Barnala farmers gherao Manoranjan Kalia, other BJP leaders for 5 hours - ECAS Punjab

Barnala farmers gherao Manoranjan Kalia, other BJP leaders for 5 hours

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Tribune News Service

Barnala, November 7

Hundreds of farmers today gheraoed the residence of Barnala district BJP president Yadwinder Shanty where former minister Manoranjan Kalia and other party leaders had come for a meeting.

As farmers protested, the BJP leaders remained stuck in the house for around five hours. Farmers relented after getting an assurance from the BJP leaders that they would raise their concerns regarding the farm laws with the Central Government.

Requesting farmers not to fall in the trap of the political parties, Kalia and other BJP leaders said the Central Government would take all steps to protect the farming community. "Our government has brought the latest laws to double the income of farmers. The minimum support price would not end. Our party has done nothing wrong, but our political opponents are spreading misinformation," said Kalia.

Farmers have been protesting in front of Shanty's residence for past many days. When Kalia along with other leaders reached there, more farmers joined the protesters and started raising slogans against the BJP-led Central Government.

"Had the Central Government been serious, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other Cabinet Ministers would have conducted meetings with us. But it is sending officers to talk to us, which is unacceptable," said Rup Singh, a Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ugrahan) leader.

Another protesting farmer, Kulwant Singh, said the Central Government should come out of the illusion that the agitation would end in some days, as farmers were mentally prepared for a long haul. "Manojranjan Kalia is a Punjab BJP core committee member. He had

come here to meet farmers and allay their fears regarding the farm laws. Initially farmers gheraoed him, but later they listened to him," said Shanty.

from The Tribune

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