PM Narendra Modi addressing farmers on Friday. (ANI)
Farmer Protest LIVE Updates: Amid the intensifying farm agitation, PM Narendra Modi on Friday interacted with farmers from six states and released benefits under PM-Kisan scheme virtually. PM Modi said that the Central government is ready for discussions with those opposing farm laws at any time and asserted that a self-reliant farmer can lay the foundation for a self-reliant India.
Later in the day, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said 'some' farmers protesting against the recently enacted Central laws were misguided by their "political masters" and were painting a picture as if ryots across the country were with them. He also lashed out at Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for his criticism of the farm laws and said "he appears (in public) once in a fortnight" and challenged him for an open debate on the issue.
Meanwhile, protesting farmer unions alleged that the government's latest letter for talks is nothing but propaganda against the peasants to create an impression that they are not interested in dialogue and asked it to put the scrapping of the three recent farm laws in the agenda to resume the parley.
As the agitation entered Day 30, the unions said that the minimum support price (MSP) cannot be separated from the demand of repealing the contentious agriculture laws, asserting that the issue of a legal guarantee for the MSP is a key part of their agitation.
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Narendra Modi-led government has brought in the new farm laws to double the farmers' income, and it is the "best tribute" to the former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, said Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Rajya Sabha member GVL Narasimha Rao on Friday. Rao lauded Vajpayee's services to the country. While speaking on the farm laws, Rao said that the three farm laws made by the central government are "highly beneficial" to the farmers.
"PM Modi has taken up these laws to make sure that the income of farmers is doubled. The central government brought in neem-coated urea so that it will be useful to the farmers. PM Kisan Sichai Yojana, organic farming, e-NAM, and PM Fasal Bima Yojana are highly contributing to farmers," Rao said at an event here. Rao further said that the laws will "not hamper the interests of farmers".
"Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar has already written a letter to farmers explaining the benefits of those laws. Today, Rs 18000 crores are credited in the accounts of 9 crore farmers across the country under Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana. As of now, Rs 96,000 crores have already been distributed," he added.
Farmer unions to again meet Saturday on govt's fresh talks offer, indicate resumption of dialogue
The protesting farmer unions met on Friday to discuss the government's latest letter inviting them for talks, with some of them indicating that they may decide to resume their dialogue with the Centre to find a solution to the ongoing deadlock over the three contentious agri laws. The unions said they will hold another meeting on Saturday where a formal decision on the Centre's invite for the resumption of stalled talks is likely to be taken. An official in the Union ministry of agriculture and farmers' welfare also said the government was expecting the next round of meeting to take place in the next two-three days.
One of the protesting union leaders, who did not wish to be named, said their demand for a legal guarantee on minimum support price will, however, remain the same. "We have another meeting tomorrow to take a decision on the Centre's letter. In this meeting, we may decide to resume talks with the government as it appears through its previous letters that it has not been able to understand our issues so far," the leader said.
He said the government's letters have no proposals, the reason why farmer unions may decide to hold fresh talks and make it understand their demands. "MSP cannot be separated from our demand of repealing these three laws. In these laws, there is mention about private mandis. Who will ensure that our crop is sold at fixed MSP if it is not there?" another leader asked.
Opposition parties can't accept farm laws and are opposing it: FM Nirmala Sitharaman
Opposition parties in their manifestos for 2019 Lok Sabha elections called three #FarmLaws important for providing relief to farmers. Since the govt that passed the laws is not theirs, but Modi Ji's, they can't accept it & are opposing it: Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman pic.twitter.com/Zp38pE7xgf
Agitating farmers are misguided, says Prakash Javadekar
Union Minister Prakash Javadekar on Friday said 'some' farmers protesting against the recently enacted Central laws were misguided by their "political masters" and were painting a picture as if ryots across the country were with them. He also lashed out at Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for his criticism of the farm laws and said "he appears (in public) once in a fortnight" and challenged him for an open debate on the issue.
The Minister for Environment and Information slammed the opposition parties, saying they were 'bankrupt' on the issue of farm laws, against which thousands of farmers, especially from Punjab and Haryana, are protesting at the borders of Delhi for nearly a month.
Noting that NCP leader Sharad Pawar as the Agriculture Minister during the UPA regime wrote to states on the subject, he wondered how could the laws enacted by the NDA government for the whole nation become 'bad' now. The refrain against the new farm laws by the opposition parties is 'hoax' and the "opposition is bankrupt on this issue," he told reporters.
