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December 17, 2020 / 08:01 PM IST

Farmers' Protest Highlights: Agriculture minister NS Tomar writes an open letter to farmers with eight-point assurance

Farmers' Protest Highlights: Farmers' agitation against the Centre's new farm reform laws has entered 22nd day today. Farmers from different states have been camping at Delhi's Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur border points to demand repeal of the agri reform laws.

Farmers' Protest Highlights: The Delhi Chalo farmers' protest at border points in New Delhi has entered the 22nd day today. Supreme Court today asked the Centre to explore the possibility of putting farm legislation on hold. Observing that the Centre's talks with the protesting farmers have "not worked apparently" and were bound to fail, the Supreme Court had earlier indicated forming
a panel to break the three-week-long deadlock. The top court also said the agitation may soon become a national issue. Leaders of agitating farmers have asserted they will "make" the Centre repeal the three new agri reform laws in a hardening of their stand even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi said a conspiracy is afoot to confuse them and accused the opposition of shooting off farmers' shoulders. Farmers have so far rejected the government's offer of amendments in the new agriculture reform laws and a written assurance on continuing the MSP system. 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 17, 2020 / 07:59 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | This LIVE blog session has concluded. Stay tuned to Moneycontrol for the latest news, views and updates.

  • December 17, 2020 / 07:08 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates  Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar writes an open letter to farmers over the new farm laws. He writes, "Misunderstanding has been created among some farmers' unions regarding these laws" (ANI)

  • December 17, 2020 / 07:05 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates |  Anti-nationals, leftists, Khalistanis pumping money into protests: Gujarat Deputy CM

    Gujarat Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel on December 17 said that very few farmers were agitating against the Centre's new agri laws and that the protests were a conspiracy to malign Prime Minister Narendra Modi's image.

    "Anti-nationals, leftists, Khalistanis, pro-China elements and members of Tukde-Tukde gang have infiltrated the protests and pumping in money to keep the farmers at protest venues," the BJP leader alleged. (PTI)

  • December 17, 2020 / 04:58 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Delhi Assembly today rejected all three farm laws and has appealed Centre that it should take back these black laws. More than 20 farmers have died during 20 days of protest. On average, one farmer is getting martyred daily in this movement: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal (ANI)

  • December 17, 2020 / 04:30 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Kejriwal tears copies of farm laws in Delhi Assembly

    What was the hurry to get Farm Laws passed in Parliament during pandemic? It has happened for 1st time that 3 laws were passed without voting in Rajya Sabha...I hereby tear 3 Farm laws in this assembly and appeal Centre not to become worst than Britishers: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal (ANI)

  • December 17, 2020 / 04:20 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates |  Salon owner provides free services to protesting farmers at Singhu border

  • December 17, 2020 / 04:14 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates |  Govt willing to sit and sort out issues with farmers: Puri

    The government is willing to sit with the farmers protesting against the Centre's new farm laws and sort out the issues, Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said (PTI)

  • December 17, 2020 / 04:04 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal reach BJP headquarters to attend a meeting with party general secretaries to discuss farmers' agitation.

  • December 17, 2020 / 03:46 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Among 3 main sites at Delhi borders, Singhu emerges as hotspot: The Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur borders have come up as the most prominent protest sites for the ongoing farmers' agitation, but one location --- Singhu --- seemingly has been receiving more limelight than the others. While there is no dearth of the fighting spirit among demonstrators at Tikri and Ghazipur either, the facilities at these relatively smaller protest sites are limited. Singhu, which has emerged as the centre of the agitation, has had a constant influx of resources both in cash and in kind.

    Over the days, good samaritans, gurdwara committees and NGOs have made large donations as well as pooled technological resources to sustain the agitation. According to Ranjit Singh, who has been camping at the Singhu border since November 26, the site has been receiving higher traction than the other two because it was the first border to be blocked. Singhu hit the headlines earlier than Tikri and Ghazipur, which is why all these organisations came here offering help, but they are also offering similar sewa' at the other borders," the member of Bharatiya Kisan Union (Krantikari) said.

  • December 17, 2020 / 03:34 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Delhi: Protesting farmers at Tikri border (Haryana-Delhi border) say they're ready for more talks with government but won't end the protest.

  • December 17, 2020 / 03:24 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address farmers' conferences to be held across Madhya Pradesh on December 18 at 2 pm via video conferencing: Chief Minister Office (CMO)

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