UP Farmers Protest: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra Attacks BJP Government

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The Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra criticized the BJP led Central government for stopping the farmers from entering Delhi to raise their demands

Written By Varsha Chavan | Mumbai | Updated On:
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The Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Saturday criticized the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led Central government for stopping the farmers from entering the national capital to raise their demands. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has tweeted questioning the BJP government. Earlier today, demanding pending sugarcane dues, loan waivers and cheap electricity, hundreds of farmers from Uttar Pradesh, were marching to Delhi's Kisan Ghat. 

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra's tweet

"What is the reason that farmers are being prevented from coming to Delhi and raising their demands? The BJP government, in its campaigns, talks about the welfare of farmers. But when farmers of Uttar Pradesh say they want sugarcane arrears, loan waiver and cut in electricity prices, why are they not allowed to speak?" she said in a tweet.

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On their way to Kisan Ghat, the memorial of the former prime minister and farmers' leader Chaudhary Charan Singh, in the national capital. Barricades were put across the roads in a bid to strengthen the security at the East Delhi's Ghaziapur border to stop the agitating farmers from reaching Delhi.

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UP Farmers March To Delhi's Kisan Ghat

The farmers who are rallying under the banner of Bharatiya Kisan Sangathan (BKS) had started their march from Saharanpur on September 11, as per reports. After reaching Noida on Friday where they reportedly held talks with government representatives. After failing to reach consensus, the farmers moved to the Delhi-Ghaziabad border on Saturday noon, according to sources.

According to ANI, the protesting farmers had sent 11 representatives to the Ministry of Agriculture to place their demands to the Centre. Sources report that the delegation had a fruitful talk with the Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and has been assured that their demands will be put forward to the Centre. The government has asked them to give the Centre 10-15 days to address the issues. The delegation has told sources that after these talks, BKS chief Pooran Singh has called off the rally temporarily. Sources further report that the farmers have been assured by the Centre that 5 of their 15 demands will be met by the Centre. Pooran Singh has stated that they will agitate again if all their demands are not met.

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(with ANI inputs)

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