LIVE: Will block Delhi highways if farm laws not scrapped, say unions

Farmers and their supporters take part in a tractor rally during a protest to support the nationwide strike, called by farmer unions to press for repeal of the Centres Agri laws, in Amritsar, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020. (PTI Photo)
Farmers' protest LIVE updates: As thousands of farmers continue to protest at various borders of the national capital demanding the repeal of three new farm laws, the government on Wednesday proposed to give a "written assurance" that the existing Minimum Support Price (MSP) regime for procurement will continue.

However, the farmers' unions rejected the proposal and said they would intensify their agitation until the government accepts their demand for a complete repeal of the three laws. The government also proposed to make necessary amendments on at least seven issues, including one to allay fears about the weakening of the mandi system.

 
The government cancelled its crucial sixth round of talks with 40 protesting farmers' unions that was scheduled for today as farm leaders declined to participate, after a meeting with Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday night failed to break the deadlock.

 
The farmers are protesting against the Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.

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China, Pakistan behind farmers' protest: Union minister Danve

Union minister Raosaheb Danve on Wednesday claimed that China and Pakistan were behind the ongoing protests by farmers, who are seeking repeal of three new farm laws.

He also alleged that Muslims were earlier misled over the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC), but as those efforts did not succeed, now farmers were being told that they will face losses due to the new laws.

Danve was speaking at the inauguration of a health centre at Kolte Takli in Badnapur taluka of Maharashtra's Jalna district.

"The agitation that is going on is not that of farmers. China and Pakistan have a hand behind this. Muslims in this country were incited first. What was said (to them)? That NRC is coming, CAA is coming and Muslims will have to leave this country in six months. Did a single Muslim leave?

"Those efforts didn't succeed and now farmers are being told that they will face losses. This is the conspiracy of other countries," Danve said.

The minister, however, did not elaborate on what basis he claimed that the two neighbouring countries are behind the farmers' protests.

Rejection of Centre's proposal by farmers unfortunate': Punjab BJP chief

Punjab BJP chief Ashwani Sharma on Wednesday dubbed the farmers decision to reject the Centre's proposal to amend the new farm laws as unfortunate. He urged the protesting farmers to review their decision. It was unfortunate that farmer leaders have rejected the proposed amendments to the three agriculture bills, Sharma said in a statement here.
 
He said the Centre has addressed all the major concerns about the minimum support price (MSP) and the mandi system in the proposed amendments which the farmers should accept with grace.
 
"The respect for farmers had prompted the Centre to address the issues which affected the community, and in all fairness, the protestors should have accepted the offer, he said. The BJP leader suggested that the farmers should withdraw their agitation in view of the offer made by the Centre.

New farm laws meant for welfare of farmers: Uttarakhand BJP chief

The Uttarakhand BJP on Wednesday accused opposition parties of instigating farmers against the Centre for political gains and said the new agri laws were meant for the welfare of the farming community. Pradesh BJP president Bansidhar Bhagat said the MSP regime will continue, the monopoly of middlemen will come to an end and farmers will have the freedom of selling their produce in the market of their choice.
 
"Instead of farmers, it is the opposition parties that are agitating against the new farm laws. They are provoking farmers by spreading lies among them for their own political gains," Bhagat said. "Meant for the welfare of farmers, thenew laws will revolutionise their economy," he said.
 
Bhagat said "no government in the past cared as much for farmers as the Narendra Modi government".
 
Under the Modi government, he said, the budgetary allocation for the agriculture sector rose to 1.34 lakh crore from just Rs 12,000 crore during UPA. Also, no previous government had spent Rs 75,000 crore over farmers in just one year, he claimed. Under PM Kisan Yojana, Rs 92,000 crore has already been credited into the accounts of farmers through DBT mode and a package of Rs 1 lakh crore has been sanctioned by the Centre for the creation of agricultural infrastructure, the BJP leader said.

Will block Delhi-Jaipur and Delhi-Agra highways on Dec 12: Farmer leaders

Unhappy over not getting a satisfactory solution to their demands, the agitating farmers on Wednesday announced they will block the Delhi-Jaipur highway on or before December 12. After blocking the Singhu, Tikri, Chilla and Ghazipur borders connecting Delhi to Chandigarh, Haryana, Noida (Uttar Pradesh) and Ghaziabad (Uttar Pradesh) respectively, the farmers will now block the Delhi-Jaipur highway that connects the national capital to Rajasthan.
 
The move will disrupt Delhi's supply chain from another direction as the farmers have planned to block the National Highway 48 that starts from Delhi and connects with Rajasthan via Haryana. The decision was taken in the farmers' meeting at Singhu border where thousands of farmers are braving the winter nights under open skies since November 26.
 
In the meeting that started at 12 noon, Kisan Samiti leader Jagveer Singh made the announcement, saying the "Jaipur highway would be blocked on or before December 12." While addressing a press conference after the farmers meeting at Singhu, Singh also appealed the farmers to 'Gherao' (encircle) the residences of Bharatiya Janata Party ministers.

Opposition delegation meets President, requests him to intervene in farmers' issue

A delegation of opposition leaders which claims to have the support of 25 political parties met President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday, and requested him to intervene in the farmers issue and advise the government to repeal the contentious farm laws. A memorandum submitted to the President by the delegation said, "We urge upon you, as the custodian of the Indian constitution, to persuade your government not to be obdurate and accept the demands raised by Indian Annadatas."
 
The delegation in the memorandum said that the Bills were passed in Parliament in an anti-democratic manner preventing a structured debate. After the meeting, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said, "the farmers will not sit until the laws are repealed and if these laws are in the interest of farmers why are they on the roads and protesting. We informed the President that it is absolutely critical that these anti-farmer laws are taken back."
 
The delegation comprised of Rahul Gandhi of the Congress, Sharad Pawar of the NCP, the CPI(M)'s Sitaram Yechury, D Raja of the CPI and DMK leader Elangovan. Sharad Pawar said it is the duty of the government to resolve this issue. "All opposition parties had requested for in-depth discussion on farm bills and that they should be sent to a select committee, but unfortunately no suggestion was accepted and the Bills were passed in a hurry."

The way farm bills were passed, we feel it's insult to farmers: Rahul Gandhi

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Opposition delegation meets President, seeks repeal of farm laws

A delegation of opposition parties including Rahul Gandhi, Sharad Pawar and Left leaders on Wednesday met President Ram Nath Kovind seeking repeal of the three farm laws against which thousands of farmers have been protesting on various borders of the national capital. The five-member delegation of opposition leaders included CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury, CPI general secretary D Raja and DMK leader TKS Elangovan, besides Gandhi and Pawar.
 
