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February 17, 2021 / 11:13 PM IST

Farmers' Protest Highlights: Railways deploys 20 additional RPSF companies in view of SKM's 'Rail Roko' call

Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates: The 'Delhi Chalo' farmers' protest at border points of New Delhi has entered the 84th day today

Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates: The 'Delhi Chalo' farmers' protest at border points of New Delhi has entered the 84th 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 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 to protest the internet ban in areas near their agitation sites and harassment allegedly meted out to them by authorities, among other issues.
  • February 17, 2021 / 11:10 PM IST

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  • February 17, 2021 / 10:47 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Rail Roko protest by farmers tomorrow, SKM reiterates appeal for peace

    The rail roko protest would be staged by farmers protesting against the three central farm laws, on Feruary 18. The protest will be held between 12 pm and 4 pm. The Samyukta KIsan Morcha (SKM), which issued the protest all, has reiterated the appeal for peace. The protest should be carried out peacefully, the Morcha said in a statement issued on February 17.

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  • February 17, 2021 / 09:43 PM IST

     Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Agitation will continue till farm laws are repealed, says UP Congress chief 

    The ongoing agitation against the Centre''s three contentious farm laws will continue till these are repealed, Uttar Pradesh Congress president Ajay Kumar Lallu said on Wednesday. Talking to reporters here, he alleged that the central government is using its majority in Parliament to crush the voice of opposition and impose the three laws on farmers. The Congress party will continue its agitation peacefully in a Gandhian way till the three farm laws are repealed, Lallu said. (PTI)

  • February 17, 2021 / 09:06 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | 'Condemn attitude of ruling party', says SKM

    The Samyukta Kisan Morcha has taken note of the high-level meeting of the BJP president, Shah and other ministers with elected party leaders from Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Rajasthan, it said in a statement issued on February 17. "It is clear that instead of resolving the ongoing struggle and demands, the BJP is trying its best to counter and destroy it. SKM condemns this attitude of the ruling party," the SKM said.

    It demanded that the government resolve farmers' issues immediately. "SKM avows that it will intensify the struggle and mobilise more farmers in its support," the outfit asserted.

    PTI

  • February 17, 2021 / 08:20 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | SKM reiterates appeal for peaceful rail roko protest

    The Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM), which had last week announced the rail blockade to press for its demand to repeal the legislations, said that it "appeals to everyone for a peaceful protest in the nationwide 'rail roko' programme on February 18".

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  • February 17, 2021 / 07:55 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Centre trying to counter, destroy farmers' movement: SKM

    The Samyukt Kisan Morcha on Wednesday accused the Centre of trying to "counter and destroy" the farmers' movement against the new agri laws and said it has appealed for peaceful protests during the 'rail roko' agitation on February 18. The statement of the umbrella body of protesting unions came a day after BJP chief J P Nadda and Home Minister Amit Shah met party functionaries, MPs and MLAs from Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh in the wake of mahapanchayats being organised by farmer leaders. (PTI)

  • February 17, 2021 / 07:34 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | 'They want nobody to speak or agitate against govt', says Congress MP on Disha Ravi's arrest

    "In the last 6 years, 140 sedition cases registered against Indian citizens but the conviction rate has been around 1 percent. They just want to see that nobody speaks or agitate against govt and create some sort of fearmongering among the common citizens," Congress MP Syed Naseer Hussain said on the arrest of activist Disha Ravi in "toolkit" case.

  • February 17, 2021 / 07:09 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Disha Ravi arrested without informing Karnataka Govt, claims MP Syed Naseer Hussain

    "Disha Ravi's arrest was done without informing the Karnataka police and state govt. These kinds of arrests have also been done in CAA-NRC cases, in Punjab who have been agitating against farm laws," Syed Naseer Hussain, Rajya Sabha MP, said. (ANI)

  • February 17, 2021 / 06:48 PM IST

     Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Agitation not only of farmers but of all: BKU

    "Agriculture is our livelihood and not our business. The food grains of the country will go into godowns of corporates and they will indulge in black marketing. This is an 'andolan' (movement) not only of farmers but of all," Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Gurnam Chaduni said.

  • February 17, 2021 / 06:09 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | This Govt not for people but of corporates, says BKU's Chaduni 

    "This government is not for the people but of corporates and only people can fight with it. We will hold panchayats in the entire country and make people aware and associate them with us," BKU leader Gurnam Singh Chaduni told PTI, a day ahead of a "rail roko" announced by the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), an umbrella body of farmer unions which is spearheading the protest. Chaduni alleged that the entire agri business was being given to corporates and said the farmers' movement was for their "survival". 

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  • February 17, 2021 / 05:45 PM IST

     Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Will not return home till laws are repealed, says BKU Haryana chief

    The Bharatiya Kisan Union is fighting for farmers' rights and they will not return home from Delhi's borders till the new agri laws are repealed, the farm organisation's Haryana president Gurnam Singh Chaduni said on Wednesday. He also said the union will hold programmes, such as panchayats and mahapanchayats, to make the country aware that the government at the Centre is "not for the people but of corporates". (PTI)

  • February 17, 2021 / 05:24 PM IST

     Farmers' Protestt LIVE Updates | Union Minister Sanjeev Balyan attempts to clear apprehensions among West UP farmers

    "We discussed farm bills with people from western UP. The region doesn't have Mandi. There's only gur mandi that'll be benefitting small-scale farmers with exemption of 2.5 percent tax over gur. In a way, contract farming already exists and APMC has no impact," Union Minister Sanjeev Balyan said. (ANI)

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