During the Mansutra of Parliament, the farmers’ protest against the three agricultural laws of the Center has started. In view of this, security has been tightened at Jantar Mantar in central Delhi. Jantar Mantar is only a few meters away from the Parliament House. On the other hand, in the presence of Rahul Gandhi, Congress MPs have demonstrated in front of the statue of Mahatma Gandhi in the Parliament premises.
Tight security arrangements have been made at Jantar Mantar. Police and paramilitary personnel have been deployed. A group of 200 farmers with police protection have reached Jantar Mantar from Singhu border in buses. This is the first time since the violence that broke out in the national capital during a tractor parade on January 26 this year, that the authorities have allowed protesting farmers to enter the city.
Congress MPs led by former party president Rahul Gandhi demonstrated in the Parliament House complex, demanding the withdrawal of agricultural laws. Several members of both the houses of Congress took part in this demonstration organized in front of the statue of Mahatma Gandhi in the Parliament House complex.
Apart from Rahul Gandhi, Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Lok Sabha member Manish Tewari, Gaurav Gogoi, Ravneet Bittu, Rajya Sabha member Pratap Singh Bajwa and many other MPs joined the dharna. Congress MPs raised slogans of ‘Take back the black laws’ and ‘Pradhan Mantri Nyay Karo’.
At the same time, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Lok Sabha MP Bhagwant Mann has said, ‘There is no other option but to withdraw the agricultural laws. Narendra Singh Tomar makes a statement that we are ready to talk to the farmers, just don’t talk about withdrawing the three laws. Then what to talk about? What has the government said?’
Regarding the protest, Union Minister and BJP MP Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said, “Any movement on issues, facts and arguments is welcome, but on what issue some people are showing agitation with a gun on the shoulders of farmers.” The government said that you come and talk on the issues you have, there are no issues.
It is worth noting that farmers have been protesting since November last year at Tikri border, Singhu border and Ghazipur border adjoining Delhi. They demand that all the three agricultural laws should be withdrawn and a legal guarantee of minimum support price should be given. Although the government says that these laws are farmer friendly. Several rounds of talks between the government and the protesting farmers have been fruitless.
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