Amid protests in Punjab and Haryana, Tomar meets farmers ‘supporting’ legal guidelines

Vibha Sharma

Tribune News Service

New Delhi/Sonepat, December 14

Even as the leaders of 32 farmers’ organisations on Monday sat on a daylong fast at the Singhu border and farmers in Punjab and Haryana held dharnas outside the offices of deputy commissioners, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar met deputations from Telangana, Maharashtra, Haryana, Tamil Nadu and Bihar. He later said the All-India Kisan Coordination Committee had expressed support for the recent farm laws.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Union Ministers Hardeep Puri and Som Parkash too held meetings on the issue. Citing BJP’s recent wins, party spokesperson Sambit Patra said this would not have been possible without the “help of farmers and the poor”.

At Singhu, the 32 farm leaders from Punjab and Haryana, under the banner of the Sanyukt Kisan Morcha, observed fast from 8 am to 5 pm. Addressing the media later, HS Lakhowal of the BKU (Lakhowal) said they would not step down till the “black laws” were repealed. The Haryana Police shut the Ambala-Patiala highway for a few hours after protesters gathered at the Shambhu border adjoining Punjab.

Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Sunil Jakhar participated in a protest near Shambhu. The Akali workers protested in Amritsar. In Jind, the protesters pushed at the barricades near the mini secretariat.

In Fatehabad, they took out a tractor procession. A group of lawyers sat on a ‘dharna’ in solidarity with the farmers in Faridabad.

Blankets, mufflers from Uttar Pradesh

Inder Singh,a mobile shop owner from Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh, distributed blankets, mufflers and hand towels among the protesters. He said they would continue to lend support to the farmers “braving the cold.”

Haryana farmers pitch in with veggies, milk

Haryana farmers have been providing milk, lassi, vegetables and fruit to the protesters. Nanha of Karsindhu village in Uchana said they had been supplying 1,500 litres of milk, jaggery & fruit every alternate day.

Protest finds mention in Delhi court hearing

The demonstration during the farmers’ protest to free several arrested activists, including JNU student Sharjeel Imam, came up for mention during the hearing of a bail application of an accused whose counsel argued that just because the farmers were carrying “free Sharjeel Imam” posters, it did not mean they too were part of the riots. PTI

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