A delegation from the Congress party led by Rahul Gandhi will meet with President Ram Nath Kovind and hand him a memorandum signed by two crores of farmers, calling for the laws to be repealed.
Congress on Wednesday called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi to shake off his arrogance and repeal farm laws to help engage in dialogue with restless farmers. The opposition party said the government should repeal these laws and bring in new ones after consultation with all stakeholders.
Braving the bitter cold, thousands of restless farmers on Delhi’s borders have stood firm in their demands to repeal the three new agricultural laws in the center.
Dense fog reduced visibility to just 100 meters in parts of Delhi on Thursday, affecting traffic, India’s meteorological department said, adding the minimum temperature at the Safdarjung Observatory, which provides representative data for the city, set at 4.5 degrees Celsius.
Security has remained tight at Delhi’s borders with hundreds of people deployed to Singhu, Ghazipur and Tikri as thousands of farmers have been protesting at the borders for nearly a month now. It also led to traffic jams forcing the police to divert vehicle traffic.
On Wednesday, the protesting farmers hardened their stance and called on the government not to repeat the proposal for “unnecessary” amendments that they had already rejected, but to present a “concrete” offer in writing for the resumption of talks.
The government has repeatedly asserted that the MSP and mandi systems will remain and accused the opposition of misleading farmers.