'Made you PM, never thought...': Farmer leader calls out Modi over protest | Latest News India - Hindustan Times
close_game
close_game

'Made you PM, never thought...': Farmer leader calls out Modi over 'Delhi Chalo' protest

Feb 21, 2024 08:18 AM IST

The Central government has estimated that more than 1200 tractors and 14000 farmers are present at the Shambhu border.

New Delhi: Farmer leader Sarwan Singh Pandher on Wednesday appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to not "oppress" the farmers protesting against the government over the MSP demand. Pointing out that farmers made Modi the Prime Minister of India, he warned that the country will not forgive the BJP-led Centre.

Farmer leaders Sarwan Singh Pandher and Jagjit Singh Dallewal address the media at the Punjab-Haryana Shambhu border. (PTI file)
Farmer leaders Sarwan Singh Pandher and Jagjit Singh Dallewal address the media at the Punjab-Haryana Shambhu border. (PTI file)

"We have told the government that you can kill us but please don't oppress the farmers. We request the Prime Minister to come forward and put an end to this protest by announcing a law on the MSP guarantee for the farmers," he said.

HT launches Crick-it, a one stop destination to catch Cricket, anytime, anywhere. Explore now!

Pandher, who is coordinating the massive protest, claimed paramilitary personnel have been deployed in villages in Haryana to halt their march.

"The country will not forgive such a government...There are paramilitary forces deployed in the villages of Haryana...What crime have we committed?...We have made you the Prime Minister. We never thought that the forces would oppress us this way...Please protect the Constitution and let us peacefully head towards Delhi. This is our right," he said.

He promised that the protest will remain peaceful.

"We tried our best from our side. We attended the meetings, every point was discussed and now the decision has to be taken by the central government. We will remain peaceful…The Prime Minister should come forward and accept our demands. 1.5-2 lakh crore is not a huge amount...We should be allowed to remove these barriers and march towards Delhi...''

Also read: Farmers' protest: Delhi braces for 1200 tractors, bulldozers, traffic chaos

Yesterday, Sandhu announced that the farmers would resume their ‘Delhi Chalo’ protest from the Punjab-Haryana Shambhu border. He made the remark hours after the farmers rejected the Centre's proposal of procuring pulses, maize and cotton at MSP by government agencies for five years.

The Central government has estimated that more than 1200 tractors and 14000 farmers are present at the Shambhu border.

The farmers, who faced teargas shells lobbed by the police last week in Haryana, have come fully geared up to breach the barricades. They have brought bulldozers, JCB machines and heavy machinery to break through the police cordon.

They have fashioned the bulldozers in such a way that those operating the machines don't get hit by pellet guns used by the police to quell the agitation.

The farmers have also brought along gas masks to negotiate with teargas attacks.

Also read: Farmers' protest resumes today: Check traffic restrictions at Delhi borders, Gurugram, Noida

The police have also come fully prepared. Apart from loaded trucks, buses, barricades, iron barbed wires and nails, they are also using loaded shipping containers to stop their advance.

The police have also extensively used concrete to bolster the barricades.

Around 8,000 personnel have also been stationed at the Tikri, Singhu and Ghazipur borders in Delhi.

The Punjab and Haryana high court on Tuesday slammed protesting farmers camping at Shambhu border with hundreds of tractors and said tractor trolleys can’t be used on highways. “According to the Motor Vehicle Act, you can’t use tractor-trolleys on the highway. You are travelling from Amritsar to Delhi on trolleys,” the bench remarked, underlining that “everyone knows about rights but there are constitutional duties” as well. The Haryana Police urged its Punjab counterparts on Tuesday to seize bulldozers as they could pose a safety risk.

With inputs from PTI, ANI

Discover the complete story of India's general elections on our exclusive Elections Product! Access all the content absolutely free on the HT App. Download now!

Get Current Updates on India News, Lok Sabha Election 2024 Voting live, Assembly Election 2024 Voting Live, Elections 2024, Election 2024 Date along with Latest News and Top Headlines from India and around the world.
SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Share this article
  • ABOUT THE AUTHOR
    author-default-90x90

    Follow the latest breaking news and developments from India and around the world with Hindustan Times' newsdesk. From politics and policies to the economy and the environment, from local issues to national events and global affairs, we've got you covered.

SHARE
Story Saved
Live Score
OPEN APP
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Friday, April 19, 2024
Start 14 Days Free Trial Subscribe Now
Follow Us On