New Delhi: The indefinite agitation of the farmers continues its pace at the borders of the national capital Delhi over the three agricultural laws that was passed last September. To solve the deadlock, ministers of the government and leaders of farmers' organizations have held several round of talks, but still it remains unsolved. Today marks the 100th day of the farmers' agitation.
Today also marks the fifth day of KMP (Kundali Manesar Palwal) Expressway blockade. Besides this, Dasna, Duhai, Baghpat, Dadri, Greater Noida will be blacked today. In a bid to solidarity against the three laws, the farmers have tied a black band. Apart from Delhi, farmers have also been practicing a sit-in demonstration in Chhatarpur in Madhya Pradesh for 87 days.
The police administration has so far neither allowed them to set up tents nor provided any other assistance. A mahapanchayat was organized here on 3 and 4 March after which tents have been allowed to set up. The farmers have also planned to set up a mahapanchayat in MP.
The leaders of the United Kisan Morcha paid tribute to Kirti Kisan Union and (late) Comrade Datar Singh for their rich contribution to the movement. Comrade Datar Singh, President of Kirti Kisan Union, died of a heart attack on 21 February 2021 in a public meeting in Amritsar. On 26 November 2020, the batch of farmers from Punjab and Haryana traveled towards Delhi. Facing the hardships and the challenges of the Haryana Police at night, the farmers reached the Singhu border, where they were intercepted by the Delhi Police.
The campaign of 'Delhi Chalo' could not come within the limits of Delhi. It was decided to allow a demonstration at Burari Maidan in Delhi, which was turned down by the farmers.
A round of negotiations between the government and farmers started from 1 December. After the first round of meeting, one after another, 11 rounds of talks were held between the leaders of the government and about 40 farmers' organizations. Despite the varying proposals, farmers remained adamant on the demand for withdrawal of the three laws and legislation on the minimum support price. The government also proposed to postpone the law for about a year and a half, which was unanimously rejected by the farmers.