Farmers Protest: Priyanka Gandhi Slams Modi Govt For Stopping Protesters At Delhi Border
Farmers had started the march from Saharanpur in UP on September 11 to present their demands, like loan waiver and settlement of sugarcane arrears. However, they were stopped at the Ghazipur border.
Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, Priyanka slammed BJP government and asked why were the farmers stopped from coming to Delhi to raise their demands? "What's the reason that farmers are stopped from coming to Delhi to raise their demands? The BJP government always talks about farmers' welfare at its rallies. So, when UP farmers say they need sugarcane arrears, loan waivers and reduction in cost of electricity, why aren't they allowed to speak?," she tweeted in Hindi.
क्या कारण है कि किसानों को दिल्ली आकर अपनी माँग उठाने से रोक दिया जाता है? भाजपा सरकार अपने प्रचार में तो किसानों की भलाई बताती फिरती है?
फिर जब उप्र का किसान कहता है कि उन्हें गन्ने का बकाया चाहिए, कर्जमाफी और बिजली के दाम में कटौती चाहिए तो उन्हें बोलने क्यों नहीं दिया जाता?
— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) September 21, 2019
The farmers later concluded the march after meeting the government officials. As per sources, the central government agreed to five of their 15 demands. Heavy police deployment and barricading on the border near Ghazipur in New Delhi prevented thousands of farmers from marching into the city demanding loan waiver, settlement of dues for sugarcane crop and pension.
The farmers march had started from Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh on September 11 and was expected to converge at the Kisan Ghat in Delhi on Saturday. However, the protesters were stopped at the border.
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