New Delhi: Farmers protesting at the Ghazipur border between Delhi and Uttar Pradesh (UP) got into a scuffle with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers on Wednesday.
According to reports, the farmers clashed with BJP workers who arrived at Ghazipur to welcome Amit Valmiki.
Valmiki was recently appointed as the secretary of the BJP's Uttar Pradesh unit.
Farmers vandalized the vehicles of BJP workers with rods and scuffled with BJP party supporters.
Meanwhile, the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) has alleged that BJP workers gathered on the Ghazipur flyway and raised slogans against the farmers' agitation. The Kisan Sangh accused the saffron party of trying to defame the movement by inciting violence.
The farmers of Punjab and Haryana are protesting against the Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Agricultural Services Act, 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.
He has alleged that these laws will put an end to the mandi and MSP procurement system and leave farmers at the mercy of big corporates, even though the government has dismissed these apprehensions as false.
The government and farmers' unions have held 11 rounds of talks so far, the last being on January 22 to break the deadlock and end the protests.
Negotiations have not resumed after widespread violence during a tractor rally against farmers on 26 January. Notably, the Supreme Court has already stayed the implementation of the laws till further orders and has constituted a committee to find a solution, it submitted its report.
Appealing to the protesting farmers to end their agitation, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said the government was ready to resume talks on the provisions of the three laws, which were implemented in September last year.