"We met the President and informed him of our view regarding the three farm laws. We have asked for their repeal. We informed the President that it is critical that they are taken back," Gandhi told reporters after meeting the President.
 
He said the way the farm laws were passed in Parliament, "we feel it was an insult to farmers and that is why they are protesting in the cold weather against them".
 
The former Congress chief said the new laws appeared aimed at handing over the farming sector to the "friends of the prime minister", but the farmers are fearless and would not back off and will continue with their peaceful agitation. NCP leader Pawar said various political parties have requested President that these farm laws should be repealed as they were not discussed with either stakeholders or in the Select Committee of Parliament.

Govt offers written assurance on continuing MSP, other amendments; Farmer unions reject proposal

As thousands of farmers continue to protest at various borders of the national capital demanding the repeal of three new farm laws, the government on Wednesday proposed to give a "written assurance" that the existing Minimum Support Price (MSP) regime for procurement will continue. However, the farmers' unions rejected the proposal and said they would intensify their agitation until the government accepts their demand for a complete repeal of the three laws.
 
The government also proposed to make necessary amendments on at least seven issues, including one to allay fears about the weakening of the mandi system. In a draft proposal sent to 13 agitating farmer unions, the government also said it is ready to provide all necessary clarifications on their concerns about the new farm laws enacted in September, but it did not mention anything about the main demand of protesting farmers for the repeal of the laws.
 
At a press conference later in the day, farmer leaders said there was nothing new in the government proposal and they will continue their protest. Separately, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said at a post-Cabinet media briefing that the government is sensitive to the concerns of farmers as he expressed hope that ongoing deliberations with them, which he termed a "work in progress", over the three agriculture-related laws will yield some results soon.

Nothing new in govt proposal; will continue protest against agri laws: Farmer leader

Protesting farmers might take a call on crossing Singhu border to enter Delhi

Farmers unanimously reject Centre's proposal, protest to continue

Protesting farmers on Wednesday unanimously rejected the proposed amendments suggested by the Central government to three controversial farm laws and have sought complete rollback of the laws. This came after the government agreed to farmers' demands by giving its nod on key issues raised by them, including amendments to the three contentious farms laws that were the first and biggest issue driving the ongoing farmers' protest.
 
The government communicated its stand through a written draft proposal to the farmers in which it agreed to two main amendments regarding the minimum support price (MSP) and the Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC), but rejected their demand to repeal the three farm laws.
 
"We have rejected the proposal given by the Central government. There was no opposition from anyone. Our future course of action is that we will close all the borders in 1-2 days," said Kulwant Singh Sandhu, one of the farmer leaders.
 
In the proposal, the Centre agreed to a written minimum support price (MSP) assurance and uniform tax for private market yard and APMC -- a marketing board established by state governments to ensure that farmers are safeguarded from exploitation by large retailers, as well as ensuring that farm to retail price does not touch excessively high levels.

Absolutely critical that these anti-farmer laws are taken back: Rahul Gandhi

Will block Delhi-Jaipur and Delhi-Agra highways on Dec 12: Farmer leaders

Negotiations 'work in progress', hopefully in last stage: Prakash Javadekar on farmer protest

Sounding optimistic about an early resolution of farmer crisis, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar on Wednesday described the ongoing negotiations with farmer organisations as "work in progress" which hopefully is in the last stage. The Modi government, the minister said, is "sensitive" and has already held several rounds of talks with farmer organisations which are protesting against the three farm laws enacted by Parliament during the last session.
 
"This (ongoing negotiations) is work in progress. Hopefully in the last stage. Let us wait for some more time," the minister said while replying to questions regarding farmers' protest.
 
The government on Wednesday proposed to give a "written assurance" that the existing Minimum Support Price (MSP) regime for procurement will continue as thousands of farmers continue to protest at various borders of the national capital demanding the repeal of three new farm laws. The government also proposed to make necessary amendments on at least seven issues, including one to allay fears about the weakening of the mandi system.
 
In a draft proposal sent to 13 agitating farmer unions, the government also said it is ready to provide all necessary clarifications on their concerns about the new farm laws enacted in September, but it did not mention anything about the main demand of protesting farmers for the repeal of the laws.

Farmers have given mandate for agro reforms: BJP on Rajasthan panchayat poll results

The BJP on Wednesday claimed that farmers have given their "mandate" for the agri reforms enacted by the Modi government as it cited its win in the Rajasthan local body polls besides in elections in a number of states after the three farm sector laws were passed to assert people's support for the party across the country.
 
BJP president J P Nadda said the saffron party's win in Rajasthan symbolises the trust the poor, farmers and labourers have in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's leadership, while senior party leader and Union minister Prakash Javadekar stressed that people, especially farmers, have given it a "decisive" victory.
 
In a tweet, Nadda expressed his thanks to women, farmers and other rural voters in the Congress-ruled state for putting "faith" in the BJP.
 
Noting that the polls were held primarily in rural Rajasthan which has a high concentration of farmers, Javadekar told a press conference that the BJP had won 353 of 636 zila parishads and 1990 of 4371 panchayat samitis, leaving the Congress behind and described the party's performance as phenomenal.

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Agitating farmer unions get draft proposals from Govt

As thousands of farmers continue to protest at various borders of the national capital demanding the repeal of three new farm laws, a representative group of their unions on Wednesday received a draft proposal from the government on some key concerns raised by the protesters. The draft proposal has been sent to 13 farm union leaders including Joginder Singh Urgrahan of BKU (Ekta Ugrahan), one of the biggest among nearly 40 agitating unions.
 
"Farmer unions have received the draft proposal from the government," Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) national spokesperson Rakesh Tikait said. He is one of the many union leaders participating in the ongoing negotiations with the government.
 
Home Minister Amit Shah in Tuesday night's meeting with 13 union leaders had said the government would send a draft proposal on key issues raised by the farmers regarding the three farm laws, even though the meeting had failed to break the ice with farm union leaders who are insisting for repealing these laws.
 
The sixth round of talks between the government and farm union leaders, which was scheduled for Wednesday morning, has also been canceled. The draft proposal has been sent by Vivek Aggarwal, Joint Secretary in Agriculture Ministry.

