Farmers Allowed to Protest in Delhi, Centre Says ‘Ready For Talks’

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Thousands of farmers from Punjab and Haryana overcame tear gas, water cannons and police barricades for a second day on Friday, 26 November, to enter Delhi through the Tikri border.

The farmers, who are protesting against Centre’s new farm laws, were given permission to hold their demonstrations at the Nirankari Samagam Ground in the Burari area.

Meanwhile, union agricultural minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said “the Central government is always ready for talks.” The Centre has asked the farmers to meet on 3 December.

  • Punjab CM Amarinder Singh, in a tweet, welcomed the Centre’s decision to allow farmers’ entry.

  • Farmers representing 31 farm bodies have announced that they will reach Delhi through several routes - Lalru, Shambhu, Patiala-Pehowa, Patran-Khanauri, Moonak-Tohana, Ratia-Fatehabad and Talwandi-Sirsa.

  • Several politicians have condemned the use of force by Haryana Police on the protesting farmers

  • The farmers are protesting against the farm laws as they feel that these laws would pave the way for the dismantling of the minimum support price (MSP) system, leaving them at the mercy of big corporate entities.

Akhilesh Yadav Condemns Police Force on Farmers

Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav said, “Instead of listening to farmers, BJP govt out to suppress them, using tear gas, water cannons and batons on them.”

Delhi Govt to Provide Essential Amenities to Farmers at Nirankari Maidan

The Delhi government has decided to provide basic facilities to the farmers at Nirankari grounds, beginning with drinking water.

The Arvind Kejriwal government in Delhi has asked its MLA and Delhi Jal Board vice-chairman Raghav Chadha to take stock of the situation by reaching Burari.

The Delhi government said in a press briefing, "Raghav Chadha, Vice Chairman, Delhi Jal Board, will visit the Nirankari grounds, Burari on Friday evening. Proper arrangements for drinking water will be made for farmers who are protesting at the approved protest site. Water tankers are being deployed here. To oversee the preparations, DJB vice-president Raghav Chadha is going to the dharna site."

25,000 Farmers Have Sent a Proposal To PM

All India Secretary of Bharatiya Kisan Sangh Mohini Mohan Mishra, on Friday, shared that nearly 25,000 farmers have sent a proposal to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

According to ANI, Mishra said:

"“Nearly 25,000 farmers had sent proposal to PM. The laws have been made for traders saying they’ll eventually benefit farmers. If govt has brought laws to support farmers, we welcome it. However, there are drawbacks.”   "

Police Using Tear Gas on Those Who Already Have Tears in Their Eyes: Ex-CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda

Former Haryana CM and Congress leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda, according to ANI, lamented the rough treatment of farmers by the state and said:

"“Farmers shouldn’t have been treated so roughly. Using tear gas on farmers who already had tears in their eyes. Farmers’ demands are right, govt should heed to them & resolve issues instantly. I ask people of Haryana to treat farmers with care.”"

Former Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda Asks People of the State to Help Farmers

Former Haryana CM and Congress leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda appealed to people of the state to extend all possible help like food, accommodation to farmers marching towards Delhi, reported PTI.

Police Remove Barricades at Shambhu Border

The police, on Friday, removed barricades at the Shambhu border between Haryana and Punjab, near Ambala, as farmers were allowed to enter Delhi, reported ANI.

Govt Ready to Speak to Protesting Farmers: Union Minister Javadekar

According to News18, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar, on Friday, said that the government is ready to speak to the protesting farmers. He added that “the farm laws are in favour of the farmers.”

Central Govt is Always Ready for Talks: Haryana CM

The Central government is always ready for talks, tweeted Haryana Chief Minister (CM) Manohar Lal Khattar on Friday, 27 November.

"“The Central government is always ready for talks. I appeal to all farmers to directly talk to the Centre for all their legitimate issues.”   " - Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar   

Ego Is Always Defeated by Truth: Rahul Gandhi

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday afternoon took to Twitter to remind the Prime Minister that "whenever ego clashes with the truth, it is defeated".

"“Prime Minister should have remembered that whenever ego clashes with the truth, it is defeated. No government in the world can stop the farmers fighting the battle for truth. The Modi government has to accept the demands of the farmers and black laws will have to be withdrawn.”   "

Traffic Congestion at Delhi-Gurugram Border

Traffic congestion has been reported at the Delhi-Gurugram border due to checking of vehicles by the police, in view of farmers' "Delhi Chalo" march protest, according to ANI.

Two Trains Cancelled in View of Farmers' Protest in Punjab

In view of the farmers' protest in Punjab, two trains have been cancelled, five trains short terminated and five others diverted, reported ANI, citing Northern Railway.

Farmers Enter Delhi

Farmers have entered the national capital through the Tikri border after being given permission to hold their demonstrations at the Nirankari Samagam Ground in the Burari area, reported ANI.

Exam Cancelled Due to Farmers' Protest March: Delhi College Students

College students, on Friday, reportedly informed ANI that their exam got cancelled due to the farmers' “Chalo Delhi” protest march . A student reportedly said:

"“We’re coming down from Rohtak. Our exams were canceled. There are many students who travel to their colleges. It’s causing a lot of problems for us.”"

We Only Want Peaceful Resolution: Farmer

A farmer at the Tikri border area said that they are thankful to the administration for giving them permission to protest and that they only want a peaceful resolution to the issue.

