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Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: Believe Farmers Will Agree to More Talks, Says Govt as Protesters Seek 'Formal Dialogue'

Farmers’ Protest LIVE Updates: Two IPS officers who were leading the police force at Singhu border where hundreds of farmers have been on protest have tested positive for Covid-19, the Delhi Police said today.

News18.com | December 11, 2020, 20:45 IST

Farmers’ Protest LIVE Updates: Union minister Prakash Javdekar on Friday said the government believes that farmers will accept the demands for one more round of talks and no law and order situation will arise due to the protests even as the farmers planned to intensify their agitation on Saturday by blocking highways connecting Delhi with Jaipur and Agra.

Farmers have said that if the government wants to talk, that should be formally conveyed like in previous occasions. Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait asserted that anything less than scrapping of the new agri laws won’t be accepted. The government on Thursday asked farmer groups to consider its proposals for amending the Acts to address their concerns and said it was open to discussing its offer further whenever the unions want.

The Bhartiya Kisan Union today filed a petition in the Supreme Court asking it to quash three agricultural laws passed by Parliament in September as they were “illegal, arbitrary, approved in haste and will expose the farmers to corporate greed”.

Dec 11, 2020 20:45 (IST)

If Govt Wants to Talks to Farmers it Should Convey That Formally: BKU Leader Rakesh Tikait

If the government wants to talk to farmer leaders that should be formally conveyed like in previous occasions, said Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait on Friday, asserting that anything less…

Dec 11, 2020 19:54 (IST)

Don't Allow 'Anti-social' Elements to Use Your Platform: Tomar to Farmers | Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said some "anti-social elements" are conspiring to spoil the atmosphere of the peasants' movement under the guise of farmers and appealed the protesting farming community to be vigilant against their platform being misused. He also said the government is sensitive towards farmers and is in discussion with them and their representatives to resolve their concerns. Tagging a media report about posters coming up at farmers' Tikri Border protest site demanding release of some activists arrested under various charges, Tomar said, "Anti-social elements are conspiring to spoil the atmosphere of the peasant movement under the guise of farmers." 

Dec 11, 2020 19:39 (IST)

'May Even Result in Famines': Farmers Union Asks Supreme Court to Scrap 'Arbitary' Farm Laws

The Bhartiya Kisan Union on Friday filed a petition with the Supreme Court seeking the quashing of three new laws on agricultural reform which they say will drive down crop prices, dismantle the…

Dec 11, 2020 19:06 (IST)

On December 12, we will block the Delhi-Jaipur road. On the 14th, we will stage sit-in protests in front of DC offices, houses of BJP leaders and block Reliance and Adani toll plazas. There is no program to stop trains. The number of farmers coming here is increasing: Balbir S Rajewal, Bharatiya Kisan Union chief

Dec 11, 2020 18:05 (IST)

BJP to Hold Nationwide Programmes to Highlight Benefits of Three Farm Laws | With some farmer unions intensifying their protest against the central government over the recent agri reforms, the BJP has decided to hold nationwide programmes, including 'chaupal' in rural areas, to highlight the benefits of three farm laws. Party sources said events, including press conferences and public programmes, will be held in most of the over 700 districts of the country in this regard.

Dec 11, 2020 17:45 (IST)

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Dec 11, 2020 17:08 (IST)

Trade Unions Support Farmers Agitation | A joint platform of central trade unions reiterated its support to the farmers' agitation, saying that the Bharat Bandh call by them on December 8 was successful. Despite the bandh call, the unions had not gone on strike on December 8 and they lent their moral support to the farmers' agitation against three new farm bills. "The Joint Platform of Central Trade Unions reiterate rock-like solidarity with the Farmers' United Struggle. After the successful Bharat Bandh on 8th December called by the Farmers jointly, the Central Government cannot call this a 'Punjab question' any more," a statement by joint forum said. 

Dec 11, 2020 16:32 (IST)

Doing Most of Cleaning at Singhu Border, Claim Protesting Farmers

Garbage has been piling up at the Singhu border in Delhi where the farmers has been staying put for over a fortnight protesting the farm reform laws, with many complaining there has been little help…

Dec 11, 2020 16:15 (IST)

That these laws were passed hastily without having an adequate discussion and a ware reading of its provisions. The implementation of the acts in its current form will spell disaster for the forming community by opening a parallel market which is unregulated and gives enough place for exploitation of the Indian Farmers: Farmers' petition in Supreme Court

Dec 11, 2020 16:14 (IST)

The above said laws are unconstitutional and anti-farmer as per these laws formers position is vulnerable to corporate greed of multinational companies. These laws would dismantle the Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC) system intended to insure fair prices for form products: Farmers' petition in Supreme Court

Dec 11, 2020 16:00 (IST)

AAP to Lay Seige to Punjab Dist HQs | In solidarity with the call given by farmers, the AAP would lay siege to district headquarters across Punjab on December 14 against the new agrarian laws introduced by Modi government at the Centre: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)

Dec 11, 2020 15:40 (IST)

Don't Test Tolerance of Farmers: Pawar Tells Centre | NCP chief Sharad Pawar asked the government not to test the tolerance of the cultivators. Talking to reporters, the former Union agriculture minister also said that the protest at Delhi borders may spread elsewhere if no timely decision was taken by the Centre on the farmers' demands. He maintained that the farm bills concerned were passed in a "hurried" manner in the Parliament despite the opposition parties calling for a detailed discussion on them. 

