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Rahul Gandhi Asks Centre To Repeal Farm Laws. Warns Against Suppressing Protesting Farmers

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi today said that the Narendra Modi government is trying to strangulate farmers who are demanding justice. He said that the farm laws are anti-farmers and are designed to benefit only big corporates. He said that the government must talk to farmers and arrive at a solution. “The only solution is to repeal laws and put them in a wastebasket. The government must not think farmers will go home. My concern is that the protest is going to erupt in other areas as well. But, we don’t need that, we need a solution,” said Gandhi. He accused the government of using its force against the protesting farmers. A scuffle today broke out at Singhu border allegedly between the protesting farmers and locals who have been demanding that the site be vacated. Delhi Police has to resort to lathicharge to control the situation. As per reports, a group of people, supposed to be locals, pelted stone and vandalised the tents of farmers at the site. Alipur SHO of Delhi Police has received grave injuries while trying to stop the scuffle. Earlier today, Delhi Government minister Satyendar Jain and Raghav Chadha visited the farmers’ protest site at Ghazipur. They alleged that police personnel there is not allowing movement of a water tanker. Jains said that Delhi government won’t let anyone die of hunger or thirst. With late-night high drama culminating in the withdrawal of excess forces from the Ghazipur border, hundreds of farmers and members of Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) are staying put on the Delhi-Meerut Expressway. Earlier yesterday, the Ghaziabad administration gave an ultimatum to vacate the UP Gate protest site, but notwithstanding the orders, the crowd swelled overnight. As soon as BKU leader Rakesh Tikait’s video in which he broke out in front of media went viral, more farmers from nearby areas like Meerut, Baghpat, Bijnor, Muzaffarnagar, Moradabad and Bulandshahr reached the UP Gate by early morning to join the protest. Late last evening, a confrontation was building up at the Ghazipur Border even as frequent power cuts were witnessed at the protest site. After the January 26 tractor rally violence, Delhi Police has sent notices to 20 farm leaders. Reacting to the notices, the Samyukta Kisan Morcha has said it will not be intimidated by the notices sent to its leaders by Delhi Police. The umbrella body of farmer unions alleged that the government is trying to put an end to the farmers’ movement by blaming it for the Delhi violence. Several protesters waved the tricolour with some waving flags of farmer unions amid a continuous sloganeering of ‘jai jawan, jai kisan’, amid heavy presence of security forces.

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