The farmers plan to hold a Kisan Sansad at Jantar Mantar following Parliamentary procedures.
New Delhi: Farmers protesting against three Central farm laws since last November will today begin a Kisan Sansad at the national capital’s Jantar Mantar. The agitation will be held in groups of 200 every day while Parliament is in session, they said.
- The Delhi government and police yesterday agreed to let farmers hold the Kisan Sansad at Jantar Mantar from today till August 9 between 11am and 5pm. Disaster management rules were tweaked for this. Covid protocol to be strictly followed.
- Around 200 farmers coming by buses adamant on taking GT Karnal Road from Singhu border to Parliament; stopped by police escorting them. Cops ask them to take alternative route.
- After initial resistance, police took farmers inside a resort to count their numbers before escorting them to protest venue. Only 206 allowed each day as per conditions.
- Protesters to follow Parliamentary norms, with a speaker, a deputy speaker, a tea break etc. “We will show how to hold Parliament,” political activist Yogendra Yadav has said.
- Rahul Gandhi and other Congress MPs protest near Gandhi Statue in Parliament House Complex against farm laws. “Won’t let House function today,” says party leader Manish Tiwari.
- Participants in farmer protest will carry ID cards. “What do we have to do with hooliganism? Are we miscreants?” Bharatiya Kisan Union Leader Rakesh Tikait said when asked about the Republic Day violence.
- The farmers will submit to arrest if stopped from protesting. They have asked participants to be prepared for up to six months in jail.
- The police increase vigilance and made arrangements to tackle any untoward incident, keen on avoiding a repeat of the January 26 violence.
- They have asked Delhi Metro to keep extra vigil at seven stations and close them if needed. Policemen posted in special units have been asked to bring their uniforms. Off-duty personnel must report within an hour when called in.
- Traffic movement will be hit on some Delhi roads, the police said. They have made arrangements to avoid entry of potential mischief-makers through the Tikri border point.