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Farmers said no to the meeting called by Haryana on lifting highway blockade

The farmer leader has accused Delhi and its police of barricading the streets

New Delhi:

The protesting farmers have geared up by attending the meeting called by the Haryana government to open the way for the Delhi border.

The highway (NH-44) has been blocked by farmers protesting the Centre’s new agricultural laws at Singhu and Tikri borders since November last year.

Farmer leader Manjit Singh said, “All farmer leaders have decided that they will not attend the meeting called by the Haryana government as the Supreme Court has ordered the state government to block the road. We have already kept one side open.” “

The farmer leader has accused Delhi and its police of barricading the streets.

Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij on Friday invited the United Kisan Morcha – the umbrella body of around 40 farmer unions, who are leading the protest, for a meeting with the state government’s High Powered Committee (HPC) at Murthal in Sonipat. did. Sunday.

A statement from the state government said, “The members of the state-level high-powered committee will interact with various farmers’ organizations. Office bearers of 43 farmers’ organizations have been invited to attend the meeting.”

The new committee, Mr Vij said, would follow the orders of the Supreme Court, which had asked the Center and the governments of Uttar Pradesh and Haryana to find a solution (of blocked roads) while recognizing farmers’ right to protest.

Mr. Vij said that the committee would be headed by Additional Chief Secretary, Home Department, Rajiv Arora. He said senior police officers of the state would also be part of the committee.

Rajeev Arora had said, “Keeping in mind the Supreme Court order and the inconvenience caused to the common people due to the blockade, the committee will hold talks with the United Kisan Morcha.”

The Sonipat district administration has already held a meeting with a section of farmers’ union leaders and urged them to vacate a portion of NH-44 on the Singhu-Kundli border.

Citing the protest on National Highway 44 and a petition on the Supreme Court order of August 23, the administration asked farmers to either shift to one side of the highway or move to an alternate location.

The farmers had left the decision on the United Kisan Morcha.

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