Ready to give written assurance on continuing MSP: Govt's proposal to agitating farmers

As thousands of farmers continue to protest at various borders of the national capital demanding the repeal of three new farm laws, the government on Wednesday proposed to give a "written assurance" that the existing Minimum Support Price (MSP) regime for procurement will continue. The government also proposed to make necessary amendments on at least seven issues, including one to allay fears about the weakening of the mandi system.
 
In a draft proposal sent to 13 agitating farmer unions, the government also said it is ready to provide all necessary clarifications on their concerns about the new farm laws enacted in September, but it did not mention anything about the main demand of protesting farmers for the repeal of the laws.
 
Home Minister Amit Shah in Tuesday night's meeting with 13 union leaders had said the government would send a draft proposal on key issues raised by the farmers regarding the three farm laws, even though the meeting had failed to break the ice with farm union leaders who are insisting for repealing these laws.
 
The sixth round of talks between the government and farm union leaders, which was scheduled for Wednesday morning, has also been canceled. In the proposal, sent by Agriculture Ministry Joint Secretary Vivek Aggarwal, the government said is ready to consider with an open heart the objections which farmers have on the new farm laws.

'Work in progress': Prakash Javadekar on being asked about talks between Centre and farmers

Government seeks ways to tweak new agriculture laws to mollify farmers

Indian government officials looked for ways to tweak new laws liberalising the agricultural sector on Wednesday, as they put off a second day of talks with farmer organisations that have mobilised mass protests, Reuters reported. Farmers have been demonstrating since late last month over reforms enacted in September that loosened rules around the sale, pricing and storage of farm produce, and had protected farmers from an unfettered free market for decades.
 
Small growers, in particular, fear that they will be at the mercy of big business if they are no longer assured of floor prices for staples such as wheat and rice sold at government-controlled wholesale markets.
 
Unhappy with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's liberalisation, farmers have set up protest camps and blocked roads surrounding the capital New Delhi, and on Tuesday they mounted a nationwide strike.
 

Govt sends written proposals to farmers, says no change in MSP for crops

The minimum support price for certain agriculture produce will not end with recently enacted reforms, the government said in a written proposal sent to farmers on Wednesday.
 
The proposal was sent to farm leaders protesting three recently enacted laws liberalising India’s agriculture markets, listing written amendments that the government intends to carry out.
 
"We are now going to hold discussions on the proposal sent by the government of India," ANI quoted farmer leader Manjeet Singh as saying.
 
Tens of thousands of farmers are camping around Delhi again on Friday, rallying against three laws that the government says are meant to overhaul antiquated procurement procedures and give growers more options to sell their produce. Farmers fear the legislation, passed in September, will eventually dismantle India’s regulated markets and stop the government from buying wheat and rice at guaranteed prices, leaving them at the mercy of private buyers.

If the proposal talks of only amendments then we will reject it: Farmers

Farmer leaders at Singhu Border receive a draft proposal from Centre

Farmers in Karnataka protest amendments to farm laws, attempt to besiege Vidhan Soudha

Farmers backed by various unions on Wednesday took out a protest march to the Vidhana Soudha here, where the winter session of the Karnataka Legislature is underway, demanding that the state government scrap the recent amendments to the farm laws. The protests were against the amendments to the Karnataka Land Reforms (Amendment) Act-2020 and Agricultural Produce Marketing (Regulation and Development) (Amendment) Act-2020.
 
While the KLR (Amendment) Act-2020 was passed by both the Houses, the APM (Amendment) Act-2020 is waiting for clearance from the Council after being approved by the Assembly in the Monsoon session.
 
Following a call given by the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha, Hasiru Sene and allied organisations, the farmers geared up for another show down, a day after joining the nationwide protests against the farm bills brought by the Centre.

Farm scientist Varinderpal Singh refuses to accept FAI's award in solidarity with farmers

Varinderpal Singh, an agriculture scientist from Punjab Agricultural University, has refused to accept fertiliser industry body FAI's golden jubilee award in support of farmers' ongoing protest against new farm laws. Varinderpal Singh was joint winner of Fertiliser Association of India (FAI) Golden Jubilee Award for Excellence for the best work done in the field of plant nutrition. The award includes Rs 2 lakh cash, gold medal and citation.
 
FAI's Director General Satish Chander confirmed that Singh refused to accept the award during its annual function held on Monday.
 
"It was not right on his part, having come all the way, to refuse to accept this academic award," Chander told PTI.
 
There were total 34 awards across various categories, he added. Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilisers Mansukh Lal Mandaviya was present in the award function.

Farmers are our God & doubling their income is the biggest resolution of PM Modi, says MP CM

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Farmers' protest: Govt's 6th round of meeting with farm leaders cancelled

The government has cancelled its crucial sixth round of talks with 40 protesting farmers' unions that was scheduled on Wednesday as farm leaders declined to participate, after a meeting with Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday night failed to break the deadlock.
 
"Today's meeting with farmer unions' leaders has been cancelled," a Union Agriculture Ministry's spokesperson told PTI.
 
There was no official confirmation whether the government has sent a written proposal to farmer unions on key amendments to some of the provisions of the three farm laws.

US lawmakers back farmers protesting against new agri laws in India

Several US lawmakers have voiced their support for farmers agitating in India against the new farm laws and urged that they be allowed to protest peacefully.
 
India has called the remarks by foreign leaders on protests by farmers as "ill-informed" and "unwarranted" as the matter pertained to the internal affairs of a democratic country.
 
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Huge response to Bharat bandh in Karnataka towns, villages

The day-long Bharat bandh evoked huge response in towns and villages across Karnataka on Tuesday, as thousand of farmers staged massive rallies and demonstrations against the 3 farm laws the Centre enacted recently and called for their withdrawal immediately.

The response to the shutdown call was, however, mixed in cities, as normal life was partially disrupted, with markets and APMC yards remaining shut in Bengaluru, Mysuru, Mandya, Mangaluru, Hubballi, Belagavi, Kalaburagi, Shivamogga, Raichur, Ballari and Bidar.

As the state farmers' associations exempted Bengaluru from the dawn-to-dusk bandh, it was business as usual across the city though vehicular traffic was affected due to rallies by various organisations supporting the shutdown.

"The bandh was successful, as the response was overwhelming in towns and villages across the state where hundreds of farmers took out huge processions and staged dharnas, raising slogans against the anti-farmer laws," Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha President Kodihalli Chandrashekar told IANS.

Braving inclement weather, the Covid scare and tight security, farmers, workers and their supporters blocked roads and highways by squatting on them for hours.

