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Delhi recorded a minimum of 17.6 degrees Celsius on Tuesday, 10 notches below normal and the lowest temperature ever logged in the month of June, the India Meteorological Department said. The maximum temperature in the national capital settled at 33.6 degrees Celsius, seven notches below normal, it said. Kuldeep Srivastava, the head of the IMD’s regional forecasting centre, said Delhi recorded an all-time low for June on Tuesday owing to overnight rainfall, thunderstorm and gusty winds under the influence of a western disturbance.
Before this, the capital had recorded a minimum of 18 degrees Celsius on June 17, 2006.
The city received 15.6 mm rainfall in the 24-hour period ending 8.30 am on Tuesday.
The weather office has forecast a partly cloudy sky with very light rain and thundershowers for Wednesday.
Amid a raging Covid-19 pandemic, farmers’ unions agitating on the borders of the capital have decided against crowding at protest sites here and asked supporters to put black flags atop their homes to mark six months of their agitation demanding repeal of the three farm laws.
‘Farmers are present at the protest sites and we will mark Buddha Poornima on May 26 and also observe ‘Black Day’ against the seven years of the oppressive Modi government,’ Kulwant Sandhu, leader of the Samyukt Kisan Morcha, told DH.
He said the farmers have decided to avoid getting any undue attention to the three protest sites against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic and have asked supporters to put up black flags on their homes.
After the outbreak of the second wave of Corona in the country, the media may have ignored the farmers and tried to give the impression that there were no protests on the borders of Delhi, but the farmers have not taken a step back from their struggle. Their protest on the Delhi border on Wednesday will complete nine months.
Farmers have declared this day as Black Day. While thousands of farmers have flocked to Delhi from Punjab and Haryana to participate in Black Day, 12 key opposition parties, including the Congress, have also announced their support for Black Day.
Thousands of farmers leave for Delhi
According to initial reports, a large number of farmers have left Karnal for Haryana for Delhi. On the other hand, there have been reports of farmers leaving Sangrur and other areas of Punjab for Delhi.
Farmers leaving Haryana will reach Sanghu border. According to farmers’ leaders, thousands of farmers will arrive at the demonstrations by Wednesday.
The farmers have once again demanded resumption of talks with the Prime Minister but the government has shown a cold shoulder while the farmers are ready for further struggle.
Joint statement issued in support of 12 political parties
Twelve key opposition parties, including the Congress, TMC, NCP, Left Front, Samajwadi Party and DMK, have backed the farmers’ announcement to observe Black Day across the country on May 29.
In a joint statement issued on Sunday, Sonia Gandhi, Sharad Pawar, former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Uddhav Thackeray, MK Stalin and Hemant Soren called on the central government to refrain from bigotry. Come and immediately resume the dialogue with the farmers.
The opposition, while acknowledging the demand of the farmers, has also demanded the repeal of the three agricultural laws.
Other leaders who signed the statement include Farooq Abdullah, Akhilesh Yadav, Tejsui Yadav, D Raja and Sitaram Yechury. The statement said, “We support the slogan of nationwide protest given by the Farmers ‘Front on May 29, after nine months of peaceful farmers’ protest.”
Letter to the Prime Minister for repeal of laws
Opposition leaders said they had written a joint letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 12, urging the central government to repeal the three agricultural laws and force millions of “donors” to protest. Avoid getting infected with code. ”
The call for resumption of talks proved to be a resounding success
On Friday, the Samyukta Kisan Morcha sent a letter to Prime Minister Modi appealing for resumption of talks, but his appeal proved to be a resounding success. Farmers say that if they do not receive a positive response by May 25, they will announce a strategy to intensify the protests.