23 November 2020 01:18:45
DESPITE A call from Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar to call off their march to Delhi on November 26 to protest the Centre’s new agricultural laws, the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) said on Sunday that protesters from the State would enter the capital from five sides and prepare for a long journey with additional clothing and food.
“On November 26, we will enter Delhi from five sides, four from Haryana and one from Uttar Pradesh. From Haryana, we will enter Delhi via Ambala Road, Rohtak Road, Gurgaon Road and Agra Road, and Bareilly Road in UP. The biggest march will take place on the road to Ambala. For this, we are visiting Haryana and asking people to join this demonstration, ”said BKU Haryana President Gurnam Singh Chaduni.
“Whatever modes are available with people, be it scooter, motorcycle, car, tractor-cart, whatever they have, they can contribute to join in this commotion,” he said.
Previously, Khattar urged farmers not to be “misled” by the opposition and to “trust” the state government. Citing the increasing number of Covid infections and the loss of income of around Rs 10,000-12,000 crore this year due to the pandemic, he said “this is not the year of the demonstrations”.
Haryana Roads and other employee unions also reported a statewide unrest on November 26.
Meanwhile, state officials said they are considering the possibility of reimposing the lockdown following a new spike in infections. However, Chaduni called it “another ploy” of the government to “scuttle the unrest”.
“When we do a rally, corona wakes up. The government had used the coronavirus as an opportunity to pass the three draconian laws and scuttle the agitation of the farmers, ”Chaduni said.
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