Jaipur: Farmers in Rajasthan blocked the national and state highways for three hours on Saturday at many places demanding withdrawal of the three farm laws and protesting the internet ban near their protest sites and alleged harassment by authorities, among other issues.
The national highways witnessed long queues of trucks as the farmers blocked highways to press their demand for the repeal of the three farm bills passed by the Centre. But there is no news of any untoward incident reported.
The Congress government had already extended its support to the farmers. Following orders from AICC, PCC chief Govind Singh Dotasra on Friday directed all party members to fully cooperate in making the highway jaam a success, after which Congress leaders took to the streets in large numbers for the protest.
“The Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee supports the farmer unions’ call to block national and state highways from 12 noon to 3pm today (Saturday). All Congressmen are requested to take necessary steps to make this blockade successful and ensure it is peaceful,” Dotasra said in a tweet.
The protests started around 12noon. In Jaipur, tractors were placed on roads to block the traffic while in Alwar, stones and thorny shrubs were placed on roads to check traffic.
Farmers at many places took out protest marches and blocked roads including Ajmer, Udaipur, Ganganagar, Hanumangarh, Dholpur and Jhalawar and blocked the highways and main roads, police said.
In Kota, a massive tractor rally was taken out. The Delhi-Jaipur highway was completely blocked as the lane passing through the Shahjahanapur border (Alwar) was also closed around 11am. It remained closed till 3pm, said farmer leaders.
Former deputy CM Sachin Pilot, who started a kisan mahapanchayat on Friday from Dausa, reached Bharapur on Saturday to address a farmers’ gathering as part of this chakka jaam protest.
Many associations extended their support in making the chakka jaam a success in Rajasthan. A 50-member delegation of advocates came at the protest site from Sri Ganganagar and donated Rs 80,000 for the langar.