Farmers protest: RLP joins movement against agricultural laws, will march to Delhi with thousands of vehicles

New Delhi: After the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), the National Democratic Party of Rajasthan (RLP), the second ally of the NDA, has stood against the agricultural laws.

RLP leaders said that they will arrive at Shahjahanpur border with thousands of vehicles to join the movement.

Earlier, RLP chief Hanuman Beniwal had threatened to leave the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) if the three agricultural laws were not repealed. He also wrote a letter to Union Home Minister Amit Shah.

In the letter, Beniwal said in Hindi, “By drawing your attention to the farmer’s protest against the three bills, I want to request you to take immediate action to withdraw these bills. The people who feed the country are agitating amid this winter and the COVID-19 epidemic, which is not good for the government’s image.”

Beniwal also demanded that the Narendra Modi government implement all the recommendations of the Swaminathan Commission. 

“A suitable place should be provided in Delhi as per their wish for dialogue with the agitating farmers. If no decision is taken with immediate effect on the issue, the RLP, which is a constituent of the NDA, will have to reconsider the decision to remain in the coalition. RLP’s strength is from farmers and jawans,” Beniwal wrote.

Last week, Beniwal had resigned from three parliamentary committees to support the movement. He submitted his resignation to Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla.

“I raised various people-centric issues with the committees participating in Parliament. It is said that action has not been taken on the issues. If action is not taken, the committees have no justification in the parliamentary system,” Beniwal said. 

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“Since the issues remain unheard and due to the farmers’ agitation, I am resigning from the committees,” Beniwal said after resigning from the posts.

He had also said that RLP will take out a procession of two lakh farmers from Rajasthan to Delhi on December 26 in protest against the agricultural legislation.

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