After halting for the night to join thousands who have already reached the national capital’s borders, farmers from Punjab and Haryana resumed their ”Delhi Chalo” march against the Centre’s new farm laws on Saturday.
After a gruelling day of confrontation with the police, the farmers retired for the night at the Singhu (Delhi-Haryana) border snubbing the protest area offered by the Delhi government.
“Permission for conducting a peaceful protest has already been granted. Delhi Police is all set for facilitating protestors to proceed to Buarari ground. We request protestors to behave responsibly,” stated Gaurav Sharma, DCP, Outer North District, Delhi.
Farmers arrive at Ghaziabad-Delhi border in support of 'Delhi Chalo' protest march
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However, thousands of farmers chose to sit it out at various border points into Delhi for the third consecutive day. North Delhi’s Burari ground as well reverberated with slogans like “Dharti Mata Ki Jai” and “Inquilab Zindabad” and drumbeats against the new farm laws.
Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar, on the other hand, announced that the government is ready for talks with farmer unions to resolve their issues. “We have invited them for talks on December 3. I hope that they will come to the meeting. I urge political parties not to play politics in the name of farmers,” he added.