Farmers have been protesting against the three farm laws, introduced by the BJP led Government in September last year. The protest started in November 2020 and the farmers have been adamant on the Delhi borders ever since. 26th June, Saturday, marked the completion of 7 months of the protest.
Regarding their 7 months of struggle against the system, the farmers were supposed to take out a tractor rally today in the national capital to submit memorandums to Governors across the country against the three farm laws. Farmers camping at Delhi's Singhu border, Tikri and Ghazipur borders were to observe today as the “Kheti Bachao, Loktantra Bachao Diwas” meaning 'Save Agriculture, Save Democracy Day'.
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The Samyukta Kisan Morcha said that it would send a memorandum to the President from all over India on farmers' "anguish and indignation" today. They would appeal for the revocation of the three laws and legal guarantee of minimum support price (MSP) for farmers.
"We'll submit memorandums to Governors (for revocation of new farm laws) across the country today. The movement will remain peaceful," said the Bharatiya Kisan Union youth wing president, Gaurav Tikait at Ghazipur (Delhi-Uttar Pradesh) border.
The farmers' protest was initially a peaceful protest and was supposed to be so till the end. However, on 26th January, this year the increasing tension between the police forces and the farmers agitated the peaceful protest, and the world saw the ‘death of democracy’ in India. There have been 11 rounds of talks so far between the government and farmer unions since the beginning of the protest, the last being on January 22. Talks have not resumed since the catastrophic violence of the 26th.
As the protest enters its 8th month, almost 46 Kisan Unions from Uttar Pradesh, Chandigarh, and Punjab marched towards the Raj Bhavan today. In view of the expected march, the Delhi Police tightened its security arrangements across the borders of the Capital.
However, unexpectedly, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, through one of his tweets, appealed to protesting farmers to end their agitation and stick to talk it through.
"I want to convey through your (media) that farmers should end their agitation. .... Many are in favour of these new laws across the country. Still, some farmers have any issue with provisions of the laws, Government of India is ready to listen and discuss with them," Tomar tweeted.
The reports from the march are yet to come.