Haryana: As farmers continue to stage protest against farm laws, another state minister Banwari Lal faces heat
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A day after the farmers clashed with police when they tried to force their way through barricades to head towards a venue where Haryana minister Mool Chand Sharma was to come, on Sunday, the agitating farmers continued to protest for a second day against the Bharatiya Janata Party, its allies, and their leaders in the state.

The protestors staged demonstration at a meeting of party workers in Fatehabad district which had state Cooperatives Minister Banwari Lal in attendance. Another programme at Jhajjar, too, was targeted.

In the wake of protests, the police had been deployed and barricades installed in anticipation of trouble. However, the farmers pulled aside the hurdles and clashed with the cops.

The Jhajjar event, involving BJP workers, was to be attended by MP Dr Arvind Sharma, area in-charge Vinod Tawde, and state President Om Prakash Dhankhad.

The BJP has planned a series of events through the state over this month, which the farmers seem to be targeting.

Yesterday, the farmers clashed with police when they tried to force their way through barricades to head towards a venue where Haryana minister Mool Chand Sharma was to come. Some farmers and police personnel received minor injuries in the incident. Later, protesting farmers were detained by police.

Transport Minister Mool Chand Sharma was to address a party meeting at Jagadhari in Yamunanagar.

When farmers protesting against the Centre's three farm laws came to know about the arrival of the minister, they started heading towards the venue of the meeting. Police personnel were deployed and barricades were also put to prevent farmers from going towards the meeting hall.

Political leaders, especially those of the BJP, have faced intense protests during visits to various parts of the state.

The protest against the laws by farmers camping at various Delhi border points began in November last year and they are demanding that the legislations be withdrawn.

The government and farmer unions have held 11 rounds of talks so far, the last being on January 22, to break the deadlock and end the protest. Talks have not resumed following widespread violence during a tractor rally by protesting farmers on January 26.

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