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Rallies at Jantar Mantar

Farmers’ organisations said a day earlier that during the monsoon session, they will host a ‘Kisan Parliament’ at Jantar Mantar, with 200 protestors from the Singhu border expected to attend each day beginning July 22.

The Delhi Police on Wednesday gave permission to farmers to stage demonstrations at Jantar Mantar demanding scrapping of the Agri laws during the ongoing monsoon session of Parliament, official sources said. They said farmers will travel to Jantar Mantar from the Singhu border in buses with police escort. 

A day earlier, farmers’ unions said they will hold a ‘Kisan Parliament’ at Jantar Mantar during the monsoon session and 200 protesters from the Singhu border will attend it every day from July 22.

“Our 200 people will go from Singhu border in 4-5 buses tomorrow. We’ll gather (from different protest sites) at Singhu border & head towards (Jantar Mantar). We’ll protest at Jantar Mantar until the Monsoon session of Parliament is over,” Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait said.

After a meeting with Delhi Police officials on Tuesday, the farm union leader said they will hold peaceful demonstrations at Jantar Mantar demanding scrapping of the agri laws and no protester will go to Parliament.

The Delhi Police in a statement said, “After multiple rounds of negotiations with Farmers bodies ‘Sanyukt Kisan Morcha’ (SKM) and Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee (KMSC), and on being assured in writing that they would remain peaceful and with the approval of DDMA, they have been permitted to protest at Jantar Mantar with limited numbers not exceeding 200 persons for SKM and 06 persons for KMSC from 1100 hrs upto 1700 hrs daily.”

“They would be escorted to the designated location from Singhu border in buses.  They have been advised to observe Covid appropriate behaviour and social distancing. They have also been advised not to take out any March in view of Covid restrictions. Delhi Police has put in place  extensive arrangements to ensure that the protest programme remains peaceful,” it said.

A tractor parade in Delhi on January 26, that was to highlight the demands of farmer unions to repeal three agriculture laws, had dissolved into anarchy on the streets of the national capital as thousands of protesters broke through barriers, fought with the police, overturned vehicles and hoisted a religious flag from the ramparts of the iconic Red Fort.

Thousands of farmers from across the country have been agitating at the Delhi borders against the three farm laws that they claim will do away with the Minimum Support Price system, leaving them at the mercy of big corporations.

Over 10 rounds of talks with the government, which has been projecting the laws at major agricultural reforms, have failed to break the deadlock between the two parties.  

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