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January 14, 2021 / 11:15 PM IST

Farmers' Protest News Highlights | Anna Hazare warns govt of launching 'last hunger strike' by January-end

Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates: The 'Delhi Chalo' farmers' agitation has entered the 50th day. The 9th round of talks between the Centre and the farm bodies is scheduled to take place on January 15.

Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates: The 'Delhi Chalo' farmers' protest at border points of New Delhi has entered the 50th 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 Suppo
rt 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 on January 12 ordered a stay of the implementation of the contentious three new farm laws hoping this will end the prolonged protests by the farmers and also constituted a four-member panel of agri experts to resolve the impasse between their leaders and the Centre. But in their response to what the apex court called an extraordinary order of stay, the farmer unions made it clear they will not call off the protests until the three laws enacted in September are repealed.
  • January 14, 2021 / 11:15 PM IST

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  • January 14, 2021 / 09:51 PM IST

     Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Activist Anna Hazare on Thursday wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and reiterated his decision to launch "the last hunger strike" of his life on farmers' issues in Delhi by January end. The letter comes even  as famrer unions are agitating on Delhi borders against the Centre's new farm laws. He will stage the fast by month-end, 83-year-old Hazare said, without specifying the date.   On 14 December, Hazare had written to Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, warning of a hunger strike if his demands including the implementation of the MS Swaminathan Committee's recommendations on agriculture were not fulfilled. Another demand made by him was grant of autonomy to the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices. "On the issue of farmers, I have had correspondence (with the Centre) five times, however, no response came. As a result, I have decided to go on the last hunger strike of my life," said Hazare in his missive to the prime minister.   PTI

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  • January 14, 2021 / 09:42 PM IST

     Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | First meeting of the Supreme Court-appointed panel would likely be held on January 19, said Shetkari Sanghatana chief Anil Ghanwat, who is among the four members of the committee. "The first sitting will have to be held before January 20. It will be held with existing members. Most probably, the meeting will be on January 19 in Pusa campus," PTI quoted Ghanwat as saying.

  • January 14, 2021 / 09:14 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Farmer Leaders to Attend Meeting Called by Govt on January 15

    The farmer leaders would attend the ninth round of deliberations with the government on January 15. "We will go to tomorrow's meeting with the government. We will decide what to do next based on how the government will behave. One committee member has already resigned which is a good thing," said Krantikari Kisan Union chief Darshan Pal, referring to the exit of Bhupinder Singh Mann from the court-appointed panel.

  • January 14, 2021 / 09:01 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | 'Will Take Out Procession from Red Fort to India Gate on January 26', Says BKU's Tikait

    The farmer organisations leading the stir on outskirts of Delhi would be taking out a procession on Republic Day in the national capital. "Our plan for January 26, we will take out a procession from Red Fort to India Gate. We will hoist the flag where we meet at the Amar Jawan Jyoti. It will be a historic scene where from one side we will have 'kisan' and the other side 'jawan'," ANI reported Rakesh Tikait, BKU spokesperson, as saying.

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  • January 14, 2021 / 08:34 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Anna Hazare writes to PM Modi, says 'Govt yet to fulfill assurance on MSP'

    Amidst the ongoing farmers' protest, social activist Anna Hazare has mounted pressure on the Narendra Modi government, claiming that the "assurance made to him on MSP" is yet to fulfilled.   "The written assurance given by your government on March 29, 2018 after seven days of my fast at Ramlila Maidan, New Delhi, has not yet been complied with. This is with regard to complying with the assurance and regarding fast in January," ANI quoted his letter to the PM as saying.

  • January 14, 2021 / 07:58 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Punjab Cabinet passes resolution demanding MSP as 'statutory right'

    The Punjab Cabinet passed a resolution demanding the Centre to accord minimum support price (MSP) for farm produce as a statutory right. The state government also called for an early resolution of the deadlock, by paying heed to the apprehensions raised by the protesting farmers.

    “There is need for broad-based dialogue and proper consultation with all stakeholders as these legislations impact the future of millions of farmers across the country, and all genuine demands of the farmers must be accepted,” the resolution was quoted as saying in an official release.

     

  • January 14, 2021 / 07:20 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Protesting farmer leaders welcomed Bhartiya Kisan Union president Bhupinder Singh Mann's decision on Thursday to recuse himself from a Supreme Court-appointed committee, and reiterated that they do not want any panel and will not settle for anything less than the repeal of the three contentious laws. They said the other three members of the committee should follow suit as the agitating unions had never demanded formation of any committee to resolve the impasse between farmers and the Centre over the new agri laws. They said the other three members of the committee should follow suit as the agitating unions had never demanded formation of any committee to resolve the impasse between farmers and the Centre over the new agri laws.

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  • January 14, 2021 / 06:46 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | BKU leader Rakesh Tikait invites Bhupinder Singh Mann to join stir

    Bhartiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait also welcomed BKU president Bhupinder Singh Mann's decision to opt of the Supreme Court appointed -committee and invited him to join the ongoing agitation against the three laws. Sukhdev Singh, Punjab general secretary of BKU Ekta Ugrahan, said that they will accept any committee only if the government repeals the three farm laws first. Farmer leader Harinder Singh Lakhowal also said that they will not call off their protest until the government repeals these laws and gives a legal guarantee on minimum support price for their crops.

    PTI

  • January 14, 2021 / 06:21 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Clearing the confusion over the fate of the ninth round of talks, which was the only outcome in the last meeting on January 8, in the wake of the Supreme Court on January 11 appointing a four-member panel to resolve the impasse and a key member of the proposed committee subsequently recusing himself, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said the talks between the government and the union representatives will take place as scheduled for 12 pm on January 15.

    “As a farmer myself and a union leader, in view of the prevailing sentiments and apprehensions amongst the farm unions and the public in general, I am ready to sacrifice any position offered or given to me so as to not compromise the interests of Punjab and farmers of the country,” PTI quoted his statement as saying.

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  • January 14, 2021 / 05:46 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | 'Truly independent' persons needed in SC-appointed panel, says Sharad Pawar
    NCP president Sharad Pawar, while speaking to reporters on January 14, said he agrees with the apprehensions raised by the protesting farmers over the SC-appointed panel. "The farmers don't think anything will come out of discussions with the committee. And I agree with them. It would have been better if independent — in a true sense independent — persons had been appointed," PTI reported him as saying.

  • January 14, 2021 / 05:05 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | AIKSCC member asks Anil Ghanwat to opt out of SC-appointed panel

    All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee member Sandeep Gidde has asked Shetkari Sangathan chief Anil Ghanwat to recuse himself from the SC-apointed panel for mediation, reported CNN-News18. The farmer unions involved in the stir have reiterated that they are not in favour of further round of deliberations.

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