“More than 50,000 farmers will be standing at the Delhi border this evening,” two farmer associations said at the end of the day which witnessed pitched battles between determined famers and armed police. The farmers who came from Punjab were armed with sticks and guns. Farmers are reaching Delhi border by tractors and trolleys carrying people from Punjab. The farmers have been mobilized by two farmer organizations – Samyukt Kisan Morcha and All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee. The leaders of these two organizations have said they would not go back until and unless the anti-farm legislations were repealed by the parliament. They said the three laws made by the parliament would make them servants of corporate sector and their livelihood would be threatened. The farmers have been agitating for three months ever since the three farm bills were passed.
War of words between CMs of Punjab, Haryana
Being a BJP ruled State, Haryana government had used a lot of force to stop the Punjab farmers from entering Haryana on their way to Delhi to organize a rally. Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Kattar attacked Punjab counterpart Captain Amarinder Singh “for inciting the innocent farmers.” Kattar said the captain is playing cheap politics during the pandemic. Delhi government had refused permission for the rally in view of the rampant pandemic. Amarinder Singh hit back asking on Twitter, “Why is Kattar govt. in Haryana stopping the farmers from moving to Delhi? The tyrannical use of brute force against peacefully protesting farmers is totally undemocratic and unconstitutional.” Akali Dal leade Sukhbir Singh Badal , who got out of the NDA government purely on this issue, said, “Today is Punjab’s 26/11,” referring to terrorists attack on Mumbai.
Yogendra Yadav detained
Yogendra Yadav, Swaraj India leader, was detained by the Haryana police at Gurugram. “It is a very strange pandemic,” commented Yadav. He asked why was the rally of thousands of farmers orfganised by Dushyant Chautala allowed when the farmers were not wearing masks, what happened to the pandemic then?” asked Yadav. There was no problem in prime minister addressing huge election rallies in Bihar but when farmers are mobilized, pandemic comes in the way, commented Yadav. Farmers from six States- Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Kerala have been mobilized. Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar had proposed talks on December 3. But the farmer organizations did not relent. Tomar had repeatedly said his government is committed to the welfare of the farmers.