Rijiju bats for farm laws, says will ensure better prices to farmers

As farmer protests continue at the gates of Delhi, Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports (I/C) and Minister of State, Minority Affairs, Kiren Rijiju has come out in support of the farm laws, on Tuesday.

In a tweet, the Union Minister endorsed the laws saying the new farm laws are a "great" step to improve farmers' income and for their welfare.

"The new farm laws will ensure farmers proper more, a spike in wages and free them from middlemen. These laws are a major step for farmers' welfare and will help them get their agricultural products at a better price. #FarmActsGameChanger," Rijiju wrote on Twitter (roughly translated from Hindi).

Further, he reiterated facts (via an image he posted) made by the Union Agricultural Ministry that the Minimum Support Price (MSP) will not be affected.

"The mandis will continue to operate as usual. The system of e-NAM (electronic National Agriculture Market) will continue as usual", the image text in his tweet read (roughly translated from Hindi).

Union Minister Piyush Goyal seeks help of chartered accountants to help farmers understand Centre's reforms

Union Commerce and Food minister Piyush Goyal on Tuesday urged chartered accountants to make farmers understand the benefits of the legislative reforms undertaken by the Centre.

Goyal said the government was ready to address the fears expressed by some sections of farmers and said that new doors were being opened for them which would exponentially increase their income.

"The effort to open new opportunities is a huge reform which will have better cropping patterns and engage with technology. I am confident we will see huge improvements in the life and prosperity of our farmer brothers and sisters," the minister said speaking at Startup Manthan 2.0 on start-ups hosted by the Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI).

The government, in its role as an enabler, has introduced several benefits to encourage and boost startups, a statement quoted the minister Goyal adding that the Government was constantly providing inputs to the startup ecosystem to help expand their base.

Goyal said that support from the government included tax benefits.

Jammu and Kashmir: All J&K Transport Welfare Association members staged a protest at Bikram Chowk in Jammu in support of Bharat Bandh called by farmer unions against Farm Laws, earlier today.

Farmers' stir: Talks between Amit Shah, union leaders fail to make breakthrough

Talks between Home Minister Amit Shah and a select group of farmers' representatives failed to make any breakthrough on Tuesday night with the union leaders insisting on their demand for repeal of three new laws and rejecting the government's proposal for amendments.

Some leaders also threatened that they will boycott the scheduled sixth round of talks with the government on Wednesday at Vigyan Bhawan here, while others said their next course of action will depend on what amendments the government assures in writing, which they claimed was promised by Shah in today's meeting.

Another leader said, "There is no chance of tomorrow's meeting. Whatever they have decided to give in writing we won't accept those amendments as we want complete repeal of the laws. There is no question of meeting again."

However, a few leaders who attended the meeting with Shah appeared to be in favour of necessary amendments and assurances on the minimum support price (MSP) regime and the mandi system rather than a complete repeal of the laws enacted in September, indicating some kind of divisions among the unions.

After the meeting which ended around midnight, All India Kisan Sabha general secretary and CPI(M) leader Hannan Mollah said, "The home minister has made it clear that the government will not repeal the laws. Shah-ji said the government will give tomorrow in writing the amendments which the government is keen to. We will decide about attending the meeting after discussing the written amendments with all 40 farmer unions."

At the same time, he also added, "We don't want amendments, we want repeal of laws. There is no middle path. We will not attend tomorrow's meeting."

Farmers' meeting at Singhu border tomorrow at 12 pm

The Government is not ready to take back the farm laws. Tomorrow we will hold a meeting at Singhu border (Delhi-Haryana border) at 12 pm: Hannan Mollah, General Secretary, All India Kisan Sabha. 

No meeting between farmers and govt tomorrow

No meeting will be held between farmers & govt tomorrow. The minister has said that a proposal will be given to the farmer leaders tomorrow. Farmer leaders will hold a meeting over govt's proposal: Hannan Mollah, General Secy, All India Kisan Sabha

Bandh: public transport normal in Maha, but several MSRTC buses canceled

Public transport services in Mumbai, including suburban trains and buses, and in other parts of Maharashtra largely remained unaffected on Tuesday amid the Bharat Bandh called by farmers' organizations.

The Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC), however, canceled over 8,100 scheduled buses. Of 21,575 scheduled services, it operated only 12,516. As many as 8,127 services were canceled due to the Bandh and another 932 services due to other reasons, its spokesperson said.

Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST), the civic bus service in Mumbai, operated 4,420 of the 4,472 buses, almost 98.84 per cent of the total.

Services of local trains in Mumbai as well as long- distance trains remained unaffected, said Shivaji Sutar, chief public relations officer, Central Railway.

Leaders of taxi and auto rickshaw unions told PTI that their services in Mumbai remained normal.

Truck unions said the movement of goods was affected to an extent as several truckers chose not to operate in view of the shutdown.

"Many truckers have kept their vehicles off road in support of the strike, but we haven't stopped movement of essential commodities," said Kailash Pingle, leader of Maharashtra Rajya Motor Malak Sangh, earlier in the day.

Farmers protest: Govt's 6th round of talks with farmer leaders scheduled for Wednesday

The government's sixth round of talks with representatives of farmers protesting at Delhi's borders against three new farm laws is scheduled to be held on Wednesday, a day after Union Home Minister Amit Shah held a meeting with select farmmer leaders in a bid to break the deadlock.

Three union ministers -- Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, Food Minister Piyush Goyal and Minister of State for Commerce and Industries Som Prakash -- will hold discussions again with 40 farmer unions' leaders, including the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) which is spearheading the protests.

The sixth round of meeting comes a day after a 'Bharat Bandh' was observed by the protesting farmer unions, which received support from trade unions, various other organisations as well as 24 opposition parties, including the Congress and the NCP.

No breakthrough has been possible in the five rounds of talks so far as the protesting farmers have stuck to their demand for the repeal of the laws despite the government's assurance to look into specific issues without abolishing the legislations.

In the previous meeting on December 5, Tomar had assured 40 farmer union leaders that the government is open to considering ways to strengthen APMC mandis, create a level-playing field with proposed private markets, and provide a provision for approaching higher courts for dispute resolution, while asserting that procurement at minimum support price (MSP) will continue.

But the protesting farmer unions' leaders are insisting that the laws must be scrapped.

Bharat bandh gets mixed response in Nashik

The 'Bharat bandh' call given by various outfits on Tuesday to protest against the Centre's new farm laws evoked a mixed response in Nashik with police stating that no untoward incident was reported from anywhere in the district.

