Farmers have been protesting against the three Central farm laws since last November. The agitation includes a Kisan Sansad that is being held in groups of some 200 while Parliament is in session today.
Over 200 farmers on Thursday protested at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar against three Central farm laws. Arriving in buses and an SUV from Delhi’s Singhu border point, farmers were escorted by the police.
Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait said farmers, too, can hold their own Parliament. “Eight months ago, they didn’t even consider us farmers. Now at least they do…the government takes part only conditional talks,” he said.
The Delhi government had agreed to let the farmers hold the Kisan Sansad from today till August 9. It will be between 11am and 5pm. Covid protocol however will be strictly followed.
Both the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha were adjourned several times today amid protests against several issues.
Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar reiterated that new farm laws are beneficial. The police have made arrangements to tackle any untoward incident. They have also asked Delhi Metro to keep extra vigil at seven stations and close them if needed.