Kisan Andolan 2020 Live, Farmers Protest in Delhi Live Updates: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi today said that the Narendra Modi government is trying to strangulate farmers demanding justice. He said that the farm laws are anti-farmers and are designed to benefit only big corporates. He said that the government must talk to farmers and arrive at a solution. “The only solution is to repeal laws and put them in a wastebasket. The government must not think farmers will go home. My concern is that the protest is going to erupt in other areas as well. But, we don’t need that; we need a solution,” said Gandhi. He accused the government of using its force against the protesting farmers. A scuffle today broke out at Singh’s border allegedly between the protesting farmers and locals who have been demanding that the site be vacated. Delhi Police has to resort to lathi-charge to control the situation. As per reports, a group of people, supposed to be locals, pelted stone and vandalized farmers’ tents at the site. Alipur SHO of Delhi Police has received grave injuries while trying to stop the scuffle.
Today, Delhi Government ministers Satyendar Jain and Raghav Chadha visited the farmers’ protest site at Ghazipur. They alleged that police personnel there is not allowing movement of a water tanker. Jains said that the Delhi government won’t let anyone die of hunger or thirst. With late-night high drama culminating in the withdrawal of excess forces from the Ghazipur border, hundreds of farmers and members of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) are staying put on the Delhi-Meerut Expressway. The Ghaziabad administration gave an ultimatum to vacate the UP Gate protest site, but notwithstanding the orders, the crowd swelled overnight. As soon as BKU leader Rakesh Tikait’s video broke out in front of media went viral; more farmers from nearby areas like Meerut, Baghpat, Bijnor, Muzaffarnagar, Moradabad, and Bulandshahr reached the UP Gate by early morning to join the protest. Late last evening, a confrontation was building up at the Ghazipur Border, even as frequent power cuts were witnessed at the protest site.
After the January 26 tractor rally violence, Delhi Police has sent notices to 20 farm leaders. Reacting to the messages, the Samyukta Kisan Morcha has said it will not be intimidated by the information sent to its leaders by Delhi Police. The umbrella body of farmer unions alleged that the government is trying to end the farmers’ movement by blaming it for the Delhi violence. Several protesters waved the tricolor with some waving flags of farmer unions amid a continuous sloganeering of ‘Jai jawan, Jai Kisan, amid the heavy presence of security forces.