Farmers' Protest Live Updates: How has the government responded thus far?
KMM and SKM (non-political) emailed their demands to the Ministries of Agriculture and Commerce and Industry on February 6. On February 8, Agriculture Minister Arjun Munda, Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal, and MoS Home Nityanand Rai met a 10-member farmers’ delegation in Chandigarh. The meeting was coordinated by Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann.
Mann was not involved in the second meeting (on Monday), where a delegation of 26 farmer leaders met the three ministers. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Congress have extended their support to the farmers. The BJP and Shiromani Akali Dal have been silent so far.
Even as the farmers and the ministers were talking, the Haryana government started sealing its borders with Punjab on February 8. As of Monday evening, a massive 12-layer barricade was erected at the Shambhu Barrier on National Highway 1 leading to Delhi, and multiple barricades had been set up at Fatehabad, Khanauri, Dabwali, etc. The Internet has been shut down in several districts.
Rajasthan sealed its borders with Punjab and Haryana on February 11 and imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144 CrPC in Sri Ganganagar and Hanumangarh districts.
Haryana’s security arrangements this time are very tight, compared with 2020. On November 26, 2020, farmers from Punjab had broken through the barricades. Farmers riding hundreds of tractor-trolleys this time are said to be accompanied by cranes and other equipment to remove the barricades. (THE NEW INDIAN EXPRESS)