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Farmers' protest LIVE updates Day 20: 'Causing inconvenience to the public is not our aim," say farmers. 'We are sitting here under a compulsion'. Stay tuned for latest updates on farmers' protest
Farmers clear the road for an ambulance during their protest against Centre’s farm reform laws, at Ghazipur border in Ghaziabad, on Sunday Photo: PTI
Farmers' protest LIVE updates Day 20: With some key roads blocked for several days now due to their protest against the three newfarm laws, an umbrella body of farmers have apologised with "folded hands" to people for the inconvenience caused to them, but said they were carrying out the demonstration "out of compulsion".
"Blocking roads, causing inconvenience to the public is not our aim," read their pamphlets. "We are sitting here under a compulsion. Yet we apologise with folded hands if our agitation has caused you any inconvenience."
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said his government is addressing the concerns of farmers over the new agri laws and accused the opposition parties of misguiding them.
"Farmers gathered near Delhi are being misled as part of a conspiracy. Farmers are told that their land will be grabbed by others if new farm reforms get implemented. I want to ask you, did the dairy owner take your cattle because you are selling milk to him?" the prime minister said.
Farmers, mostly from Punjab and Haryana, have been camping at Delhi's Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur border points for 20 days now, leading to traffic jams on key roads connecting the national capital with Haryana and Punjab. Protesting farmers have expressed apprehension that the new agri laws would pave the way for the dismantling of the minimum support price system, leaving them at the "mercy" of big corporations.
The government has maintained that the new laws will bring farmers better opportunities and usher in new technologies in agriculture.
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