Farmers arrived at the Jantar Mantar in the national capital on Monday morning, following a call by some farm unions to protest in support of their demands which include a legal guarantee for MSP, sacking of MoS Ajay Teni in view of his son’s connection with the Lakhimpur Kheri violence and more.
The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) has distanced itself from the protest, stating, “A few farm unions who were part of SKM during the farmers’ protest 2020-21 are organising this. Jagjeet Singh Dallewal of BKU Ekta Sidhupur is leading the protest while the rest of the farm unions and leaders are not part of it.” Ahead of the protest, security was ramped up at the Ghazipur, Tikir and Singhu borders of Delhi. According to the police, this was done to prevent any “untoward incident”. Sources said police have placed cemented barricades and blocked major roads.
In other news, Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia alleged in a tweet on Monday that he had received a message from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to “break AAP’ and join BJP to get the CBI case against him closed. Sisodia is under probe in connection with the Delhi excise policy. Sisodia added his response to the BJP: “I will cut off my head but will not bow down in front of the corrupt conspirators.”