Farmers to hold ‘Kisan Sansad’ at Jantar Mantar, monitor Parliament proceedings: Tikait

Farmers will hold a protest at Jantar Mantar today starting at 11 am, demanding the scrapping of farm bills as Parliament assembles for the monsoon session.

Farmers to hold 'Kisan Sansad' at Jantar Mantar, monitor Parliament proceedings: Tikait
Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait speaking to reporters. (Photo Credit: ANI)

New Delhi: Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait, who is leading the farmers’ protest at the Ghazipur border, said he, along with eight other farmer leaders, will join the protesters at the Singhu border. They will later go to Jantar Mantar to join the protest against the three farm reform laws.

“We will hold a Kisan Sansad at Jantar Mantar. We will monitor Parliament proceedings,” he told the media on Thursday morning.
The Delhi Police has heightened security in the capital with personnel deployed at Jantar Mantar. Delhi Police Special CP (Crime) Satish Golcha, Joint CP Jaspal Singh and CP Balaji Srivastava had visited Jantar Mantar on Wednesday to review the security arrangements.

Farmers will hold a protest at Jantar Mantar on Thursday, starting at 11 am, demanding the scrapping of farm laws as Parliament assembles for the monsoon session. Delhi Police permitted farmers to hold a demonstration at Jantar Mantar on Wednesday after getting an undertaking that the protesters would not march towards the Parliament.

Farmers have been permitted to gather at Jantar Mantar, with their numbers not exceeding 200 for the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) and six persons for the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee (KMSC) from 11 am upto 5 pm daily, till August 9.

Speaking to the media, farmer leader Prem Singh Bhangu said, “Our next stop will be Uttar Pradesh, BJP’s heartland. Our UP mission will begin on Sept 5. We’ll totally isolate BJP. There is no alternative other than to repeal three farm laws. We are ready for talks.” He is among the farmers protesting at the Singhu border.

“A group of 200 farmers will go in four buses to hold ‘Kisan Sansad’ at Parliament street where we will discuss the agrarian crisis, the three farm laws, and MSP. We have constituted a six-member steering committee, which will include three members from Punjab,” farmer leader Darshan Pal Singh had told reporters on Wednesday.

The Delhi government has also granted permission to farmers to hold protests subject to following all COVID protocols.
Only those farmers who have ID cards will be permitted at the protest site and at the end of the day around 5 pm. Police will escort the farmers on the buses as they return to the Singhu border.

(With inputs from agencies)