No corporate can snatch away farmer's land till Modi is PM: Amit Shah
No corporate can snatch away a farmer's land as long as Narendra Modi is the prime minister of the country, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Friday and asserted that the provision of MSP will continue and mandis will not be shut down. Addressing a gathering in Kishangarh village in the national capital, Shah said if farmer organisations felt that any provision of the three new farm laws was against their interests, the Modi government was ready to discuss and consider it with an open mind.
The opposition is crying hoarse over the farm laws, he said assuring farmers that the three agricultural reform laws were in their interest and do not cause any harm to them.
"Neither MSP will end, nor anyone can snatch your land. I want to tell farmers that as long as Narendra Modi is the prime minister, no corporate can snatch away your land, this is BJP's promise to you," he asserted. Shah blamed the opposition, including the Congress, for spreading lies about the minimum support price (MSP) and other provisions of the farm laws.
Seven US lawmakers write to Mike Pompeo on farmers' protest in India
A group of seven influential US lawmakers, including Indian-American Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, has written to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, urging him to raise the issue of farmers' protest in India with his Indian counterpart. India has called the remarks by foreign leaders and politicians on protests by farmers as "ill-informed" and "unwarranted", asserting that the matter pertains to the internal affairs of a democratic country.
"We have seen some ill-informed commentsrelating to farmers in India. Such comments are unwarranted, especially when pertaining to the internal affairs of a democratic country," External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said earlier this month.
This is an issue of particular concern to Sikh Americans linked to Punjab, although it also heavily impacts the Indian-Americans belonging to other Indian states, the lawmakers said in their letter to Pompeo dated December 23. READ MORE...
Not a single benefit, a lot of harm: Arvind Kejriwal on farm laws
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday claimed the Centre's new agricultural reform laws will not benefit farmers in any way and do a lot of harm. According to the BJP, Kejriwal said, the laws will enable farmers to sell their produce outside mandis. But they only get half the price for their crop outside mandis so how is that a benefit.
Farmers from various parts of the country have been camping at different border points of Delhi for four weeks now to demand repeal of the three agri laws, which were voted through in Parliament in September amid strong protests by opposition parties.
Kejriwal and his Aam Aadmi Party have come out strongly in support of protesting farmers. Earlier this month, Kejriwal had visited Singhu border, one of the protest sites, and reviewed arrangements made for farmers by the city government. READ MORE...
Attempt to 'divide and mislead' farmers, allege protesting union leaders after PM's speech
Protesting farm unions on Friday alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's address appeared as an attempt to "divide and mislead" the farmers and said they want a legal guarantee on minimum support price (MSP). Reacting to the prime minister's allegations that political rivals were misusing the protest to push their agenda, farmer leader Abhimanyu Kohar said unions do not allow any political party to use their stage and accused the government of diverting the issue.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday squarely blamed those with political agenda for the deadlock in the Centre's talks with protesting farmers and asserted that his government is willing to hold dialogues with all, including those staunchly opposed to it, as long as talks are based on farm issues, facts and logic. In a blistering speech targeting Opposition, Modi said when the agitation began farmers had some genuine demands like guaranteed minimum support price but people with political motives then took over and began making unrelated demands like the release of those accused of violence and making highways toll-free.
Kohar said, "The prime minister's claim that we are being misguided by other political parties is false. It has been a month since we have been protesting at Delhi borders, and we have not offered our platform to any politician.
"In fact, we have banned them from using our stage. Our protest is not political."
Punjab CM Amarinder Singh asks farmers not to disrupt state's telecom services
Amid reports that power supply to mobile towers was being disconnected by protesting farmers in different parts of the state, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Friday appealed to them to not inconvenience the general public with such actions. He urged them to exercise the same restraint that they had been showing over the past several months and said that telecom connectivity had become even more critical for people amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The chief minister said the farmers protesting against the Centre's new farm laws should show the same discipline and sense of responsibility which they had been exercising during their protest at the Delhi border, which completed one month, and also earlier during their agitation in the state.
Singh's appeal came in the wake of a request from the Tower and Infrastructure Providers Association (TAIPA), a registered body of telecom infrastructure providers, asking the state government to persuade farmers not to resort to any unlawful activity in their fight for justice.
