Chandigarh, Might 18
Protesting Punjab farmers spent the Tuesday evening on YPS chowk in Mohali. The farmers are carrying ration, beds, followers, coolers, utensils, cooking fuel cylinders and different objects with them. They have been seen earting langar from a close-by Gurdwara in Section 8, mohali, on YPS chowk.
Farmers had given an ultimatum to the federal government and mentioned if the chief minister didn’t maintain a gathering with them by Wednesday, they may transfer in direction of Chandigarh breaking barricades for holding an indefinite protest.
The farmers are on a sit-in protest close to the Chandigarh-Mohali border since Tuesday after being stopped from heading to the state capital to press the federal government for a bonus on wheat crop and permit paddy sowing from June 10.
In the meantime, the Mohali Police have put up barricades and tippers and rolled out water cannons to forestall protesting farmers from coming into Chandigarh.
Heavy contingent of police has been deployed on the Chandigarh-Mohali border.
Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Tuesday referred to as the agitation by state farmers as unwarranted and undesirable, however mentioned he’s prepared for talks.
He additionally requested farmer unions to hitch the state authorities’s efforts to verify depleting groundwater in Punjab.
The federal government has requested farmers to not go for paddy transplantation until June 18.
The CM mentioned his doorways are open for talks with farmers however hole slogans can not break his resolve to verify additional depletion of groundwater.
“They’ve a democratic proper to carry a dharna however they need to inform their points,” mentioned Mann whereas speaking to reporters after coming back from Delhi.
Mann mentioned the federal government held talks with farmers on Tuesday.
When requested that farmers are adamant on assembly him, Mann mentioned, “They will come any time. I’ve been calling them earlier as effectively.”
Mann mentioned the staggered programme of paddy sowing is not going to hurt pursuits of farmers however it could act as a catalyst to save lots of underground water.
“I’m the son of a farmer. I understand how it could occur. What’s the distinction between June 18 and 10,” he requested.