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Delhi rain fails to dampen ongoing farmers’ agitation

New Delhi: The national capital witnessed the heaviest rainfall in the last 18 years along Friday and Saturday, but that did not deter the farmers from carrying their ongoing protest along the city outskirts against the three contentious farm laws.

Pictures of Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait, holding fort at the protest site submerged waist-deep, were picked up by several news outlets. Supporters, who sat with him at the Gazipur border, remained calm in face of the incessant rain.

The Safdarjung observatory has recorded around 98 mm of rainfall till 8.30 am Saturday.

The protest has stretched for a year now as farmers are demanding repealing of the farm laws, which they allege are detrimental to the interest of the farmers.

There seems to be no end in sight of the protest, even as several rounds of discussions between the government and the farmers’ representatives yielded have come a cropper.

Meanwhile, the ongoing agitation by the farmers at Karnal in Haryana ended on Saturday after the State Government sent IAS officer Ayush Sinha on leave pending the outcome of a probe. Sinha is alleged to have used derogatory terms against the agitating farmers last week which led to the deadlock with the district administration.

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