Gehlot, Pilot to lead protests against farm laws in Jaipur
The Congress party’s Rajasthan unit, lead by chief minister Ashok Gehlot, Congress Rajasthan chief Govind Singh Dotasara and former deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot, will on Sunday hold demonstrations against the recently passed farm laws at Jaipur’s Shaheed Smarak demanding for their repeal.
Thousands of farmers are protesting against the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act 2020 claiming that these laws allow corporate farming and will be beneficial for the multinational companies in the agricultural sector.
Gehlot had on Thursday lashed out at the Centre for forcing farmers to welcome New Year on the streets amid freezing temperatures. “It is sad that our farmer brothers and sisters, who are protesting, would welcome the New Year out on roads and away from homes. A sensitive, responsive govt would never let this happen!” Gehlot had tweeted.
The Rajasthan government will also launch a week-long campaign ‘Kisan Bachao-Desh Bachao’ on Tuesday under which ministers, party workers and public representatives will visit villages in the state demanding the rollback of the three laws.
The farmers and the Centre will sit for the seventh round of discussions on January 4. Leaders of the farm unions have warned to intensify the agitation at Delhi’s borders if the demands are not met.
The farm leaders have said that protests will begin from January 6 for two weeks if the laws are not repealed by the government. “This is our ultimatum. If all issues are not resolved and our demands not met by Republic Day, then we will start entering Delhi. The government is saying that 50% of the demands have been met. But the government has shown no signs of meeting our biggest demands,” farmers’ rights activist and Swaraj India chief Yogendra Yadav said on Saturday.
A 23-year-old youth was beaten to death allegedly over a property-related dispute under the Koraon police station in the trans-Yamuna area of the district on Tuesday morning. Two women were also injured in the attack and have been admitted to the hospital. On Tuesday morning, Bheem again had an altercation with his opponents over the same issue. Soon his opponents turned violent and assaulted Bheem. Other villagers also rushed to the scene and rescued them.
Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati has called a meeting of her party leaders and office bearers on Thursday (June 30) to review the organisation and gear up the party cadre for the 2024 Lok Sabha election.
Stressing the need for rapid industrial development for making Uttar Pradesh a thousand-billion-dollar economy, chief executive officer, Uttar Pradesh Expressways Industrial Development Authority, Awanish Kumar Awasthi said it was also necessary to improve the quality of technical education. Work was also under way on the Ganga Expressway project, he said and added industrial complexes would also be built along these expressways. He also laid emphasis on promoting young entrepreneurs in the chamber.
Around 25 activists of National Students Union of India, the student wing of the Congress, reached Lucknow University on Tuesday to register a symbolic protest against the short-term recruitments in defence services under Centre's Agnipath scheme which, they alleged, was anti-youth. NSUI Lucknow University unit through its official Twitter handle claimed that the LU administration tried to stop them. They alleged that LU officials had adopted a dictatorial attitude against them.
The Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, (IITK) will host its 55th convocation on Wednesday (June 29). Renowned cardiac surgeon Dr Devi Prasad Shetty, founder and chairperson, Narayana Health, Bengaluru, will be the chief guest on the occasion. Dr Radhakrishnan K Koppillil, chairman, Board of Governors, Kanpur, will preside over the convocation function. This year, a total of 1360 students will get their degrees.