Lucknow: Tension has mounted at the Uttar Pradesh-Delhi border in Ghaziabad as protesting farmers’ who have laid siege against the Centre’s contentious farm laws, were asked to end their protest and vacate the highway. The farmers, however, have refused to budge an inch from their stand, instead they declared that they are ready to face bullets, said farmer leader Rakesh Tikait.
The Ghaziabad administration will reportedly get the road clear by tonight, as per sources said.
“The Supreme Court has justified the peaceful sit-in,” said Rakesh Tikait. “There has been no violence on the Ghazipur border. Despite this, the government is adopting a repressive policy. It is the face of the Uttar Pradesh government,” he added.
Meanwhile, the government seems hopeful to get a solution to farmers’ ongoing protest against Centre’s three farm laws through talks. While, the government is keen to assure the farmers that this legislations will benefit them in long run and will improve their lives, farmers on the contrary call it ‘black laws’ that will exploit them and will instead benefit corporates.
Adamant to their demands, protesting farmers’ are refusing to agree to anything less than the repeal of the reform laws.
Meanwhile, the Ghaziabad border had been sealed ever since the farmers started to camp along the Delhi borders demanding repeal of the agri laws starting on November 26.
Farmers’ protest grew in its intensity, as they took out a tractor rally on Republic day, breaking barricades, storming the central Delhi, and hoisting their religious flag on the rampart of iconic Red Fort. The violence and chaos gripped the city as the farmers deviated from the designated route with the police personnel who tried to stop them from entering the national capital amid the Republic day celebrations.
Taking the cognizance of the unpleasant events, the BJP-led Uttar Pradesh government has taken a hard line on the farmers protesting against the farm laws since then.
On Wednesday night, the Baghpat administration got a protest site vacated in the district, denying using force. “We did not use any force to remove the protesters. The elderly people, including a mentally unsound person, were sent to their homes,” said Baghpat Additional District Magistrate, Amit Kumar Singh adding that they had received a request from the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), over its pending construction work in the area.
As per the reports, the agitating Baghpat protesters were asked to go at smaller protests in Mathura and Fatehpur instead of occupying national highway.
In BJP-ruled Haryana, farmers who had been protesting for nearly two months in Karnal, were also asked to go, giving them a 24-hour ultimatum.
The farmers on the Republic Day violence alleged that it was the result of a conspiracy to malign and disrupt their “peaceful” protest. They further claimed that government was trying to “break” their protest.