Centre wanted to convert stadiums into jails for protesting farmers: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal alleged that the Central government wanted to convert stadiums into jails for the farmers who were protesting against the three farm laws. The Delhi chief minister added that he had denied permission for the same.

Speaking at an event organised in Chandigarh to pay tribute to farmers who died during the anti-farm law stir last year, CM Kejriwal said, “The farmer’s agitation was for the entire country not just for the farmers of Punjab or Haryana. The Central government wanted to convert stadiums into jails to arrest them, but I did not give permission for this.”

On Sunday, CM K Chandrashekar Rao and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, along with Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, paid tributes to the martyrs of the Galwan Valley clash against the Chinese troops and the farmers who died during agitation against the Centre’s three farm laws.

Telangana CM K Chandrashekar Rao and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal. (Image :Twitter/ @AamAadmiParty)

Telangana CM K Chandrashekar Rao expressed solidarity with the protesting farmers, adding that the farmers can overturn governments. The Telangana CM was in Chandigarh to meet the bereaved families of farmers who died during the “fight for farmers’ rights” against the Centre.

Talking about the farmers’ agitation against the Centre’s three farm laws, KCR said, “Protesting farmers were termed Khalistani, terrorists. My only request to farmers’ leaders is that we should continue this protest, not just in Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, and UP, but across the country. Farmers can change governments if they want.”

FARMERS’ PROTEST

Since November 26, 2020, thousands of farmers, mostly from Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh camped at several Delhi border points. They demanded repeal of three farm laws and a legal guarantee on minimum support price (MSP) for their crops.

More than a year later, the protest by the farmers’ union was called off after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced withdrawal of the legislation in November last year.

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