Farmers beating 'thalis' at a time when PM Modi was delivering his 'Mann ki Baat' on Sunday (File Photo, Image credit: The Times of India)

Farmers pay back Modi in his own ‘thali’

Agitating farmers at many places in the country, especially at various points on Delhi’s border, on Sunday beat ‘thalis’ at the time when Prime Minister Narendra Modi was delivering his “Mann ki Baat”.

The farmers refused to listen to his speech and in return said that it is the turn of the people who should be heard.  Though the farmers’ unions have agreed to talk with the government on Dec 29 yet they once again made it amply clear that they are not at all going to soften or change their stand.

To show his solidarity towards the farmers the Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday once again paid a visit to Singhu border.

Later Kejriwal said that with folded-hands he was appealing to the central government that these farmers are “our own people, our own brothers and sisters, our own elders” and the government should accept all their demands.

Kejriwal also visited the nearby Guru Tegh Bahadur Samarak and paid tributes to the 9th Sikh Guru on the occasion of Shaheedi Diwas.

Sunday was the 32nd day of the farmers’ agitation.

It needs to be recalled that the farmers have borrowed the idea of beating ‘thalis’ from PM Modi himself. In the initial days of corona virus the Prime Minister appealed to the people of the country to beat ‘thalis’ so that COVID-19 could be kept away and Corona Warriors get encouragement.

It is other thing that the idea did not click and the country witnessed a huge surge in the case. Nine months later the country has lost about 1.5 lakh people to this disease.

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