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February 22, 2021 / 11:01 PM IST

Farmers' Protest Highlights |Tikait to address rallies in MP on March 8, says BKU

Farmers' Protest Highlights: The 'Delhi Chalo' farmers' protest at border points of New Delhi has entered the 89th day today

Farmers' Protest Highlights: The 'Delhi Chalo' farmers' protest at border points of New Delhi has entered the 89th day today. Thousands of farmers, especially from Punjab and Haryana, are staging a sit-in protest along Delhi borders. The protest started on November 26, 2020. The farmers are demanding a complete rollback of the new farm reform laws and a guarantee on the Minimum Support
Price (MSP) system being retained. Multiple rounds of talks between the Centre and the farmers’ union leaders have ended in a stalemate. Protesting farmers fear that the new laws will dismantle the MSP system and corporatise farming. The Supreme Court had earlier ordered a stay on the implementation of these contentious laws, hoping it will end the protest. The farm union leaders have also rejected the Centre's proposal to suspend implementation of the laws for 18 months. On January 26, the protest turned violent when some farmers deviated from a pre-decided route for their Republic Day tractor rally and clashed with police. Some protesters scaled the ramparts of the Red Fort. Several protestors and police personnel were injured in the ensuing clashes. The farmers' unions also held a 'chakka jam' on February 6 where they blocked national and state highways to protest the internet ban in areas near their agitation sites and harassment allegedly meted out to them by authorities, among other issues.
  • February 22, 2021 / 07:45 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Tikait to address rallies in MP on Mar 8, says BKU

    Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Singh Tikait will address rallies on March 8 in  Madhya Pradesh to drum up support against the Centre's new farm laws, a functionary of his outfit said. 

  • February 22, 2021 / 05:56 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates |  Delhi Police have arrested Jaspreet Singh, a resident of Delhi, who climbed up one of the tombs located on both sides of ramparts of Red Fort during Jan 26 violence. He is seen in offensive gesture holding steel tensile installed at Red Fort. (ANI) 

  • February 22, 2021 / 03:58 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Toolkit case: Lawyer Nikita Jacob, engineer Shantanu Muluk being questioned by police

    Lawyer Nikita Jacob and engineer Shantanu Muluk on Monday joined the probe in connection with the toolkit case and are being questioned at the Delhi Police's Cyber cell office in Dwarka, a senior police officer said.   The Delhi Police, probing the "toolkit Google doc" backing the farmers' agitation shared by climate activist Greta Thunberg, had arrested Bengaluru-based activist Disha Ravi while Jacob and Muluk were granted pre-arrest bail by a court.

    "Both Jacob and Muluk were served notice to join the probe and are currently being quizzed in connection with their alleged role in the toolkit case," the officer said. (PTI)

  • February 22, 2021 / 03:44 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Agriculture is the only business that belongs to "Bharat Mata": Rahul Gandhi

    After taking out a tractor rally in his constituency in solidarity with the agitating farmers, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday said agriculture is the only business that belongs to "Bharat Mata" and called upon the people to "force" the government to take back three farm laws brought the BJP-led central government.

    "The entire world can see the difficulties faced by Indian farmers. But the government in Delhi is unable to understand the pain of the farmers," Gandhi said addressing a meeting organised after the six kilometre tractor rally between Thrikkaipatta to Muttil in this hill district. "We have pop stars who are commenting on the situation of Indian farmers but the Indian government is not interested. They are not going to take back three laws unless they are forced," the Wayanad MP said. Read more here..

  • February 22, 2021 / 03:10 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Rakesh Tikait asks farmers not to destroy crops as his 'burn crop' warning taken literally

    Farmer leader Rakesh Tikait has issued a clarification on his warning that farmers would burn their crops if there was a crackdown on their protest against the three new farm reform laws. This happened after a group of farmers in Haryana's Jind started pulling crops off their fields.

    At a ‘mahapanchayat’ in Hisar last week, Tikait said that the Centre should not be under any misconception that farmers would go back for crop harvesting. “If they insisted (cracking down the protest), then we will burn our crops. They should not think that the protest will end in two months. We will harvest as well as protest,” he said. Continue reading...

  • February 22, 2021 / 02:19 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Rahul Gandhi, in Wayanad, Kerala: Entire world can see the difficulty faced by Indian farmers but the government is unable to understand the pain of the farmers. We have pop stars who are commenting on the situation pf the farmers, but the Indian government is not interested.

