NEW DELHI: Farmers protesting at the Singhu border said they were not impressed with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks. They would continue to block all borders of Delhi in the coming days, including the expressway from Agra, they said and added that they had chalked out protest plans to intensify their agitation in the next fortnight and would not go home till the laws are repealed.
“We can give one line in writing to the government that we have rejected its December 9 proposal, if the government is waiting for it. We never wanted to block the borders but wanted to camp at Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan. It is the government which blocked us at the borders with huge barricading and hence we were forced to sit on the borders,” farmer leader Gurnam Singh Charuni said. Leaders said 20 farmers had died at the Singhu and Tikri borders and en route to Delhi in the last 18 days due to heart attacks and road accidents. The leaders alleged that BJP was raising the SYL issue in Haryana to try drive a wedge between unity of Punjab and Haryana farmers.
The protesters are planning rallies for Kolkata on Tuesday, in Manipur on Saturday, Mumbai next Tuesday and Patna on December 29. Farmers’ unions will also pay homage day on Sunday for all farmers who lost lives during the agitation. It’ll be observed in villages and tehsil headquarters across the country from 11 am to 1 pm.