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February 08, 2021 / 10:59 PM IST

Farmers' Protest Highlights | Insult to farmers, says Kisan Morcha on PM's 'Andolan-jivi' remark

Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates: Thousands of farmers, especially from Punjab and Haryana, are staging a sit-in protest along Delhi borders. 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.

Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates: The 'Delhi Chalo' farmers' protest at border points of New Delhi has entered the 75th 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. 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 Centre's proposal to suspend implementation of the laws for the 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. Farmer unions also held a countrywide 'chakka jam' on February 6 where they blocked national and state highways between 12 pm and 3 pm to protest the internet ban in areas near their agitation sites, harassment allegedly meted out to them by authorities and other issues.
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  • February 08, 2021 / 10:52 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Commercial on farmers' protest played in California during Super Bowl

    A 40-second commercial on the farmers' protest in India was played in California during this year's Super Bowl, an annual football championship watched by millions of people across America.

    The commercial begins with a quote of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr - "injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." It also features City of Fresno Mayor Jerry Dyer who says in the commercial that we want you to know - our brothers and sisters in India - that we stand with you." The commercial, which was aired only in the Fresno county area and not nationally, was posted on social media with several users on Twitter tweeting the commercial. It also mentions that singer Rihanna had tweeted about the farmers' protest in India.

    PTI

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  • February 08, 2021 / 10:46 PM IST

     Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Insult to farmers, says Samyukta Kisan Morcha on PM Modi's 'Andolan-jivi' remark

    Samyukta Kisan Morcha, protesting the Centre's new agri laws, took umbrage at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Andolan-jivi' remark and said it was an "insult to the farmers". The umbrella body of farmers unions said it was the 'andolans' (movement) that liberated India from colonial rule and asserted that they were proud to be 'Andolan-jivi'.

    Modi, in his Rajya Sabha address, slammed those abusing agitating Sikh farmers, saying it will not do the country any good as he went on to appeal to the protesting farmers to call off their over two-month-long stir, assuring them of continuing with the purchase of crops at an administered price or MSP. In the same vein, he also hit out at deleterious influences from abroad, referring to them as 'foreign destructive ideology', as well as a new "breed" of agitators -- 'Andolan-jivi' -- in the country who cannot live without a tumult. READ FULL REPORT

  • February 08, 2021 / 10:10 PM IST

     Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Delhi Police withdraws additional force deployed at capital's borders

    Delhi Police withdraws additional police force deployed at borders for farmers' protest. As per an internal communication of Delhi Police, the additional forces to go back to their respective units and districts, news agency ANI reported.

  • February 08, 2021 / 09:55 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Do not link farmers' stir with any religion, Sukhbir urges PM

    Shiromani Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi not to link the agitation against the farm laws with any religion or community and said he should instead focus on giving justice to farmers.

    The SAD chief told reporters that farmers are on one platform against the Centre's three contentious agricultural laws. We should all be clear that farmers are fighting for the welfare of the 'annadaata' at large and we should not try to divide this struggle by trying to limit it to one religion or community, Badal appealed to the PM while adding that he should instead focus on ensuring justice to farmers.

    Modi, during his Rajya Sabha address, had slammed those abusing agitating Sikh farmers, saying it won't do the country any good as he went on to appeal to the protesting farmers to withdraw their over two-month-long stir and give the new agriculture reform laws a chance. 

    (PTI)

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  • February 08, 2021 / 09:35 PM IST

     Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Lok Sabha proceedings extended till midnight, Opposition attempts cornerning govt over farm laws

    The Lok Sabha proceedings were extended till midnight by Speaker Om Birla. The decison was taken hours after the debate was initiated over Motion of Thanks to President's address. Several opposition leaders attempted at cornering the government over the farmers' protest underway at the outskirts of Delhi.

  • February 08, 2021 / 09:20 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | 'Informal' school started by farmers' group at Singhu border resumes after two-week break

    A makeshift 'informal' school at Delhi's Singhu border, where farmers have been protesting the new agri laws, has resumed after a two-week break with less children owing to the tense situation following the tractor parade violence on Republic Day.

    A group of farmers from Punjab's Anandpur Sahib had in December started the school in a makeshift tent for school going children who had accompanied their parents to the Singhu border protest site and those living in the slums nearby. Pioneered by writer Bir Singh and advocate Dinesh Chaddha, the temporary school is part of the multiple 'sewa' practices being offered at the protest site. (PTI)

  • February 08, 2021 / 09:10 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Rajasthan Congress to hold public meetings in support of farmers protesting agri laws

    The Congress in Rajasthan will hold public meetings in all the blocks of the state on February 10 in support of the farmers' agitation against the three new agri laws. Through the meetings, the party will make people aware about the "damaging effects" of the laws and motivate them to support the farmers' movement, a Congress spokesperson said in a statement.

    Thousands of farmers, mostly from Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, are protesting at Delhi's borders since November 28 last year against the legislations and demanding these be withdrawn. The farmers and their families participating in the protest will be honoured and tribute will be paid to the farmers who lost their lives during the movement, according to the statement.

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  • February 08, 2021 / 08:52 PM IST

     Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Farmers soul of the nation, Centre must reconsider farm laws, says Shiv Sena MP

    "Farmers are the soul of the nation, said Shiv Sena MP Pratap Rao Jadhav in the Lok Sabha, as he demanded the Centre to change its stand. "Government should consider their criticism for the farm laws rather therir terming them anti-national," he said.

  • February 08, 2021 / 08:28 PM IST

     Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Protesting Indian farmers to call in reinforcements during harvest season

    Indian farmers have drawn up plans to continue their protests during the harvest season from March by bringing reinforcements from thousands of villages, a top union official said on Monday.

    "We have worked out detailed plans to ensure that our movement does not lose steam even during the next harvest season when farmers will gather their wheat and other winter crops," Rakesh Tikait, a prominent leader of Bharatiya Kisan Union, one of the largest farmers' unions, told Reuters in an interview.

    "We have prepared a set of rota for every village to ensure that a new batch of farmers comes to the protest sites every time a group from here leaves for villages to collect crops," said Tikait, who has emerged as a prominent leader of the biggest farmers' protest in decades.

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  • February 08, 2021 / 08:05 PM IST

    After PM Modi's invite, farmer leaders say ready for talks, ask govt to choose date

    Farmer unions agitating against the three agri laws on Monday asked the government to fix a date for the next round of talks, soon after Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged them to end their stir and invited them to resume the dialogue.

    They, however, objected to Prime Minister Modi’s remarks in Rajya Sabha that a new "breed" of agitators called "andolan jivi" has emerged in the country, and said that agitation has an important role in a democracy. READ MORE

  • February 08, 2021 / 07:40 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | 'Farmer riding tractor' most in-demand symbol among independent candidates in Punjab civic polls

    A "farmer riding a tractor" remained the most in-demand symbol among independent candidates for the February 14 civic body polls in Punjab, according to officials.

    Some contestants opting for the symbol said it will help them get votes of those who expressed solidarity with the farmers camping at the Delhi borders against the Centre’s new farm laws. (PTI)

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