Farmers' Protest Highlights: Centre, farmers' Unions meeting postponed to January 20
Farmers' Protest Highlights: The 'Delhi Chalo' farmers' agitation has entered the 54th day. The tenth round of talks between the Centre and the leaders of farmers' unions is expected to be held tomorrow.
Farmers' Protest Highlights: The 'Delhi Chalo' farmers' protest at border points of New Delhi has entered the 54th 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. 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. On January 12, the Supreme Court ordered a stay on the implementation of these contentious laws hoping it will end the farmers' protest. The apex court also constituted a four-member panel of agricultural experts to resolve the impasse between their farmers' union leaders and the Centre. However, in their response to what the court called an extraordinary order of stay, the farmer unions made it clear that they will not call off the protest until the three reform laws enacted in September are repealed. The next round of talks are expected to be held tomorrow.
Farmers' protest LIVE updates | File image: Farmers listen to a speaker as they block a major highway in a protest against new farm reform laws while it rains at the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh state border on January 4, 2021. (Image: AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | If politicians come to support us, we won't push them out, says Bharatiya Kisan Union Chief Gurnam Singh Chaduni
Several political people visit our tent but it doesn't mean we are misusing them or vice versa. We never took anyone to the stage. People who are against us also come here. If they will come here to support us, we won't push them out but welcome them: Bharatiya Kisan Union Chief
Farmer's Protest LIVE Updates | We know resolution of farmer protest would not happen tomorrow, BKU's Rakesh Tikait
Bhartiya Kisan Union's Spokesperson Rakesh Tikait while commenting on tomorrow's meeting with government stated that resolution of farmer protest would not happen tomorrow and they know it. He also added that they have come with full preparations and are not leaving anytime soon.
We've come here with full preparations, we're not leaving anytime soon. We know that it (resolution of farmer protest) would not happen tomorrow. It (talks) might drag further for a month or two: Rakesh Tikait, Spokesperson, Bhartiya Kisan Union on tomorrow's meeting with govt pic.twitter.com/x0gAHXo5dE
Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Whenever there's a protest, BJP tries to malign it, Chhattisgarh CM says
Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel on January 18 hit out at BJP stating wherever there is protest, they try to to malign it. "As for protesting farmers, sometimes they (BJP) called them Pakistani or Khalistani. They even alleged that farmers are middleman's broker. Regardless of their attempts to suppress, farmers won't be scared," he said.
Whenever there's a protest, BJP tries to malign it. As for protesting farmers, sometimes they (BJP) called them Pakistani or Khalistani. They even alleged that farmers are middleman's broker. Regardless of their attempts to suppress, farmers won't be scared: Chhattisgarh CM pic.twitter.com/VrXKuR8TYC
Farmers Protest LIVE Updates | Just a few people disagreeing, says Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan
Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan said on January 18 that the protests against the Centre’s farm laws were just a few people in disagreement and added that the changes allow farmers to sell their produce anywhere like traders.
Speaking to reporters in Betul, the Union Minister for Petroleum and Gas also took a swipe at protesters claiming it was difficult to make those understand who wanted to remain asleep.
“The disagreement of a few people cannot be called a farmers agitation. Is it there in Betul? MP Agriculture Minister Kamal Patel has shared his experiences with me. We are talking in a straight manner and are able to put forth our views in villages.”
January 18, 2021 / 06:09 PM IST
Farmers Protest LIVE Updates | Condemn issuance of NIA notices to farmers, says Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh
I strongly condemn the issuance of NIA notices to various farmers and their supporters in the midst of the anti-farm laws agitation. Do our farmers look like secessionists and terrorists? Instead of resolving the issue, @BJP4India is resorting to harassment of our farmers.
Farmers Protest LIVE Updates | Samyukt Kisan Morcha distances itself from Bhartiya Kisan Union Chief after political outreach allegation
Sanyukt Kisan Morcha has announced that it was not associated with the “all-party meeting” attended by Bhartiya Kisan Union President Gurnam Singh Chadungi. The BKU Haryana president was removed from the Sanyukt Kisan Morcha committee on January 18 over allegations that in an unwarranted move, he met political leaders in New Delhi to organise a ‘Jain Sansad’. Gurnam Singh Chanduni has been barred from attending a proposed meeting of farmer unions slated to be held on January 19. (With ANI inputs)
January 18, 2021 / 04:20 PM IST
Farmers Protest LIVE Updates | Farmers refuse to get vaccinated against COVID-19 till all 3 farm laws are repealed
Farmers protesting against the Centre’s three new Agri reform laws since November 2020 have stated that they would not return to their natives to get COVID-19 vaccine shots until the Centre repeals all the three farm laws, reported the Hindustan Times.
January 18, 2021 / 03:08 PM IST
Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | In this tweet from news agency ANI: Visuals of farmers holding a tractor rally at the Chandigarh-Punjab border.
Chandigarh: Thousands of farmers hold a tractor march at Chandigarh-Punjab border against the three farm laws introduced by the Centre. pic.twitter.com/iCqWM5MrHd
Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Farmers have constitutional right to take out tractor rally: Unions
Protesting union leaders today said that farmers have a constitutional right to take out their tractor rally peacefully and asserted that thousands of people will participate in the proposed event on January 26. The Supreme Court said that the Delhi Police is the first authority to decide the entry of protesting farmers into the national capital.
Bhartiya Kisan Union (Lakhowal) Punjab general secretary Paramjit Singh said that farmers are not going to hold their rally on Rajpath and in other high-security areas, adding that they would only take out it on the Outer Ring Road in Delhi and that there will be no disruption in the official Republic Day parade. (Input from PTI)
January 18, 2021 / 02:06 PM IST
Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates |Anti-national powers backing farmers: BJP MP
BJP Member of Parliament Virendra Singh Mast said yesterday that anti-national powers are backing the farmers protesting against the Centre's farm reform laws and their agitation does not represent the entire farming community of the country. The Ballia MP also accused farmers of not having faith in the judiciary and the executive.
"Some anti-national powers are active behind the farmers, who are protesting against the farm laws. The protesting farmers do not have faith in the judiciary and the executive," he told reporters.
"The protest against the farm laws by farmers is a rehearsal for the West Bengal assembly elections. This agitation does not represent farmers of the entire country," he added. (Input from PTI)