Farmers threaten to dam rail tracks once more

Parveen Arora
Tribune News Service
Singhu (Sonepat), December 10

Farmer leaders spearheading the protests against the agriculture laws at various points on the Haryana-Delhi border today said they would take their agitation to railway tracks if the Centre failed to meet their demands.

“We had served an ultimatum till December 10 to repeal the three black laws. If the government doesn’t act fast, farmers will block railway tracks across the country,” said Bharatiya Kisan Union president Balbir Singh Rajewal while interacting with the media. The ‘Sanyukt Kisan Manch’ (joint forum of farmers) would soon announce the date for protest on rail tracks, he said.

Reiterating their demand for a rollback of the laws, the farmer leaders claimed the Union ministers had admitted on several occasions that the legislations “would boost commerce”. “The laws will benefit traders, not farmers. They have been enacted to encourage private mandis and abolish the government-run APMC mandis,” said Rajewal.

Dr Darshan Pal, Krantikari Kisan Union president, maintained the unions had kept the option of dialogue open, but would talk only if the government came forward with a “concrete proposal”. “When agriculture is a state subject, why is the Centre framing laws on it?” he quipped.

Dr Pal claimed all toll plazas in the region would be shut on December 12. The Delhi-Jaipur highway would be blocked too, he said, adding the farmers would gherao the houses of BJP leaders on December 14 and hold dharnas at district headquarters across the country. The farmers had earlier blocked tracks for weeks in Punjab.

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