Counting seven months of their struggle at Delhi’s boundaries against the farm laws passed by the Centre, ranchers have determined to march towards the national capital on Saturday.
Therefore, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has prohibited movement at some of their stations. “As suggested by Delhi Police, considering security reasons, three Metro stations of Yellow Line namely, Vishwavidyalaya, Civil Lines and Vidhan Sabha will stay shut for the public from 10.00 am to 2.00 pm on Saturday,” DMRC said in a declaration.
The Samyukt Kisan Morcha has also requested farmers across all states to submit memorandums addressed to the President to their respective governors. The dissent, called “Kheti Bachao, Loktantra Bachao Diwas” (Save agriculture, Save Democracy), comes in the background of the 46th anniversary of the declaration of Emergency.
“In the past seven months, rancher unions of India, headed by Samyukt Kisan Morcha, arranged one of the world’s largest and longest continuous dissents. Thousands have joined in from various portions of the country. We plan to strengthen our move as well,” Dr Darshan Pal of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) said.
According to the rancher unions, thousands from Saharanpur and Sisauli have attended the Ghazipur Gate driven by BKU chief Rakesh Tikait. Ranchers were also seen on tractors, ready for Saturday’s meeting.
A revolt march is also being withdrawn in Massachusetts, USA, in accord with the farmers agonizing in India.
Punjab Khet Mazdoor Union on Friday declared that they will initiate a three-day dharna in Patiala, the hometown of CM Amarinder Singh, from August 9 if the matter related to farm labourers are not settled by then.