Amritsar: The farmers of Punjab have once again opened a front against the government. Farmers have sat on a dharna near the Chandigarh-Mohali border demanding bonus on wheat purchase and orders to start paddy sowing. The farmers wanted to march towards Chandigarh, but the police stopped them. A large number of police forces and barricading have been done on the border. At the same time, CM Bhagwant Mann has reached Punjab Bhawan to discuss with the office bearers of the farmers unions. For now, the standoff continues.
Earlier, Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann had termed the farmers' agitation on the Chandigarh-Mohali border as unnecessary. He asked the farmer unions to stop shouting slogans and cooperate with the state government in stopping the depleting water level in Punjab. CM Bhagwant Mann said in clear words that the farmers' interests will not be harmed by the sowing program of paddy.
At the same time, the protesting farmers have said that a bonus of Rs 500 was demanded for wheat, on which Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann agreed, but his notification was not issued. We also demand notification for Minimum Support Price (MSP) on Basmati, Moong. Prepaid electricity meters should not be installed. We will continue the Delhi-like movement in Chandigarh till the demands are met.