Varun Gandhi also demanded a legal guarantee for the minimum support price (MSP), also one of the demands of farmer unions protesting against three farm laws, saying farmers will continue to be exploited in 'mandis' (markets for agricultural produce) as long as this is not done.
Navjot Singh Sidhu’s remark came two days after Amarinder Singh said he would launch his own political party and that he was hopeful of a seat arrangement with the BJP, provided the ongoing farmers’ stir against farm laws was resolved in the agriculturists’ interest.
The BJP MP has been vocal in empathising with farmers agitating against the three agri laws enacted by the Modi government and sharing Vajpayee's speech is seen as his message to the central government.
On allegations that attempts are being made to save the minister's son, Ashish Mishra, in the case, Yogi Adityanath said, "There is no such video. We have issued numbers, and if anyone has evidence, they can upload it. All will be crystal clear. There will be no injustice with anyone. No one will be allowed to take the law in his hand but no action will be taken under any pressure."
Talking to reporters, Sanjay Raut said when a rape incident took place at Saki Naka in Mumbai (last month), the BJP raised a hue and cry, and "we (state government) did not stop anyone from going to the crime site".
“Issue notice, Dasti as well,” a bench comprising justices S K Kaul and M.M Sundresh said while taking note of the plea.
PDP president Mehbooba Mufti's remarks came after at least eight people were killed as violence erupted in Lakhimpur Kheri on Sunday. Multiple opposition leaders tried to make their way to the Uttar Pradesh district through the night but were prevented from doing so.
The top court was hearing a petition filed by ‘Kisan Mahapanchayat’, a body of farmers and agriculturists, and its president seeking directions to the concerned authorities to provide space to at least 200 farmers or protestors of the body at the Jantar Mantar for organising peaceful and non-violent ‘Satyagrah’.
The Bharat Bandh was called on Monday by farmer unions to protest against the Centre's three agri laws.
The auto, taxi unions and traders bodies said their livelihood has already been hit hard due to the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown so they were not joining any strike.
Congress general secretary (organization), K C Venugopal, said the Congress and its workers will extend our full support to the peaceful 'Bharat Bandh' called by farmer unions on Monday.
Seeking the support of Indians in the US, the national spokesperson of the BKU claimed that over 750 farmers have lost their lives during the stir against the contentious new farm laws, but the Centre is still not willing to reconsider the legislations.
In a statement, the organisation said, "Kisan Andolan will continue peacefully and strongly till demands are fulfilled. Bickering of political parties, either within a party or between parties, is not going to affect the movement, nor will the change in chief minister of a state."
Congress leaders and legislators took strong exception to this, with party state president D K Shivakumar even terming the statement as an "insult" to the farmers and demanded that he apologize to them.
Locked in a showdown with the Haryana government over the lathi-charge, the farmers squatted at the gates of the mini-secretariat on Tuesday evening after talks with the local administration failed. Many spent the night outside the mini-secretariat.
BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra also accused the Congress leader of posting an old picture of farmers' protest while referring to their Sunday mahapanchayat in Uttar Pradesh's Muzaffarnagar district, and said this is part of his politics of “spreading confusion and lies”.
Farmer leaders made it amply clear that they would campaign against the ruling BJP in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand Assembly elections in 2022 if the governments did not accept their demands. They even threatened to continue their agitation till 2024 when Lok Sabha elections are due.
The farmers, including women carrying flags of different organisations and wearing different coloured caps, were seen arriving at the venue in buses, cars and tractors.
The two-day-event that will see participation from 1,500 delegates across organisations of farmers, women, youth, and labourers, is aimed at “intensification and expansion” of the ongoing movement against the Centre's farm laws.
"The demands made by the farmers are right. Keeping in mind the assembly polls and anger among the farmers, the Modi government could withdraw (new) farm laws," UP BJP working committee member Ram Iqbal Singh told reporters on Sunday night.
Rahul Gandhi along with party MPs Pratap Singh Bajwa, Ravneet Singh Bittu and Deepinder Singh Hooda also carried banners and raised sloganss.
Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Mahasangh national president Shiv Kumar Kakka told PTI that every day from July 22, 200 farmers, wearing identification badges, will go to Jantar Mantar from the Singhu border to hold the protest.
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The bills have provisions for higher than MSP rate for produce in farming agreement with traders, timely payment of dues, three-year jail term and Rs 5 lakh fine or both for harassment of farmers.
Ever since the three farm laws were enacted by the union government, the DMK had all along demanded the Centre to withdraw the laws, which are "against the interests of farmers," the Chief Minister said intervening his party MLA Tamizharasi, who spoke on the matter in the House.