Dec 11, 2020 15:15 (IST)

BKU Approaches SC over Farm Laws | The Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) approaches the Supreme Court against the three farm laws passed by the Parliament, claiming the laws will make farmers “vulnerable to corporate greed.”

Dec 11, 2020 15:13 (IST)

Actor Dharmendra Says in 'Pain to See Farmers Suffering' | "I am extremely in pain to see the suffering of my farmer brothers. Government should do something fast," Dharmendra wrote. Last week, the actor had urged the government to resolve the protests soon, citing the growing number of coronavirus cases in Delhi. "I request the government... please quickly find a solution the farmers' problems... the number of corona cases are on a rise in Delhi... it is painful," Dharmendra had written in a post. The veteran actor, however, soon deleted the post, without any explanation.

Dec 11, 2020 15:08 (IST)

The PM had spoken about this and I had assured on the floors of both the Houses. If it's being said in Parliament, it is a recorded document. It expresses the intention of the government. There can be no document more powerful than that. MSP will continue. No one should doubt it: Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar

Dec 11, 2020 15:02 (IST)

Govt Given Consent to Farmers' Demands: Tomar | Narendra Singh Tomar said that the government has given consent to the demands of amendments that they (the farmers) are looking for. "I am hopeful That Farmer Unions will consider Govt Proposal and they will be back to dialogue and Issue will be resolved soon," he said.

Dec 11, 2020 14:59 (IST)

"As an Agriculture Minister, I am with Farmers Union and always ready for dialogue. No law is completely bad, one may feel adversity, if we consider the provisions, the solution can be found. We have given consent to their demands of amendments they are looking for," Narendra Singh Tomar said.

Dec 11, 2020 14:57 (IST)

Opposition Scared of Goodwill of PM Modi: Tomar | Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said that the opposition parties are scared with increasing goodwill and image of PM Narendra Modi. "Opposition is trying to mislead the people and doing dirty politics. I urge farmer unions to be careful of anti-national elements who are taking opportunity through farmers agitation, This may hamper farmers' interests," Tomar said.

Dec 11, 2020 14:50 (IST)

Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said that the government has introduced the farm laws with a clean mindset. He added that the government "considers all their issues in Farmers-Govt 6 round meeting. We sent our proposal to farmers union but they rejected our proposals."

Dec 11, 2020 14:48 (IST)

Resolving the Deadlock Through Dialogue: Agriculture Minister | Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said that the government is in dialogue with the farmers union. "Government is trying to resolve this deadlock through dialogue. We all know the farmer agitation is going on for many days, We are continuously talking to Farmers and want to resolve their issues by explaining everything about farm laws," Tomar said. 

Dec 11, 2020 14:44 (IST)

"Agitation causes problems for the common people too. People of Delhi are facing troubles. So, they (farmers) should end their agitation in the interest of the common people and try to solve issues with the help of talks," Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said.

Dec 11, 2020 14:40 (IST)

Maharashtra Youth Congress protests outside Raosaheb Danve's house for his remarks against farmers agitation. Union minister Raosaheb Danve on Wednesday claimed that China and Pakistan were behind the ongoing protests by farmers, who are seeking repeal of three new farm laws. He also alleged that Muslims were earlier misled over the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and the National Register of Citizens, but as those efforts did not succeed, now farmers were being told that they will face losses due to the new laws.

Dec 11, 2020 14:22 (IST)

Will Find a Way to End Stalemate: Tomar | "I am sure that we will find a way to end this stalemate...I urge the farmers to break the deadlock...We made these laws keeping in mind the benefit that farmers will get," Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said.

Dec 11, 2020 14:17 (IST)

Farmers Should End Protest: Agriculture Minister | Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar appealed the farmers to end the protest and said that the government has sent a proposal to farmers as per discussion. "I want to tell all farmers that when there is a protest it affects the farmers as well...winter has set in...we are battling Covid-19....people are not happy with these protests....Farmers should end the protest," the agriculture minister said.

Dec 11, 2020 14:14 (IST)

READ | After Protestors Hold Posters Demanding Release of Intellectuals, Farmers Insist Stir 'Apolitical'

Farmer leaders on Thursday insisted that their ongoing protest against the Centre's new farm laws is "apolitical", after photos of protestors at the Tikri Border went viral in which they were seen…

Dec 11, 2020 13:58 (IST)

Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav on Friday accused the BJP of adopting a heartless attitude towards the demands of farmers, and said the global response to the stir has "deeply" hurt the image of India worldwide. Yadav's party has been backing the farmers' stir against three new agri laws.

