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Delhi on High Alert as Massive Farmer Protest Set for 14th Feb, State Borders Sealed

A significant farmer protest scheduled for 14th February has put Delhi on high alert, prompting authorities to seal state borders and suspend mobile internet connectivity in several districts of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. With over 400 farmer unions uniting for the demonstration, tensions are running high as the BJP-led Haryana government takes measures to prevent the farmers’ march to Delhi.
Farmers Protest
Farmers Protest
In preparation for the protest, mobile internet services have been suspended in seven districts of Haryana, including Ambala, Kurukshetra, Kaithal, Jind, Hisar, Fatehabad, and Sirsa until Tuesday night. The government has issued a notification stating that dongle services on mobile phones will remain suspended, allowing only voice calls to go through.

The farmers participating in the protest are demanding legislation to guarantee Minimum Support Price (MSP) for their produce, as well as pension and insurance schemes. Over 200 organisations are part of this collective effort to address the challenges faced by farmers.

The planned protest evokes memories of the 2020 farmers’ protest, which lasted for a year on the Delhi border. Similar to that time, farmers are arriving in Delhi with essential items, ration supplies, and cylinders, indicating their preparedness for a prolonged demonstration.

Efforts to dissuade the farmers from entering Delhi have been made, including sending a delegation of three ministers, including Piyush Goyal, to Chandigarh for discussions with farmer leaders. Despite assurances of further dialogue, the farmers remain steadfast in their decision to proceed with the ‘Delhi Chalo’ march.

The farmers’ protest seeks to secure a legal guarantee for Minimum Support Price (MSP), implement the recommendations of the Swaminathan Commission, provide pensions for both farmers and farm laborers, offer relief for farm debts, withdraw police cases, and seek justice for the victims of the Lakhimpur Kheri violence.

As tensions escalate and preparations intensify, the upcoming farmer protest underscores the ongoing challenges faced by agricultural communities. The demands put forth by the farmers reflect their pressing need for policy reforms and support from the government. The outcome of this protest will undoubtedly shape the future trajectory of agricultural policies and farmer welfare in the country.

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