Delhi belongs to all, allow farmers to enter city, says CM Kejriwal

The Asian Age.

Metros, Delhi

Why are the farmers being stopped from entering Delhi. It is wrong. Delhi belongs to all.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal (Photo: PTI)

New Delhi: Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday came in support of farmers marching from Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh, saying they should be allowed to enter the national capital.

His remarks came after thousands of farmers allied to the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) reached Delhi border and were not allowed to enter the capital, triggering violence.

Mr Kejriwal said that preventing a protest march of farmers from entering the national capital was “wrong” and pitched for allowing them entry into the city.

“Why are the farmers being stopped from entering Delhi. It is wrong. Delhi belongs to all. They should be given an entry in Delhi. We support their demands,” he told reporters on the sidelines of an event held at the Delhi assembly to mark Gandhi Jayanti.

Farmers marching towards Delhi as part of the protest call by BKU over demands ranging from farm loan waiver to cut in fuel prices were stopped at the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border on Tuesday with police using water cannons to disperse them.

The city police had on Monday imposed prohibitory orders in some parts of east and northeast Delhi., anticipating law and order problems in view of the protest.

In east Delhi, the prohibitory orders issued by Deputy Commissioner of Police (East) Pankaj Singh under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code, will be in force until October 8.

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