The ongoing farmers’ agitation has entered its 73rd day and the farmers have continued to camp at the Singhu, Ghazipur, and Tikri borders around the national capital. The protesting Kisan unions have called for a nationwide ‘chakka jam’ on Saturday blocking all roads across the country. The mega rally has been called against the internet ban by the Centre, as well as in response to Monday’s Budget 2021 that “ignored” the demands of farmers. The Delhi Police has beefed up security, deployed additional forces at borders, studded iron nails on the road and built walls for barricading as farmers try to enter the national capital. Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait, leading the stir since November with his supporters, said the movement at Delhi’s outskirts could continue till October this year and would be supported by villagers. Rakesh Tikait said the blockade will not be done in Delhi but will take place in other parts of the National Capital Region, which comprises parts of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan, and the rest of country including the southern states. On the proposed ‘chakka jaam’, he said, “There will be a three-hour blockade on roads. It won’t happen in Delhi but other parts of the country. The vehicles which will come and stop will be given water and food. Items like ‘chana’ and peanuts will also be distributed to these people and we will apprise them of what the government is doing with us.”
Addressing a press conference, farmer union leaders said that highways and roads would be blocked between 12 noon and 3 pm on Saturday, February 6. All major routes are expected to be blocked not just in the national capital but across the country. The Bhartiya Kisan Union had announced that there would be a country-wide agitation on February 6 against the contentious farm bills.