Amid heightened security, scores of farmers have arrived at Jantar Mantar, where they are set to hold staggered protests against Narendra Modi government’s new agri laws, from today onwards.
The farmers, who have been leading a historic agitation against the Union’s farm laws at the Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur borders since last November, plan to protest against the saffron party led government and hold ‘Kisan Sansads’ on each working day of Parliament until the monsoon session ends.
Security personnel have been deployed in large numbers both at Jantar Mantar and at Singhu border today.
A group of 200 farmers will travel to Jantar Mantar from their Singhu border demonstration site with a police escort and will hold a protest there from 11 am to 5 pm, according to Indian Express.
This is the first time since the tractor rally on this year’s Republic Day, when police violence broke out in the National Capital, that authorities have permitted the farmers to hold protests.
The Wire reported that journalists are being kept from farmers by the police at Jantar Mantar. Barricades have been set up restricting movement.
Meanwhile, Congress former chief Rahul Gandhi and several MPs from Left parties, DMK and RJD staged a dharna in front of the Mahatma Gandhi statue in Parliament in solidarity with the protesting farmers.
The MPs raised slogans against the government and the prime minister. Carrying placards and hoardings, they also raised slogans in support of the farmers and their demands.
Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) MPs stood with placards protesting against the farm laws as Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar entered the Parliament premises.