Farmers’ protest enters Day 21, CAIT demands inclusion in negotiation committee

New Delhi, Dec 16 (UNI) With the farmers continuing their agitation for the 21st day on Wednesday, staging demonstrations at the borders of the national capital with Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and other places, the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) demanded inclusion of traders in the proposed committee, to be set up on the farmers movement.

Meanwhile, the Confederation welcomed the Supreme Court’s order to constitute a negotiation committee on the farmers’ movement.

In a statement here, CAIT Secretary General Praveen Khandelwal said that being an important aspect related to the new agriculture reform laws, the confederation must be included in the committee.

The confederation will meet Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar regarding this, and if the need be, it will also approach the court in this regard, he added.

Mr Khandelwal said the farmers movement has affected the supply chain and crores of traders across the nation were being affected because of the same, and therefore, the inclusion of the confederation in the committee would be appropriate, for keeping the point of view of the traders.

Meanwhile, a Sikh preacher supporting the farmers allegedly committed suicide near the Singhu border on Wednesday.

According to Sonipat police, Sant Ram Singh (65), who hailed from Karnal, allegedly shot himself. The deceased was later rushed to a hospital in Panipat, where doctors declared him brought dead.

‘I have witnessed the plight of the farmers who are struggling for their rights. It saddens me that the government is not giving justice to the farmers. It is a crime. It is a sin to oppress and it is a sin to suffer,’ Sant Baba Ram Singh’s note said, in Punjabi.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and SAD leader Harsimrat Kaur Badal took to Twitter, to express grief over the preacher’s suicide.

Ms Badal shared a the letter along with her tweet, saying ‘Hope GOI wakes up to the tragedy and repeals the three agri laws before it’s too late.’

More farmers kept joining the agitation at the borders of UP, Punjab and other places. The borders, including Singhu, Tikri, Dhansa and Gazipur, continued to be closed, including some other border points too.

The farmers continued to protest, keeping firm on their demands and preparing to further step up their movement, if the government does not agree to their demands.


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