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February 09, 2021 / 11:00 PM IST

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Farmers' Protest Highlights: The 'Delhi Chalo' farmers' protest at border points of New Delhi has entered the 76th day today

Farmers' Protest Highlights: The 'Delhi Chalo' farmers' protest at border points of New Delhi has entered the 76th 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. The farmers' unions also held a '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 and harassment allegedly meted out to them by authorities, among other issues.
  • February 09, 2021 / 11:00 PM IST

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  • February 09, 2021 / 10:53 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | BJP facing 'spontaneous anger' of farmers: Punjab CM

    Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday said BJP leaders were facing “spontaneous anger” of farmers and rejected as “hilarious” claims of the saffron party''s state unit that the protesters were not peasants but Congress workers.

    Punjab BJP chief Ashwani Sharma had earlier in the day accused the Punjab government of organising protests under the guise of farmers'' agitation to "prevent" candidates of the saffron party from campaigning ahead of the February 14 civic polls.

    Singh said the “cornered” BJP failed to muster candidates to contest even 50 percent of the civic body seats and “tried pathetically” to shift blame for the farmers'' wrath on the Congress.

    "The BJP should start preparing itself for political oblivion... Punjab would prove to be the party''s (BJP) nemesis," Singh said in a statement here.

    The BJP''s fate is now sealed, not just in Punjab but also at the Centre, where its “despotic rule is all set to end”, he said.


  • February 09, 2021 / 10:08 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Govt pursuing target of doubling farmers' income by 2022: Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar

    The government has been pursuing the target of doubling farmers'' income by 2022 and several interventions taken are showing a "positive impact", Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar told Parliament on Tuesday.

    In 2016, Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government had set a highly ambitious target of doubling farmers incomes by 2022. An inter-ministerial committee on "Doubling of Farmers'' Income" was set up in April 2016 to recommend strategies to achieve this goal.

    In a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha, Tomar said the committee submitted its report in September 2018. After acceptance of the panel''s recommendations, the government has set up an ''Empowered Body'' to review and monitor the progress.

    Responding to a query whether the target fixed for the year 2022 can be achieved at the present annual growth, the minister said, "The government has been pursuing the target of doubling farmers' income."

  • February 09, 2021 / 10:07 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Farmers' body blames Centre and WB govt for PM-Kisan scheme dues

    A farmers body on Tuesday lashed out at both the Centre and West Bengal governments for playing politics over paying the lawful dues to more than 70 lakh cultivators of the state under PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Scheme since February 2019.
    It demanded coordination at a war footing to save the farmers in the state.

    All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC) condemned non-payment of Rs 12,000 due to every farmer family of Bengal under the scheme and BJPs attempts to link payment to its electoral success.

    AIKSCC also announced ''Kisan Adhikar Yatra'' by its constituent organisations with the first from February 10-12 in the Sunderbans followed by others across the state.

  • February 09, 2021 / 09:34 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Rakesh Tikait address ‘mahapanchayat' at Kurukshetra, criticises PM's remark on protesters

    Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait February 9 criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Andolan-jivi' (professional protestors) remarks and asked if people like great freedom fighter Bhagat Singh will also be put in that category.

    Addressing a well-attended 'Kisan Mahapanchayat' at Gumthala Garhu village in Pehowa in this district, a third within a week in Haryana, he said the government should not be under the wrong impression that the protesting farmers will return to their homes without their demands being accepted.

    Without naming the Prime Minister or using his ‘Andolan-jivi’ phrase, Tikait said, 'In Parliament, they are saying these are parjivis (parasites).

  • February 09, 2021 / 09:21 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Farm laws not religious scriptures that changes cannot be made: Farooq Abdullah

    National Conference member Farooq Abdullah on Tuesday said the new farm laws are not religious scriptures that changes cannot be made as he appealed to the Centre to hold a dialogue with the agitating farmers and come out with a solution.

    He was speaking during the discussion on Motion of Thanks to the President''s address.

    "I just want to make this request on the farmers'' issue. It is not a ''Khudai kitaab'' (religious scripture) that we cannot make changes. But we have made law. If they (farmers) want it to be scrapped, why can''t you talk to them," he said.

  • February 09, 2021 / 07:53 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Farmers in Haryana happy, some frustrated leaders using them to grind own axe: Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar

    Claiming that farmers in Haryana are happy, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Tuesday targeted Bharatiya Kisan Union leaders Rakesh Tikait and Gurnam Singh Chaduni, alleging that some "frustrated" leaders were using the farmers to grind their own axe.

    Tikait, the BKU leader from Uttar Pradesh, whose emotional appeal recently had revived the protest that was losing momentum after the January 26 violence in Delhi, has in the past one week addressed a series of ''Kisan Mahapanchayats'' in Haryana.

    "Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said the three farm laws were framed keeping in view the interests of the farmers. But there are some frustrated leaders whose intent is something else.

    "Be it Chaduni or Rakesh Tikait, they are not doing anything in the interests of farmers. Instead they are using the farmers to grind their own axe and serve their own interests," Khattar told reporters.

  • February 09, 2021 / 07:52 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Youth Congress takes out 'sansad gherao' march to protest against farmers' issues

    Activists of the Indian Youth Congress (IYC) on February 9 took out a protest march to ''gherao'' Parliament over the farmers'' issues, "rising" unemployment and hike in fuel prices.

    However, the march which started from from Jantar Mantar was stopped by police on Raisina Road.

    Congress MP Digvijay Singh along with some leaders of the party and activists also courted arrest, the IYC claimed.

    A public meeting was also held at Jantar Mantar before the march that was attended by several senior leaders including Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, MPs Deepender Singh Hooda, Mahila Congress president Sushmita Dev, Delhi Congress president Anil Kumar among others.

  • February 09, 2021 / 06:40 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | SC-appointed panel holds consultations with agro-processing industries

    The Supreme Court-appointed committee on farms laws issue on February 9 said it held consultations with agro-processing industries including ITC and Amul on the legislations.
    This is the sixth meeting the panel has held so far. The three-member committee is holding consultations with stakeholders both through the online mode and in person.

    In a statement, the committee said it held interactions with various agro-processing industries, associations and procurement agencies on Tuesday.

    Amid the agitation by farmers who are camping on Delhi''s borders since November end, the Supreme Court had on January 12 stayed the implementation of the three contentious farm laws for two months and asked the committee to submit a report after consulting the stakeholders during this period.

  • February 09, 2021 / 06:25 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | SP MP Akhilesh Yadav: What is being said about the agitations? That people are 'aandolan jivi'. What should I call the people who go out to collect donations? Are they not members of 'chanda jivi sangathan'?

  • February 09, 2021 / 06:19 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | SP MP Akhilesh Yadav: The nation attained independence through agitation. Innumerable rights were received through agitation. Women received the right to vote through agitation. Mahatama Gandhi became the father of the nation because he agitated for Africa, the world & the nation.

  • February 09, 2021 / 06:18 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | SP MP Akhilesh Yadav: If Govt says that laws are for farmers, why is it not taking it back, if farmers aren't accepting it? People, for whom it has been formed, don't want it. Who is stopping Govt? Are allegations that you rolled out carpet for corporates & brought these laws not right?

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