram Nath Kovind.
Farmer leader Inderjit Singh of Samyukta Kisan Morcha told a news conference that the day are going to be observed as “Kheti Bachao, Loktantra Bachao Diwas (save farming, save democracy day)”.
“We will protest by showing black flags at Raj Bhavans and giving memorandum to the President through the governor of every state, who is that the President’s representative. It (June 26) is additionally the day when Emergency was declared in 1975 and that we will complete seven months of our protest. along side farming, the democratic rights of the people have also been attacked during this environment of dictatorship. this is often an undeclared emergency,” Mr. Singh said.
On April 9, the Supreme Court of India said the roads should not be blocked, come what may, while hearing a petition against the continued farmer protest at the Delhi borders.
“We aren’t going into the larger issue but are about a limited issue. The larger issue is often solved judiciously, administratively, and politically. we’ve been repeatedly saying that public roads shouldn’t be blocked,” said the court. The court was commenting on public interest litigation filed by a Noida resident Monica Agarwal who claimed that “Andolan (agitations) destroy the economy and end in violence and blocked roads”. Her petition demanded an assurance that the road between Noida and Delhi is going to be kept clear so that passenger traffic isn’t affected.