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Wednesday, 2 December 2020

Support for agitating farmers swells

Ravinder Saini amp; Mukesh Tandon

Tribune News Service

Jhajjar, December 1

Farmers continued their dharna on the Tikri-Bahadurgarh border on Tuesday. They were disappointed at not getting any fruitful result from a meeting with Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Tomar in Delhi.

"Farmers are not satisfied with the meeting as it remained inconclusive. Our top leaders will decide further course of action. Till then, the dharna will continue," said a farmer leader.


Harbhajan Mann, Punjabi singer

Stand firm

We will win the battle. Stay put with the same spirit. Not only I, but all of Punjab stands with you and wait for your victory. You will be called for meetings repeatedly. You should not break communication as it is needed to resolve the issue.


Inderjit Singh, vice-president of the All India Kisan Sabha, said they had decided to double their strength as the Centre was on the defensive.

The Janvadi Mahila Samiti, led by national vice-president Jagmati Sangwan, took out a march from Bahadurgarh to the Tikri border and joined the dharna.

A group of arhtiyas from Rohtak led by Harsh Girdhar reached the dharna spot and distributed vegetables among farmers. He said grain markets across the state remained shut in support of farmers.

Gurmeet Singh, a local factory owner, and his team distributed free medicines and provided dressing to those suffering from minor injuries. Dadri MLA Sombir Sangwan and Meham MLA Balraj Kundu reached the dharna spot.

The protesters blocked the main road outside the Civil Hospital in Bahadurgarh for over two hours to exert pressure for giving status of martyr to Gajjan Singh of Ludhiana, who died on Sunday night.

Punjabi singer Harbhajan Mann reached Bahadurgarh to express solidarity with farmers. "We will win the battle. Stay put with the same spirit and devotion. Not only I, but Punjab stands with you and eagerly wait for your victory. You will be called for meetings repeatedly. You should not break communication as it is needed to resolve the issue," he said.

Another singer Kanwar Grewal, who accompanied Mann, sang some lines of popular songs. He appreciated the farmers for holding firm in chilly conditions. Punjabi artistes Karamjeet Anmol and Malkeet Rauni also came to support farmers.

Sonepat: Farmers continued their protest at the Singhu border on the NH-44 for the fifth consecutive day on Tuesday amid the biting cold. They remained adamant, saying it was a do-or-die situation for them.

The Singhu border resembled a big village, with thousands of farmers staying put in their tractor-trolleys. Around 30,000 farmers were staging a dharna. They had been cooking food and washing clothes on the roadside and sleeping in their covered trolleys.

"The cold wave cannot harm us because we are used to it. We have irrigated our fields in chilly January nights. The government has planned to finish our livelihood with the three farm laws," said Gurnam Singh of Faridkot.

"Farming is not our business, but our livelihood. We have left our houses to save our livelihood and our land. We will not go back to our villages till our demands are met," said Amanjot Singh of Gurdaspur.

Farmers were getting the support of local residents and farmers. They were providing milk, vegetables, rice and flour to the protesters. Scores of vehicles from Punjab laden with food and dry ration reached the Singhu border.

Students of colleges, Delhi University and the JNU reached the Singhu border to support the farmers. Theatre artistes and trade union members also reached the dharna spot.

The police sealed the Ochandi border and Safiabad border — alternative routes to enter the Capital. There was a 6-km-long jam at the Kundli border on the NH-44 due to the protest.

Sonepat SP Jashandeep Singh Randhawa said traffic had been diverted through the NH-71A in Panipat, and through the KGP and KMP expressways in Rai.

Employees to protest

Chandigarh: Close on the heels of 130 Haryana khaps throwing their lot with the agitating farmers, the Sarv Karamchari Sangh (SKS), a representative body of three lakh state government employees, announced their decision of state-wide protests in solidarity with the farmers on December 3. TNS

from The Tribune

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