Farmers’ Protest: Farmer leaders sit on hunger strike

Farmers on Monday began a day-long hunger strike in the national capital. The hunger strike from 8 am to 5 pm is part of the farmers’ plan to intensify their agitation. They have planned demonstrations across the country.

On Sunday, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said he will observe one-day fast today to show support for farmers, who are protesting against the three farm laws. He also appealed to all Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) workers and supporters to observe fast for a day in solidarity with protesting farmers.

Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Minister of State Som Parkash met Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday as the farm unions plan to intensify their agitation against the recent farm laws.

Delhi Traffic Police in a tweet advised people to take alternative route as Gazipur border is closed for traffic coming from Ghaziabad to Delhi due to farmers protests

“Gazipur border is closed for traffic coming from Gaziabad to Delhi due to farmers protests. People are advised to take alternate route for coming to Delhi via Anand Vihar, DND, Chilla, Apsara & Bhopra borders,” Delhi Traffic police tweeted.

Earlier, Union Home Minister Amit Shah held talks with farmers to end the deadlock over the farm laws. However, the talks remained inconclusive as both sides remained firm on their positions. Also during the last meeting on December 5, farmers’ union leaders stuck to their demand for the withdrawal of the new farm laws.

The farmers’ unions have been protesting since November 26, demanding an immediate withdrawal of the farm laws.