For seven months now, thousands of farmers have remained camped out on Delhi's borders protesting against three recently passed contentious farm laws. While there have been multiple rounds of talks held between the protestors and the Centre, no consensus has been reached thus far. Against this backdrop, protesting farmers in Haryana are now undertaking a march to the Governor's house.
"Against the Farm Laws enacted in Sept 2020, today on completion of 7 months of protest, Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) calls for Save Agriculture, Save Democracy Day all over the nation," read a tweet on the Kisan Ekta Morcha handle.
The SKM said it will send a memorandum from all over India to the President on June 26, on farmers' "anguish and indignation" and appeal to him regarding getting the farmer laws repealed, and to get a legal guarantee of minimum support price for farmers.
To mark seven months of the protests, farmers camping at Delhi's Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur borders will observe today as 'Save Agriculture, Save Democracy Day. Visuals from the Ghazipur border (Delhi-Uttar Pradesh) show the protestors assembling with their vehicles ahead of a planned tractor rally.
Posters shared online indicate that the All India Democratic Women's Association, Democratic Youth Federation of India and the Students' Federation of India are supporting Saturday's protests. In videos that were shared online, AIDWA General Secretary Mariam Dhawale can be heard expressing solidarity with the farmers at Singhu Border.
The protests have not been well received by the government. "They are sitting at the borders for seven months now. They're disappointed. So, to keep their agitation alive, their leaders make a new program everyday. Today, they've spoken about submitting a memorandum at Raj Bhawan. This keeps happening," Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij told news agency ANI.