Farmers Block Part of the Delhi-Jaipur Highway; hunger strike tomorrow: main news | India News

NEW DELHI: The agitation against the new farm laws has entered its 18th consecutive day, with hundreds of farmers protesting on the Delhi-Jaipur national highway after being stopped by police during their march to the national capital. Meanwhile, farmer leaders Protesters on the Delhi borders insisted that the Center should repeal the three new farm laws and announced that they will hold a hunger strike on Monday to further intensify their uproar.
Here are the main developments of the day:
One day hunger strike on Monday
Peasant leaders on Sunday called for a hunger strike between 8 am and 5 pm tomorrow as part of a plan to intensify agitation against the new laws. “Dharnas will be organized in all district headquarters across the country. The protest will continue as usual,” peasant leader Gurnam Singh Chaduni told reporters.
Peasant leader Shiv Kumar Kakka said “government agencies have stopped farmers to reach Delhi, but the protest will continue until their demands are met. ”
Another peasant leader, Rakesh Tikait, said, “If the government makes another proposal for dialogue, our committee will decide on it. We call on everyone to keep the peace during the protest.”
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Farmers block one side of the Delhi-Jaipur national highway
Farmers from Rajasthan and some other places gathered in large numbers at the Haryana-Rajasthan border near Rewari for their march to Delhi and sat in protest by the side of the Delhi-Jaipur national highway as the Haryana police erected barricades for stop your march.
Farmers were protesting in the Jaisinghpur Kheda area of ​​Rewari, along the border between Rajasthan and Haryana (NH-48). Gurgaon is more than 70 km from the site, while Delhi is almost 80 km away.
Rewari Police Superintendent Abhishek Jorwal told reporters on the site that the district authorities had imposed Section 144 of the CrPC that prohibits the gathering of five or more people.
Due to the blockade, vehicular traffic on the Jaipur-Delhi national highway had to be diverted via Bansur and other Alwar routes, police said. One-way traffic from Delhi to Jaipur was made later, but the Jaipur-Delhi expressway road is blocked due to unrest, they said.

The center huddles

As the Center’s talks with protesting farmers continue to stall, Union Interior Minister Amit Shah today held discussions on farmers’ issues with Punjab BJP leaders in the presence of Agriculture Minister Narendra. Singh Tomar.

In the nearly 40-minute meeting at Shah’s residence, the leaders discussed the situation in Punjab and deliberated on steps to address the protest.
SC will hear the guilty plea for the expulsion of farmers from the Delhi borders on December 16
The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear a petition on December 16 calling on the authorities to immediately withdraw farmers protesting at various border points in Delhi. The statement said that travelers are facing difficulties due to road blocks and the meetings could lead to an increase in the number of Covid-19 cases.
According to the high court website, a bench of the Chief Justice SA Bobde and justices AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian will hear the guilty plea filed by law student Rishabh Sharma, who has also asked the authorities for instructions to open the roads on the Delhi borders, moving protesters to their assigned location and providing guidelines on social distancing and wearing of masks at the protest site.
Enhanced security at Gurugram
Security in the Gurugram district was reinforced today with the deployment of more police, rapid action force and paramilitary personnel even as hundreds of Rajasthan farmers were detained on the Haryana-Rajasthan border the night before.
Sources said more police personnel than farmers were deployed on the Rajasthan-Haryana border in Gurugram district on Sunday.
Chilla border reopens for Noida-Delhi traffic
To a great relief for intercity travelers, the Chilla border was opened to Noida-Delhi traffic on Saturday night for the first time since December 1.
The protest group, which had left the Delhi-Noida road at the border earlier in the week, agreed to allow traffic on the Noida-Delhi lanes of Link Road following a meeting with Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar.
‘Severe action against the Tukde Tukde gang’
Union Minister and BJP Leader Ravi Shankar Prasad said today that severe measures will be taken against the nation’s disruptors “Tukde Tukde Gang” who are trying to take advantage of the farmers’ movement against the new agricultural laws.
Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar had also previously called on protesting farmers to be vigilant about the misuse of their platform by “antisocial” and “leftist and Maoist” elements conspiring to spoil the atmosphere. .
Meanwhile, the leader of Congress, P Chidambaram, attacked the Center and alleged that some of its ministers had alluded to the presence of “separatist” elements in the ongoing protest.
“The ministers have described the protesters against the agricultural laws as Khalistani; agents of Pakistan and China; Maoists; and, the last gang, tukde tukde, “tweeted the leader of Congress.” If you exhaust all these categories, it means that there are no farmers among the thousands of protesters. If there are no farmers, why does the government speak to them? ”He asked in a later tweet.

AAP workers will fast tomorrow in solidarity with protesting farmers
Delhi Minister Gopal Rai said on Sunday that workers from the ruling Aam Admi Party (AAP) will observe a fast on Monday, showing solidarity with farmers.
“The AAP has decided that their party workers will swiftly observe to protest agricultural laws at the party headquarters in the ITO area. The MLAs and councilors will lead the group fast from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. M. “Rai said while addressing the media in Delhi. .
Earlier, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal called on the BJP-run Center to reject “arrogance” and scrap the three agricultural laws demanded by agitating farmers, and to introduce a bill to ensure a minimum price of support. (MSP) for agricultural products.
Punjab’s DIG prisons resign in support of farmers’ protest
In another show of solidarity with farmers, Lakhminder Singh Jakhar, Deputy Inspector General of Punjab (prisons), resigned from service on Saturday.
The DIG said that being “the son of a farmer”, “he cannot be blind to the next farming community.”
Governor deputy blames Congress for few state farmers joining Delhi turmoil
Although the farmers’ protests in Madhya Pradesh are not entirely visible compared to other states, the state government has been accusing the opposition Congress of “misleading” farmers on the issue.
As the small farmers of Madhya Pradesh have been confined to their villages during the agitation against the three new agricultural laws, the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government assumes that there is no resentment among the farmers.
Punjab CM criticizes Delhi CM Kejriwal for ‘exploiting farmers’ unrest’
Captain Amarinder Singh attacked his Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal for “exploiting” the ongoing agitation of farmers to “promote his party’s petty electoral agenda with blatant lies and blatantly false propaganda.”
“In stark contrast to the Kejriwal government in Delhi, which had thrived on crumbs from corporate houses, the Punjab government had not signed any deals with Adani Power, nor was it aware of private actors bidding for the purchase. of energy in the state, “he said. the first Minister.
(With inputs from agencies)