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Farmers' Protest Highlights: 'Anti-national' forces trying to derail efforts to end farmers' agitation, says RSS

Farmers' Protest Highlights: The 'Delhi Chalo' farmers' protest at border points of New Delhi entered the 114th day today

March 19, 2021 / 11:02 PM IST
Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | File image: Farmers participate in a three-hour

Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | File image: Farmers participate in a three-hour "chakka jam (road blockade)" as part of protests against the three new farm reform laws on a highway on the outskirts of New Delhi, India on February 6, 2021. (Image: Reuters/Adnan Abidi)

Farmers' Protest Highlights: The 'Delhi Chalo' farmers' protest at border points of New Delhi has entered the 114th 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.

Why are farmers protesting? 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.

Catch the LIVE updates here:

8.52 pm:

Women participation at protest sites declines

As the farmers' protest against the three new farm laws completes four months, the participation of women is gradually decreasing at the various protest sites on the Delhi borders as compared to the initial days. (IANS)

7.46 pm:

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal to address kisan panchayat in Jind on April 4

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will address a kisan panchayat in Jind district of Haryana on April 4. It would be the AAP’s second big rally after one was held in Meerut three weeks ago.

6.48 pm:

NCP leader Jayant Patil hits out at Centre, calls it ‘Kumbhakarna sarkar’

Maharashtra minister Jayant Patil took a dig at the Centre on the ‘World Sleep Day’ on Friday, asking how to wake up the “Kumbhakarna government” to issues like farmers’ stir, fuel price rise and job losses.

The state NCP chief also alleged that more than 300 farmers have died in the ongoing protest against the three new central farm laws.

“More than 300 farmers have lost their lives in the protest. Thousands of youngsters are losing jobs every day. Petrol, diesel, LPG rates are the highest ever and the financial condition of country is in the ICU. How to wake up the Kumbhakarna sarkar? #WorldSleepDay,” Patil, who is Water Resources Minister, asked on Twitter.

4.00 pm:

'Anti-national' forces trying to derail efforts to end farmers' protest: RSS

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) today claimed that "anti-national and anti-social" forces were trying to thwart efforts towards finding a solution to the farmers' agitation and said it is not in anyone's interest for any kind of protest to be prolonged.

The RSS, holding a two-day meeting of its Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha (ABPS), the highest decision-making body of the organisation, in Bengaluru said discussions were a must and some agreements must be reached even if not all issues could be sorted out. (Input from PTI)

2.32 pm:

Talking 'unofficially' to both sides for early solution: Governor Satya Pal Malik on Centre-farmers stalemate

Meghalaya Governor Satya Pal Malik has said he was talking "unofficially" to the agitating farmers and the government to press for an early solution to the stalemate over the agriculture reform laws, adding there was a growing understanding within the two sides that a resolution needs to be found at the earliest.

Malik, who hails from Baghpat in western Uttar Pradesh, asserted the issue of farmers needs to be resolved soon else it will damage the BJP in Western Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan. (Input from PTI)

11.42 am:

Leave ego, scrap farm laws and talk to farmers: Punjab CM Captain Amarinder to Centre

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh yesterday urged the Centre to leave its ego, scrap the three farm reform laws and bring in new legislations after fresh discussions with farmers. Singh was addressing the media on the completion of four years of his government.

"Bring new bills after discussion with farmers. Sit with them, talk to them and then bring a new bill. Why are you sitting on prestige and ego," he asked the Centre. Referring to the amendment bills passed by the state assembly last year to "negate" the Centre's farm laws, Singh said, "We will go to the Supreme Court if the President does not give assent to the state amendment bills." (Input from PTI)

09.33 am:

Haryana passes Bill to recover damages after violent protests; Congress links move to farmers' stir

Amid protests by Congress members, the Haryana Assembly yesterday passed a Bill that will allow authorities to recover compensation from violent protesters for any damage to property.

As Speaker Gian Chand Gupta was completing the process to pass the Bill by a voice vote, some Congress members rushed to Well of the House demanding its withdrawal. "Bill vapas lo, vapas lo," the MLAs chanted. Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and Home Minister Anil Vij rejected the Congress accusation that the decision to bring the Bill was linked to the farmers' agitation, on now for months over the legislation enacted at the Centre. (Input from PTI)

07.55 am:

Willing to mediate between Centre, farmer unions if government suggests: JD(U)'s KC Tyagi

Senior Janata Dal (United) leader KC Tyagi said yesterday that he is willing to play the role of a mediator between the Centre and farmer unions protesting the three new agriculture reform laws if the government makes any such suggestion. Tyagi's remarks came after Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Naresh Tikait suggested the names of Union Minister Rajnath Singh and Meghalaya Governor Satya Pal Malik, besides that of the JD(U) leader as mediators. (Input from PTI)

07.25 am:

US Senators ask Secretary of State Blinken to raise farmers' issue, say Indians will determine path ahead on farm reform laws

Observing that it is for the people and the Government of India to determine the path forward on its new farm reform laws, two top Democratic senators have urged Secretary of State Antony Blinken to raise the issue of treatment of peaceful farmer protesters and journalists.

In a letter to Blinken, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer yesterday urged the Biden administration to further engage with the Indian government over its treatment of farmers who have been demonstrating against the passage of new farm reform laws. "India is a long-term strategic partner with deep ties to the United States thanks to our many shared values and our large and valued Indian American community. In light of these shared values and strong connections, we write with serious concern regarding the response of the Indian government to the farmer protests," Menendez and Schumer wrote in their joint letter to Blinken. (Input from PTI)

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 have called for a 'Bharat Bandh' on March 26, to commemorate four months of their protests.

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first published: Mar 19, 2021 07:28 am

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