The leader of the agitating farmers at Ghazipur Delhi Border for the last more than two months Rakesh Tikaith has catagorically said that Chalka Jam will not take place in Delhi though the call have been given for a Chalka Jam at the pan India level to register their protest against the passing three contentious farm laws terming them as black laws demanding not leads than their repeal and enactment of a new law on MSP. There had been about ten rounds of talks between the 16 farmer leaders representing various farm organisations and the union government representatives viz agriculture minister Narendra Tomar, Rail minister Piyush Goyal and state agriculture minister giving them certain concessions including deferring the three agricultural laws for one n a half year but of no avail by adamant farm leaders demanding revocation the laws considering them as dangerous for their future existence. The unfurling of a Sikh flag in Red Fort and violence let loose on republic Day in farmers tractors rally resulting in nearly five hundred policemen getting injured has sent a warning signal to the Delhi police and the union government who do not want to take any chance on 6 th February despite assurance given by Rakesh Tikaith and others of keeping Delhi away from their Chakka Jam Call. The way despite signing NOC n agreements with the Delhi police commissioner before Republic Day assuring of peaceful conduction of tractor Rally on 26 th January on prescribed routes, this rally was marred by violence in several Delhi locations resulting in a farmer’s death n injuring ten farmers n nearly 500 policemen, the union government and the Delhi police is not taking any chances on 6th February and has already deputed about 6000 police n paramilitary forces at various borders locations especially at protest Dharna sites at Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur Borders with more police n central forced being kept on alert. On the other hand after the Mahapanchayat held at various states of the country viz UP, Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan especially in various parts of Western Uttar Pradesh and extention of support by various political parties the ongoing farmers movement is gaining momentum day by day becoming a huge challenge n headache for the union government and the police authorities of various states. According to the latest news the union home minister Amit Shah held an important meeting at the parliament house complex on Thursday with the national security advisor Ajit Doval and the Delhi police commissioner IPS S. N. Srivastava who briefed the former about the necessary arrangements taken for 6th February’s Chakka Jam, despite assurances by farm leaders and the progress made in taking stringent action against those who participated in the violence of 26th January in Delhi. The NSA Ajit Doval and SN Srivastava’s meeting with Home Minister Shah is reported to have been called to discuss the steps to be taken on 6th February in Delhi as well as in other states of the country to ensure that no untoward incident takes place anywhere amounting to the repeat of what happened at Red Fort n various parts of Delhi. The home ministry is in no mood to allow the repeat of 26 th January situation when Delhi was marred with massive violence in several parts of the national capital bringing adverse reputation to the ruling party n the political dispensation at the centre. On the other hand the farmers’ leaders especially Rakesh Tikaith has unambiguously said that Delhi has been kept out of the call of CHAKKA JAM on 6th February. Talking to a reporter of Aaj Tak the deputy commissioner of Crime Branch Delhi Mr. Hemant Biswal has clearly said that after what happened on 26 th January in Delhi, the Delhi police can’t rely on the protesting farmers despite their assurances of keeping Delhi out of their Chakka Jam call and the entire police is on high alert not to allow anyone to create disturbance in the national capital.
Sunil Negi is a senior journalist and president of Uttarakhand Journalists Forum ( Regd). He usually writes on socio political subjects and have been contributing articles in print media for the last several years. Mr. Sunil Negi had been felicitated by All India Achievers conference's Pride of India and excellence awards apart from several other recognitions. He has translated a book on ecological disaster of Uttarakhand of June 2013 and edited and published two editions of Uttaranchal's Who's Who.
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