In many areas, shops and commercial establishments were open, government, semi-government and private offices, banks etc functioned normally, and public transport was available in good numbers.

Retail and wholesale vegetable markets in the district were closed, and so was the Lasalgaon APMC, Asia's largest onion market.

Political parties, barring the BJP, organised rallies in Nashik's city's Shalimar Chowk, while Nashik MP Hemant Godse led a tractor rally in Deolali Camp.

The bandh received good response in Nashik Road, Cidco, Satpur and Panchavati areas of the city.

Mixed response to 'Bharat Bandh' in BJP-ruled Gujarat

Several rural pockets of Gujarat remained shut on Tuesday, while urban and semi-urban localities were largely unaffected by the 'Bharat Bandh' called by farmer unions over the Centre's new agri laws and supported by the opposition Congress.

Markets, shops, banks, government and private offices and other commercial establishments functioned normally in most parts of the BJP-ruled state.

Though a majority of the Agricultural Produce Market Committees (APMCs) remained open, no auction of products took place at several mandis as traders and commission agents extended their support to the nationwide shutdown against the three farm laws brought by the Modi government.

Normal life in major cities remained unaffected as transport services were operational.

The BRTS (Bus Rapid Transit System) functioned as per schedule in Ahmedabad, Rajkot and Surat.

About 5,000 petrol pumps remained open in the state as their associations stayed away from the strike.

"The shutdown call left no major impact in the state. There are no reports of any violence or any other unwarranted incidents.

"Routine life was not affected by the bandh," said an official of the state police control room.

A large number of police personnel was deployed across the state to prevent any untoward incident.

Authorities imposed section 144 of the CrPC, which bans assembly of more than four persons, at several places in view of the Bharat Bandh.

Bharat Bandh' ends peacefully, life hit in some states as farmers take centrestage

Farmers took the national centrestage on Tuesday as their call for a Bharat Bandh' to push for a repeal of the new agri laws disrupted life in myriad ways with shops closed, transport affected and protesters squatting on roads and train tracks in several places, though many states remained largely unaffected. As the day wound to a mostly peaceful close, Union Home Minister Amit Shah stepped in to call farmer leaders for talks, ahead of the sixth round of talks between Central ministers and farmer representatives on Wednesday.
 
"We will demand just a 'yes' or a 'no' from Home Minister Amit Shah," farmer leader Rudru Singh Mansa told reporters at the Singhu border where thousands of farmers have been protesting for the last 12 days.
 
As analysts, politicians and others assessed how effective the 'bandh' had been, Swaraj India leader Yogendra Yadav claimed it was observed in around 10,000 places in 25 states.
 
Emergency services were exempted and banks, too, continued operations as the pan-India shutdown, backed by most opposition parties and trade unions, rolled out noisily but peacefully with its impact felt in Punjab, Haryana and Delhi, the epicentre of the snowballing protests, as well as in states such as Odisha, Maharashtra and Bihar.

Farmer leaders claim Bharat Bandh successful; want to shift protest to Ramlila ground

Farmer leaders claimed on Tuesday their 'Bharat Bandh' against the new farm laws was "successful" and had an impact in 25 states. Addressing a press conference at a protest site on the Singhu border, they said the "super bandh" made the government open its eyes and ears. The farmer leaders said the protestors did not go to Burari ground as it is an "open jail" and demanded that Ramlila Ground be given to them. They stressed that they don't want to trouble the people of Delhi and Haryana.
 
Punjab Kisan Union president Ruldu Singh Mansa said a 13-member delegation of farmers' representatives will seek a "yes or no" to their demands when they meet Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday evening.
 
The 'Bharat Bandh' against the new farm laws was successful and had an impact in 25 states. It was 'super bandh' from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, Haryana Bharatiya Kisan Union president Gurnam Singh Chaduni said. The meeting between Shah and the 13-member farmer leaders' comes a day before their sixth round of talks with Union ministers slated for Wednesday.

Five-member Oppn delegation to meet President on farm bills on Wednesday

A delegation of opposition parties will meet President Ram Nath Kovind on December 9 over concerns on the three new agriculture laws enacted by the Centre in September and to seek their repeal, senior leaders said Tuesday. CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said that the five-member delegation - Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, NCP chief Sharad Pawar, a representative of the DMK, CPI general secretary D Raja and he - will meet the President tomorrow at 5 pm on behalf of the Opposition parties.
 
"The five of us will probably meet before we meet the President and finalise our strategy. We have spoken to all Opposition leaders and decided our next course of action. The delegation has been limited to five because of the COVID-19 situation although we are trying to see if they allow more leaders to join. In that case we have to rush leaders to Delhi as they are mostly in their respective states," said Yechury.
 
CPI general secretary D Raja too confirmed that the delegation will meet Kovind on Wednesday.
 

Offices shut, roads deserted, markets closed as Bharat Bandh hits life in Odisha

Normal life was disrupted in Odisha on Tuesday as Congress and Left supporters blocked roads and railway tracks along with trade unionists to enforce the nationwide shutdown, called by farmers' unions seeking repeal of three new farm laws. Vehicular movement came to a halt with the supporters of the 'Bharat Bandh' blocking highways and major roads, and staging demonstrations holding placards and banners.
 
Train services were also affected as activists of farmers' organisations, trade unions and political parties held sit-ins on railway tracks in Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Bhadrak and Balasore, leaving passengers stranded for long hours.
 
The shutdown was largely peaceful and no untoward incident was reported from any part of the state, a senior police officer said. Around 500 protesters, including 200 in the state capital, courted arrest and were held in preventive detention while staging demonstrations in different places, the officer said.

Bharat Bandh has underscored need for repeal of farm laws: Punjab CM

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday said the unity showcased by the farmers through the 'Bharat Bandh' has underscored the need for a repeal of the farm laws. He reiterated that the farm legislations were anti-farmer and introduced without any discussion with the stakeholders.
 
On farmers' call, the 'Bharat Bandh', in protest against the Centre's three farm laws, was observed in Punjab, Haryana and other states on Tuesday. Singh asked why the Centre could not heed the demands of the farmers, agitating across the country, to scrap these laws and hold fresh talks with all stakeholders. Had I been in their place I would not have taken a minute to accept my mistake and revoke the laws, he said in a statement issued here.
 