"We've crossed about 10 barriers on our way. We're thankful to the administration for giving us permission to protest. We're happy and only want a peaceful resolution to the issue.”

Haryana Police Files Case Against Truck Driver Who Hit a Tractor-Trolley

Haryana Police has registered a case against the truck driver who hit a tractor-trolley from behind in Mundhal, Bhiwani, leading to the death of a protesting farmer on his way to Delhi, reported ANI.

The police further informed ANI that two others were also injured in the incident.

"We Have Been Allowed Safe Passage to Delhi": Krantikari Kisan Union Prez

Punjab farmers' bodies protesting against the Centre's farm laws on Friday, 27 November, according to PTI claimed that the Union government has allowed them entry into Delhi with permission to hold their agitation at the Burari ground.

"We have been allowed safe passage to Delhi," claimed Krantikari Kisan Union president Darshan Pal.

Darshan Pal also reportedly said that officials of the Union home ministry had allowed them a place at Burari in Delhi to hold the agitation. Bharatiya Kisan Union (Rajewal) president Balbir Singh Rajewal said that farmers were headed to the Burari ground.

I Welcome Centre's Decision to Allow Farmers to Enter: Punjab CM

Welcoming the Centre’s decision to allow farmers to enter Delhi, Punjab CM Amarinder Singh tweeted:

"“I welcome Centre’s decision to allow farmers to enter Delhi to exercise their democratic right to protest. They should also now initiate immediate talks to address farmers’ concerns on the #FarmLaws and resolve the simmering issue. (sic)” "

Protesting Farmers Allowed to Enter Delhi

Protesting farmers will be allowed to enter the national capital, reported ANI on Friday, 27 November, citing the Delhi police commissioner. The farmers will reportedly be allowed to protest at Nirankari Samagam Ground in the Burari area.

Further, according to ANI, the Delhi Police Commissioner has appealed to the farmers to maintain order and demonstrate peacefully.

Delhi Police PRO Eish Singhal reportedly told ANI:

"“After discussion with farmer leaders, Delhi Police has allowed farmers to protest peacefully at Nirankari Samagam Ground in Burari. We appeal to them to maintain peace in order to avoid any inconvenience to others.”"

Kejriwal With Farmers: AAP Odisha

Aam Admi Party (AAP) Odisha on Friday took to Twitter to state that AAP leaders were arrested for standing with farmers.

“AAP leaders are with farmers”, AAP Odisha tweeted along with #KejriwalKisanDeNaal.

Delhi Govt Rejects Police Request to Convert Stadiums Into Temporary Prisons

Delhi government has rejected request of police to convert stadiums into temporary prisons, reported ANI.

Visuals Indicate Heavy Security Deployment

Visuals indicate heavy security deployment, to keep farmers from marching further in.

Deployment at Dinghy border.
Deployment at Dinghy border.

Delhi Police Commissioner S N Shrivastava, told Hindustan Times that the farmers’ request to protest was rejected as COVID-19 guidelines do not permit any political gathering. “If they still make an attempt, we have deployed personnel at the borders to not let them enter the national capital. We are also in contact with Punjab and Haryana Police,” he added.

So far, police lobbed tear gas shells at the agitators.

Senior officers of Delhi police give instructions on handling the protesting farmers coming to Delhi during their Delhi Chalo protest against the recent Kisan Bill, at Singhu border in New Delhi, Friday, 27 November.
Senior officers of Delhi police give instructions on handling the protesting farmers coming to Delhi during their Delhi Chalo protest against the recent Kisan Bill, at Singhu border in New Delhi, Friday, 27 November.

Peaceful Protest, Won’t Harm Any Person or Property: Farmers

According to ANI, protesting farmers said they're marching to Delhi for their rights. "Whatever we do will be peaceful. We won't harm any person or property. Even if we have to stay for a month, we will. Even if we have attain martyrdom, we will," a farmer told ANI.

A farmer protesting at the border told ANI, "We have been doing a peaceful protest and we will continue it. We will enter Delhi protesting peacefully. In a democracy, one should be allowed to protest.”

Multiple Rounds of Tear Gas

According to news reports, the police stationed at Singhu near the Haryana-Delhi border have fired multiple rounds of tear gas shells to stop the protesting farmers.

Reports of stone pelting as police uses tear gas shells to disperse agitators also emerged.

DMRC Closes Entry to Specific Metro Stations

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) closed the entry and exit gates of the following metro stations located on the green line: Brigadier Hoshiar Singh, Bahadurgarh City, Pandit Shree Ram Sharma, Tikri Border, Tikri Kalan and Ghevra, reported ANI.

Centre Should Show Statesmanship: Amarinder Singh

Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh on Friday afternoon urged the Centre to immediately initiate talks with Kisan Unions to defuse the tense situation at the Delhi borders, ANI reported.

"“Those claiming it’s INC India that’s instigating the farmers are blind not to see the lakhs of farmers trying to enter Delhi from across the country. It’s a fight for their lives and livelihoods and they don’t need any backing or provocation.”   " - Captain Amarinder Singh, Punjab Chief Minister

Further, he also pointed out that the “Central government needs to show statesmanship and accept the farmers' demand for assured MSP, which is the basic right of every farmer. If they can give verbal assurance I fail to understand why they can't make it a legal obligation of the GOI.”

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