Farmers’ protest: DMK, allies observe one-day fast in Chennai in support of farmers

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Farmers from different states have been camping at Delhi's Singhu, Tikri, Ghazipur and Chilla (Delhi-Noida) border points for more than three weeks to demand a repeal of the farm laws enacted in September.

 

Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and its allies are observing a one-day fast in Chennai in support of farmers protesting against the three farm laws on Friday.

"Central government led by BJP have passed three laws against farmers. The farmers are protesting continuously for 23 days against it. We took the decision to support protesting farmers. As a part of it, we are doing fasting and protest today," DMK president MK Stalin said.

"I welcome all our alliance party members, MLAs, MPs who participate in the protest. We observe two minutes of silence for those farmers who lost their lives in the protest," Stalin added.

"Central government is not thinking about farmers or people. BJP and AIADMK government is against people's thought and pass laws against them”, he added.

"India is in an agitative mode, particularly in Delhi. BJP government are doing drama in the name of discussion," he stated.

The farmers' protest against the three agricultural sector laws passed by the central government in the last monsoon session entered 23rd day, on Friday.

Thousands of farmers have been protesting on different borders of the national capital since November 26 against the three newly enacted farm laws. 

Farmers from different states have been camping at Delhi's Singhu, Tikri, Ghazipur and Chilla (Delhi-Noida) border points for more than three weeks to demand a repeal of the farm laws enacted in September.

The farmers are protesting against the Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.

Farmers worry these laws will eliminate the safety net of MSP and do away with mandis that ensure earning. But the government says the MSP system will continue and the new laws will give farmers more options to sell their crop.

So far the central government has held several rounds of talks with farmers' organisations including a meeting called by Union Home Minister Amit Shah offering changes to the laws and written assurances.

 

With inputs from Agency

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