Asserting that the "whole country was with the farmers in their pain and in their fight for survival", Singh said the Centre should allow the existing system to continue instead of scrapping the 'arthiya' (commission agent) and mandi system, as the farm laws were designed to do. Why are they doing away with it? They should let the farmers decide what they want, he said.

Support to bandh successful, transporters incur Rs 2,000 crore loss: AIMTC

Transporters' apex body AIMTC on Tuesday said the support to the farmers' Bharat Bandh call was successful, and the transport industry incurred a loss of Rs 2,000 crore on account of halting operations.
 
All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC), representing about 95 lakh truckers and other entities, had earlier announced to suspend operations in the country to support the Bharat Bandh called by agitating farmers.
 
"The transport fraternity support to farmers has been highly successful...About 90 lakh trucks, tempo, trailers stood still on the call of AIMTC and the transport industry too bore losses of about Rs 2,000 crore," AIMTC President Kultarn Singh Atwal said.
 
AIMTC in a statement said it will continue to extend support to farmers. READ ON...


Little impact of bandh', farmers' protest on at border with Delhi

The 'Bharat Bandh' called on Tuesday by farmers protesting against the Centre's new agri laws had little impact on trade and business activities in Noida, as the Gautam Buddh Nagar administration deployed heavy security and pressed drones into service to keep an eye on the situation. Scores of farmers, however, continued their protest against the three farm laws at the Noida-Delhi border.
 
Farmers from various western Uttar Pradesh districts and those affiliated to the Lok Shakti and Bhanu factions of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) have been camping at the Dalit Prerna Sthal and the Chilla border, respectively, since December 1.
 
"We are sitting here and will not budge until our demands are met and we are allowed to go to Delhi," Rajeev Nagar, BKU Bhanu's Gautam Buddh Nagar unit president, told PTI.
 
The protestors here want to proceed to the national capital to join the main stir driven chiefly by farmers from Punjab and Haryana, who had also called for a nationwide shutdown on Tuesday to press for a repeal of the three contentious laws. But, the 'Bharat Bandh' call appeared to have little impact on trade and routine businesses in Noida and Greater Noida, according to market representatives and police officials.

I am glad Bharat Bandh was successful: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

LIVE: 13 farmer leaders leave Singhu border to meet Amit Shah

A delegation of 13 farmer leaders have left the Singhu border, one of the protest sites of the farmers on the outskirts of the national capital, to meet Union Home Minister Amit Shah at his residence on Tuesday evening. The meeting is scheduled at 7 p.m. on at Shah's 6A, Krishna Menon Marg residence.
 
Noting that this movement is under the banner of Sanyukt Kisan Morcha, Haryana Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) President Gurnam Singh Chathuni said in a press briefing at Singh border that the Home Minister contacted the farmers' unions earlier in the day and invited them for the meeting. Referring to Tuesday's Bharat Bandh, Chathuni said that the government should understand that the whole nation joined the call given by the farmers.
 
BKU leader Bhog Singh Maansa said that all the producers and consumers are with them, saying "the delegation meeting with the Home Minister this evening will decide the future plan".
 
The national spokesperson of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU), Rakesh Tikait, earlier made the announcement about the farmers' unions' meeting with Shah.

Will demand 'yes or no' from Amit Shah when we meet him: farmer leaders

Farmers will demand just a "yes or no" to their demands when they meet Union Home Minister Amit Shah, their leaders said on Tuesday while claiming their 'Bharat Bandh' against the new farm laws is "successful" and had impact in 25 states. A group of farmer leaders will meet Shah on Tuesday evening, a day before their sixth round of talks with Union ministers slated for Wednesday.
 
"There is no midway. We will demand just 'yes' or 'no' from Home Minister Amit Shah at today's meeting," farmer leader Rudru Singh Mansa said at a press conference at the Singhu border.
 
Mansa claimed the Central government has bowed down before the 'Bharat Bandh'.
 
Another leader Gurnam Singh Chadhuni said the 'Bharat Bandh' is successful and the Central government now knows it doesn't have a way out. The nationwide shudown was observed in around 10,000 places in 25 states, added Swaraj India leader Yogendra Yadav. Farmer leaders said the protestors will not go to Burari ground as it is an "open jail" and demanded that Ramlila Ground be given to them. They added that they don't want to trouble the people of Delhi and Haryana.a

Amid slogans and speeches, farmers observe Bharat Bandh at Delhi's Tikri border

Rousing speeches and slogans reverberated through the air at Tikri border, one of the protest sites against the Centre's new farm laws, where farmers observed 'Bharat Bandh' on Tuesday. Chants of 'Jai kisan', 'Humara bhaichara zindabad, Kisan ekta zindabad, tanashahi nahi chalegi', could be heard loud and clear as over 2,000 farmers shouted in unison
 
Flags of different farmers unions were planted sporadically across the venue. The national flag was raised in the centre from where the leaders delivered their speeches. Calling on his farmer brothers, a BKU leader said, "This is the last leg of our 'andolan' and it is important that we remain disciplined to make our protest successful."
 
As farmers sat on the ground listening to his speech, the leader added, "It is unfortunate that today in our country, if someone raises their voice and talks about the good of the country, they are termed anti-national (desh drohi)" Although the farmers had requested that shops remain closed in support of Bharat Bandh, almost all shops in the vicinity of the protest site were open. However, there wasn't any incidence of violence.
 
"I have kept my shop open so that the farmers can get whatever they need. I wholeheartedly support the farmers protest," said Anil Kumar, who runs a departmental store in Baba Azad colony located adjacent to the protest site.

Home Minister Amit Shah has called us for a meeting today, we will participate: Farmer leader

We should be allowed to hold protest at Ramlila Ground: Punjab Kisan Union

Bharat Bandh LIVE: In Aurangabad, farmers demand MSP assurance

They might not be aware of the complexities of farm pricing, but farmers in Aurangabad district of Maharashtra wanted to know why the prices of agri produce cannot be fixed like soaps and edible oil. The farmers PTI spoke to on Tuesday are unanimous in supporting the Bharat Bandh and the ongoing protests in Delhi by members of their fraternity.
 
"Farmers can't stop their routine work as it is the matter of bread and butter for him. Though the possibility of politicians inciting farmers cannot be ruled out, but farmers will never agitate for wrong demands. I support the 'Bharat Bandh', and to show my solidarity, I have curtailed my routine work in my field," said Subhash Rathod from Pultanda village.
 
In Jatwada village, Rajashri Darade, who works in farms, raised the demand for Minimum Support Price (MSP) for crops.
 
