Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday visited the Delhi-Haryana border at Singhu where thousands of farmers are holding their protest against the new farm laws passed by the Central government. The Delhi CM checked the food and medical arrangements at the protest site with Deputy CM Manish Sisodia and other Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs. Kejriwal said he stands with the farmers of the country and will help them in every possible way.
The Delhi CM said he did not come to the protest site as a Chief Minister, but as a volunteer. Kejriwal said the farmers’ demands are justified and all his workers in every state will support and join the Bharat Bandh on December 8 tomorrow.
Earlier, AAP leader and Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai through a video message said people across the country should extend their support to farmers. Rai said this is not just the farmer’s fight but the fight for all countrymen. if farmers are unhappy then the country is affected, he said in a video message.
Farmers are protesting against the Centre’s farm laws and are in discussions with the Central government. They will hold the sixth round of talks on Wednesday. Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, who met the farmers along with Cabinet colleague Piyush Goyal, had told farmers that the government needs more time for discussion and assured them of a fruitful solution in the next meeting.
The farm laws, aimed at doing away with middlemen and allowing farmers to sell their produce anywhere in the country, has deeply upset farmers. The farmers maintain the new farm laws are against them as it will only result in phasing out of the mandis and the guaranteed minimum support price paid by the government, leaving them at the mercy of corporate companies, which will not guarantee a price.