After a dramatic turn of events yesterday at Haridwar, a large group of farmers has convened a mahapanchayat in the Sauram town of Muzaffarnagar district, Uttar Pradesh tomorrow to address the issue of ongoing wrestlers protest.
Bharatiya Kisan Union chief and the head of the Balyan Khap Naresh Tikait has informed that at the Mahapanchayat in the Sauram Chaupal, the wrestlers protest will be the central issue of discussion.
The mahapanchayat, as the name suggests is expected to be a huge gathering of the farmers and the heads of different khaps and their representatives from various northern states such as Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Delhi and Rajasthan.
The agenda of the meeting will be to discuss the next steps to be taken to make the impact of the wrestlers protest larger.
India’s ace wrestlers Sakshee Mallikh, Bajrang Punia and Vinesh Phogat have been protesting since January who gave a break in the middle for some period, resumed their protest outside Jantar Mantar in Delhi on April 23.
The wrestlers are in protest demanding action against the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) chief Brijbhusan Sharan Singh, whom they have accused of sexual harrasment of female athletes including some minors.
Singh is a sitting BJP MP from Uttar Pradesh, said to have a wide influence over almost 6 Lok Sabha seats in the state.
On Tuesday, the wrestlers reached Haridwar to immerse the medals won by them in Ganga as a part of their protest.
The wrestlers were in view that there is no point of them keeping the medals which brought pride to the country after their years of hardship as their voice is being unheard by the government.
However, Naresh Tikait and other leaders of the Khap reached the banks of Ganga at Haridwar and convinced the protesting wrestlers to hold off the idea of immersion of medals giving an ultimatum to the Centre for five days.
On May 28, the day of new Parliament inauguration, the protesting wrestlers leading a large group of crowd marched towards the Parliament building but were detained by the Delhi police midway and FIRs were registered against some for law and order violations.
Visuals of tussle between the wrestlers and the police also surfaced, where both the sides were seen grappling with another.
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