Modi cancels Punjab visit after farmers block roads

Farmers protest against Modi's visit in Punjab. [Photo: Twitter/Tractor2]

Punjab: Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi cancelled his visit to Ferozpur in Punjab after farmers blocked three approach roads to the rally where Modi was supposed to speak, reports said on Wednesday.

This was Modi’s first visit to the state after the repeal of the contentious three farm laws. The committee members had given a call to disrupt the Prime Minister’s rally as the GoI is silent on the minimum support price (MSP) issue. As per reports, the protesting farmers belong to the Kisan Mazdoor Sangarsh Committee (KMSC).

People took to Twitter and put out pictures of the massive protests with ‘Go Back Modi’ reverberating across regions of the state.

“I look forward to being among my sisters and brothers of Punjab today. At a programme in Ferozepur, the foundation stone of development works worth Rs. 42,750 crore would be laid, which will improve the quality of life for the people,” the PM had tweeted early in the morning on Wednesday.

GoI minister Mansukh Mandaviya today announced that Modi cancelled his scheduled visit “due to some reasons”.

“Today morning PM landed at Bathinda from where he was to go to National Martyrs Memorial at Hussainiwala by helicopter. Due to rain and poor visibility, PM waited for about 20 minutes for the weather to clear out. When the weather didn’t improve, it was decided that he would visit the National Marytrs Memorial via road, which would take more than 2 hours. He proceeded to travel by road after necessary confirmation of necessary security arrangements by the DGP Punjab Police,” the Ministry of Home Affairs India said.

“Around 30 kms away from National Martyrs Memorial in Hussainiwala, when the PM’s convoy reached a flyover, it was found that the road was blocked by some protestors. The PM was stuck on a flyover for 15-20 minutes. This was a major lapse in the security of PM,” it added.


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