Day 6 of the farmers’ protest saw support pouring in from all quarters, some of it coming from widely recognised faces.
Tuesday saw Bilkis Bano (Dadi of Shaheen Bagh) and Dalit leaders Chandrashekhar Azad and Pappu Yadav pledging their support to the farmers’ protest taking place on the borders of Delhi.
While Bhim Army Chief Chandrashekhar Azad and former MP Pappu Yadav reached Ghazipur border to show their solidarity, the 82-year-old, Bilkis Bano, who earned the moniker ‘Dadi of Shaheen Bagh’ was stopped by Delhi Police from joining the ongoing farmers’ agitation.
CHANDRASHEKHAR AZAD EXTENDS SUPPORT TO FARMERS
It started with Bhim Army supporters reaching Ghazipur border, waving their flags and chanting slogans against the government.
The supporters were joined by their leader Chandrashekhar Azad around noon.
Chandrashekhar Azad, while pledging his support to the farmers’ movement, said Bhim Army will extend support from outside while the protest will be led by farmers.
While addressing a gathering at Ghazipur border, he slammed the BJP government for using water cannons and tear gas on farmers marching to Delhi last week.
“This government is afraid of the current farmers’ movement, firing tear gas, using lathis on farmers shows how afraid the government is of the farmers’ movement, he added.
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Chandrashekhar Azad alleged that the government wants to grab the farmers’ land and give it to industrialists.
MP PAPPU YADAV VISITS SINGHU BORDER
A little later during the day former MP and Jan Adhikar Party chief Pappu Yadav, along with his supporters, too reached the spot. Speaking at the spot he said, “I have come here to support the farmers, the government should withdraw the agricultural law,” he said.
He added, “This isn’t the fight of only Punjab farmers, this is a fight of every farmer, the government needs to treat them fairly and with dignity.”
SHAHEEN BAGH DADI DETAINED BY DELHI POLICE
Bilkis Bano, the octogenarian who was the face of the months-long Shaheen Bagh protest, started her journey towards Singhu border in the evening, against the new agricultural laws.
While addressing the media before heading to Delhi-Haryana border, she said, “We are daughters of farmers, we’ll go to support farmers’ protest today. We will raise our voice, the government should listen to us.”
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Her move to join the farmer agitation created a stir.
Bilkis Bano was, however, detained by the Delhi Police at the Singhu Border before she could join the protest. The police, later in the day, said that Bano is a senior citizen and was stopped from reaching the protest site for her own safety amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
She was escorted by the police back to her home in southeast Delhi.
But the protest is far from over.
Tuesday’s meeting of 35 farmer associations with the government was inconclusive and now a second meeting will be held on December 3.
Meanwhile, more farmers from Punjab and khaps from Haryana are making their way to the national capital, demanding that the farm laws be repealed. With ration for the next four months in tow, the farmers say they will continue the protest if their demands are not accepted.