As India remembers the 118th birth anniversary of former Prime Minister and farmers’ leader Chaudhary Charan Singh the number of farmers on the Delhi border witnessed a big surge, especially on the Ghazipur border with Uttar Pradesh. The birthday of Chaudhary Charan Singh, who actually hailed from western Uttar Pradesh, is observed as Kisan Diwas. Prime Minister Narendra Modi too tweeted on this occasion and recalled his contributions towards farmers.
However, a large number of farmers from West UP, as far away as Moradabad and Rampur, converged to Ghazipur border to show solidarity towards the agitating farmers who are sitting on dharna at various points of Delhi since November 26. The farmers of UP blocked all the lanes on both sides of Delhi-Meerut Highway on Tuesday. Earlier, they were blocking only one way of traffic. But when the UP Police stopped farmers at a toll plaza in Moradabad from proceeding towards Delhi the farmers at Ghazipur reportedly blocked both the ways.
But the farmers on Wednesday removed the blockade at Ghazipur border when the UP Police finally let them proceed towards Delhi.
On the other side, a lot of activity was seen at Tikri and Singhu borders on the occasion of Kisan Diwas as leaders from different parties and other social organizations arrived there to extend support to them.
A day earlier on Tuesday farmers of Haryana forced the cavalcade of chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar in Ambala to go back. He was there to campaign for the municipal corporation election.
Meanwhile, UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath, while speaking on the occasion of Kisan Diwas, accused the opposition parties of misleading the farmers when the laws have been enacted for their betterment.