Newly appointed Union minister Meenakshi Lekhi referred to protesting farmers as hooligans whereas speaking about an alleged assault on a media individual throughout the ‘Farmers’ Parliament’ on the Jantar Mantar in Delhi on Thursday. The minister of state for exterior affairs and tradition stated the opposition was selling such actions.

“They are not farmers, they are hooligans… These are criminal acts. What happened on January 26 was also shameful criminal activities. The Opposition promoted such activities,” Lekhi was quoted as saying by information company ANI.

Later, Bharatiya Kisan Union chief Rakesh Tikait hit out at Lekhi stated farmers are annadatas’ (suppliers) and to name them such names is inappropriate. “Hooligans are the ones who have nothing. It is wrong to make such remarks for farmers. We are farmers, not hooligans. Farmers are ‘anndatas’ of the land,” Tikait was quoted as saying.

The farmers protesting for months alongside the borders of Delhi in opposition to three Central legal guidelines started their ‘Farmer Parliament’ on Thursday on the Jantar Mantar. Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal has given particular permission for an indication by a most of 200 farmers at Jantar Mantar, a couple of metres from the Parliament Complex, until August 9, the place the Monsoon Session is underway.

A journalist, Nagendra, was reportedly attacked by a girl with a stick on the protest floor. In a video that has been doing the rounds for some time now, the journalist will be seen exhibiting his accidents and saying, “A woman journalist tried interviewing the protestors when a female protester got abusive. When a couple of us went to talk to her, she tried smashing my head with a stick,” Nagendra stated.

He is additional heard saying there are some components current within the protest who’re making a ruckus.

On Republic Day, this yr, a tractor rally by the protesting farmers had turned violent and lots of of them had occupied the Red Fort, deviating from their initially agreed upon route. Some of them have been even seen unfurling their flags from the ramparts of the fort. Several instances have been registered following the incidents of violence on the fort’s premises. The protesters had additionally entered Delhi metropolis by breaking police barricades

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