New Delhi: The 15 opposition MPs from ten political parties, who visited the Delhi-Uttar border in Ghazipur this morning to take a hold of the situation there and meet the protesting farmers, were denied entry to the protesting site by the police, as per one of the MPs.
The MPs, who visited Ghazipur border in a bus, included Harsimrat Kaur Badal of Shiromani Akali Dal, Supriya Sule of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Kanimozhi of the DMK and Saugata Roy of the Trinamool Congress.
“Saw first hand the conditions created at Ghazipur border. Shocked to see the treatment being meted out to the annadaata. Farmers are barricaded behind fortress like concrete barriers and barbed wire fencing. Even ambulances and fire brigades cannot enter the protest site,” Ms Badal tweeted.
To note, the ruling government at Centre is going extraordinary lengths to ground the agitating farmers at three protesting sites; Ghazipur, Tikri and Singhu boarders, from snapping internet, water and electricity being cut to securing the borders by planting iron grills, digging up the ground, spikes being cemented to the ground, layers of barricades being laid out with concrete poured for stability, concertina wire and boulders being placed to create more obstacles to prevent protesting farmers forcing their way in after the Republic Day violence last week.
Meanwhile, several borders adjacent to the national capital continued to remain closed for traffic movement this morning as well.
“We are here so that we can discuss this issue (farmers’ protest) in parliament. The Speaker is not letting us raise the issue. Now, all the parties will give details of what is happening here,” Ms Badal told media.
This Wednesday parliamentary session saw several opposition parties urging the government to withdraw the contentious farm laws while seeking strong action against those behind the January 26 violence in Delhi.
Furthermore, the opposition parties had earlier too tried to block the farm bills in parliament last year, and had also requested President Ram Nath Kovind not to sign on the bills. Even after meted out with so much restrain, the bills were passed in the Rajya Sabha in an undemocratic manner and later the President had too given his assent to all three bills.
The reason behind this farmers’ outrage is their fear that these new laws will deprive them of guaranteed minimum earnings and leave them at the mercy of corporates. Till now, eleven rounds of talks have been held between the farmers and the government but all of them remained inconclusive so far. The farmers have turned down the Centre’s last offer to put the laws on hold for 18 months while a special committee appointed by Supreme Court conducts negotiations. Due to this both the sides have reached a deadlock, where farmers are demanding repeal of the laws whereas, the government has refused to scarp them at all.