Dec 11, 2020 13:40 (IST)

Two Police Officers Overseeing Security at Singhu Test Positive | Two senior Delhi Police officers heading security arrangements at Singhu border where thousands of farmers have been camping for two weeks have tested positive for COVID-19, an officer said said on Friday. Both the DCP-rank officers are in isolation, he said. Hundreds of police personnel have been deployed at the Singhu border point to prevent the protesters, demanding a rollback of the new farm laws, from entering the national capital. "Two senior police officers deployed at Singhu border tested positive for coronavirus a few days ago. Both of them are currently in isolation," a senior police officer said.

Dec 11, 2020 13:22 (IST)

Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala rebutted Piyush Goyal on central vista project and said that the parliament is made of people not ego. He also took a dig at the government for 'attacking' the farmers with water cannon, barbed wire for 'business interests'.

Dec 11, 2020 13:17 (IST)

Several Roads Remain Closed in Delhi Due to Protest | With thousands of farmers protesting against the Centre's new agri laws staying put at Delhi borders, several routes in the national capital remained off bounds for commuters on Friday. The Delhi Traffic Police took to Twitter to inform people about road closures and advised them to take alternative routes to avoid inconvenience. Farmers from different states have been camping at Delhi's Singhu, Tikri, Ghazipur and Chilla (Delhi-Noida) border points for nearly two weeks now to demand a repeal of the farm laws enacted in September. In a series of tweets, the Delhi Traffic Police said Tikri and Dhansa borders are closed for traffic movement, while Jhatikara border is open only for two-wheelers and pedestrians.

Dec 11, 2020 12:44 (IST)

Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav, expressing solidarity with farmers' agitation said, "The BJP government is ignoring the farmers by adopting a heartless attitude towards the demands of farmers." Akhilesh also said that the agitation will deeply hurt the democratic image of India worldwide.

Farmers Protest LIVE Updates: Believe Farmers Will Agree to More Talks, Says Govt as Protesters Seek 'Formal Dialogue'
Farmers shout slogans at Singhu border during their 'Delhi Chalo' protest march against the Centre's new farm laws. (PTI photo)

Two IPS officers who were leading the police force at Singhu border where hundreds of farmers have been on protest have tested positive for Covid-19, the Delhi Police said today, leading to fears of the disease’s spread in the crowd. Farmers agitating for the past two weeks against the new agri-marketing laws have, meanwhile, announced that they will block railway tracks if their demands are not met by the government. Hundreds of more farmers have left Armitsar for Delhi’s Kundli border on board 700 tractor trolleys.

The announcement by farmers came on a day Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar said it was not proper to announce the next stage of agitation when talks were continuing and urged the unions to return to the discussion table. Tomar also urged farmer union leaders to consider proposals sent to them to break the deadlock over protests and said the government is ready for further discussions with them any time.

“Centre has admitted that laws have been made for traders. If agriculture is a state subject, the central government does not have right to make laws on it,” said Balbir Singh Rajewal, another leader. Thousands of farmers have been protesting at various border points for almost two weeks seeking a repeal of the new agri laws, which they claim were aimed at benefitting corporates by weakening the mandi system and the minimum support price (MSP) regime for procurement of farm produce.

The government had on Wednesday proposed to give a “written assurance” that the existing MSP regime for procurement will continue. However, the farmers’ unions rejected the proposal and said they would intensify their agitation until the government accepts their demand for a complete repeal of the three laws.

The government has also proposed to make necessary amendments on at least seven issues, including one to allay fears about the weakening of the mandi system. “Five rounds of talks have already been held with the government, but they remained inconclusive. So far, the government has not sent us any invitation for another round of talks. If government sends us proposal for a meeting, we will decide it in our meeting,” another farmer leader Shiv Kumar Kakka told PTI.

Asked about solution to ongoing standoff with the government, Kakka said, “only God knows.” “We are facing a lot of difficulties due to cold weather and the COVID-19 pandemic, but despite this, we will continue our protest until our demands are met,” Kakka also added. Meanwhile, Chandigarh-based farmers’ organisation AIKCC, not one of the 40 unions that are protesting at Delhi borders seeking repeal of the farm laws, on Thursday welcomed the government’s gesture to keep the dialogue open with farm leaders.

BS Mann, founder of Bhartiya Kisan Union and chairman of All India Kisan Coordination Committee (AIKCC) — that represents 20-odd state level farmer organizations — said the committee’s suggestions made to the government in June for some changes in the three farm laws have “prima facie” been accepted. “It was noticed by the national committee that all the suggestions were prima facie accepted by the government which will lead to end this current stalemate,” AIKCC said in a statement.

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