New Delhi (Reuters) – He said Indian farmers who have been protesting for months against their plans to block a large expressway out of New Delhi on Saturday, the 100th day of their production campaign.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has set up tens of camps outside Delhi since December, seeking to repeal three agricultural laws that open up the country’s agricultural markets to private companies, which farmers say will make them weak.
Central leaders said on Friday that farmers in the northern states of Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh are planning to stop all traffic on the six-lane Western Peripheral Expressway.
“We are confident that after these 100 days, our movement will put moral pressure on the government to meet our demands, as the weather will also be bad,” said Darshan Pal, spokesman of the Kisan Alliance, Kisan Morcha Kisan Morcha. , Or United Farmers Front. “It will weaken the government, who will have to sit down with us to talk again.”
The government says the reforms will bring investment into agro-based markets, and new entrants will work with government regulated market yards, where farmers are assured of a minimum price for their produce.
Several rounds of talks between the government and farmer leaders have failed and the movement has received widespread support, ranging from international celebrities to one of the biggest challenges for Modi since he took power in 2014.
As the harvesting season begins this month, Pal said that neighbors and friends living in villages go to the fields, while he and other farmers protest.
The capital usually has harsh summers with temperatures up to 45 degrees Celsius, but Pal said the movement would not be hampered.
“The laws are like a death warrant for us,” he said. “We are ready for the long haul.”
(Reporting by Zeba Siddiqui; Editing by Sanjeev Miglani and Gerry Doyle)
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