Arvind Kejriwal visits Singhu, challenges Centre to debate farm laws
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday challenged the Central government and its ministers to take part in an open debate on the three controversial farm laws with the protesting farmers in the city.
On Sunday evening, Kejriwal visited Guru Tegh Bahadur Memorial near Singhu border where farmers have been protesting against the farm laws for over a month. To show solidarity with the agitators, the Delhi government organised a Kirtan Darbaar - ‘Safar-e-Shahadat’ - at the memorial to honour the martyrdom of the Chaar Sahibzaade and Mata Gujri Kaur.
Kejriwal and deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia attended this event, where the chief minister addressed the farmers.
“The government is saying the farmers are being misled. They have little understanding about the farm laws. I have heard all speeches and hence, the government should send its most knowledgeable minister or representative to take part in an open debate with the farmers. It will be clear who has a better understanding. It will be clear how dangerous these new farm laws are,” Kejriwal said.
He said the farmers have been braving the cold for the last one month to protest along Delhi’s borders, during which more than 40 people have lost their lives.
“I want to appeal to the Central government with folded hands to repeal these farm laws. These are our people, our brothers, sisters, mothers and elders. These are the people of our nation, listen to them, and end their struggle here. How many lives will you take,” he said.
The AAP chief said the Central government has fielded all their big leaders, ministers, and chief ministers of all states.
“I heard all their speeches and I have not heard even a single leader talking about how these farm laws will benefit the farmers. As far as the benefits of these farm laws counted by these leaders, the first they say is that the land will not be taken away from the farmers. Is this a benefit? The MSP and the mandis of the farmers will not be revoked, is this a benefit? Why have you brought the bills then? Instead of telling the benefits, they are justifying that these bills are not harmful to the farmers. Who will benefit then if not farmers?” he asked.
“The only benefit they tell us is that the farmers will be able to sell their produce anywhere in the country outside of the mandis. If the crop is being sold at Rs 800 per quintal in Bihar where there are no mandis, and the MSP is Rs 1850 per quintal then where do our farmers from Bihar and UP sell their produce for more than Rs 1850? They cannot even get 50% of the price outside of the mandis. This is not a benefit to the farmers but to the big companies and the rich,” he said.
Karnataka Government on Monday suspended IAS officer J Manjunath, former DC of Bengaluru Urban, after Manjunath was arrested by Anti-Corruption Bureau in a bribery case. Manjunath was arrested by the ACB, four days after he was transferred from the post of Bengaluru urban district deputy commissioner. IPS officer Amrit Paul was also suspended after being arrested by CID for his alleged role in the PSI recruitment scam case.
Following the arrest of IPS officer Amrit Paul for his alleged role in the police sub-inspectors recruitment scam, the Leader of Opposition in Karnataka Assembly Siddaramaiah on Tuesday demanded the resignation of state Home Minister Araga Jnanendra. Paul was arrested by Crime Investigation Department for his alleged role in the PSI recruitment scam case on Monday. Karnataka Government on Monday also suspended Paul following his arrest.
A cab driver in Chennai was arrested on Tuesday for beating a 34-year-old man to death over the number of passengers entering the cab and the one-time password (OTP) required before starting a trip. They had booked a cab after they came out of a mall in Navalur after watching a movie on Sunday around 3:30 pm. Onlookers apprehended the cab driver until the police arrived. The cab driver hails from Salem district.
A man was seen thrashing a cop inside a police station premises in Uttar Pradesh's Mainpuri. According to news agency ANI, the man had been called by the police over a domestic violence complaint when he lost his temper and began delivering blows to the cop. An official told ANI that the family cited his ill mental health as the reason behind his violent behaviour. The man has been booked and detained, the official added.
Mumbai witnessed heavy rainfall as commuters faced a hard time wading to waterlogged roads across the city on Tuesday. The Andheri subway, which connects east and west parts of the suburb, was closed for vehicular traffic and pedestrians due to waterlogging at about 7am. Commuters said that there was chaos and disorder on Mumbai roads throughout Tuesday morning due to incessant showers and heavy downpour.