New Delhi: A tractor was set on fire near India Gate, in the heart of Delhi, on Monday morning in protest against the controversial farm laws. The police have removed the tractor, and the fire has been put out.
In Punjab, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh is holding a sit-in in Khatkar Kalan, the ancestral village of Shaheed Bhagat Singh.
Meanwhile President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday gave assent to the three bills, passed in parliament last Sunday.
“Today at around 7:15 AM, some (15-20) persons carrying tractor in Tata 407 vehicle came at Rajpath, Man Singh Crossing. They off loaded the tractor and tried to set it ablaze. They claimed to be members of Youth Congress Punjab,” Delhi Police said in a statement. According to the police, the protesters had raised pro-Congress slogans.
The Punjab Youth Congress has live-streamed this morning’s protest at India Gate on its official Facebook page. The PYC workers had allegedly tried to set a tractor on fire in Haryana’s Ambala on September 20.
The police have identified and caught five people, all from Punjab. And the car in which they were travelling has been seized.
“Congress workers brought a tractor on a truck and set it on fire near India Gate. This is the drama of the Congress. Therefore the people voted the Congress out of power,” Union Minister Prakash Javadekar tweeted in Hindi.
Amarinder Singh holds sit-in
The Opposition had staged huge farmers’ protests against the laws, especially in Punjab and Haryana. Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh is holding a sit-in in Khatkar Kalan, the ancestral village of Shaheed Bhagat Singh.
Farmers protest against the three farm laws continued on Sunday, with farmers in Punjab sitting on the Amritsar-Delhi railway track. Under the banner of Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee, they have been staging a sit-in on the rail track in Punjab.
State-wide bandh in Karnataka
In Karnataka, farmers groups have called for a state-wide bandh Monday against the farm bills and two bill passed by the state assembly on Saturday. The bandh has been supported by the Congress, which is in opposition in Karnataka.
The opposition had criticised the manner in which the three bills were passed in Parliament and requested the President not to sign the bills. They also have alleged that the bills had been pushed through voice vote in violation of the rules.