Farmers' protest: Government ready for written assurance on MSP
Dec 09 2020
The main opposition Congress party and about 15 other political groupings are backing the protest but the government has accused them of opportunism, rejecting measures that they had called for when in power.
Commander Paul Brogden, of Met Police, said: 'I would strongly urge anyone who is planning to come to the Aldwych area to reconsider.
Canadian protesters expressed support for farmers from India's Punjab region after the Indian government passed a series of agricultural laws in September that farmers say jeopardize their livelihoods.
United States lawmakers from both the Republican and Democratic parties have expressed solidarity with protesting Indian farmers, who have called for a nationwide strike against the new farm laws approved by the Narendra Modi government this year. "In India, many workers are farmers, and they are making it clear that they will not stand for Modi government "reforms" that allow corporate interests to exploit them".
On whether his comments would damage ties with India, he reiterated: "Canada will always stand up for the right of peaceful protests and human rights around the world".
The demonstration, largely made up of British Sikhs, involved placard waving with messages such as "Justice for Farmers" as well as blocking roads.
In his letter, Dhesi, the Labour MP for Slough, said that last month several MPs wrote to the Indian High Commission in London about the impacts of the three new farm laws.
Amid the coronavirus pandemic, protest sites around New Delhi have turned into camps, with entire families cooking and sleeping in the open and Sikh religious organisations were providing them with face masks, water and food.
It may only contribute 17% - 18% of GDP, but all issues relating to farmers are sensitive as they have a great influence in voting patterns.
The farmers are strongest in the north, but even the government in the southern Karnataka state suspended online school lessons for the day to show support. Addressing media after the meeting, the Agriculture Minister said the Government has assured the farmers that procurement at minimum support price will continue and mandis will be strengthened.
The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) has said that the farmers' protests was India's internal matter.
The protests intensified over the past week as thousands of farmers from several states reached Delhi, braving a heavy police crackdown.
Choudhary added: "I have faith in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's leadership and farmers".
The Agriculture Minister had reiterated the Government's commitment to the welfare of the farmers. "We will go back only after the (new farm) laws are dismissed".
The Congress on Sunday compared the ongoing farmers' agitation with the agitation in Bihar's Champaran in 1917, as it asserted that it was committed to support the farmers to the hilt.
However, ANI witnessed thousands of protestors had participated in the demonstration along with hundreds of vehicles.