The protest over the farm bills is gaining mileage day by day as more celebrities are voicing their support to the farmers. The latest addition is the boxing superstar Vijender Singh who joined the protest in Delhi.
The boxer who has been the recipient of the prestigious Khel Ratna award threatened to return his award if the government does not withdraw the farm bills. On the stage of the protest, Vijender Singh said,
“If the government doesn’t withdraw the black laws, I will return my Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award – the highest sporting honor of the nation.”
Vijender Singh was awarded the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award in the month of July 2009. The Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in Sports and Games is the highest sporting honor recognized by the government of India.
Bharat Bandh On 8th December
The protest has entered its eleventh day on Sunday at the Sant Nirankari Samagam ground in Burari area in the outskirts of Delhi. The government held talks with the leaders of the farmers’ groups. The government was led by the Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, the Union Minister of Commerce Piyush Goyal, and the minister of state for commerce Som Prakash. The talks on Saturday was the fifth round of talks and another attempt to end the protest over the farm laws.
Another round of talks has been scheduled to take place on the 9th of December. The agriculture minister assured the farmers that the APMCs will not be weakened and nor the MSP will be stopped after the implementation of the new farm bills. However, a nationwide bandh has been called by the farmer groups on the 8th of December. The farmers have asked the center to come up with a solution or a commitment from the center and did not want any further talks.