With the protest against the farm laws entering day 100, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has alleged that the Centre is torturing the ‘Annadata’. The farmers are protesting against the Centre’s three contentious farm laws.
In a series of tweets in Hindi, Rahul attacked the Centre over how they have treated the farmers. “Whose sons, spend their lives on the border of the country, nails have been for them on Delhi’s borders. While farmers (Providers) are asking for their rights, Centre is torturing them,” Rahul said in a tweet.
In another tweet, Rahul said that the Centre must take back the three laws. “Those sowing seeds and patiently wait for the harvest, are not worried about waiting for months and bad weather. The three laws must be taken back,” Rahul said.
Following the Republic Day violence, the Delhi Police cemented nails, set up barbed wires and barricades at Ghazipur and Tikri borders to stop the protesting farmers from entering the national capital.
Meanwhile, protesting farmers have blocked the Western Peripheral Highway in Sonipat, Haryana from 11 am to 4 pm after they had earlier announced roadblocks to intensify protests against the Centre and pressurise them into repealing the three farm laws. Security was also heightened along the 136 km expressway. The farmers are marking day 100 of the protest as a “Black Day”.
Reportedly, the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) has urged the public to wave black flags at homes and offices to back the farmers’ protest. Many border routes will be blocked by the protesting farmers today.
While the Centre continues to remain adamant against not repealing the laws, the farmers made it clear that they will not return to their homes until the government takes back the laws. Though several rounds of talks took place between the Centre and the farmer leaders buy nothing materialized. However, since Republic Day violence, which saw the death of one farmer and injuries to over 300 Delhi Police officers, no talks have taken place. The government has said it is open to talks but there has been no indication that they will repeal the three laws. Over 200 farmers have died since the protests began.