The agitating farmers blocking all roads leading to Delhi since the last many days have sat on a day-long hunger strike to bolster their stand and step up pressure on the central government.
All farmer leaders would observe the hunger strike at their respective places, said farmer leader Gurnam Singh Chaduni while addressing a press conference at Singhu border. The farmers have been camping in agitation at Singhu. “Also dharnas will be staged at all district headquarters across the country. The protest will go on as usual,” he told reporters.
Despite several rounds of discussion between the farmers’ unions and the BJP government in the past few weeks there seemed to be no end to the gridlock. The farmers are adamant on the obliteration of the three contentious farm laws passed in the parliament in September. On the other hand the government is also steadfast in not relenting and tweaking the laws.
The farmers will also be staging demonstrations across the country during the day, as the hunger strike is scheduled between 8 am to 5 pm on Monday.
The hunger strike is touted as part of the farmers’ plan to intensify their agitation from December 14.
Interestingly, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is also holding a one-day fast standing in solidarity with the farmers’ protest. He also appealed to people across the country to fast wherever they are in support of protesting farmers, and asserted that farmers will win in the end.
More and more farmers from Punjab and other states continue to arrive near the Singhu and Tikri borders to join the sit-in which has been continuing for 18 days. However, amid all these, Union Minister Kailash Choudhary has announced that the government will soon decide a date for the next meeting and expressed confidence that the issues will be resolved this time.