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Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates: Democracy in India Only in Your Imagination Now, Says Rahul Gandhi as Cops Detain Priyanka Gandhi, Stop Congress March

File photo of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi.

File photo of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi.

Farmers' Protest Live Updates: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi came down heavily on Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Union government after meeting President Ram Nath Kovind seeking his intervention into the impasse between protesting farmers and the Centre over the latter's new agri reform laws.

Farmers’ Protest Live Updates: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi came down heavily on Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Union government after meeting President Ram Nath Kovind seeking his intervention into the impasse between protesting farmers and the Centre over the latter’s new agri reform laws. “PM Modi is making money for the crony capitalists. Whoever will try to stand against him will be called terrorist - be it farmers, labourers and even Mohan Bhagwat. There is no democracy in India. It can be in your imagination, but not in reality," Gandhi said as Delhi Police took Congress leaders into custody in Mandir Marg police station during their march to Rashtrapati Bhavan on Thursday.

Gandhi said, “You have an incompetent man who does not understand anything and running a system on the behalf of three or four other people who understand everything. China is still at the border. It has snatched away thousands of kms of the land of India. Why doesn’t the PM speak about it, why is he silent?"

Earlier, during the demonstration, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra accused the Centre of “treating the farmers unfairly". “The farmers are being treated unfairly. We are undertaking this march to voice our support for the farmers. Any dissent against this government is classified as having elements of terror," she said as the Congress’ march to Rashtrapati Bhavan was stopped by Delhi police.

The Congress, led by Rahul Gandhi, demonstrated a protest against the Centre’s new agri laws, in support of the ongoing farmers’ protest in Delhi’s Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur borders. Gandhi, along with other senior Congress leaders, is set to meet President Ram Nath Kovind and submit a memorandum containing 2 crore signatures seeking his intervention into the crisis.

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Meanwhile, farmers’ unions on Wednesday reiterated that talks could only begin when the Centre repeals the new farm reform laws and have reportedly demanded a revised cost of production that will increase the minimum support price (MSP).

Here are live updates:

- Gandhi said, “You have an incompetent man who does not understand anything and running a system on the behalf of three or four other people who understand everything. China is still at the border. It has snatched away thousands of kms of the land of India. Why doesn’t the PM speak about it, why is he silent?"

- ‘Democracy Only in Your Imagination,’ Rahul Gandhi Blasts PM Modi | Congress leader Rahul Gandhi came down heavily on Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Union government after meeting President Ram Nath Kovind seeking his intervention into the impasse between protesting farmers and the Centre over the latter’s new agri reform laws. “PM Modi is making money for the crony capitalists. Whoever will try to stand against him will be called terrorist - be it farmers, labourers and even Mohan Bhagwat. There is no democracy in India. It can be in your imagination, but not in reality," Gandhi said as Delhi Police took Congress leaders into custody in Mandir Marg police station during their march to Rashtrapati Bhavan on Thursday.

- ‘To Ensure Voices of Farmers Reach Govt is Opposition’s Responsibility’, Says Priyanka Gandhi | “It is our responsibility as opposition that we make sure that the voices of the farmers reach the government and it is the responsibility of the government to listen to them. A solution to this could only be found if the government starts to listen to these farmers," said Priyanka Gandhi.

- ‘Farmers Being Treated Unfairly’, Says Priyanka Gandhi as Delhi Police Stop Congress’ March to Rashtrapati Bhavan | “The farmers are being treated unfairly. We are undertaking this march to voice our support for the farmers. Any dissent against this government is classified as having elements of terror," she said as the Congress’ march to Rashtrapati Bhavan was stopped by Delhi police.

- Congress veteran Ghulam Nabi Azad, Rahul Gandhi and other senior leaders at the party headquarter:

- Security remained tight at the Delhi borders with hundreds of personnel deployed at Singhu, Ghazipur and Tikri as thousands of farmers have been staging their protests at the borders for nearly a month now. This has also led to traffic congestion forcing police to divert vehicular movement.

- Delhi Traffic police updated that Chilla & Gazipur borders are closed for any vehicular movement coming from Noida and Gaziabad to Delhi due to farmer protests. People are advised to take alternate route for coming to Delhi via Anand Vihar, DND, Apsara, Bhopra and Loni borders

- Rahul Gandhi will lead demonstration today at 10:45am from Vijay Chowk to Rashtrapati Bhavan with Congress MPs. After that he and other senior leaders will meet the President of India & submit a memorandum containing 2 crore signatures for his intervention, said Congress MP K Suresh.

- The farmers unions have written to the Ministry of Agriculture saying that they were ready for talks only “if the Centre came out with with a concrete proposal without repeating proposed changes to the farm refom laws offered earlier," The Times of India reported.

- Meanwhile, Rashtriya Lok Dal national vice-president Jayant Chaudhary on Wednesday asked farmers to unite against the farm reform laws and said his party will back them. Paying tributes to his grandfather and former prime minister Chaudhary Charan Singh on his birth anniversary, the RLD leader said if farmers failed to raise their voice against the laws, then they may lose their land and identity.

- DMK chief M K Stalin on Wednesday targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the continuing agitation by farmers in Delhi, accusing him of not taking steps to end their nearly a month long protest. Also charging Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami with betraying farmers by backing the Centre’s new farm reform laws, he alleged the laws would wreck the livelihoods of farmers.

- Besides, langars (community kitchens) and night shelters have also been set up at the protest venues. Medicines and ambulance facility are also being provided to the agitating farmers, he added.

- The Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee (DSGMC) on Wednesday provided 700 water geysers to the farmers protesting against the Centre’s farm reform laws at the national capital’s borders in the biting cold. Thousands of farmers from Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and some other states have been camping at several entry points of Delhi for nearly a month, demanding the Centre repeal the three agri reform laws.

- Modi will also interact with farmers from six states during the event, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said. “The farmers will share their experiences with PM-KISAN and also on various other initiatives taken by the government for the welfare of farmers," it said.

- Prime Minister Narendra Modi will release the next instalment of the financial benefits under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) on Friday via video-conferencing, his office said on Wednesday. With the push of a button, Modi will enable the transfer of more than Rs 18,000 crore to over nine crore beneficiary farmer families, it added.

- Farmers unions on Wednesday reiterated that talks could only begin when the Centre repeals the new farm reform laws and have reportedly demanded for a revised cost of production that will increase the minimum support price (MSP).

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