While the Farmers’ Protest at the national capital enters the 17th day, union leaders say no plan of going back unless the appeal is addressed. The main protest site which the Singhu border is yet packed with the farmers on the road which has still left the border to remain shut.
The Faridabad Police has deployed 3,500 policemen at five toll plazas of the Delhi-Haryana border which are namely Kundli Ghaziabad, Badarpur, Gurugram, Pali Crusher, and Dhauj. Systems for drone surveillance will also be equipped at these points for security purposes.
While the protest has been gathering support from all across India and the international leaders, the Haryana deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala on Thursday said that he will resign from his post in the state government in case he fails to ensure the minimum support price for the procurement of the farms produce.
The NCP chief Sharad Pawar took a dig at the Modi government for not paying heed to the appeals of the farmers and ignoring their plea. He was quoted saying, “Today, the farmers have taken an extreme position that if the state wants a solution out of this present agitation, it needs to first withdraw these Bills.”
However, Food, railways, and consumer affairs minister Piyush Goyal accused the Left-Maoist parties of the protest to which he tweeted, “People of India are watching, seeing what is happening, observing how across the country Leftist-Maoists are not finding any support & therefore they are trying to hijack this farmers agitation & trying misuse this platform for their own agenda.”
Addressing this protest during the 93rd Annual Convention of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, PM Modi said that the new agricultural reforms will bring prosperity and independence to the farmers. He was quoted saying, “Agriculture and its related sectors such as agricultural infrastructure, food processing, storage, cold chains had seen walls between them. Now, these walls are being removed.”