As the farmers' protest enters its 29th day, a group of Congress leaders including Rahul Gandhi, Ghulam Nabi Azad and Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury met President Ram Nath Kovind and submitted a memorandum with 2 crore signatures seeking his immediate intervention to repeal the three contentious farm laws. However, several other Congress leaders including Priyanka Gandhi were detained by the Delhi Police when they tried to march to the Rashtrapathi Bhavan as permission was granted only to three party leaders to meet the President.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi lashed out at the government and said that there is no democracy in India and it is only in imagination. He alleged that only three to four people are running the system and Congress is fighting against this. After meeting the President, Rahul Gandhi said that all the opposition parties stand with the agitating farmers and the farmers will not stop the protest till the controversial laws are repealed.
Meanwhile, Secretary General of CPI Sitaram Yechury took to Twitter to strongly criticise the baseless allegations levelled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi against the opposition parties.
As per reports, a group of 60 farmers belonging to Kisaan Mazdoor Sangh, Baghpat met Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar at Krishi Bhawan. Reportedly, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with farmers from six states on December 25. After meeting the Kisaan Mazdoor Sangh, Tomar claims that the members have given a letter in support of the Centre’s farm laws.
Besides, the Additional DCP said that Section 144 has been imposed in Capital due to Covid-19 and no gatherings are permitted. Taking to Twitter, the Delhi Traffic Police alerted the travellers about the routes that remained closed due to the ongoing protest.
Earlier on Sunday, the Centre had written to farmers’ unions asking them to decide a date to conduct the sixth round of talks to their convenience. According to reports again on Thursday, the government wrote again to farmers’ unions inviting them for another round of talks. However, this comes a day after the agitating farmers rejected the government’s earlier proposal in this regard.