Court to hear Satyendar Jain’s bail plea; MSP and the Lakhimpur Kheri case on the farmers’ agenda

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The farmers came from Punjab, UP, Haryana, Odisha, Karnataka and Kerala. (Express photo by Amit Mehra)

Farmers from several states gathered at Jantar Mantar on Monday for a mahapachayat with a set of common demands, including a law guaranteeing a minimum support price (MSP).

Unions at the site came together as “Samyukta Kisan Morcha (Apolitical)”, with farmers arriving from states such as Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Odisha, Karnataka and Kerala.

The SKM released a statement on Monday distancing itself from the protest at Jantar Mantar. He said that “a few agricultural unions that were part of the SKM during the 2020-21 farmers’ protest are organizing this. Jagjeet Singh Dallewal of BKU (Bharatiya Kisan Union) Ekta Sidhupur, is leading the protest while the rest of the agricultural unions and leaders are not part of it”.

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, whose home was raided by the CBI on Friday in connection with a case it has registered against him and several excise officers for alleged bribery in the deployment of liquor policy, claimed the BJP had reached out and offered to drop all business if he joined the party.

Sisodia made the claims via a statement via his Twitter account and said he “would not bow to the corrupt and scheming”.

“I got a message from BJP – leave AAP and join BJP, we will close all CBI/ED cases. My reply to BJP – I am a descendant of Maharana Pratap, I am a Rajput. I will sacrifice myself but I will not bow to the corrupt and scheming. The charges against me are false. You can do whatever you want,” his tweet read.

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