Chandigarh: The local administration today held a meeting with the farmers sitting on an indefinite dharna on the National Highway, Tahina T-Point in Faridkot, Punjab.

In this meeting, Agriculture Minister Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal and MLA Hardit Sekhon also talked to the farmers, but no consensus has been reached with the farmers. Jagjit Singh Dallewal, the leader of the kisan union, is on the sixth day of his hunger strike.

Earlier, MLA Hardit Sekhon held talks with farmer leaders, but when no consensus was reached. Later, Cabinet and Agriculture Minister Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal reached there and interacted with the farmers. Despite this, there was no consensus and the farmers continued their strike. The farmers said they had no prior information about the agriculture minister coming for the meeting. Earlier, Police Commissioner, Faridkot SSP Rajpal Singh Sandhu and DC Dr Ruhi Duggal also reached to convince him.

CM Bhagwant Apologises

The leaders of the farmers’ organization have asked CM Punjab Bhagwant Mann to apologize for his contentious statement that it has become a trend of organising protests by the farmers.

Traffic jam on Patiala-Rajpura road

Farmers led by Bharatiya Kisan Union Ekta Sidhupur are also sitting on a dharna at Dharedi Jattan toll-plaza on Patiala-Rajpura road. Due to this, there was a long jam till noon, but in view of the inconvenience being faced by the people, the farmers opened the jam at around 2 pm. The farmers said the route has been opened only for the convenience of the people, but the dharna will continue till the demands are implemented.

Indefinite sit-in protests were also going on in Faridkot, Amritsar and Mukerian from November 22 on the call of the Samyukt Kisan Morcha. The Rajpura-Chandigarh highway had to be completely closed due to the dharna at the toll plaza of Bharatiya Kisan Union Ekta Sidhupur village Dharedi Jattan.

Main demands of the farmers

The officials concerned should be suspended for wrong compensation of the land coming in the highway to be built under the Bharat Mala project. Proper compensation should be given for the cotton affected by pink blight and flood damaged paddy, China virus and pink sundi.

Proper compensation amount should be given to the families of farmers martyred in the Delhi struggle. Cases registered against farmers burning stubble and red entry should be canceled. Action should be taken against the Chancellor who played with the future of thousands of students of Guru Kashi University.

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