The stir by thousands of farmers who are camping on Delhi’s borders in harsh winters to press for the repeal of three new central agriculture laws has entered a second month.
Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Monday said former prime minister Manmohan Singh and the then agriculture minister Sharad Pawar wanted to bring farm reforms during the UPA regime, but could not implement them due to “political pressure”. Tomar also asserted the Modi government will not take any decisions detrimental to the poor and farmers.
Yesterday, farmers marked Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Mann ki Baat monthly radio address by clanging utensils. At the Singhu and Tikri borders, farmers picked up and banged steel plates, used tin cans and canisters and even metal pots used for cooking. “We did not want to hear the prime minister’s Mann ki Baat’. By beating plates, we ensured no one would hear his talk,” said Jagmohan Singh, general secretary of the Dakonda (Punjab) unit of the Bharatiya Kisan Union.
Security remains tight at the Delhi borders with hundreds of personnel deployed at Singhu, Ghazipur and Tikri where the farmers, mostly from Punjab, Haryana and parts of Uttar Pradesh, have been camping since the last week of November.