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Delhi Police Deny Putting State Chief Under House Arrest Ahead of Nationwide Farmers' Strike

© AP Photo / Saurabh DasAam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal
Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal - Sputnik International
Since 26 November, farmers have been protesting on the outskirts of Delhi against the farm laws recently passed by the Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance government. The farmers have called for a nationwide shutdown on 8 December (Tuesday).

Delhi Police have denied the Aam Aadmi Party's claim that its party president and Chief Minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal has been put under house arrest on Tuesday to stop him from participating in the nationwide shutdown called by farmers.

The Aam Aadmi Party  earlier said that after returning from the protest site, Kejriwal had been put under house arrest by the Delhi police.

​Earlier on Monday, Kejriwal had visited Singhu Border, one of the main protest sites, and had extended his support to the farmers. 

Farmers shout slogans after burning an effigy during a protest against the newly passed farm bills at Singhu border near Delhi, India, November 28, 2020 - Sputnik International
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He said that the Aam Aadmi Party completely supports the farmers who are fighting against the 'black laws' passed by the Modi government.

India is observing a nationwide shutdown at the request of farmers. Over a dozen political parties, including the country's main opposition Congress party, and several unions have come out in support of farmers who have accused the government of backing away from its role as a price guarantor and allowing produce pricing to be influenced by market forces.

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