Mumbai: During a press conference on Wednesday, farmers’ leaders announced that they will block Delhi-Jaipur and Delhi-Agra highways on December 12. They also called for a nationwide protest on December 14.
After studying the new draft proposal sent to them earlier in the day by the central government, farmer leaders said they were rejecting the proposals, but the door was kept open for further talks if the government sent another proposal.
Darshan Pal, president of the Revolutionary Farmers Union protesting on the Singhku (Delhi-Haryana) border, rejected the government’s proposals.
At a press conference, peasant leaders announced to intensify their agitation and threatened to block all roads in the national capital.
Farmer leaders said, “We will close all the roads of Delhi one by one, one by one.”
Darshan Pal said that agitating farmers will block the Delhi-Jaipur and Delhi-Agra highways under the agitation on December 12.
“The Agra-Delhi Expressway will be blocked on December 12. There will be no tax on that day on any toll plaza in the country,” Pal announced.
We will block Delhi-Jaipur and Delhi-Agra highways on 12th December: Farmer leaders at Singhu border pic.twitter.com/psrpWkrtz7
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Earlier, the central government today proposed that it is ready to give “written assurance” to farmers that the current minimum support price (MSP) regime for procurement would continue.
The government also said in the draft proposal that it is ready to bring necessary amendments on at least seven issues, including apprehensions of one to one farmers about the dilution of the mandi system.
The draft proposal, which was given to 13 agitating farmer unions, said that the government would issue all necessary clarifications on farmers’ concerns about the newly implemented agricultural laws. However, the proposal was emphasized by the main demand to repeal farmers’ laws.