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Farmers block highways in Haryana, Rajasthan as part of protest

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On Friday, a nationwide stir has been started by the farmers in Haryana and Rajasthan where they are blocking national highways as a part of their protest. The farmers have gathered in order to protest against the death of five cultivators in police firing in Madhya Pradesh and also against the Centre’s failure to provide relief to the farming community.

In Haryana, farmers gathered near Mohra in Ambala and blocked the highway there by parking their tractors. Apart from Ambala, Rohtak, Sonepat, Hisar, Sirsa, Jind, Bhiwani and Charkhi Dadri are also witnessing protests by farmers.

Keeping in mind the current situation, authorities have diverted the traffic at some places.

Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Gurnam Singh said that farmers will block traffic on all national highways across Haryana for three hours during the afternoon. However, he asked the farmers to protest in a peaceful manner.

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Meanwhile, the farmers are also demanding waiver of loans and implementation of Swaminathan Committee report on payment of the minimum support price (MSP).

The agitating farmers have gained support to the opposition parties including Congress and  Indian National Lok Dal (INLD).

Led by former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, the Congress is organising a ‘Kisan Panchayat’ in Kurukshetra today.

Meanwhile, in Madhya Pradesh, INLD workers burnt the effigy of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan near mini secretariat in Panipat.

Led by former State Agriculture Minister Jaswinder Sandhu, INLD workers took out a protest march in Karnal demanding loan waiver for the farmers.

However, in order to tackle the situation, the police has taken necessary steps.

Meanwhile, in Rajasthan, cultivators blocked Ganganagar- Hanumangarh highway as part of their protest.

The highway will remain blocked for three hours, starting 12 noon, in support of the demands of waiver of all farming loans, profitable minimum selling price (MSP) for all crops among others.

National President of Mahapanchayat Rampal Jat told PTI that apart from this, Kisan Mahapanchayat will hold demonstrations in villages in Rajasthan