‘Chalo Delhi’: Farmers attempt to renew protest, call for reinforcement ahead of crucial SC hearing

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Updated: October 20, 2021 8:48 AM

Several farmer unions have called for "Chalo Delhi" to renew the protest, asking farmers from all states to join the protesters at the Delhi borders.

Several farmer unions have called for "Chalo Delhi" to renew the protest, asking farmers from all states to join the protesters at the Delhi borders.

Ahed of a key Supreme Court hearing scheduled on Thursday, the farmers protesting against the Centre’s three agri laws have called in for reinforcements at the borders of the national capital. The Samkyukt Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of farm unions spearheading the protest, has urged protesters to join the movement at the borders of Delhi from Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and other states.

Several farmer unions have called for “Chalo Delhi” to renew the protest, asking farmers from all states to join the protesters at the Delhi borders.

The SKM’s call for ‘rail roko’ protest across the country affected train operations in Punjab and Haryana. The call received mixed response in other northern states, and little or no response in rest of the states.

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court had said it would examine on October 21 if the right to protest was absolute and also decide whether farmers have the right to take to the streets when the issue of the protest is in court.

The top court had asked a farmer outfit what it wanted to protest against, given that the laws are not in force and were stayed by it.

A bench headed by Justice A M Khanwilkar also said that when incidents like Lakhimpur Kheri happen, “nobody takes responsibility” and added it will examine whether a party which has already approached a Constitutional court seeking remedy has an absolute right to simultaneously protest on the streets over the same issue.

“You are saying you want to protest, protest what? The Act has been stayed by the Court. The Centre has said it will not be implemented,” Justice Khanwilar asked as a petition filed by the farmer organisation, Kisan Mahapanchayat, seeking permission to hold protests at Jantar Mantar came up before the bench also comprising Justice C T Ravikumar.

The central government argued that there can be “no further farmer protests” as incidents like Lakhimpur Kheri could not be allowed.

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