Protesting farmers block Delhi-Mohan Nagar Road

Protesting farmers block main Delhi-Mohan Nagar road at UP Gate (Delhi-Ghaziabad border).

“NH-9 & NH-24 closed from Delhi to Ghaziabad due to farmers’ protests. People are advised to take alternate route for Ghaziabad via DND, ITO & Wazirabad,” tweets Delhi Traffic Police.

The protesters on Friday picketed at highway booths and ransacked the venue of a BJP event at Bathinda.

Farmers have announced to block all toll plazas in Haryana from Saturday ahead of another meeting of protesting farmer unions where a formal decision on the Centre’s invite for the resumption of stalled talks is likely to be taken.

The discussion comes after the government’s latest letter inviting them for talks, with some of them indicating that they may decide to resume their dialogue with the Centre to find a solution to the ongoing deadlock over the three contentious agri laws.

From Saturday, there will be protests against corporates, said the farmers.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other Union ministers on Friday reached out to farmers across the country, making it clear that repealing the laws — what the protesting farmers want — is not on the table.

In a major development, Union defence minister Rajnath Singh on Friday urged farmers to try the new laws as experiment. “Let farm laws be implemented for a year or two. Let’s try this as an experiment, and if found not beneficial for farmers, the government will be ready for all possible amendments,” he said.

Reacting to PM Modi’s address on Friday, farmers’ unions asked why the government doesn’t give in writing thar MSP will have a legal guarantee. “In public speeches, the prime minister said the MSP will remain. Then why is he afraid of giving a legal guarantee for it? Why cannot the government give it in writing?,” Shiv Kumar Kakka, a senior leader of Sankyut Kisan Morcha said.