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Farmers' Protest Highlights: SP members walkout from UP Legislative Council over farm reform laws

Farmers' Protest Highlights: The 'Delhi Chalo' farmers' protest at border points of New Delhi has entered the 98th day today

Farmers' Protest Highlights: The 'Delhi Chalo' farmers' protest at border points of New Delhi has entered the 98th 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. 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.
  • March 03, 2021 / 03:52 PM IST

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  • March 03, 2021 / 02:55 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | SAD seeks registration of case against Captain Amarinder over suicide by debt-ridden farmers

    The Shiromani Akali Dal yesterday brought up in the Punjab Assembly the suicide of a debt-ridden farmer and his son and demanded the registration of a case against Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh as his government had failed to waive farm loans.

    The two farmers had left a suicide note saying they were distressed over the Centre's new farm reform laws and also accused the Punjab government of failing to waive their loans. (Input from PTI)

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  • March 03, 2021 / 02:08 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | What happened over the last month: The Supreme Court 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.

  • March 03, 2021 / 12:06 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Devendra Fadnavis raises issue of celebs tweets, state home minister Deshmukh counters

    BJP leader and former Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis yesterday trained guns at the Maharashtra government, suggesting it was trying to probe icons like Sachin Tendulkar and Lata Mangeshkar over their pro-India tweets issued after some foreign celebrities talked about farmers' protest.

    Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh promptly refuted the charge in the state Assembly, saying the state government has ordered a probe into tweets by the BJP's IT cell and not by cricketer Tendulkar and legendary singer Mangeshkar. (Input from PTI)

  • March 03, 2021 / 11:38 AM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Punjab: Opposition slams government over 'unfulfilled promises', Congress hails CM for stand against farm reform laws

    The Opposition in Punjab yesterday took on the Congress-led government for allegedly failing in honouring its poll promises while the ruling party members hailed Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh for taking a stand against the Centre's new farm reform laws.

    Participating in the discussion on Governor's address on the second day of the Budget Session of the Punjab Assembly, members of the treasury and opposition benches even sparred during the debate.

    Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) legislator Harinderpal Singh Chandumajra slammed the Congress-led regime, accusing it of not fulfilling its poll promises made to the people. He alleged that the state government failed to keep its promises including giving jobs to an individual in each household, eliminating drug menace within four weeks of coming to power, providing unemployment allowance, etc. (Input from PTI)

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  • March 03, 2021 / 10:49 AM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | SAD seeks registration of case against Captain Amarinder over suicide by debt-ridden farmers

    The Shiromani Akali Dal yesterday brought up in the Punjab Assembly the suicide of a debt-ridden farmer and his son and demanded the registration of a case against Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh as his government had failed to waive farm loans.

    The two farmers had left a suicide note saying they were distressed over the Centre's new farm reform laws and also accused the Punjab government of failing to waive their loans. (Input from PTI)

  • March 03, 2021 / 10:19 AM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | SKM will ask farmers in poll-bound states to defeat BJP: Outfit leaders

    Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM), which is spearheading anti- farm law protests in Delhi, will send its leaders to poll-bound states to appeal to farmers there to defeat the BJP in assembly elections, leaders of the outfit said yesterday.

    The protesting farmers will also block the KMP (Western Peripheral) Expressway on March 6 as the anti-farm law protest at Delhi borders completes 100 days. The expressway will be blocked at various points for five hours from 11.00 am on March 6, SKM leader Yogendra Yadav said. He said SKM leaders will hold a public meeting in Kolkata on March 12 to appeal to the farmers of poll-bound states to punish the BJP. (Input from PTI)

  • March 03, 2021 / 09:38 AM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Mumbai: Man blocks actor Devgn's car over farm protests, held

    A 28-year-old man was arrested yesterday for allegedly blocking actor Ajay Devgn's car outside Film City in Goregaon and demanding to know why the latter had not spoken out in support of farmers protesting against the Centre's new agriculture reform laws, Mumbai police said.

    The person, a resident of Santosh Nagar locality in the northern suburb, is a driver originally hailing from Punjab, one of the states from which a large number of farmers have gathered near Delhi for the protests, an official said. (Input from PTI)

  • March 03, 2021 / 09:10 AM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Devendra Fadnavis raises issue of celebs tweets, state home minister Deshmukh counters

    BJP leader and former Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis yesterday trained guns at the Maharashtra government, suggesting it was trying to probe icons like Sachin Tendulkar and Lata Mangeshkar over their pro-India tweets issued after some foreign celebrities talked about farmers' protest.

    Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh promptly refuted the charge in the state Assembly, saying the state government has ordered a probe into tweets by the BJP's IT cell and not by cricketer Tendulkar and legendary singer Mangeshkar. (Input from PTI)

  • March 03, 2021 / 08:31 AM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Punjab: Opposition slams government over 'unfulfilled promises', Congress hails CM for stand against farm reform laws

    The Opposition in Punjab yesterday took on the Congress-led government for allegedly failing in honouring its poll promises while the ruling party members hailed Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh for taking a stand against the Centre's new farm reform laws.

    Participating in the discussion on Governor's address on the second day of the Budget Session of the Punjab Assembly, members of the treasury and opposition benches even sparred during the debate.

    Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) legislator Harinderpal Singh Chandumajra slammed the Congress-led regime, accusing it of not fulfilling its poll promises made to the people. He alleged that the state government failed to keep its promises including giving jobs to an individual in each household, eliminating drug menace within four weeks of coming to power, providing unemployment allowance, etc. (Input from PTI)

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  • March 03, 2021 / 07:54 AM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | SKM will ask farmers in poll-bound states to defeat BJP: Outfit leaders

    Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM), which is spearheading anti- farm law protests in Delhi, will send its leaders to poll-bound states to appeal to farmers there to defeat the BJP in assembly elections, leaders of the outfit said yesterday.

    The protesting farmers will also block the KMP (Western Peripheral) Expressway on March 6 as the anti-farm law protest at Delhi borders completes 100 days. The expressway will be blocked at various points for five hours from 11.00 am on March 6, SKM leader Yogendra Yadav said. He said SKM leaders will hold a public meeting in Kolkata on March 12 to appeal to the farmers of poll-bound states to punish the BJP. (Input from PTI)

  • March 03, 2021 / 07:31 AM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | SP members stage walkout from UP Legislative Council over new farm reform laws

    Opposition Samajwadi Party (SP) members yesterday staged a walkout from the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council over the Centre's three new reform farm laws and demanded that these be scrapped.

    They raised the issue of farmers' protest during zero hour and pressed for the immediate admission of their adjournment notice to discuss the issue. They also referred to the Uttar Pradesh Krishi Mandi Sanshodhan Adhiniyam, 2018 (Uttar Pradesh Agriculture Mandi Amendment Act, 2018) saying the law reduced the importance of 'mandis' (wholesale grain markets). As agriculture minister Surya Pratap Shahi tried to defend the Centre's laws and backed the measures of the Yogi Adityanath government for the welfare of farmers, SP members voiced dissatisfaction over his reply and staged a walkout. (Input from PTI)

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