The farmers' agitation for repeal of three agriculture laws has entered its 26th day today. Farmers from Punjab, Haryana and other states are stranded at various borders of Delhi in the bitter cold. This movement is no longer just of the farmers but it has now become a mass movement.
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Now the farmers have declared a one-day hunger strike against the agricultural laws. Meanwhile, the leaders of farmers' organizations will go on a 24-hour hunger strike today to intensify the struggle. 11 leaders of farmers' organizations will go on a hunger strike at every dharna site at 11 am today. Before this, the farmers had gone on a hunger strike on December 14.
Indian Farmers Union leader Jagjit Singh Dalewala said December 23 would be celebrated as Farmers' Day. He appealed to the people of the country to give up one time food and support the farmers' movement. At the same time a new announcement has been made about the farmers of Haryana. He said that farmers of Haryana would not pay toll from December 25 to 27 and all toll plazas in Haryana would be made free.
Farmer leaders have said that NDA allies will be cordoned off on the 26th and 27th to put pressure on the government to withdraw the law. Besides, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will have 'Mann ki Baat' on December 27. The farmers’ leaders hence appealed to the nation to oppose Modi by thumping and hammering plates during the Mann Ki Baat on the 27th.
Farmers' organizations have demanded that these agricultural laws be repealed by convening a session of Parliament. On the other hand, the Union government is ready to make some amendments instead of repealing the agricultural laws. The central government also says that farmers need not fear these laws. Farmers say they will continue to sit on dharna until their demands are met.