Autorickshaws and the taxi union have issued a clarification stating that they will not go on a strike in Delhi in support of protesting farmers.
On Tuesday, Delhi Autorickshaw Union and Delhi Pradesh Taxi Union said the driver can not afford to protest as they are already facing a decline in work opportunities due to nationwide lockdown.
Rajendar Soni, General Secretary of Delhi Autorickshaw Union and Delhi Pradesh Taxi Union said, “We’re with protesting farmers like the entire country. But I’d like to clarify that Delhi autorickshaws and taxis won’t go on strike. We’re already been out of work for four months and can’t afford to go on strikes now.”
He alleged painting farmers’ issues as a political agenda. He said, “This has become a political matter. The unions that are protesting are making the issue political on Congress’ biding. In this situation with the COVID-19 infection all around, we don’t want to give inconvenience to the people of Delhi, and it’s our duty to stand with them.”
Around 32 farmers organizations from Punjab, Gujarat, Haryana and Maharashtra have assembled to protest against the Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce Act, 2020, the Farmer Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020, the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.
Finally, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar has agreed to talk along with the Union farmers, on December 3.