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March 02, 2021 / 03:53 PM IST

Farmers' Protest Highlights: One side of Ghazipur border opens for traffic

Farmers' Protest Highlights: The 'Delhi Chalo' farmers' protest at border points of New Delhi has entered the 97th day today

Farmers' Protest Highlights: The 'Delhi Chalo' farmers' protest at border points of New Delhi has entered the 97th 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.
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    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | What happened over the last month

    The Supreme Court 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.

     

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  • March 02, 2021 / 03:03 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Not afraid of coronavirus, won't take jabs: Farmer leaders in vulnerable age group

    Protesting farmer leaders in the vulnerable age group yesterday said they are not afraid of coronavirus and won't take vaccine jabs, even as the second phase of vaccination drive got underway to inoculate senior citizens and those above 45 with underlying medical conditions.

    However, they also said they will not stop any farmer camping at several Delhi borders from getting vaccinated as it is an individual choice.

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  • March 02, 2021 / 02:31 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | One side of Ghazipur border opens for traffic

    One side of the Ghazipur border, the site of the farmers' protest, was opened for traffic today, police said.

    The stretch was closed since January 26 when violence broke out during the farmers' tractor parade in the national capital on Republic Day. The one side of the road which goes towards Ghaziabad from Delhi was opened for traffic in the morning, a senior police officer said. The other side of the road is still closed, he added. (Input from PTI)

  • March 02, 2021 / 02:02 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Opposition will get even fewer seats in next Lok Sabha election if it continues to misguide farmers: Piyush Goyal

    Railways Minister Piyush Goyal yesterday said if the opposition continues to "misguide" farmers, it will end up getting even fewer seats in the next Lok Sabha election. The Union Minister of Railways, Commerce and Industry, and Consumer Affairs was speaking to reporters at Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur's official residence

    "Opposition should not misguide farmers (on farm reform laws)," Goyal said. Avoiding a question on how much loss the Railways incurred due to the farmers' agitation, Goyal alleged the opposition Congress had misguided people on various issues and that was why electors reduced it to just a few seats in the general election, and the party was unable to secure the post of the Leader of Opposition. (Input from PTI)

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  • March 02, 2021 / 01:21 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | One side of Ghazipur border opens for traffic

    One side of the Ghazipur border, the site of the farmers' protest, was opened for traffic today, police said.

    The stretch was closed since January 26 when violence broke out during the farmers' tractor parade in the national capital on Republic Day. The one side of the road which goes towards Ghaziabad from Delhi was opened for traffic in the morning, a senior police officer said. The other side of the road is still closed, he added. (Input from PTI)

  • March 02, 2021 / 12:49 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | PM Narendra Modi says farmers should get more avenues to sell crops

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday emphasised on farmers getting more avenues to sell crops and said a food processing revolution was needed in the country for value addition to farm produce and to realise better prices.

    Addressing a webinar on effective implementation of Budget provisions regarding the Agriculture Ministry, he underlined the need for increased participation of private players in the farm sector, including in research and development (R&D) work.

    Without making any direct reference to the three new farm reform laws or to the three-month-old agitation by farmers, PM Modi said there is a need for expanding options for the country's farming community to sell agricultural produce. "Today the need of the hour is that farmers of the country get more and more options to sell their produce," he said. (Input from PTI)

  • March 02, 2021 / 12:07 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Court grants one week to Delhi Police to file reply to Nikita Jacob

    A court today granted a week's time to the Delhi Police to file reply to the anticipatory bail plea of Nikita Jacob, a co-accused along with Disha Ravi in connection with allegedly being involved in sharing a "toolkit" on social media related to the farmers' protest.

    Additional Sessions Judge Dharmender Rana allowed the police plea to grant it time till March 9 after the public prosecutor said the agency needed time to file a detailed reply to Jacob's plea. The court is scheduled to hear the anticipatory bail plea of another co-accused, Shantanu Muluk, on March 9.

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  • March 02, 2021 / 11:39 AM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Opposition will get even fewer seats in next Lok Sabha election if it continues to misguide farmers: Piyush Goyal

    Railways Minister Piyush Goyal yesterday said if the opposition continues to "misguide" farmers, it will end up getting even fewer seats in the next Lok Sabha election. The Union Minister of Railways, Commerce and Industry, and Consumer Affairs was speaking to reporters at Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur's official residence

    "Opposition should not misguide farmers (on farm reform laws)," Goyal said. Avoiding a question on how much loss the Railways incurred due to the farmers' agitation, Goyal alleged the opposition Congress had misguided people on various issues and that was why electors reduced it to just a few seats in the general election, and the party was unable to secure the post of the Leader of Opposition. (Input from PTI)

  • March 02, 2021 / 11:18 AM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Farmers to block KMP Expressway on March 6: SKM leader

    Protesting farmers will block the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal Expressway on March 6, a Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) leader said yesterday. Balbir Singh Rajewal said that a call has been given to farmers camping at three Delhi border points to block the KMP Expressway from 11.00 am to 5.00 pm on March 6. (Input from PTI)

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  • March 02, 2021 / 10:45 AM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Toolkit case: Delhi Court said it will hear Nikita Jacob's plea, seeking anticipatory bail, on March 9. The court granted time to Delhi Police to file a reply on her anticipatory bail plea.

  • March 02, 2021 / 10:11 AM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Punjab assembly pays tributes to farmers who died during stir against farm laws

    The Punjab Assembly on Monday paid tributes to the farmers and farm labourers who died during the ongoing agitation against the Centre's three agricultural reform laws. Several farmers who were part of the agitation against the three farm legislations had died of varied reasons, including health issues like heart attack and accidents. A two-minute silence was observed in the memory of departed souls as a mark of respect during the obituary references.

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