As the parliamentary monsoon meeting begins this week, 200 protesters will gather in the center of New Delhi to continue their protest.
Indian farmers protested against the three new agricultural laws they believed threatened their livelihoods. They will begin a sit-in near the parliament in the center of the capital, New Delhi, to pressure the government again to repeal these laws.
In this longest-lasting protest by growers against the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, thousands of farmers have camped on the main road to New Delhi for more than seven months.
As the monsoon meeting of the Indian parliament began this week, some protesting farmers tried to march to the main government districts but were stopped by police only a few miles from the parliament.
On Thursday, 200 protesters will gather at Jantar Mantar, a large Mughal observatory in the center of New Delhi, which doubles as a venue for protests for various reasons.
“During the parliamentary monsoon meeting, 200 farmers will go to Jantar Mantar to hold a farmer’s parliament every day to remind the government of our long-pending needs,” said main farmer leader Balbir Singh Rajewal.
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The parliamentary monsoon meeting will end in early August.
A government statement said that after long negotiations, the New Delhi police agreed to allow 200 farmers to gather in Jantar Mantar during the day, but protesters need to comply with the coronavirus guidelines issued by the Delhi Disaster Management Authority.
In late January, thousands of angry farmers drove tractors into the safety barrier and clashed with the police. A protester was killed and more than 80 policemen were injured in the city.
Farmers say that the law is beneficial to large private retailers, who will not be allowed to purchase agricultural products outside the government-supervised food wholesale market until the new law is introduced.
The government stated that the law, introduced in September 2020, will free farmers from the restriction that they can only sell their products in regulated wholesale markets.
It believes that if large traders, retailers and food processors can buy directly from producers, farmers will benefit.