A day after marching towards the residence of Punjab cabinet minister Bikram Singh Majithia, farmers chose to sit on dharna outside the house of local bodies minister and BJP leader Anil Joshi here on Friday. But yet again the police intervened and stopped them midway and thereafter, the protesters sat on dharna outside the Trillium Mall, blocking the traffic for approximately three hours.
The traffic coming from the major crossings of the city, including Rattan Singh Chowk and Majitha Road was diverted by the traffic cops, leading to inconvenience to the commuters. As hundreds of farmers sat in the middle of the road, the police blocked the entry points to the Mall and the traffic coming from Rattan Singh Chowk was diverted on either ends. Similarly, the other entry to the Mall from the Majitha road was blocked by the traffic police and people had to take inner roads, which lead to a chaos.
In this three-hour long dharna, which was held on the on road leading to the minister’s house, farmers once again blamed the Modi-Badal regime for their poor condition.
The farmers started marching towards Anil Joshi’s residence at Medical Enclave around 2 pm. However, the police reached the spot in big number and stopped the farmers from marching further. Unhappy with this, the farmers sat on dharna in the middle of the road, which lead to chaos and caused inconvenience to the commuters.
Farmers demand better rates for basmati varieties
Slamming the government for ignoring the woes of their community, farmers said, “We would protest till the government agrees to fulfill our demands. Apart from better rates of basmati varieties, the government must pay compensation of `40,000 per acre for the damage to cotton growers. The government must also wave off the loans of farmers and farm labourers. A compensation of `5 lakh and a government job must be given to the family of farmers who committed suicides.”
The farmers blamed the Badal government for ignoring the promises made to them and demanded that the government must immediately implement all the demands agreed during their meeting with the CM on October 12.
The farmers called off their agitation at around 5 pm. Kissan Sangharsh Committee senior vice-president Sarwan Singh Pandher said, “It was the last day of the three-day protest. It has concluded for now, but the next course of action will be decided when the senior farmer leaders will sit for a meeting on November 18.”