In a bid to press for their demands and pressurize the Centre to repeal the three new farm laws, farmers on Tuesday said they will completely block the Delhi-Noida route (Chilla Border) on Wednesday. Hardening their stance, farmers said they will "make" the government repeal these legislations, and asserted their fight has reached a stage where they are "determined" to win it no matter what.
Addressing a press conference at Singhu Border, farmer leader Jagjeet Dallewal said, "The government is saying 'we won't repeal these laws', we are saying we will make you do it." "The fight has reached a stage where we are determined to win no matter what," he said.
He also said, "We are not running away from negotiation, but the government has to pay heed to our demands and come forward with concrete proposals."
Several other farmer-leaders also addressed the press conference and called upon people to pay tributes on December 20 to those farmers who have lost their lives during the ongoing protests. Farmer leader Rishipal said that one farmer has died every day on an average since the protest started in the last week of November.
"A Homage Day (Shraddhanjali Diwas) for all the farmers who lost their lives and became martyrs in the ongoing protest will be organised across the country in villages and tehsil headquarters on 20th December from 11 am to 1pm," said another farmer leader.
Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that farmers gathered near Delhi are being misled as part of a conspiracy.
Speaking after laying foundation stones for some development projects in his home state Gujarat, Modi also said his government is addressing farmers' concerns over the new agriculture laws.
(With inputs from PTI)