"If prices of soaps and edible oil can be decided through a mechanism, then why can't the same logic be applied for the farm produce?" she asked.

Transporters' body AIMTC says support to farmers' Bharat Bandh successful, peaceful

Transporters' apex body AIMTC on Tuesday said the support to the farmers' Bharat Bandh call was 'successful, peaceful and voluntary'. The All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC), representing about 95 lakh truckers and other entities, had announced to suspend operations in the country to support the Bharat Bandh called by agitating farmers.
 
"The support by the transport fraternity to the Bharat Bandh call by farmers is successful, peaceful and voluntary," AIMTC Secretary General Naveen Gupta told PTI.
 
AIMTC in a statement yesterday said the transporters in the entire country will halt operations in support of the farmers' Bharat Bandh call.
 
AIMTC's former President and Chairman of its Core Committee Bal Malkit Singh had said that the fraternity will organise peaceful demonstrations and protest rallies at truck terminals in districts. Terming the farm sector as the backbone and lifeline of the nation, the body had said the leaders of transport associations and unions from almost all 739 districts and talukas in the country also came forward and decided to organise peaceful demonstrations under the banner of AIMTC.

Amit Shah to meet farmers at 7 pm for talks as Bharat Bandh continues

Home Minister Amit Shah will meet representatives of farmers at 7 p.m. in Delhi to discuss reforms in India's agriculture market that have sparked protests leading to nationwide shutdown on Tuesday.
 
"We have a meeting with the Home Minister at 7 pm today. We are going to Singhu border now and from there we will go to the Home Minister,” said Rakesh Tikait, a spokesperson for Bharatiya Kisan Union, one of the dozens of groups camping outside Delhi. "I received a phone call. Amit Shah has called a meeting. We have been called at 7 pm," said Tikait, according to NDTV, adding farmer leaders protesting on the highways near Delhi would attend the meeting.
 
Shah will meet farmers for talks a day before sixth round of government negotiations on Wednesday. The nationwide shutdown on Tuesday led to road and rail traffic being affected in parts of the country and some markets were shut. READ ON...

Bharat Bandh LIVE: Protesting farmers block highways in Punjab, Haryana

Farmers blocked national highways and other key roads at many places in Punjab and Haryana on Tuesday as part of the their nationwide protest to press for repeal of the Centre's new agri marketing laws. Shops and commercial establishments remained closed at most places in Punjab and several places in Haryana as traders backed the agitating farmers.
 
Public and private transport services remained shut in Punjab. In neighbouring Haryana, inter-state and intra-state bus services were disrupted. Petroleum dealers in the twin states kept filling stations closed to support the 'Bharat Bandh' called by the farmer unions. Agitating farmers blocked several key roads, including Chandigarh-Delhi, Amritsar-Delhi, Hisar-Delhi and Bhiwani-Delhi national highways. They parked tractors, trucks and other vehicles in the middle of the carriageways.
 
Carrying placards, the protesters squatted on key roads and raised slogans against the BJP-led government at the Centre. There were sit-ins at toll plazas in several places. The road blockades led to inconvenience to commuters across both states, including Chandigarh.

Protesting farmers make way for an ambulance to pass through a section of Ambala-Hisar

The farmers today are much much better informed: Kamal Nath

Bharat Bandh LIVE: Agitators block highway in Aurangabad; detained

Workers of the AICCTU, CPI and student organisations on Tuesday blocked a highway in Maharashtra's Aurangabad district to extend their support to the Bharat Bandh called by farmers demanding repeal of the Centre's argi laws. The police have detained volunteers from the All India Central Council of Trade Unions (AICCTU), Communist Party of India, Satyashodhak Vidyarthi Sangatana, Students Federation of India and other associations.
 
Protestors came together and blocked the Aurangabad- Jalgaon Highway at Delhi gate at around 12 pm. The Aurangabad city police detained the agitators and took them to Begumpura police station, where further procedure is underway, the official said.
 
"We blocked the Aurangabad-Jalgaon road in support of farmers agitating in New Delhi. Farmers and their sons like me will keep agitating against the government till the newly passed laws are not taken back," said Nitin Wawhale, state joint secretary of Students Federation of India

Bharat Bandh LIVE: All India Lawyers' Union protests at Tis Hazari District Court in Delhi

Shiv Sena never supported farm laws: Sanjay Raut

Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Tuesday said the Uddhav Thackeray-led party never supported the three farm laws in Lok Sabha as alleged by the BJP. Taking a swipe at the Centre over farmers' protests, Raut suggested that Prime Minister Narendra Modi or Union Home Minister Amit Shah can hold talks with cultivators who are observing the Bharat Bandh against farm laws.
 
Speaking to reporters here, Raut said the "non-political" shutdown is receiving support from the people across the country. The ruling Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress have extended their support to the Bharat bandh called by famrer unions for repeal of the three agri laws. Raut rubbished BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis' reported comments that the Sena had supported the farm laws in Lok Sabha, saying the Uddhav Thackeray-led party never did so.
 
"There is no politics involved in it (Bandh). There should be none. Forget about the brain, if the government has heart, then the government, be it the prime minister or home minister, will approach and speak to the farmers," Raut said.
 
Asked about Fadnavis' remarks, Raut said, "This is an old issue. We did not support it (laws), never".

Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar and Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar hold a meeting

Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar arrives at residence of Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar

Bharat Bandh LIVE: Delhi markets mostly open; more farmers arrive amid tight security at borders

A nationwide strike called by farmer unions against the Centre's agri laws was underway on Tuesday with rousing speeches and sloganeering at Delhi's border points amid tight security arrangements, even as most of the city's markets remained open. Protesting farmers have threatened to block key roads and occupy toll plazas as part of their call for a 'Bharat Bandh' to press for repeal of the new farm laws.
 
A senior police office said patrolling was being carried out in the city's market areas, including Chandni Chowk and Sadar Bazar, to maintain law and order. Praveen Khandelwal, general secretary of the Confederation of All India Traders, claimed transport services and markets functioned normally in the national capital and other parts of the country, and that the 'Bharat Bandh' had no impact on such activities.
 
The waiting time for app-based cabs was found around 4-5 minutes for multiple locations in Delhi and to neighbouring Gurgaon between 10 am and 12.30 pm. Shops near the Tikri border, where hundreds of farmers have been staying for the last 13 days, remained open amid heavy police deployment. Chants of "Jai Kisan", "Humara bhai chara zindabad, Kisan ekta zindabad", "Tanashahi nahi chalegi" could be heard.

