Framers concluded a successful nation wide Chakka Jam peacefully on Saturday. The farmers’ organizations gave the call for Chakka Jam against the agriculture laws. The call had major impact in Punjab and Haryana. Meanwhile, Delhi-NCR and Uttarakhand remained free.
After demonstration, farmer leader Rakesh Tikait said, “The central government has till October 2 to withdraw the agricultural law. After that, we will do further planning”.
BKU spokesman Rakesh Tikait said that farmers will not discuss anything with government under pressure. There will be conditional talks. He once again said that only after the repealing of all three laws farmers will go back. Tikait said that till the withdrawal of the three laws and legal guarantee for MSP, we are not going to leave.
Farmers’ organizations announced a nationwide ‘Chakka Jam’ on February 6. It was a call to block national and state highways between 12 noon and 3 pm. The protesters blocked the internet in areas near the agitation sites over alleged harassment by the authorities and other issues.
However, the Samyukta Kisan Morcha, a group of farmers’ organizations opposing the agricultural laws, said on Friday that protesters would not block roads in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand during the ‘Chakka Jam’.
Meanwhile, police detained 50 persons near Shaheedi Park in central Delhi for protesting in support for the farmers. The Delhi Police had deployed thousands of personnel, including Delhi paramilitary forces, to deal with any situation. After the violence on Republic Day, Delhi Police took additional measures.
In Punjab, farmers’ organizations blocked the Amritsar-Delhi National Highway. The Ludhiana-Ferozepur highway was also blocked. During this, along with the jam on the highway, farmers organized a langar. Meanwhile, a tractor with a flag of terrorist Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale was spotted.
In Jammu also, farmers did the chakka jam. Farmers’ organizations blocked the Jammu-Pathankot highway and raised slogans against the central government. Farmers of Jammu also took to the streets in support of Chakka Jam.
Women equally participated in the Chakka jam in most places. In some places including Punjab, women reached the highway driving tractors. They demanded that the central government should give up its stubbornness and immediately withdraw all three laws.
In the city of Karad in Satara district of Maharashtra, farmers took out a procession. Police took into custody at least 40 protesters as they staged a protest on the busy road at the Kolhapur road in the afternoon. Among them was Satvashila Chavan, wife of senior Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan. However, police released all of them later.
Farmers did a Chakka jam at many places in Rajasthan. Ganganagar, Hanumangarh, Dholpur and Jhalawar saw more impact. The farmers sat on a dharna on the main roads or highways. The Congress along with various farmers’ organizations supported Chakka jam.
Farmers’ organizations in Karnataka did a Chakka jam from 12 noon to 3 pm. They blocked the Mysore-Bangalore highway. Apart from this, they also blocked the Bankapur toll and the National Highway near the toll.
Meanwhile, in Uttar Pradesh, there was no Chakka Jam. But a large number of people reached for the farmers mahapanchayat organized in Bhainswal village of Shamli district. This mahapanchayat took place without the administrationn approval.
The administration did not to give permission for this mahapanchayat citing the corona pandemic. The Shamli district administration had said that due to COVID, any big event is banned till April. Whereas all the organizers including Bharatiya Kisan Union and Rashtriya Lok Dal had decided to hold mahapanchayat anyway. Jayant Chaudhary expressed happiness after seeing the crowd in Mahapanchayat.
The Congress declared full support to the farmers’ Chakka Jam movement. Party General Secretary KC Venugopal had said that the Congress would give its full support to the Chakka Jam movement.
There was no news of any untoward incident or violence in the country during the Chakka Jam movement on Saturday. Earlier on 26 January, during the Tractor Rally in Delhi, there was widespread violence and ruckus. However, farmers took their lesson from the Republic Day incident. They did a better planning. The Police and administration was also vigilant.