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December 14, 2020 / 11:03 PM IST

Farmers' Protest Highlights: Anna Hazare writes to Agriculture Minister, threatens to launch hunger strike against Central Government

Farmers' Protest Highlights: Farmers' agitation against the Centre's new farm reform laws has entered 19th day today. The heads of all farmer unions protesting against the laws are observing a one-day hunger strike today.

Farmers' Protest Highlights: The Delhi Chalo farmers' protest at border points in New Delhi has entered the 19th day today. The heads of all farmer unions protesting against the agriculture reform laws have started a one-day hunger strike. The hunger strike between 8 am and 5 pm is part of the farmers' plan to intensify their agitation. Farmer leaders have rejected the government's
offer of amendments in the new agriculture reform laws and a written assurance on continuing the MSP system. Union Minister Kailash Choudhary has said that the government will soon decide a date and call union leaders for the next round of talks. Previous five rounds of talks between the central government and representatives of 40 farmer unions remained inconclusive. Farmers have said that the protest will continue until their demands are met and the laws are scrapped. They fear that the new laws will dismantle the minimum support price (MSP) system and corporatise farming.
  • December 14, 2020 / 07:49 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Anna Hazare writes to Agriculture Minister, threatens to launch hunger strike against Central Government


    Social activist Anna Hazare has written to Union Agriculture Minister stating that he will launch hunger strike against Central Government if the farmers issues are not resolved. 

  • December 14, 2020 / 05:42 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | MPs, MLAs of Haryana meet Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar

    MPs and MLAs of Haryana meet Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar at Krishi Bhavan in the national capital.

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  • December 14, 2020 / 05:39 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | AIKS, SFI members join protest at Shahjahanpur near Jaisinghpur-Khera border in Rajasthan

    Members of All India Kisan Sabha and Students' Federation of India join the protest at Shahjahanpur near Jaisinghpur-Khera border (Rajasthan-Haryana), against farm laws.

  • December 14, 2020 / 04:34 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | 10 farm bodies under AIKCC extend their support to 3 farm laws, submit memorandum

    10 organisations from various states like Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Bihar and Haryana, associated with All India Kisan Coordination Committee submitted a memorandum to Union Agriculture Minister. 

    Meanwhile, Union Minister Narendra Tomar reiterated that the government is willing to talk with the farmers and waiting for their proposals. 

  • December 14, 2020 / 04:27 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | AIKCC members from TN, Telangana, Maharashtra & Bihar meet Narendra Tomar, extend support to govt

    "Members of All India Kisan Coordination Committee had come from Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Maharashtra, Bihar. They supported Farm Bills and gave us a letter on the same. They said that the Modi govt has done this for the welfare of farmers & they welcome & support it," Agriculture Minister Narendra Tomar

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  • December 14, 2020 / 04:03 PM IST

    Senior Congress leader and former union minister Anand Sharma on Monday said reforms need to be backed by national consensus and urged the government to involve chief ministers of states to resolve the current farmers' agitation against the new agricultural laws. Speaking at the annual FICCI AGM, which was held virtually, he called upon the government to be more generous in giving out money to all sections affected by the coronavirus pandemic, especially the poor, and provide more stimulus to help revive the economy. He said the country has lost 10 percent of the GDP and will take another year to come back to 2019-20 levels.

    "Today what we are seeing is turbulence and protests on the farm laws. Reforms must be participatory, not arbitrary. There must be consultations. Nothing should be rushed through or done without building a consensus. That results in what we are seeing - agitation, conflict and the loss of trust," he said.

    Read: Resolve farmers' agitation through dialogue: Congress leader to Government

  • December 14, 2020 / 03:57 PM IST

    Farmers Protest LIVE Updates | Haryana Deputy CM Dushyant Chautala: Agriculture Minister and Home Minister are continuously discussing the issue. Next round of discussions to be held soon. I hope 40 unions who came for talks earlier, will join the next round of talks as well. 

  • December 14, 2020 / 03:46 PM IST

    Farmers Protest LIVE Updates | Farmers hold protests at district headquarters in Punjab, Haryana: Farmers raised slogans outside the offices of district commissioners and took out protest marches in Punjab and Haryana on Monday, following a nationwide call given by their unions against the new reform laws. The Haryana Police closed the Ambala-Patiala highway after protesters gathered at the Shambhu border point with adjoining Punjab. The ruling Congress also held protests in Punjab, with the state unit chief Sunil Jakhar participating in one near the Shambhu border. Shiromani Akali Dal workers protested in Amritsar.
    In Punjab, protests were held in several districts including Ludhiana, Patiala, Sangrur, Barnala, Bathinda, Moga, Faridkot, Ferozepur and Tarn Taran.

    Farmers held protests outside the offices of deputy commissioners at several places in Punjab, Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ekta Ugrahan) general secretary Sukhdev Singh Kokrikalan said. He added that there were plans to hold protest marches as well. In Haryana, protests were reported from Fatehabad, Jind, Sirsa, Kurukshetra, Gurgaon, Faridabad, Bhiwani, Kaithal and Ambala. Slogan-shouting protesters pushed at the barricades near the mini-secretariat in Jind, trying to enter the district office complex.

  • December 14, 2020 / 03:35 PM IST

    Farmers Protest LIVE Updates | AAP leader and spokesperson Raghav Chadha Monday said whoever is calling the farmers protesting against the new agriculture-marketing laws as "anti-nationals" are themselves against the country, and they should go to Pakistan. The AAP MLA said there are some people referring to the agitating farmers, who are the country's food-providers, as "anti-nationals". 

    "I want to tell those people calling the farmers as anti-national that you are the ones who are anti-nationals and you should go to Pakistan. They have no place in India," Chadha said. Reacting to Chadha's comments, Delhi BJP spokesperson Virender Babbar said everybody supports farmers, including the BJP. "Chadha should tell what would you call those who talk about killing the prime minister and demand the release of people arrested under sedition charge," Babbar said.

  • December 14, 2020 / 03:06 PM IST

    Farmers Protest LIVE Updates | Delhi Assembly speaker observes fast in solidarity with farmers: Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel on Monday observed fast in support of farmers. Farmer leaders are holding a day-long hunger strike against the farm reform laws at Delhi border points. In a tweet, Goel said, "Sitting on one day fast in front of Mahatma Gandhi's statue at Vidhan Sabha, in support of farmers one day fast today". Leaders and volunteers of the ruling AAPin Delhi, including Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his ministers, are also observing fast in support of farmers. 

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  • December 14, 2020 / 02:52 PM IST

    Farmers Protest LIVE Updates | SP workers stage protest in UP in support of protesting farmers: Extending support to the one-day fast called by farmers, Samajwadi Party workers staged protests in different districts of the state and were subsequently taken into custody by the police. Farmer leaders are holding a day-long hunger strike against the farm reform laws at Delhi border points. 

    In state capital Lucknow, television footage showed a  delegation of Samajwadi Party workers clashing with police in Kaisarbagh area. SP workers were stopped from going towards the District Collectorate Lucknow. A number of SP workers including women party workers were also taken into custody by the police. "Samajwadi Party supports the demands of farmers, and its sympathy is with farmers. The kisan yatra was started by the SP on December 7. On December 14, the party workers are holding dharna at all the district headquarters in the state. I have been arrested in Sandila (in Hardoi district), and many party leaders are under house arrest," SP MLC Rajpal Kashyap told PTI.

  • December 14, 2020 / 02:40 PM IST

    Farmers Protest LIVE Updates | Members of 10 organisations from various states, including Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Bihar and Haryana, associated with All India Kisan Coordination Committee met Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar to extend their support on three farm reform bills.

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