Farmers in Maharashtra's Jalna district distribute milk for free to back bandh

Farmers of a village in Maharashtra's Jalna district on Tuesday distributed milk for free to residents to support the Bharat Bandh called by cultivators demanding repeal of the Centre's agri laws. Farmers in Wadigodri village did not sell their milk or supply it to dairies in the market, but instead chose to give away the commodity for free to children and women in the area, said Suresh Kale, the district president of Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana.
 
"Farmers in the village said they would not sell the milk anywhere because of the bandh. They gave it to our volunteers in the village and we distributed it to villagers for free," Kale said.
 
Volunteers of the organisation will march to the tehsildar's office in Ambad to submit a memorandum of demands and extend their support to the agitation in Delhi, he added.

Tomorrow 5-6 people from different political parties are going to sit, discuss and take a collective stand on farm laws, says NCP chief Sharad Pawar

Tomorrow 5-6 people from different political parties are going to sit, discuss and take a collective stand...We have a 5 pm appointment tomorrow with the President. We will present our collective stand before him: NCP chief Sharad Pawar

Farmers protest LIVE: Against 'bandh' as it affects livelihood, says Mamata

But TMC supports farmers, said Mamata Banerjee

BJP is perplexed by the farmers and CM Kejriwal, says Manish Sisodia

BJP is perplexed by the farmers and CM Kejriwal. They are perplexed after he went to meet the farmers at Singhu border. He has been put under house arrest ever since he returned, his house has been barricaded. Entry/exit of people not being allowed: Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia

Punjab: Farmers protesting the farm laws in Mohali, block Chandigarh highway


Farmers’ associations demonstrate at Ghazipur-Ghaziabad (Delhi-UP) border as part of Bharat Bandh call

“If govt can make law they can repeal it as well. They must work with farmer associations and experts. We'll leave only after we get it in writing,” says a farmer leader.
 

As Delhi CM, he can move around wherever he wants, says Delhi police on AAP claims

This statement is absolutely incorrect. As being the CM of Delhi, he can move around wherever he wants: Anto Alphonse, DCP North, Delhi

Arvind Kejriwal under house arrest for backing farmers, claims AAP

West Bengal: Left parties raise slogans against farm laws & burn effigies in Jadavpur area of Kolkata

"In West Bengal there is complete bandh in support of the peasant's demand. We imagine similar situations prevailing across India as well," says Sujan Chakraborty, CPI(M) leader

Telangana: Road Transport Corporation workers in Kamareddy extend their support to Bharat Bandh by farmer unions


Bharat Bandh LIVE: Air India to waive off no-show charges and allow one-time date change

Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, Air India made the announced for those passengers who are unable to reach the airport due to possible disturbance on Tuesday. It said that no-show charges will be waived and one free date change allowed for those with confirmed tickets for travel. This will be applicable for those travelling on December 8 from any airport across the country.


Andhra Pradesh Bharat Bandh LIVE: Left political parties stage a protest in Vijayawada

Andhra Pradesh: Left political parties stage a protest in Vijayawada, in support of today's #BharatBandh called by farmer unions.

Odisha Bharat Bandh: Left political parties, trade unions and farmer unions stop trains at Bhubaneswar Railway Station


Telangana Bharat Bandh: Bus movement hit in the state

Buses of state-owned Road Transport Corporation in Telangana went off road on Tuesday amid growing support for farmers groups-called Bharat Bandh that received support from all parties in the state except the BJP.
 
With employee unions of Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) backing the shutdown call, buses were confined to depots.
 
Mahatma Gandhi Bus Station and Jubilee Bus Station, two biggest and busiest bus stations in Hyderabad, wore a deserted look. Some commuters who reached the bus stations early morning to board buses to their destinations were seen returning disappointed.
 
Most of the cabs and auto-rickshaws also went off the roads as the unions of taxi and auto drivers backed the Bharat Bandh in support of the demand by farmers' groups asking for rollback of the new farm legislations by the central government.

Our protest will be completely peaceful, say farmers

Our protest will be completely peaceful. If someone gets stuck for 2-3 hours in a Bandh called by us, we provide them with water and fruits. Ours is a different concept: Rakesh Tikait, Spokesperson, Bharatiya Kisan Union

Old laws a burden, need reforms to build new century, says PM Modi

A day ahead of the Bharat Bandh called by protesting farmers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserted on Monday that reforms are needed for development, and said some laws of the past century have become a “burden” in the current times. Read on...

Bharat Bandh LIVE: Farmers continue to block NH-24

The agitating farmers on Tuesday continued to block the Delhi-Meerut highway near Ghazipur amid 'Bharat Bandh' called by farmers over the three Farm Laws.
 
The agitating farmers, who have been camping at the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh Ghazipur border for the last 10 days on Tuesday morning once again blocked the national highway that connects Delhi with Meerut via Ghaziabad.
 
The farmers have, however, announced that the emergency vehicles like ambulance and the marriage ceremony vehicles will be allowed to pass.

Bharat Bandh Tamil Nadu update: Law to take its own course for those protesting without permission, says Tamil Nadu Minister

For those holding protests without permission, the law will take its own course, said Tamil Nadu Minister D Jayakumar ahead of Bharat Bandh, a call given by farmers who are protesting against farm laws, to be held today.

Bharat Bandh LIVE: UP CM Adityanath directs administration to ensure locals don't face inconvenience

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed the administration and police officers to make adequate arrangements and ensure that the common people do not face any inconvenience during the "Bharat Bandh" call for Tuesday given by farmers agitating against the new agricultural sector laws.
 
"Maintaining peace in the state is the top priority of the government," the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister directed the administration and police officers via video conferencing on Monday. According to an official release, Yogi has said that the Central and State Government are constantly working in the direction of farmers and their welfare.

Bharat bandh/Farmers' protest LIVE: Agitating farmers call for 'Bharat Bandh' today

Farmers protesting against the Centre's agricultural sector laws have called a "Bharat Bandh" today after several rounds of talks with the government over the new farm laws remained inconclusive.
 
Farmer unions on Friday decided to intensify their agitation against the farm laws calling for 'Bharat Bandh' today stating that they were not satisfied with amendments to the agricultural legislations being proposed by the government.
 
"The bandh will be observed throughout Tuesday, but the 'chakka jam' (road blockade) will be on only till 3 pm," said Darshan Pal, Punjab unit president of the Krantikari Kisan Union said on Monday.

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