Farmers’ Protest: AAP govt backs farmers; Haryana Police fire tear gas at Shambhu Border

Amid stringent preemptive measures aimed at preventing farmers from crossing state borders, both within Punjab and between Haryana and Delhi, the protest movement faces significant obstacles.

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The resurgence of the farmers' protest, labeled as Farmers Protest 2.0, commenced on Tuesday in Punjab, accompanied by a blockade of roads leading to Delhi. As tensions escalate, the Delhi government has rejected the Center's proposal to repurpose Bawana Stadium into a temporary detention facility in anticipation of potential protests within the capital.

Amid stringent preemptive measures aimed at preventing farmers from crossing state borders, both within Punjab and between Haryana and Delhi, the protest movement faces significant obstacles. Concrete slabs, barbed wires, and nails strategically placed along roads underscore the determination of authorities to thwart the progress of protestors at any cost.

In a display of solidarity with the farmers' cause, AAP minister Kailash Gahlot affirmed the legitimacy of their demands, emphasizing every citizen's right to peaceful protest. However, despite the government's stance, the situation remains tense as protesters encounter resistance from law enforcement agencies.

Here are the top developments unfolding amidst the Farmers Protest 2024:

"We Are Not Blocking Roads, Say Farmers"

Farmer leader Sarwan Singh Pandher refutes allegations of road blockades, asserting that the government's actions have effectively obstructed traffic in the region. He emphasizes that the farmers' intention is not to impede traffic but to assert their demands peacefully.

"Haryana Has Been Turned into Kashmir"

Critics condemn the fortified measures undertaken by authorities in Haryana, likening the situation to a state of unrest akin to the Kashmir valley. The militarized presence and restrictive measures imposed by law enforcement agencies draw sharp criticism from farmer leaders.

Congress Distances Itself from Protest

The Kisan Mazdoor Morcha clarifies that the Delhi march is not supported by the Congress, holding the party equally accountable for the contentious agricultural laws. Farmer representatives stress that their movement transcends political affiliations, advocating for the rights of farmers and laborers nationwide.

Delhi Extends Support to Farmers

The Delhi government expresses solidarity with the protesting farmers, urging the central government to engage in constructive dialogue to address their grievances. Rejecting the notion of converting Bawana Stadium into a jail, authorities call for a peaceful resolution to the crisis.

Punjab Police Shows Restraint

In a gesture of solidarity, the AAP government in Delhi refrains from impeding protesters, mirroring the approach adopted by Punjab police, who abstain from obstructing the demonstrators' progress.

Kharge Criticizes Modi Government

Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge condemns the heavy-handed tactics employed by the Modi government, denouncing the use of tear gas, barbed wire, and drones to suppress dissent. He highlights the sacrifices made by farmers and denounces attempts to vilify the protest movement.

As tensions mount and the standoff between farmers and authorities intensifies, the resilience of the protesting farmers and the solidarity expressed by various factions underscore the gravity of the situation. Amidst calls for dialogue and peaceful resolution, the fate of the protest movement hangs in the balance, with implications extending far beyond the borders of Delhi.