Amid an uproar over farms at various entry points into Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal echoed the farmers’ concerns when he reached the Singhu border on Sunday night. Addressing thousands of farmers, the AAP convener launched an open challenge to the government to publicly debate with farmer leaders about the controversial land reform laws.
“I challenge those in the central government who know more about farm laws to discuss with farm leaders in public. They say farmers don’t know enough, it will prove who knows more,” Kejriwal said.
Kejriwal also called on the Center to repeal the three agricultural laws. “Our farmers have been forced to sleep on the streets in the open in the cold for the last 32 days. Why? It hurts me that more than 40 people have lost their lives here. I call on the Center to listen to them and repeal the agricultural laws, ”he said. said.
“The Center is not talking about the benefits of the laws, all they are saying is that it will not cause any harm. It will not take away farmers’ lands, nor the Minimum Price of Livelihood, are these benefits? Why have they brought the laws? So? Break it up and throw it away, “Kejriwal said after a visit to the Guru Tegh Bahadur Monument in Singhu.
Meanwhile, thousands of farmers have been agitating against the three laws near Delhi, which is going through a harsh winter streak, relentless in their demand to withdraw the laws. The farmers had arrived at the Singhu border more than a month ago.
Earlier on Saturday, protesting farmers’ unions decided to resume their dialogue with the Center and proposed December 29 for the next round of talks. They had also decided that a tractor march would take place on the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal road on 30 December.
Security remained tight on the Delhi borders with hundreds of personnel deployed to Singhu, Ghazipur and Tikri, where farmers have been camping. The protests also caused traffic congestion that forced the police to divert the movement of vehicles.
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