A delegation of the Congress party led by Rahul Gandhi will meet President Ram Nath Kovind and hand over a memorandum signed by two crore farmers, seeking repeal of the laws.
The Congress on Wednesday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to shed his arrogance and repeal the farm laws to help initiate dialogue with agitating farmers. The opposition party said the government should repeal these laws and bring fresh ones after consultations with all stakeholders.
भारत के किसान ऐसी त्रासदी से बचने के लिए कृषि-विरोधी क़ानूनों के ख़िलाफ़ आंदोलन कर रहे हैं।
इस सत्याग्रह में हम सबको देश के अन्नदाता का साथ देना होगा।https://t.co/iZ6Hgnunzw
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) December 24, 2020
Braving the harsh cold, thousands of agitating farmers at the Delhi borders remained steadfast in their demands to repeal the Centre's three new agri laws.
Dense fog reduced visibility to just 100 metres in parts of Delhi on Thursday, affecting traffic movement, the India Meteorological Department said, adding the minimum temperature at the Safdarjung Observatory, which provides representative data for the city, settled at 4.5 degrees Celsius.
Security remained tight at the Delhi borders with hundreds of personnel deployed at Singhu, Ghazipur and Tikri as thousands of farmers have been staging their protests at the borders for nearly a month now. This has also led to traffic congestion forcing police to divert vehicular movement.
Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi meets senior party leaders & MPs at party headquarters.
He is scheduled to lead a march from Vijay Chowk to Rashtrapati Bhavan to submit to the President a memorandum containing 2 crore signatures seeking his intervention in farm laws issue. pic.twitter.com/0JaggZsWdM
— ANI (@ANI) December 24, 2020
On Wednesday, the protesting farmers hardened their position and asked the government not to repeat the proposal of 'meaningless' amendments that they have already rejected but come up with a 'concrete' offer in writing for the resumption of talks.
The government has repeatedly asserted that the MSP and mandi systems will stay and has accused the Opposition of misleading the farmers.