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Friday, 1 January 2021

Street vendors from across country join farmers’ protest at Singhu border

kesh Tandon

Tribune News Service

Sonepat, December 31

The farmers’ protest at Singhu border has got strengthened as not only farmers but also street vendors (who sell vegetables and fruits in streets) from across the country reached the dharna site today to show solidarity with the protesting farmers against the three contentious farm laws.

Shaktiman Ghosh, all-India general secretary, National Hawker Federation from Kolkata, said that they have come here from various parts of the country to extend support to the protesters.

“The farmers have been protesting at the Delhi borders for over a month for repealing the three farm laws. These laws will not only affect the farmers but will also affect the poor vendors who were earning their bread by selling fruits and vegetables in the streets,” he claimed.

The government wants businessmen to enter the field of agriculture. That would not be tolerated at any cost. That’s why our organisation is here to support the farmers’ agitation, he alleged.

Sheikh Salman of National Hawker Federation (NHF) from Telangana, said 600-700 members, including women, from various parts of the country under the banner of NHF have come to Singhu border to extend support to the protesting farmers.

Mohit Valecha, national president, youth wing NHF, said that members from across the country -– Hyderabad in Telangana, Kolkata (West Bengal), Pune and Mumbai in Maharashtra, Kadappa and Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand reached Singhu border today.

Besides, thousands of farmers continued their protest at Singhu border on Thursday. The farmer leaders have decided to welcome the New Year at Singhu border. Rajender Arya Dadupur, a farmer leader from Haryana, said that he hopes that the New Year would bring new happiness to the farmers.

from The Tribune

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