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Farmers’ Protest: Protesters to stage hunger strike against agricultural laws

Kundan Singh New Delhi: Today is the 26th day of the farmers’ movement amid falling mercury and the threat of the coronavirus pandemic.

But there is currently no solution to the ongoing deadlock in the famers’ protest against the new agricultural laws and the government’s stand on the issue. 

A large number of farmers have been blocking different borders of Delhi since November 26, demanding the repeal of the new agricultural laws. The farmers have blockaded many border points connecting Delhi to Uttar Pradesh and Haryana including Singhu, Tikri, Palwal and Ghazipur.

So far, 33 farmers have died due to cold. But there is a deadlock between the farmers’ representatives and the government regarding the new agricultural laws and at present there is no solution. Neither the farmers are not moving nor the government is bowing down. 

However, the government is ready to amend the agricultural law as suggested by the farmers. But the protesting farmers are currently not ready to settle for anything less other than the withdrawal of the agricultural laws.

The farmers have announced a 24-hour hunger strike today. Swaraj India leader Yogendra Yadav has announced a hunger strike in protest against the agricultural laws. 

“We have decided to launch a 24-hour relay hunger strike at all the protest sites,” he said.

Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait has once again said that till the laws are not withdrawn  the farmers will continue their protest.

“Farmers Day is celebrated on December 23, I do not accept food from people on that day and will remember the farmer movement,” he said.

In the midst of all this, a delegation of farmers went to Krishi Bhavan to meet Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Sunday evening. Even before this, farmers have been talked to the Agriculture Minister in several stages. 

According to information from sources, the government can once again send an invitation to the farmers leaders for talks.

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