07 Dec 2020
Kejriwal meets farmers at Singhu border; opposition supports tomorrow's shutdown
On Monday, Delhi's Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal paid a visit at the Singhu border, where farmers have been protesting against three contentious farm laws for 12 days now, to review the arrangements.
Accompanied by his cabinet ministers, Kejriwal met farmers a little after 10 am, and declared his support for their cause.
His Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is also supporting tomorrow's Bharat Bandh.
We support farmers, their demands are valid: Kejriwal
Kejriwal, the first CM to visit the volatile site, said his party has been standing with the farmers since the start.
"We support all demands of farmers. Their issue and demands are valid. At the beginning of their protests, Delhi Police had sought permission to convert nine stadiums into jails. I was pressurized but didn't permit," he told media.
AAP will participate in 'Bharat Bandh'
"Our party, MLAs, and leaders have been serving farmers as 'sevadars' ever since. I haven't come here as CM but as a 'sevadar.' AAP supports December 8's Bharat Bandh, party workers will participate in it across the nation," he said.
Here are the visuals from his visit
दिन-रात मेहनत कर हमारे लिए अन्न उगाने वाले किसान भाई आज अपने हक़ की लड़ाई लड़ रहे हैं। ऐसे में हम सबका फ़र्ज़ बनता है कि हम उनका साथ दें और उनकी सेवा करें— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) December 7, 2020
आंदोलन स्थल पर जाकर रसोई और मेडिकल जैसी अन्य व्यवस्थाओं का जायज़ा लिया। किसान भाइयों को किसी चीज़ की दिक्कत नहीं होनी चाहिए। pic.twitter.com/g5L43fdkGi
AAP had opposed the Bills in Parliament as well
To recall, AAP was one of the parties that had fiercely opposed the Bills when they were introduced during the Monsoon Session in September.
Sanjay Singh, the party's leader in Rajya Sabha, was suspended after he violated the House's decorum by jumping on a table and raising slogans. He also allegedly harassed one of the marshals.
He had also participated in the overnight dharna.
Kejriwal said he supports farmers, Captain has his doubts
While AAP has openly supported farmers, not everyone thinks this is the case.
"When other opposition-ruled states, including Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, have passed amendment bills to counter the central laws, why did he not call a session of the Delhi Assembly to reject the latter?" Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh said last week, targeting Kejriwal.
Singh also slammed Haryana's CM Manohar Lal Khattar.
Meanwhile, Congress is also supporting the agitation
As it turns out, AAP is not the only party supporting the agitation and the shutdown tomorrow. Congress has also lent its support.
"I would like to announce that the Congress party extends its wholehearted support to the Bharat Bandh on December 8," spokesperson Pawan Khera said.
Congress plans to hold demonstrations at its offices across the country, tomorrow.
DMK, Trinamool, RJD asked workers to make 'bandh' a success
Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), led by MK Stalin, also appealed to trade unions, government employees, etc., to make the shutdown a success.
Mamata Banerjee said the shutdown has Trinamool's moral support. Telangana Chief Minister and TRS Chief K Chandrashekhar Rao on Sunday announced his support as well.
And Bihar's main opposition party, RJD, said its workers will ensure the shutdown is a success.
Banking services could be hit tomorrow
In Delhi, the bandh is expected to directly affect transport services as several auto and taxi unions have lent support. Banking services will also be hit as some unions have revealed they stand by farmers.
It's pertinent to note that farmers chose against dropping the strike even after meeting Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Saturday.
The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday.
- Arvind Kejriwal