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Centre given time till Oct 2 to repeal agri laws

NEW DELHI, FEB 6 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 2/6/2021 1:03:31 PM IST

 ‘We won’t return home unless our demands are met’

Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait on Saturday said that the farmers’ protest at the Ghazipur border (Delhi-Uttar Pradesh) would extend till 2 October.

Addressing farmers gathered at the Ghazipur border, the BKU leader also said that the farmer leaders have given the Central government ‘time’ till October 2 to repeal the farm laws, failing which the farmer unions agitating against the three farm laws would plan further protests.

“We won’t return home unless our demands are met,” Tikait said, adding, “We have given time to the government till October 2 to repeal the laws. After this, we will do further planning. We won’t hold discussions with the government under pressure.”

Speaking at the Ghazipur protest site, Tikait said, “We have given time to the government till October 2 to repeal the laws. After this, we will do further planning.”

The 51-year-old farm leader cautioned that they “won’t hold discussions with the government under pressure.”

“We won’t return home unless our demands are met,” the Tikait reiterated, adding that a law be enforced on the minimum support price (MSP) of crop procurement.

In his interaction with reporters, Tikait claimed to have received a few inputs had been received regarding some “miscreants trying to disrupt peace” during the ‘chakka jam’ held today.

“Because of these inputs, we had decided to call off the ‘chakka jam’ in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand,” the union leader cited.

Amid a stringent security set up installed around the Ghazipur protest site, Tikait interacted with the security personnel who were on the other side of the barricading. With a bowed head and folded hands, he said, “My pranaam (a respectful salutation) to you all. Now you all will protect my farms.”

Tikait, backed by an army of supporters, told Delhi police officials, “Nobody can touch the farmlands, the farmers will protect it. Both farmers and soldiers should come forward for it.”

‘Chakka jam’ ends peacefully
 Farmers in Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan blocked highways and key roads with tractor-trolleys and sit-in demonstrations on Saturday, while scattered protests were held in other states during a three-hour ‘chakka jam’ called by agitating farmer unions which are demanding the scrapping of the Centre’s new agri laws.
Scores of people were detained in several states, including nearly 60 at Shaheedi Park in the national capital which was brought under a thick security blanket, during the demonstrations held between 12 noon and 3 PM to oppose the internet ban and other restrictions at the protest sites on Delhi’s borders.
Samyukta Kisan Morcha, which is spearheading the agitation, claimed the ‘chakka jam’ (road blockade) protest got huge nationwide support which once again “proved” that farmers across the country are united against the farm laws and demanded that the government come up with a fresh proposal for talks. No untoward incident was reported in any part of the country during Saturday’s protests.
Protesters were detained by police as they stalled traffic in parts of Maharashtra, Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.
The Congress and Left parties too joined the protests in some states in support of the ‘chakka jam’ called by the agitating farmer unions.
While Delhi along with Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand was kept out of Saturday’s road blockade by agitating farmer unions, authorities again suspended internet at the protest sites of Singhu, Ghazipur and Tikri as well as adjoining areas for 24 hours till Saturday night and closed entry and exit facilities at 10 prominent Delhi Metro stations for few hours.
Singhu border looked crowded than before as more tractors and farmers made their way to the protest sites, while drone cameras, multilayered barricades, nail-studded roads and barbed wires were in place as part of precautionary measures by the police.
 

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