Farmers threaten to mob Parliament on Feb 1

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 1/26/2021 9:52:35 PM

NEW DELHI, Jan 25: A day before the tractor parade on the Republic Day, the protesting farmers on Monday threaten to mob the Parliament House on February on the day of presentation of the Union Budget as further intensification of their agitation to press for repeal of the three unacceptable farm laws pedalled by the government as reforms.
"On February 1, we will march on foot towards Parliament in Delhi from all directions," said Darshan Pal of the Krantikari Kisan Union, one of the nearly 40 groups protesting on the borders of Delhi for over two months.
Delhi Police felt cheated by yielding to allow the tractor parade on the outskirts of the national capital, two hours after the traditional and official Republic Day Parade is over on the Rajpath. Its officers say the threatened march on foot by the farmers is just not acceptable. They said there will be a chaos if the farmers start walking on all roads to read the Parliament House and they may to even slap a curfew to prevent them from coming anywhere near despite the prohibitory orders in vogue in the area.
The farmers are camping along three border points near Delhi at Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur and they plan to carry out the tractor march from five locations on the border. They are adamant, not to go back until the government rolls back the three laws, rejecting outright the government's latest offer last week to suspend their implementation for one-and-a-half years. Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar once again said this is the best offer ever and the farmers should reconsider it as repeal of the laws brought to help the farmers is just not acceptable to the government.
While the government claims that the three farm laws, Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act 2020, the agitating farmers say these laws will result in they losing their agricultural land and their produce bought by a handful of moneyed businessmen at a throwaway price.
They also fear that the laws will sweep out the Mandi system of wholesale markets and the minimum support price (MSP) given by the government to buy their produces at reasonable price.



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