Kisan Andolan 2020, Farmers Protest in Delhi Updates: Raising concerns over the three new farm laws, NCP President Sharad Pawar today said the legislation will adversely affect the Minimum Support Price (MSP) and weaken the mandi system. Rajasthan CM has also expressed his concern over the farm laws and have asked the Centre to resolve the issue. Rajastha Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has called for an impartial enquiry into the January 26 Delhi violence. Gehlot lauded the farmers for holding peaceful protest for more than two months and claimed that farmers’ can’t do something like what had happened at Red Fort. Meanwhile, a team of forensic experts today visited Red Fort to collect evidence in connection with the violence that broke out at the iconic monument on Republic Day. The Union Home Ministry today temporarily suspended the mobile internet services in Singhu, Ghazipur, and Tikri and their adjoining areas from 11 pm of January 29 to 11 pm of Jan 31 to ‘maintain public safety and averting public emergency’. According to reports, internet services have also been suspended in 17 districts of Haryana. Reaching out to farmers during all-party meeting held ahead in wake of Budget Session, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today told the leaders of various political parties during an all-party meeting that his government has been continuously trying to resolve the issues raised by protesting farmers through talks. He said that Agriculture minister is just a call away whenever farmer union leaders want to talk, informed Union Minister Prahlad Joshi. On the other hand, farmer leaders are observing ‘Sadbhavana Diwas’ on Mahatma Gandhi’s death anniversary today and are holding a day-long fast at the various protest sites.
Earlier today, social activist Yogendra Yadav urged people to support farmers who have been protesting at Delhi borders. He said that the sentiments are changing in favour of farmers as people have realised that farmers are protesting for a right cause. Meanwhile, a team of Delhi Police has reached Jalandhar in connection with January 26 violence and Red Fort flag incident case. Yesterday, after Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait’s video went viral and a scuffle broke out between locals and protesting farmers, the farmers’ protest is getting intensified again as more peasants are pouring in at the protest site from neighbouring areas like Meerut, Ghaziabad and Muzaffarnagar. Police had to fire tear gas and resorted to baton charge yesterday to break up a clash between farmers and a large group of men claiming to be local residents who hurled stones at each other at the Singhu border. According to Delhi Police, 44 people including a man who attacked SHO (Alipur), Pradeep Paliwal, with a sword have been arrested on charges of attempt to murder and obstructing a public servant. On the other hand, the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Lok Shakti) also re-launched its protest over the new farm laws, just a day after it had withdrawn its protest. BKU (Lok Shakti) chief Thakur Sheoraj Singh Bhati called on the supporters to reach Ghazipur border. A farmers’ mahapanchayat was also held in Muzaffarnagar to extend support to the protest which is ongoing at Delhi border. Thousands of farmers have been protesting at Delhi’s borders with Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, demanding a rollback of the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.