Sunday, February 25, 2024

Farmers’ ‘Dilli Chalo’ march: section 144 imposed in Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan seal border with Punjab

Ahead of the ‘Dilli Chalo’ / ‘Chalo Delhi’ march by the agitated farmers, Section 144 has been imposed in entire Delhi.

A sea of farmers from Punjab, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh have called for the march on February 13 (Tuesday) to demand a law guaranteeing MSP for their produce, one of the conditions they had set when they agreed to withdraw their agitation in 2021.

Not just Delhi has imposed Section 144, Haryana and Rajasthan have also taken similar measures but in a few districts.

The Haryana government has enforced prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC in 15 out of the total 22 districts.

Additionally, Section 144 has been imposed in the Sri Ganganagar district of Rajasthan, which borders Punjab’s Fazilka, Muktsar, and Bathinda districts.

Meanwhile, farmers’ leader Jagjit Singh Dallewal alleged that many agriculturists, who were coming from other states including Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh to support the ‘Delhi Chalo’ march, have been detained and sought their release.

Dallewal claimed that several farmers coming from Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka, owing allegiance to SKM have been detained in Bhopal.

“On one side, they (the Centre) are holding dialogues with us and on the other hand they are detaining our people. Then how will this dialogue take place?” said Dallewal.

“We have told the government that it should release our persons. The government needs to create a positive atmosphere for dialogue,” he added.

Here’s a list of 10 demands of Kisan Mazdoor Morcha (KMM) and Samyukt Kisan Morcha-Non Political (SKM-NP):

1. Enact a legally bound Minimum Support Price Law.

2. Withdraw all cases filed nationwide against agitators during 2020-21 farmers’ protest.

3. Justice for Lakhimpur Kheri victims.

4. Repeal Electricity (Amendment) Act, 2023

5. Implement Swaminathan Commission Report MSP on C2 + 50% formula.

6. Waive off the loans on entire farming and labourer community nationwide.

7. India should quit the World Trade Organisation.

8. End reducing import duty on agricultural goods

9. Promise to increase import duty and benefit Indian farmers.

10. Revive Pre-2013 Land Acquisition Act

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