Marking 100 days of their protest, the agitating farmers on Saturday blocked the Western Peripheral Expressway. They gathered at the six-lane expressway outside the national capital with their vehicles as they staged a five-hour blockade.
The Western Peripheral Expressway or Kundli-Manesar-Palwal Expressway is an operational six-lane, 135.6 km-long passage in Haryana.
The farmer protests have been on against the new farm laws of the Centre since November 26 last year. Farmers mainly from Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh braved harsh winters while remaining firm on their demand for total revocation of the laws.
Farmers gathering on Saturday asserted that they had no plans to turn back until their demands were met.
The government and the farmer unions have so far had 11 rounds of talks without any result. The government in January had told the unions that it was ready to “put on hold” the new laws for a year and a half, an offer rejected by the unions.
Farmer leaders have said that the Sanyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) would mark the International Women’s Day on March 8 as Mahila Kisan Diwas.
“All SKM protest sites across the country will witness greater participation of women, who would also be the key speakers. We invite women’s organizations and others marking International Women’s Day to show their support to the protesting farmers and highlight the contribution of women farmers of the country,’’ Dr Darshan Pal, a senior member of the Morcha, had said on Monday (March 1).
Central trade unions are marking March 15 day as “anti-privatisation” day. The Morcha will support them and mark the day as “anti-corporatisation” day. “We’ll extend our solidarity with trade unions all over the country. In election-bound states, we’ll call upon people to punish the BJP for its anti-farmer, anti-poor policies,’’ Pal had said.