Members of a number of khaps participated in a mahapanchayat in Baghpat district on Sunday to prolong assist to the farmers’ agitation towards three agricultural legal guidelines pushed by Parliament by the Centre final September. The khaps urged farmers to join the protests occurring at Ghazipur and Singhu close to the Delhi border.
Thousands of farmers from Baghpat and the neighbouring districts of Muzaffarnagar and Shamli began pouring in at the mahapanchayat venue at the Baraut tehsil floor since morning, arriving in tractor-trollies adorned with the Tricolour and flags of farmers’ unions.
While the assembly was scheduled to start at 12 pm, it began round 1.30 pm with about 5,000 farmers in attendance.
This was the third mahapanchayat in west Uttar Pradesh in as many days after the one held in Muzaffarnagar on Friday, adopted by Mathura on Saturday.
“The Ghazipur protest would have ended that day if it were not for Rakesh Tikait. The cause of the farmers would have been harmed forever had the protest ended. This is a historic event and it will continue. Initially, Ghazipur was considered after Singhu and Tikri. But now, all eyes are on Ghazipur. It is very important and we will extend all possible support,” stated an area chief.
Leaders of a number of khaps, together with Desh Khap, Thamba khap, Chauhan Khap, Panwar Khap, Dhankar Khap, Malik Khap, Rathi Khap and Dhama Khap, have been current at the assembly, stated Chaudhary Brijpal Singh of Desh Khap.
The attendees raised the slogan of “Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan” and shouted slogans towards the BJP and the Centre.
“Farmers are going through a critical time and people, money and food are needed at the Ghazipur border. I request you all to support the protest and move towards Ghazipur,” stated Surendra Chaudhary of Desh Khap.
Leaders from the Congress, the Samajwadi Party and the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) have been additionally current at the assembly. Several former MLAs corresponding to Ajay Tomar and Gajendra Veerpal Rathi additionally attended the mahapanchayat, stated farmer Chaudhary Surendra Singh of the Desh Khap.
At the assembly, audio system laid into the district administration for eradicating farmers staging a protest on the Delhi-Saharanpur Highway since December 19. The motion was taken on January 27, a day after the violence in Delhi throughout a tractor rally. They additionally claimed that the administration took away their belongings.
Additional District Magistrate (ADM) Amit Kumar then arrived at the assembly and addressed the protesters. He expressed remorse if anybody’s sentiments have been damage.
“We are also sons of farmers and you are all farmers. It is not our intention to hurt or cause you harm. We are with you. If you bring something to our notice we will try and get it resolved. And we will do it as soon as possible. If you have a grievance at the government level, we will do our best to communicate it to them. Our purpose is to help people and farmers need to be helped,” he stated.
Addressing the gathering, Chaudhary Brijpal Singh stated, “This is not a movement of any particular organisation but of all farmers of India. I told farmers that support of everyone is needed. I asked them to go Ghazipur and Singhu borders, where protests are going on.”
He added, “At the mahapanchayat, it was also discussed that the district administration misbehaved with elderly farmers protesting in Baghpat. Protesters said the police took away their belongings. A district official announced that all belongings would be returned, and also announced that no action would be taken against any farmer. If the official reneges on his word, we will once again start our protest.”
ADM Amit Kumar told The Indian Express, “The protest ended peacefully at around 5 pm. I denied the allegation that the police misbehaved with protesters while removing them. I told them I regret if anyone’s feelings got hurt. I promised to return the belongings they left at the protest site.”