New Delhi : Today is the hundredth day of the farmers’ protests against the three controversial agricultural laws of the Center. On the completion of 100 days, there have been many announcements by farmers to block the KMP Expressway connecting Delhi and various borders of Delhi from 11 am to 4 pm. Farmer leaders say that their movement is not going to end and they are “growing strongly”.
The United Kisan Morcha has called on the protesters to register their protest on the completion of 100 days on the black belt dam. If farmers will block the route of Kundali Reach Expressway from the Singhu border, then they will also block the toll plaza falling on this route. It is also being said by the farmers that the borders with which the toll plaza will be close will also be blocked. The farmers say that this long movement has given a message of unity and has “once again brought the farmers to the fore” and they have come back in the political scenario of the country.
For the last three months, a large number of farmers from different parts of the country have been living in the three borders of Delhi, such as Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur. These farmers mainly include farmers from Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh. Rakesh Tikait of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) said that they are ready to continue the demonstration as long as needed. Tikait, one of the farmer leaders who is playing a leading role in this movement, said that we are fully prepared. Until the government hears us, does not meet our demands, we will not move away from here.
Despite several rounds of negotiations between the government and the farmers’ unions, the two sides have not yet reached any agreement and the farmers have refused to back down until all three laws are repealed. The Center is presenting these three agricultural laws made in September as a major reform in the agricultural sector, which will eliminate middlemen and farmers will be able to sell their produce anywhere in the country. On the other hand, the protesting farmers have expressed apprehension that the new laws will end the protection of the minimum support price (MSP) and mandi system which will make them dependent on the mercy of big corporates. In January, two of the four demands of farmers – increasing power prices, withdrawing fines on stubble burning and stubble burning – were agreed in January, but talk of repealing all three agricultural laws and legal guarantees of MSP is still stuck.
According to farmer leaders, this movement, which is completing 100 days, has earned more than the immediate performance. He says that it has instilled a sense of solidarity among farmers across the country and has recognized the contribution of women in farming. Women farmers are also reaching in large numbers in the movement and on March 8, International Women’s Day, as a symbol of women’s contribution in this movement, the men will hand over the command and management of the demonstration sites to the hands of women.