FARMERS protest during PM Modi’s Mann Ki Baat program

Ahead of the resumption of dialogue between the government and the unions representing the farming community on Wednesday, December 30 in Delhi, farmers beat “thalis” (utensils) in some places in Punjab, neighbouring Haryana and at Delhi-Gazipur border during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme on Sunday. It was part of their agitation against the Centre’s farm laws. They say these were not in their interest. Farmer leaders at Delhi’s Singhu border had asked people protesting against the laws to beat utensils during the programme, the same way the prime minister had asked them in March to beat ‘thalis’ (steel plates). Farmers,  who were joined by people from other sections of society, raised slogans against the BJP-led government at the Centre. Haryana Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) chief Gurnam Singh Chaduni went to the Makrauli toll plaza in Rohtak district along with a group of farmers to protest against the legislations. They beat ‘thalis’ with shoes during the prime minister’s monthly radio broadcast.”We are here to oppose Modi’s ‘Mann Ki Baat’. We are registering this protest because the prime minister only says what he has to without listening to the voice of the people,” Chaduni said during the protest. Meanwhile, in Punjab, about 500 mobile towers have been destroyed  allegedly by some group supporting the farmers and train services between the border state and other parts of the country almost remained at standstill and collection at the toll plaza has been stopped as these are made free .’’We went to many toll barriers and farmers who are protesting there said no toll should be charged from people till the government accepts our demands,” said BKU leader Gurnam Singh Chaduni. Meanwhile, PM Modi, Defence minister Rajnath Singh and other Union Ministers have repeatedly made it clear that no kisan will lose his or her propriety rights to their lands under contractual agreements, MSP and Mandis will continue uninterrupted. Farmers, under the laws, have been empowered to sell their produce wherever they want to. Image courtesy: PTI

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