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Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates: Women farmers take centre stage at Delhi protest sites

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.

March 08, 2021 / 04:01 PM IST
Farmers' Protest News: File image of the 'Delhi Chalo' farmers' protest at border points of New Delhi. (Image: AP)

Farmers' Protest News: File image of the 'Delhi Chalo' farmers' protest at border points of New Delhi. (Image: AP)


Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates: The 'Delhi Chalo' farmers' protest at border points of New Delhi has entered the 102nd 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. Stay tuned to this LIVE blog for all the latest updates: 

4.00 pm:

Women farmers take centre stage at protest sites

Thousands of women farmers held protest marches and delivered speeches at the Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur protest sites at Delhi’s borders on International Women’s Day.

Noting that women contribute significantly to the country’s farming sector, the organisers have laid out elaborate plans to let women farmers manage the stage, arrange food and security and share tales of their struggles on the occasion.

“The stage is being managed by women, the speakers are all women and the issues that are being discussed are of both farming and women farmers more specifically,” farmer leader Kavitha Kuruganti told PTI on Monday.

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3.30 pm

Entry, exit gates of stations on Tikri Kalan-Brig Hoshiar Singh section of Green Line closed: DMRC

Entry and exit gates of stations on the Tikri Kalan-Brigadier Hoshiar Singh section of the Delhi Metro's Green Line have been closed for security reasons, the DMRC said.

Tikri border is one of the epicentres of the farmers' protest against the new agriculture laws.

"Security update Entry/exit gates of stations from Tikri Kalan to Brigadier Hoshiar Singh on green line are closed," the DMRC tweeted. The stations that fall between these two stations are -- Tikri Border, Pandit Shree Ram Sharma (Modern Industrial Estate) and Bahadurgarh City.

1.50 pm
Women from Punjab and Haryana join protesting farmers at Tikri border


11.09:

Women from Punjab reach Tikri border to join farmers' protest 

10.24

Let alone 100 days, even if it takes 100 months will stand with farmers: Priyanka Gandhi

"Let alone 100 days, even if it takes 100 months I will stand in support of the farmers," Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said on Sunday as she slammed the government over the three Central farm laws accusing it of "insulting" the tillers.

The Congress general secretary in-charge of Uttar Pradesh has been holding 'kisan panchayats' in western parts of the state recently and has been attacking the government over a range of issues from farm laws to rise in price of cooking gas, petrol and diesel.

"The farmers have been struggling for 100 days. More than 200 farmers have been martyred. It was the responsibility of the government to go to the farmers and talk to them," she said in a tweet in hindi and shared pictures of her addressing a large gathering at the 'kisan panchayat' in Meerut on Sunday.

"The BJP government made fun of the martyrdom of the farmers, insulted the farmers," she alleged. Priyanka Gandhi urged people to stand with the farmers' struggle and to take the movement to the villages. "I promise you, let alone 100 days, even if it takes 100 months, I will stand in support of the farmers," she said.

7.50:

Farmers agitation will continue till three agri laws are withdrawn: Rakesh Tikait

Farmer leader Rakesh Tikait has said their agitation will continue till the three contentious agriculture laws are withdrawn. He was speaking in Ramrajn town here to mark the completion of 100 days of farmers' protests at the Delhi borders against the central farm legislations.

The farmers are demanding a complete withdrawal of the three farm laws and the agitation will continue till the government meets our demands, Tikiat said on Saturday.

On the occasion, he flagged off a tractors' rally, which, he said, will travel across districts of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand and will reach the farmers' protest site in Ghazipur on March 27.

7.35 am

Kisan Congress members protest against farm laws, demand repeal

In support of farmers protesting the Centre's new farm laws, the All India Kisan Congress members on Sunday attempted to march to the Prime Minister's residence here carrying soil brought from 101 villages from across the country but were stopped by security personnel, a Kisan Congress statement said.

On the completion of 101 days of the farmers' protest, the Kisan Congress members were marching from Congress headquarters at 24, Akbar Road to hand over the soil to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to register their protest against the farm laws and express support for the farmers, Kisan Congress vice president Surendra Solanki said.

What has happened since early this year?

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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first published: Mar 8, 2021 07:47 am

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