Leaders of eight political parties issued a joint statement on Saturday panning the Centre for allegedly repressing the farmers protesting against the agrarian laws. NCP chief Sharad Pawar, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury, DMK treasurer TR Baalu, CPI general secretary D Raja, RJD MP Manoj Jha, CPI(ML) general secretary Dipankar Bhattacharya, AIFB general secretary Debabrata Biswas and RSP general secretary Manoj Bhattacharya saluting the determination of thousands of farmers for reaching the national capital. The statement mentioned that the farmers had been subjected to teargassing, water cannoning and other roadblocks. While acknowledging that the Centre had given a place to the farmers to assemble in Delhi, they opined that the Nirankari Samagam Ground in Burari is too small to accommodate them. The leaders demanded the allocation of a larger ground such as the Ram Lila Maidan and called upon the Centre to make all necessary arrangements for their food and stay. Reiterating their opposition to The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020 and The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020, they urged the Union government to adhere to the democratic process and address the concerns of the protesting farmers. “We reiterate our opposition to these new agri-laws that threaten India’s food security…. The central government must adhere to the democratic process and norms and address the concerns of the protesting farmers,” the leaders said in their joint statement.