The protesting farmers have planned to carry out a foot march to Parliament on February 1, the day when the union budget will be presented, to protest against the contentious farm laws.
Samyukta Kisan Morcha leader Darshan Pal on Monday said farmers will march on foot to the Parliament on February 1 ( the day Budget is presented by the Central Government) and that the protest will be continue till demands are met.
With Opposition parties gearing up to corner the Narendra Modi government on farmers’ issues, the upcoming Budget session is expected to be a stormy affair.
While Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said he remained “hopeful of a resolution as laws are in favour of farmers”, reports said the government is “apprehensive of the agitation gaining more strength and expanse after tomorrow’s event and expanding beyond the main centre-stage of the Delhi-Punjab-Haryana-Uttar Pradesh-Rajasthan borders”.
Protests are being reported from across states like Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Bihar, Odisha, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Jharkhand, Assam, Tripura and Jammu and Kashmir.
The farmers are camping along with three border points near Delhi – Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur – and have said they won’t leave until the government rolls back what they call the “black laws”.
The Centre has categorically said that the laws won’t be repealed; it has, however, agreed to suspend its implementation for one-and-a-half years.