The Haryana government on Tuesday said it will seal borders with Punjab on November 26-27 to keep farmers of that state from marching into Delhi for their “Delhi Chalo” protest in the capital. This comes even as the Modi government stretched out a solicitation to the Punjab farm unions for a second round of talks in Delhi on December 3.
Farmers from Punjab and Haryana plan to march to Delhi on the call of the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC). Punjab’s 30 farm bodies, scheduled to take an interest in the Delhi agitation, have chosen to head towards Delhi from all potential routes from Wednesday.
Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said, “We don’t find the ‘Delhi Chalo’ March of the farmers justified. Law and order situation remains under control, police and administration have planned some strict measures in the state. We appeal to people to avoid taking Punjab-Haryana border routes and traveling on GT roads, as we have planned some strict measures. Similarly, people should avoid going on Delhi-Haryana borders on November 26 and 27.” He likewise encouraged farmers to evade travel to New Delhi due to the Covid wave.
“I must tell all farmers that the ‘Delhi Chalo’ call given by some outfits has no meaning because the three laws which the Centre enacted are pro-farmer. We will increase the number of mandis and the MSP will continue as earlier,” the CM also said. The Haryana police confined an enormous number of farm leaders over the state, late on Monday night and in the early hours on Tuesday, as a component of preventive arrests to guarantee order and forestall the spread of coronavirus. In the middle of all the measures taken by Haryana, the farm groups in Punjab are yet to make their aim clear about the following round of talks with the Centre.
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