Our way or the highway: Farmers say they're ready to camp through winter
NEW DELHI: The third day of the blockade at Delhi's five major borders saw more tractor-trolleys pouring into the capital from Singhu border, extending the already long line of vehicles on Delhi-Chandigarh highway for several kilometres.
On Sunday, the farmers said they were prepared to camp for a long period, possibly even spending the winter on the borders if their demands were not met. Farmers' groups said some would be sent back home after 11 days, following which others would arrive with more essentials.
"We won't budge until the Centre listens to our demands. We sat for 40 days in Punjab, but the Centre didn't pay any heed to us. The same thing will happen if we move to Burari," said Nirmal Singh, a farmer from Gurdaspur. He added, "Sending some people back home after 11 days will ensure more supplies are brought and farmers will not tire out in the cold. We will not vacate this highway."
While free langar was being served by Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee on one side of the road, the other carriageway housed thousands of trucks. As TOI took a long walk down the highway, farmers could be seen cooking meals and taking a nap on mattresses. Most trucks had been filled with essential items, including speakers for music.
Gurdyal Singh, another farmer from Gurdaspur, said each group had rations to last them several months. "We have made these tractors and trucks our homes for the time being. We are comfortable and won't move until the new farm laws are repealed," he added.
Each member of the various groups, most being from the same village, had been assigned a specific task, including washing utensils or clothes.
Surprisingly these so-called-farmers have lot of resources!
Deserve no sympathy at all, ()since they are subjecting innumerable commuters to ransom nd (2) when the go nment is willing to negotiate, thos goondagardi should not be tolerated at all, they cant dictate their terms to go nment, it will set a very wrong precedent; coersion, if required, must be used to restore law and order.
They are not poor farmers , the have earned lakhs or crores that why they can sit without work
Punjabi farmers have been disproportionately benefitted by Govts MSP scheme. New farm laws aim to bring equality among the farmers of all states in terms of Govt subsidies. This is what these greedy so called farmers can't digest.
Why should farmers from only one state ruled by opposition Congress should create ruckus.
Delhi not ready to let these protesters
sit here. Their protest is yet another face of terrorism. Congress directky linked with the terrorists. We see no poor farmers among these protesters. it is a sponsered game.
Ashok Kumar Lal
Supreme court should ban road shows and protest rallies till cororna problem is brought under control . on one hand prime minister is appealing to keep social distance .
govt should be aware of khalisitani people in this group of farmer's supported by Pakistan and china
In Delhi there is a fine of Rs2000/- for not wearing mask.
another form of terrorising the people and de acy . why can't they discuss with goverment and not terrorism the people
Hope they have brought toilets along with water.
Worst things os closing the highways whatever be the reasons.
It has taken 6 months of rigourous planning by ISI hand in glove with Congress supported by Chinese think tanks to instigate and organise these protests.
Undermining legislation through paid agitations is opposition's way of creating anarchy
sanjay kumar singh
The middle-men , the dalals are masquarading as farmers
why doesn't Supreme Court take suo motu action on this given the pandemic
Govt should not give in to this blackmailing.Stop all support to these people. Let them die without water.