  • February 22, 2021 / 01:29 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Nikita, Shantanu join Delhi Police's Toolkit probe

    Activists Nikita Jacob and Shantanu Muluk joined the investigation into the 'Toolkit' case on Monday at Delhi Police's cyber cell office. The development came after the Delhi Police contacted Jacob and Muluk over phone and issued notices, respectively. Both had assured they would join the investigation on Monday.

    The cyber cell in Dwarka here would question them over the toolkit case as their roles need to be established with the evidence. The three accused in the case: Shantanu, Nikita and Disha Ravi might be questioned simultaneously and also confronted with each other with the evidence the cyber cell has against them. (Ians)

  • February 22, 2021 / 12:36 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Centre should not make repealing farm laws a prestige issue: Amarinder Singh

    Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Sunday appealed to the Centre not to make revoking its three farm laws a prestige issue and consider so to find a long-term solution to the problem. Observing that an early resolution to the problem was critical to the safety of Punjab, witnessing a surge in smuggling of weapons into the state from across the border during the past 5-6 months, he asserted that he and his government continue to stand with farmers on the issue.

    He said even in his written speech submitted to the Niti Aayog for circulation during its Saturday's meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he had categorically underscored the need for an urgent resolution of the current agitation to the satisfaction of protesting farmers by addressing all their grievances. It is farmers who have to decide what is in their interest and to what extent they are willing to compromise, if at all, on their demand for the repeal of the farm laws, said the chief minister in a statement. (PTI)

  • February 22, 2021 / 11:50 AM IST

     Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Centre's farm laws will hit MP wheat growers hardest: Kamal Nath

    Wheat growers in Madhya Pradesh will be the worst hit by the Centre's new farm laws as it would force them to sell their produce to private players at throwaway prices instead of MSP, state Congress chief Kamal Nath said on Sunday. He said MP was the highest wheat producer in the country but it had started to fall behind Punjab.'

    "Wheat growers in MP will be the biggest losers due to the new laws, which encourage sale of wheat to private parties at throwaway prices. Farmers will not be able to reap benefits of the minimum support price (MSP) mechanism," Nath told party workers in a meeting.

  • February 22, 2021 / 11:22 AM IST

     Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Gul Panag visits Ghazipur border to show solidarity

    As the farmers' protests against the farm laws continues at the borders of the national capital, Bollywood actress Gul Panag on Sunday visited the Ghazipur border site to show her solidarity. She met Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) spokesperson Rakesh Tikait at the protest site and reiterated her support for the protesters.

    Gul, who is among the many Bollywood actors to extend their support to the farmers, told IANS: "I myself belong to a family of farmers and have arrived here to show my support for the farmers."

  • February 22, 2021 / 10:58 AM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Addressing a gathering, Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh flayed the Centre's move of denying permission to a group of pilgrims going to Pakistan. He further said the central government refused permission for going to Nankana Sahib as it wanted Sikhs to withdraw from the ongoing farmers' agitation against the new farm laws.

    "We today want to ask Government of India why it has stopped our 'jatha' and what do you want from us. I have come to know that the government wants Sikhs to return from farmers' agitation. But it will never happen. Sikhs are contributing to 'kisan andolan' and they will continue to do so no matter even if Centre stops 'jathas' every year," said the Akal Takht Jathedar in his address.

  • February 22, 2021 / 10:25 AM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Gherao Delhi cops if they come to arrest you: BKU's Balbir Singh Rajewal to farmers

    Alleging that notices are being served on people backing the agitation against the farm laws, BKU leader Balbir Singh Rajewal on Sunday asked farmers to gherao Delhi Police personnel if they come to their villages to make an arrest. The BKU (Rajewal) leader also asked the Amarinder Singh-led Punjab government that the state police should not cooperate with the Delhi cops.  

    If the Delhi Police personnel come to arrest you, gather the entire village and oppose them," Rajewal told farmers at a "Kisan-Mazdoor Ekta Maha Rally in Punjab's Barnala on Sunday. The rally was organised by the Bharti Kisan Union (Ekta Ugrahan) and the Punjab Khet Mazdoor Union. Two days ago, Haryana BKU chief Gurnam Singh Chaduni had made a similar appeal. Rajewal asked farmers not to appear before the Delhi Police if they get notices for joining investigation and told them to 'gherao' the Delhi Police personnel if they come to make an arrest.