Farmers gather at Khandsa mandi, seek support from vegetable growers, traders | Gurgaon News

Farmers gather at Khandsa mandi, seek support from vegetable growers, traders | Gurgaon News

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GURUGRAM: Scores of farmers gathered at the Khandsa mandi to stage a protest against the three contentious farm laws on Friday. Organised by the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), Haryana Congress chief Kumari Selja and Jai Kisan Andolan founder Yogendra Yadav also took part in the two-hour protest.
Friday’s event — ‘Kheti Bachao Mandi Bachao’ — was aimed at garnering support from vegetable growers and traders for the ongoing farmers’ protest. The protesters also opposed the new quality specifications and procurement norms brought in by the Food Corporation of India.
The protesters later retreated to the protest site at Rajiv Chowk, where they have been protesting against the farm laws for the past 82 days. “The three farms laws will harm every common man, including small-scale horticulture farmers who grow vegetables and sell them in these mandis. They all will be subjected to the whims and fancies of the market and corporates. Friday’s protest was to mobilise these vegetable growers and traders as the new laws will dismantle the existing mandi system,” said Santokh Singh, an SKM member.
Later in the day, Congress leader Kumari Selja and Swaraj India president Yogendra Yadav joined the protesters.
“We not only condemn the government for passing such anti-people laws but also adopting a dictatorial attitude towards the protesting farmers. It’s deeply concerning to see how the government has erected walls and barricaded borders with iron nails and barbed wires. Congress will always stand with the farmers and support their right to peacefully protest,” Kumari Selja said while addressing the protesters.
Yogendra Yadav argued that the farmers’ protest has exposed the government’s anti-people approach and the Centre has already accepted its mistake by suggesting the suspension of the laws. He encouraged the protesters to continue their peaceful sit-in protest.
“The government is fooling people in the name of MSP. It is only limited to papers and the majority of the farmers do not get fair prices for their produce. The protest has already achieved a moral victory by forcing the government to accept its mistake and offer a suspension of the laws. We need to keep the momentum going until our demands are met,” he added.

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