Early on Thursday morning, a delegation of Congress leaders, led by Rahul Gandhi marched from Vijay Chowk to Rashtrapati Bhavan to submit a memorandum to President Ram Nath Kovind seeking his intervention over farmers' protest.
Farmers, mainly from Punjab and Haryana are protesting at the borders of Delhi since November 26 against the Farmers'' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020; and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.
The Central government on Sunday invited farmer leaders for a fresh round of talks amid attempts to end the agitation. The government has held several rounds of talks like the aforementioned meetings with the farmers so far. In another occasion, on December 8th, Union Home Minister Amit Shah had gathered a meeting with 13 representatives of the farmer unions. However, the next day, farmer leaders rejected a proposal sent by the government.
As for today’s Congress-led march, on what marks the 29th day of the farmer protests, the memorandum that the Congress had intended to put forth contained 2 crore signatures. Delhi police have taken several leaders, including general secretaries Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and K C Venugopal, and senior leader Randeep Singh Surjewala into custody. During the demonstration, Priyanka Gandhi accused the Centre for “treating the farmers unfairly.” “The farmers are being treated unfairly. We are here to support them. Anyone who speaks against this government is branded under one category,” she said. She continued, telling the reporters that it was the government’s duty to listen to the farmers. “They will have to take the responsibility. They are answerable to the people of India. A resolution can come only when they listen,”