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Farmers to protest outside Parliament daily from July 22: SKM

A file photo of protesting farmers holding a 'tractor rally' and moving from Tikri border towards Chandigarh on June 26, 2021. Photo: medleynews

New Delhi, July 4 (MNN) Farmers protesting on the Delhi borders for over seven months against the three farm laws on Sunday announced that they would hold a sit-in protest outside the Indian Parliament during the monsoon session.

The Sanyukt Kisan Morcha, a conglomeration of different farmer unions spearheading the protest, decided in a meeting on Sunday that five members from each farmer union and a minimum of 200 protesters will daily participate in the agitation outside Parliament from July 22.

The sixth session of the 17th Lok Sabha is slated to commence on July 19, its Secretariat had said on Saturday.

Subject to exigencies of government business, the monsoon session is likely to conclude on August 13, 2021.

On June 26, the farmers had held tractor rallies at various places as their agitation against the three central farm laws completed seven months. The protesting farmers also handed over memorandums to the Governors and Lt Governors at Raj Bhavans in their respective states and Union Territories.

The agitating farmers’ leaders, however, had shelved their plans to enter Delhi on the ground of law and order. Farmers led by their leader Yudhveer Singh had reached Delhi L-G Anil Baijal’s residence in the national capital but were detained by the Delhi Police. They later handed over a memorandum to the L-G’s secretary.

Bhartiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait had maintained that the agitation will sustain for many more months till the general elections in 2024. “It will go on for 43 months. The Modi government will be set right in three years,” he had remarked.

The farmers have been sitting on a dharna at several places at Ghazipur on the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border and Tikri on the Delhi-Haryana border since November 26, 2020 to protest against the farm laws they have dubbed “anti-farmers”.

Their parleys with the Indian government for several weeks failed to break the deadlock as the agitators are adamant on their demand for repeal of the laws while the government had offered to defer the laws for a year and a half.

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