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Will block Delhi-Jaipur highway on or before Dec 12, say farmers

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Bharat Bandh: A test for the Opposition as wellNew Delhi, Dec 9 (IANS): Unhappy over not getting a satisfactory solution to their demands, the agitating farmers on Wednesday announced they will block the Delhi-Jaipur highway on or before December 12.

After blocking the Singhu, Tikri, Chilla and Ghazipur borders connecting Delhi to Chandigarh, Haryana, Noida (Uttar Pradesh) and Ghaziabad (Uttar Pradesh) respectively, the farmers will now block the Delhi-Jaipur highway that connects the national capital to Rajasthan.

The move will disrupt Delhi’s supply chain from another direction as the farmers have planned to block the National Highway 48 that starts from Delhi and connects with Rajasthan via Haryana.

The decision was taken in the farmers’ meeting at Singhu border where thousands of farmers are braving the winter nights under open skies since November 26.

In the meeting that started at 12 noon, Kisan Samiti leader Jagveer Singh made the announcement, saying the “Jaipur highway would be blocked on or before December 12.”

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While addressing a press conference after the farmers meeting at Singhu, Singh also appealed the farmers to ‘Gherao’ (encircle) the residences of Bharatiya Janata Party ministers.

The farmers’ move comes after the Central government on Wednesday in a written proposal agreed to fulfill some of their key demands including amendments in the three contentious farms laws that were the first and biggest issue driving the ongoing farmers’ protest.

Punjab’s Krantikari Kisan Union leader Darshan Pal Singh said that the farmers unanimously rejected the government’s proposal. “We have now decided to block another border connecting Delhi and Rajasthan.”

The farmers also made it clear that their protest would also continue in Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and other states until the government agrees to their first and major demand of repealing the three farm laws.

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The farmer leaders said that the protest would be carried out across the nation and the nearby states from Delhi on December 14 under the ‘Delhi Chalo Dharna’.

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Bharatiya Kisan Union national spokesperson Rakesh Tikait said all the farmers unions agreed on these points and that the “government’s proposal is unacceptable to us”.

Sarva Hindi Rashtriya Kisan Mahasangh leader Shiv Kumar Kakka hit out at government’s proposal saying “farmers had never wanted a proposal, they sent it on their own”.

The farmers are still insisting that they will not end their agitation till the government scraps these three laws which they say are “anti-farmer”.

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