Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal visits farmers' protest site ahead of Bharat Bandh
New Delhi/IBNS: Sharing solidarity with the peasants, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday visited the site where thousands of farmers are protesting against the Centre's three new farm laws for the 12th straight days.
Kejriwal said he went to the site to take stock of the availability of the basic amenities to the agitators.
दिन-रात मेहनत कर हमारे लिए अन्न उगाने वाले किसान भाई आज अपने हक़ की लड़ाई लड़ रहे हैं। ऐसे में हम सबका फ़र्ज़ बनता है कि हम उनका साथ दें और उनकी सेवा करें— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) December 7, 2020
आंदोलन स्थल पर जाकर रसोई और मेडिकल जैसी अन्य व्यवस्थाओं का जायज़ा लिया। किसान भाइयों को किसी चीज़ की दिक्कत नहीं होनी चाहिए। pic.twitter.com/g5L43fdkGi
Delhi's ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which has been alleged to have enacted one of the Centre's farm laws, is one of the 16 political parties to support the nationwide strike (Bharat Bandh) called by the farmers on Tuesday.
"The Delhi government and AAP are in full support of the farmers' protest," said Kejriwal on Monday.
"I have come here not as a CM but as a serviceman," the AAP supremo added.
The representatives of the central government will on Wednesday meet the farmers for the fourth time since the agitation began to find a resolution to the deadlock, though it had failed on earlier occasions.
While the central government is in no mood to repeal the laws but to hold talks, the farmers are protesting against the farm laws in the Delhi-Haryana border with their sole demand of the repeal of the laws, which was initially passed through an Ordinance amid the Covid-19 pandemic earlier this year.
One of the Centre's new farm laws will now allow farmers to sell their produce to institutional buyers beyond the regulated wholesale market.
Though the middlemen in the wholesale markets are often accused of usurping the farmers in the earlier agricultural system, the protesters, backed by several opposition parties, fear they will have little bargaining power while selling their produce to institutional buyers, running the risk of getting exploited with the gradual destablising of the mundies.