When the monsoon session of parliament began this week, 200 protesters gathered in central New Delhi to continue their protests.
Indian farmers, protesting over three new agricultural laws that claim to threaten their livelihoods, will start a sit-in rally near parliament in central New Delhi in a renewed pressure to pressure the government to repeal the read.
In the protest of the longest-serving farmers against the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, tens of thousands of farmers have been living on the main roads leading to New Delhi for more than seven months.
When the Indian monsoon session of parliament began this week, some protesting farmers tried to march towards the main government district but were stopped by police a few miles from parliament.
On Thursday, 200 protesters gathered in Jantar Mantar, a large Mughal-era observatory in central New Delhi that also serves as a protest site for all causes.
“Throughout the monsoon session of parliament, 200 farmers go every day to Jantar Mantar to hold the farmers’ parliament to remind the government of our long-pending demand, ”said Balbir Singh Rajewal, a chief executive.
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The monsoon session of parliament will end in early August.
After prolonged negotiations, New Delhi police agreed to leave 200 farmers gathered during the day in Jantar Mantar but protesters need to follow the coronavirus guidelines issued by the Delhi Disaster Management Authority, said a government statement.
In late January, thousands of angry farmers clashed with police after driving their tractors into security barriers. One protester was killed and more than 80 police officers were injured across the city.
Farmers say the laws favored large private retailers who, prior to the new laws, were not allowed to procure agricultural goods outside the wholesale grain markets regulated by the government.
The government says the laws, introduced in September 2020, prohibit farmers from having to sell their produce only in regulated wholesale markets.
He argues that farmers will earn if big traders, retailers and food processors can buy directly from producers.