Month long ‘Kisan Andolan’ on Haryana-Delhi border

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Sharing his experience, Ajay Rathee from Bahadurgarh city who lives in proximity with Tikri border said that local industries had suffered losses in business in the last one month.

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Rohtak: Lovely Arora, a shopkeeper from Quilla road market, is a happy man after making brisk business in the last one month ever since the Kisan Andolan’ resulted in closing borders at Tikri border.

Lovely, a cloth merchant said that the crowd that used to go to Delhi for purchasing have restricted their movements to the local market to avoid getting trapped in traffic maize for reaching Delhi.

“Besides, the routine customers, the shops are crowded with premium customers who have large paying capacity and would purchase from Delhi due to the ongoing farmers agitation”, he added.

Notably, farmers from Punjab & Haryana have been sitting on Tikri and Singhu borders for the last one month against three agri bills.

Sharing his experience, Ajay Rathee from Bahadurgarh city who lives in proximity with Tikri border said that local industries had suffered losses in business in the last one month.

“The transport services which take and bring goods from Delhi were lying standstill as the Tikri border is closed. If the industry owners take different routes, the cost of production gets pricey”, Rathee said.

Kirti Dahiya, a college student who lives in Kundli-Singhu border, said that their life in the last one month has changed in a manner that their travel to Delhi has become too long. “Otherwise, we are getting to know a lot about the culture of Punjab, history of Sikh community and getting to know about the farming community a bit deeper”, she said.

The farmers in the Sonipat district do not have big landholding and their pattern of farming is traditional, she said by adding that some of the Punjab farmers camping here practice farming with scientific and high-end technology tools. “For a scholar like me, agitation is a research opportunity to study the contrast between Haryana and Punjab farmers”, she added.

Raj Singh Chauhan, a farmer from a nearby village near Kundli-Singhu border maintains that they were facing shortage of diesel fuel due to agitation. “The petrol pumps from where we used to take fuel were lying closed near our village”, he added.

Satbir Singh, a farmer from Rohad village said that they have been daily visitors to agitation sites with milk and lassi for the protesters. “The village residents have been parting a portion of their milk with protesters transported by a team of volunteers for the last one month”, he added. Nitin Sehrawat, a youngster roaming on the agitation site, said that he got new friends from Punjab during ‘Kisan Andolan’. “On December 23, I was invited to a gala party by my new friend Jagjit Rao from Punjab on his birthday celebrated on Tikri border”, he claimed.

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