Farmer union leaders have announced a nationwide ‘chakka jam’ for three hours on February 6 calling for the blockade of state and national highways to protest against the suspension of internet and heavy barricading at agitation spots. The decision has come nearly a week after their tractor rally turned violent, earning them criticism from all quarters.
The announcements were made by Samyukta Kisan Morcha during a press conference at the Singhu border agitation spot following a meeting in the day.
Balbir Singh Rajewal, farmer leader of SKM, said the meeting involved discussion on arrest and harassment of young farmers by police, no trace of farmers whose tractors were seized during Republic Day, suspension of mobile internet and electricity, and barricading roads around and leading up to the protest spots.
The protesting farmers have also alleged that they have been “ignored” in the Union budget, and water and power supply have been curtailed at their protest venues.
Meanwhile, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut will reach Ghazipur border (Delhi-Uttar Pradesh) in support of the protesting farmers at 1 pm on Tuesday.
In fact, Ghazipur has become the new centre of the farmers’ movement. The number of farmers is continuously increasing at Ghazipur border and the police are also seen making different security arrangements. Police have heavily barricaded the Ghazipur border. Barricades have been made with barbed wire, cement barricades have been planted and spikes have been planted on the roads to restrict the movement of the farmers.
Swaraj Abhiyan leader Yogendra Yadav said people had hoped that the government would keep something for farmers during this budget as it is being announced during the agitation. “The government had reduced allocation for agriculture and allied sectors by ₹6,000 crore. In terms of percentage, the reduction in the allocation has been from 5.1% last year to 4.3% this year,” he said.