Farmers Protest: Supreme Court to resume hearing on blockade of Delhi borders

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New Delhi : As protesters along Delhi borders continued to increase, the Supreme Court took petitions seeking directions to authorities to remove the protesters from the national capital’s borders. The hearing in the matter will resume today (Thursday).

On Wednesday, the court observed that if no urgent measures are taken in the matter then it will soon 'become a national issue'. The three-judge bench also observed that the government’s negotiations have not worked properly and they are bound to fail again.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who was representing the Centre, alleged in the court that “some other interests” have taken over the protests. “The problem is that their stand is that either the government repeal the laws or we won’t talk,” Mehta said.

Meanwhile, the All India Kisan Coordination Committee (AIKCC) told the court that it is a big “moral victory for the farmers” but also stressed that the movement will continue till the three laws are repealed.

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party has maintained that the three laws will bring benefit to the customers and misinformation is being spread by the Opposition parties.

Farmers, majority of whom are from Punjab, have been protesting against these laws since September, when these were passed by the Centre. Initially, they blocked rail tracks in Punjab. Then, in last week of November, they arrived in Delhi to put pressure on the government to repeal the laws.