The government is facing opposition’s heat inside Parliament over various issues. The Congress et al. parties have said that they’re going to not let the monsoon sessions proceed normally unless the govt listens to their demands. And now, there’s a fresh problem for the govt to affect outside Parliament. The farmers, who are protesting near capital Delhi’s borders for quite eight months, demanding the three farm laws enacted in September last year be repealed, have said they’re going to hold a ‘Kisan Parliament’ at Jantar Mantar from July 22.
The farmer organizations leading the protests at the Singhu border have decided 200 protesters will attend Jantar Mantar a day beginning Thursday.
“We will hold ‘Kisan Parliament’ from July 22 till the monsoon session ends and 200 protesters will attend Jantar Mantar a day. One speaker and one deputy speaker are going to be chosen a day. within the first two days, there’ll be a discussion over the APMC Act. Later, the opposite bills also will be discussed every two days,” farmer leaders said on Tuesday.
The protesters held a meeting with Delhi Police officials on Tuesday, after which a farmer leader said they’re going to hold peaceful demonstrations at Jantar Mantar and no protester will attend Parliament. The protest will continue at Jantar Mantar from 10 am to 5 pm.
“When police asked us to scale back the number of protesters, we told them to specialize in the law-and-order situation and also gave assurance that the protest is going to be peaceful,” said Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Mahasangh national president Shiv Kumar Kakka.
The monsoon session of Parliament started on Monday and is scheduled to conclude on August 13.
Farmers are protesting on the various borders of the capital since November 26 last year against the three newly enacted farm laws: Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; the Farmers Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and farm Services Act 2020 and therefore the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020. Farmer leaders and therefore the Centre have held several rounds of talks but the impasse remains.