New Delhi. Amidst heavy security arrangements, a group of 200 farmers started the Kisan Sansad on Thursday at Jantar Mantar in central Delhi, protesting against the Centre’s three new agricultural laws. Jantar Mantar is located just a short distance from the Parliament House where the Monsoon Session is going on. Farmers said that the purpose of holding Kisan Sansad is to show that their movement is still on and to send a message to the Center that they too know how to run a Parliament. Police said security has been tightened in view of the protest and thousands of personnel have been deployed in the area. He said the first day’s protest ended peacefully. Farmer leader Raminder Singh Patiala said, “(Farmers) Parliament will have three sessions. Six members have been selected who will be elected as Speaker (Speaker) and Deputy Speaker (Deputy Speaker) for all three sessions. In the first session, farmer leaders Hannan Mulla and Manjit Singh have been elected to these posts. Another leader Shiv Kumar Kakka said that after the Republic Day incident, this time the farmers have decided to gather in small numbers. “Neither we nor the government are comfortable with huge crowds. There will also be a break for lunch and tea and we have everything.
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Elaborating on the need for Kisan Sansad, he said that the media is reporting on the situation of Kovid across the country and the message is going out that the farmers’ movement is counting its last breaths. “Through the Kisan Sansad, we have shown that the movement is still alive and we will take our rights,” Kakka said. Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait said after eight months the government accepted that people sitting on Delhi’s borders are farmers. “Farmers know how to run Parliament. Those who are sitting in Parliament-be it opposition leaders or people in the government, if they don’t raise our issues, we will raise our voices in their constituencies. He said, “This is the first parliament in the world which is running inside the blockades and which has been started by the farmers. The Kisan Sansad will continue till the Parliament is in session and you (government) will have to accede to our demands.” Tikait said they would pass a resolution to repeal three controversial agriculture laws. Farmer leader Hannan Mulla said that there was a ruckus in Parliament over the three new agricultural laws. “In the Kisan Sansad, we will discuss the three agriculture laws against which we are fighting. These black laws were passed without discussion in the Parliament. We will reject them through Kisan Sansad. Mulla said that the farmers have raised their demand by writing letters to all the MPs. He alleged that Parliament was not discussing his issues. Earlier, Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor (LG) Anil Baijal has given special permission to a maximum of 200 farmers to protest at Jantar Mantar till August 9. Around 5,000 security personnel have been deployed in New Delhi district, a senior police official said. Deputy Commissioner of Police (New Delhi) Deepak Yadav said, “Several companies of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Rapid Action Force (RAF) have been deployed at Jantar Mantar. CCTV cameras have also been installed in the area. He said that barricades have been put up on both sides of Jantar Mantar and two water cannon machines have also been kept there. Initially, media persons were not allowed to enter the area where Kisan Sansad is running. However, later after checking the identity card, he was allowed inside. Earlier, a group of 200 farmers reached Jantar Mantar from 11 am to 5 pm from the Singhu border protest site in buses under police protection. Delhi Police Spokesperson Chinmoy Biswal said that the first day of the demonstration of a group of 200 farmers at Jantar Mantar under the banner of United Kisan Morcha and Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Samiti concluded peacefully as per the permission given by the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA). The United Kisan Morcha, which is leading the protesting farmers’ unions, was asked to give an undertaking that they would comply with all the rules of Kovid and conduct peaceful agitation. This is the first time that the authorities have allowed farmers’ unions to hold protests inside the city after the violence during a tractor rally of protesting farmers in the national capital on Republic Day. More than 10 rounds of talks with the government of the protesting farmers’ unions have failed to resolve the impasse.