Telangana Cong leader Hanumantha Rao under preventive arrest while on his way to protest against farm laws in Warangal

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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.

 

Senior Congress leader V Hanumantha Rao was put under preventive arrest while on his way to protest against the farm laws at Warangal district in Telangana.

"I was on my way to Warangal to take part in a hunger strike at Kakatiya University to demand the withdrawal of anti-farmer laws brought by the central government. Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao (KCR) should put an end to the duplicitous attitude towards the farmers and explain to the people why the Congress leaders are being arrested after he has visited Delhi", he was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

"KCR should have a clear attitude towards farmers. The TRS government, which was directly involved in the nationwide bandh by farmers, has changed attitude soon after Chief Minister KCR visited Delhi", he added.

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.

The government has held several rounds of talks with the farmers so far. On December 8, Union Home Minister Amit Shah had held a meeting with the 13 representatives of farm unions. However, a day later, farmer leaders rejected a proposal sent by the Centre.

 

With inputs from Agency

Image credit: ANI
 

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