Akhilesh Yadav detained after sit-in protest in Lucknow

Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav was on Monday detained by the police as he led a brief sit-in protest in Lucknow when the police stopped him from visiting Kannauj to join the farmers’ protest.

Akhilesh was scheduled to visit Kannauj to stage a demonstration in support of farmers agitating against Centre’s farm laws but police stopped him from joining the march.

Thousands of farmers have been protesting on various borders of the national capital for the past few days, seeking repeal of three farm laws.

Earlier in the day, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal visited the Singhu border, to check arrangements made by his government for the protesters, who have been camping at the border areas since November 26.

Kejriwal accused the Central government and Delhi police of pressurizing his government to give permission to convert 9 stadiums into jails but he didn’t permit.

Kejriwal also said that AAP supports the Bharat Bandh on December 8 and the party workers will participate in it across the nation.

Delhi Traffic Police issued alert: Tikri, Jharoda Borders are closed for any Traffic Movement. Badusarai Border is open only for Light Motor Vehicle like Cars and two wheelers. Jhatikara Border is open only for two-wheeler traffic.

Delhi Police has made adequate arrangements to ensure normal movement of people on roads for the proposed Bharat Bandh on December 8.

The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) today extended support to the ‘Bharat Bandh’ called by protesting farmers, with party chief Mayawati appealing to the Centre to accept their demands.

The fifth round of talks between government and the farmer union leaders ended inconclusively on Saturday with the latter resorting to a silent protest holding up placards that said yes or no on their key demand of repealing the three new farm laws.