Thousands of farmers join Delhi’s mahapanchayat

Farmers’ unions began their mahapanchayat in Delhi’s Jantar Mantar on Monday to protest against unemployment and demand the implementation of the Minimum Support Price (MSP) as a legal guarantee.

Several farmers were detained while protesting in Ghazipur on the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border. However, after due verification, all of them were allowed to move ahead.

Farmers were seen raising slogans and breaking barricades, even as police officials tried to stop them from going forward.

Abhimanyu Singh Kohar, SKM (non-political) member and organiser of the ‘mahapanchayat’ had earlier said the congregation is a one day- peaceful event where farmers will reiterate their demands such as legal guarantee on MSP and cancellation of Electricity Amendment Bill 2022 among others.

Security has been beefed up in the national capital in view of the protest. Additional barricades have been put up at Jantar Mantar along with heavy police deployment.

Farmers have been arriving in the national capital since Sunday for the mahapanchayat called by the umbrella body of several farmer organisations, which had led the year-long historic protest against the three contentious agricultural laws that were rolled back by the Union government last year.

Section 144 has been imposed in the national capital and police have not given the permission for the protest.