The Delhi Chalo farmers’ protest at border points in New Delhi has entered the 21st day today. Leaders of agitating farmers have asserted they will “make” the Centre repeal the three new agri reform laws in a hardening of their stand even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi said a conspiracy is afoot to confuse them and accused the opposition of shooting
off farmers’ shoulders. The leaders also said they will completely block another key border point, the Chilla Border between Delhi and Noida in Uttar Pradesh, today. Farmers have so far rejected the government’s offer of amendments in the new agriculture reform laws and a written assurance on continuing the MSP system. Union Minister Kailash Choudhary has said that the government will soon decide a date and call union leaders for the next round of talks. Previous five rounds of talks between the central government and representatives of 40 farmer unions remained inconclusive. Farmers have said that the protest will continue until their demands are met and the laws are scrapped. They fear that the new laws will dismantle the minimum support price (MSP) system and corporatise farming.
As the ongoing farmers’ protest against new farm laws continues, the Supreme Court will hear a plea today seeking immediate removal of protesting farmers who have blocked several border points of Delhi by sitting for agitation on the roads. It may be recalled that the farmers started their protest against the new laws on November 26.