Farmers protesting in Delhi vow to boycott Reliance products including Jio SIMs

Will block Delhi-Jaipur and Delhi-Agra highways on 12th December

New Delhi: Amid the ongoing protests by farmers in outskirts of Delhi over three farm laws passed by the parliament of India in September this year, the union leaders have said that farmers have decided to boycott services offered by corporate industrialists, Gautam Adani and Mukesh Ambani.

A major part of this stand will involve mobile connections by Reliance Jio – at present India’s leading mobile telecom operator by market share.

Addressing the press at Singhu border, the agitating farmer leader said that government has refused to roll back the laws despite their insistence in the past six rounds of meeting. This has compelled them to escalate their protest, a report by National Herald quoted farmer leaders as saying.

“We will block Delhi-Jaipur and Delhi-Agra highways on 12th December,” they said, adding that payments would not be made at toll plazas and all products of Adani and Reliance will be boycotted. “We will boycott Jio SIMs as well,” the report quoted the leaders as saying.

Following the development, micro-blogging site Twitter was flooded with posts empathising with the farmers, and the hashtag #BoycottAmbaniAdani began to trend.

On Wednesday, farmer leaders rejected the GoI’s proposal to amend the new agri laws, and announced they would intensify their agitation by blocking the Jaipur-Delhi and the Delhi-Agra expressways by Saturday, and escalating it to a nationwide protest on December 14.

Addressing a press conference in Delhi, farmer leader Shiv Kumar Kakka said there was nothing new in the GoI’s proposal, and that it was “completely rejected by the Sanyukta Kisan Committee” in its meeting on Wednesday.

Farmer union leaders termed the proposal an “insult” to the farmers of the country. They, however, said if the government sends a fresh proposal for talks, they may consider it.

The sixth round of talks between the government and farm union leaders, which was scheduled for Wednesday morning, was cancelled.

Reports quoting union leaders said that a  new ‘Delhi chalo’ (march to Delhi)’ call is being given to all farmers in the north India for December 14, while those in the South will be asked to protest at district headquarters.

The farmer leaders also said they would gherao BJP ministers, the party”s district offices and boycott its leaders on December 14. They said all toll plazas across the country will be made toll-free on December 12.

Darshan Pal, another farmer leader, said the protesters will block all highways to the national capital on December 14, and gherao district headquarters too.

The draft proposal was sent to the farmers on Wednesday, a day after Home Minister of India Amit Shah met their 13 representatives over the contentious legislations.

In the proposal, GoI had offered to give a “written assurance” to the farmers that the existing Minimum Support Price (MSP) regime for crop procurement will continue.

Pal said the farmers rejected the proposed amendments in the laws as they wanted nothing less than a complete withdrawal of the legislations.


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