Jaipur, Feb 23: Rajasthan and Haryana have been witnessing massive protest by farmers, who are demanding a complete loan waiver and implementation of MS Swaminathan’s report.
The farmers are protesting in different places of Haryana including Faridabad and Gharaunda. Speaking to ANI, the district president of Kisan Union, Ajay Rana said, “the protest is against the unfulfilled promises by Modi government, instead of finding the solution and implementing Swaminathan report the government only gave us more problems.”
— ANI (@ANI) February 23, 2018
According to a report published in Indian express, Ahead of a call by farmer unions to march towards Delhi on Friday, the Haryana Police have detained hundreds of activists and leaders of the agitating farmers. The police have confirmed 122 preventive arrests. The farmers, who are demanding farm loan waiver and remunerative prices of their crops, have given a call for “Delhi gherao” to block entries leading to the national capital on Friday.
Earlier on Thursday Rajasthan farmers staged a massive protest on Jaipur-Sikar highway to press for fulfilment of their demands, including complete loan waiver and implementation of the recommendations of Swaminathan Commission.
The farmers first tried to gherao the state assembly, but as they were not allowed to enter Jaipur, they staged a demonstration on the road, leading to serpentine tailbacks.
Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje announced in her budget speech that debts up to Rs 50,000 would be waived off, but the farmers are demanding a full waiver.
Meanwhile, despite massive police deployment at the city’s borders, some farmers managed to sneak into the city, in response to the call given by Akhil Bharatiya Kisan Sabha.
Later, they held a meeting at the Majdoor Kisan Bhawan in the city, which was addressed by Kisan Sabha president Ashok Dhaval and vice president Dulichand Meena, among others.
Thereafter, the protesting farmers, which also included women, proceeded towards the state Secretariat. But they were detained by police.
Sources said the state government had arrested Kisan Mahasabha president Amara Ram, Pemaram and over 80 farmer leaders two days back to avert the protest.
Independent MLA Kirodilal Meena and Hanuman Beliwal, who announced forming a third front a few months back, were also part of this protest.
Speaking to the media, Home Minister Gulabchand Kataria said the farmers were stopped on the outskirts in line with the orders issued by the high court, and that no serious cases had been registered against any of them.