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December 31, 2020 / 08:54 PM IST

Farmers' Protest Highlights | Haryana Police use water cannon, tear gas as farmers break through barricades at Rajasthan-Haryana border

Farmers' Protest Highlights: The 'Delhi Chalo' farmers' protest at border points of New Delhi has entered the 36th day today. Discussions on the three farm laws and MSP is set to continue in the next round of talks on January 4.

Farmers' Protest Highlights: The 'Delhi Chalo' farmers' protest at border points of New Delhi has entered the 36th day today. The government and farmer unions reached some common ground to resolve the protesting farmers' concerns over a rise in power tariff and penalties for stubble burning, but the two sides remained deadlocked over the main contentious issues of the repeal of three farm laws and a legal guarantee for MSP. Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said at least
50 percent resolution has been reached with mutual agreement on two out of four items on the agenda and discussions would continue on the remaining two on January 4 at 2 pm. 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.
  • December 31, 2020 / 06:44 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Haryana Police use water cannon, tear gas as farmers break through barricades at Rajasthan-Haryana border

    The Haryana Police on Thursday used a water cannon and tear gas as farmers on tractor-trailers broke through barricades at the Shahjahanpur border with Rajasthan, trying to push towards the national capital. While farmers on around 25 tractor-trailers pushed past the Haryana Police barriers, others stayed behind on the Rajasthan side of the Shahjahanpur-Rewari border, police said. 

    Farmers have been on a dharna at the site, blocking the road for several days in protest over the three new agri-marketing laws enacted at the Centre. Farmer leaders at the site made clear that the protesters who forced their way into Haryana did not have their consent. 

    Kisan Mahapanchayat president Rampal Jat said the agitation was going on peacefully but some of the farmers forcibly entered Hayaran, which was not expected of them. Haryana Police officials said a group of farmers, mostly youths, broke through the barricades set up by them in a bid to move towards Delhi.

    The Haryana Police tried to stop them using a water cannon and tear gas even as their leaders urged them not go towards the national capital, they said. Police said the group broke through the barricades with their tractors and a few of them managed to enter the state's territory though they were stopped after some distance. 


  • December 31, 2020 / 06:38 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | No New Year celebrations until govt accepts our demands: Farmers protesting at Singhu border

    Thousands of farmers protesting at the Singhu border for over a month now will ring in the New Year sans any celebrations. 

    "There is no New Year for us until the government accepts our demands," said Harjinder Singh from Punjab's Ropar, who has been camping at the Delhi-Haryana border since November 25. In the last round of talks on Wednesday, the government addressed the farmers' concerns over the increasing power tariff and penalties for stubble burning, but that wasn't good enough news to celebrate yet, said the farmers.

    Among the issues that continue to remain unresolved are the revocation of the new farm laws and a legal guarantee of the minimum support price for their crops. "Both the demands that they have agreed to were not laws yet. Their impact was yet to be felt. And we went to the government with the demands with clarity. They cannot pick and choose what suits them. They have to listen to all our demands," said Harmesh Singh, a farmer from Punjab's Hoshiarpur.


  • December 31, 2020 / 04:02 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar: We are committed to the continuation of the MSP (Minimum Support Price) in Haryana. Manohar Lal will quit politics if anyone tries to end the MSP regime.

  • December 31, 2020 / 03:37 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Kerala BJP MLA O Rajagopal: I have strongly opposed the resolution against farm laws today in Kerala Assembly. I did not oppose Central government. I said that the farm laws were very beneficial to farmers. The statements that I am against the central government are baseless. During voting, the Speaker (of Kerala Assembly) did not ask as to who supports the resolution and who opposes it. It was reduced to a single question without being asked separately, which is a violation of the norms.

  • December 31, 2020 / 03:16 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | I don't understand why a person like Mr Rajagopal adopted such a surprising move against Central Government. I don't understand it. Everyone knows one member cannot do anything, but he should have expressed dissent. It's against will and spirit of BJP: KS Radhakrishnan, BJP

  • December 31, 2020 / 02:34 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | O. Rajagopal, BJP MLA, Kerala: During a discussion in Kerala Assembly, I opposed certain references made in the resolution against farm laws. But I do not object to the general consensus reached by the House against the farm laws.

  • December 31, 2020 / 02:23 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan: The special session of the Kerala legislative assembly has passed a resolution against Centre's new farm laws. Our national capital is witnessing an unprecedented struggle. Farmers have braved extreme cold & other hardships to join the struggle. In 35 days, 32 lives lost. 

    Centre must abstain from acts that could provoke such outrage, especially in this pandemic situation. The sector employs 43.3% of our country’s labour force. It’s a part of our culture. Therefore, the reforms in the sector need to be implemented with great care & consideration.

  • December 31, 2020 / 01:47 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | When pointed out that the resolution was for scrapping the three central farm laws, O Rajagopal said he supported it (resolution). "I supported the resolution and the central government should withdraw the three farm laws," the senior BJP leader said, adding he agreed with the general consensus in the House.

    That is the democratic spirit, he added. Speaker P Sreeramakrsihanan said the resolution had been passed by the House and no one had objected.

  • December 31, 2020 / 01:38 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | V Muraleedharan, MoS MEA on Kerala Assembly passing resolution against 3 farm laws: Kerala Assembly is doing a futile exercise because the law has been passed by Parliament. It is like going against the general view of the whole country. If the Kerala government is so particular that every farmer should sell his produce as per APMC act, Kerala should enact such a law. GoI has brought this law to give better remuneration to farmers.

  • December 31, 2020 / 01:36 PM IST

     Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Lone BJP member in Kerala Assembly supports resolution against farm laws: In an unprecedented move, BJP's lone member in the Kerala Assembly, O Rajagopal, on Thursday, supported the resolution seeking scrapping of the three contentious farm laws against which farmers have been agitating for over a month at the Delhi border. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had moved the resolution at a special session on Thursday which was unanimously passed by the House with the ruling LDF, Opposition Congress-led UDF and the BJP supporting it. 

    "The resolution was passed unanimously. I have told my views... with regard to some matters (in the resolution) there was a difference of opinion, which I had pointed out in the House", he told mediapersons after the session. "I fully support the resolution", he said.

  • December 31, 2020 / 01:02 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | The farmers’ agitation continues and protestors hold the National Capital Region hostage by blocking different borders of Delhi. Our institutions face a dilemma: Should they allow the protests to continue even as it disrupts the life of 20 million people in the region or should they enforce law and order aggressively? 

    That India is a vibrant democracy is our biggest strength, but political opportunism at times creates a challenge for our weak institutions as they are unable to act due to various reasons. The developments in Punjab, where protestors are damaging private property, are far more worrying. They are an outcome of a disturbing trend in the political discourse that demonises India’s wealth creators. These wealth creators provide for ample jobs, value addition and income flows which generates tax revenues that enables the government to extend the subsidies to the farmers of Punjab. Thus, if anything, the farmers of Punjab should express gratitude to the tycoons of industry, business-owners, and taxpayers rather than disrupting businesses.

    Opinion: Protests or vandalism? Don’t kill the golden goose of private enterprise

  • December 31, 2020 / 12:33 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | In a tweet in Hindi, Home Minister Amit Shah on December 30 said that the prime minister has reiterated his resolve for farmer welfare by taking an unprecedented decision to increase the distillation capacity for ethanol production from agricultural produce for doubling the income of farmers. "This will create farmer empowerment and employment, and will get rid of pollution," he said.

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