New agri laws will provide freedom to farmers: BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis
Defending the three new agriculture laws brought by the Centre, senior BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis on Friday said these "revolutionary" legislations were aimed at providing freedom to farmers to sell their produce wherever they want. The former Maharashtra chief minister said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has always stood behind the country's farmers and would continue to do so in future.
Fadnavis also accused the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government of fooling the farmers through false promises.
"Farmers, who sell their produce at the market yards, have to pay transport, labour, weighing and other charges. For example, a farmer recently sold his produce worth Rs 15,000 in Pune's market yard. Of the Rs 15,000, he paid Rs 4,000 as transport, labour charges and weighing charges. This is injustice," he said while showing the payment receipt.
Protesters agitating against farm laws run a tractor over a police barricade in Uttarakhand
#WATCH | Protesters agitating against the new farm laws run a tractor over a police barricade in Bajpur, of the Udham Singh Nagar district in Uttarakhand pic.twitter.com/aI97qNcg0U
Political rivals misusing farmers' protest to push their agenda; Govt willing to talk on farm issues: PM Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday squarely blamed those with political agenda for the deadlock in the government's talks with protesting farmers and said genuine apprehensions about MSP guarantee have got overshadowed by unrelated issues such as the release of those accused of violence and making highways toll-free.
While putting up a strong defence of the three new farm laws, Modi said the Centre is willing to resume the dialogue on all farmers-related issues, even with those staunchly opposed to his government as long as the talks are based on issues, facts and logic.
He asserted that an overwhelming number of farmers across the country have welcomed the new laws and are already reaping the benefits, and listed out the BJP's victory in panchayat elections across states, in which farmers were the main voters and including in areas surrounding protest sites.
He said the parties rejected by the electorate are pushing their own political agenda by misleading farmers. AReferring to the protests, Modi said farmers had some genuine apprehensions about new laws including on MSP guarantee when the agitation started, but soon people with political affiliations came in between and started firing from peasants' shoulders to push their own and unrelated demands.
Wrote to Mamata govt to avail PM KISAN benefits for Bengal's farmers: Narendra Singh Tomar
Soon after Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of blocking the PM KISAN scheme for farmers in West Bengal due to political reasons, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Friday said that he wrote a letter to Banerjee on Thursday asking her to not prevent farmers from the benefits of the PM Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme. The Minister also attacked the opposition for 'shooting their ideological gun' from the shoulders of farmers and harming them eventually. He asked the agitating farmers to stop the protest and come to the discussion table.
Speaking to ANI, Tomar said that Agriculture Ministry has collated data that shows 70 lakh farmers would have benefitted PM Kisan Samman Nidhi had the Mamata government participated and allowed implementation of the scheme in the state, which was also pointed out by the Prime Minister earlier on Friday.
"Except West Bengal government, every other government has accepted PM Kisan Samman Nidhi. Rs 96,000 crore have been transferred in accounts of 10.5 crore farmers," informed the minister.
Ready for discussions with those opposing farm laws, says PM Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that the Central government is ready for discussions with those opposing farm laws at any time and asserted that a self-reliant farmer can lay the foundation for a self-reliant India.
"Due to our commitment towards farmers, we are ready for discussions on all their issues with an open mind at any time. Some political parties supported these laws in the past. Our government is ready to talk to those opposing us as long as the discussion is based on facts. Only an 'atmanirbhar' farmer can lay the foundation for 'Atmanirbhar Bharat'," he said.
Addressing farmers after releasing an installment under PM KISAN scheme via video conferencing, PM Modi said that the Central government is doing record purchase of crops on the minimum support price and giving 1.5 times of the input cost to farmers.
"As per the Swaminathan report, we gave 1.5 times of the input cost to farmers. Earlier, there were only a few crops on which MSP used to be given. We have increased the numbers of these crops... Today we are doing record government purchase on MSP. Farmers are getting the money. Those protesting in the name of farmers were silent during their time," he said.
Security forces deployed at Delhi's Ghazipur border amid farmer protests
Security forces have been deployed at Delhi's Ghazipur border on Friday in view of farmers' protest against the new agricultural laws. As farmers have been protesting on the borders of Delhi, Police advised commuters to avoid several routes as Singhu,Auchandi,Piau Maniyari, Saboli and Mangesh borders are closed today for traffic movement.
"Please take alternate routes via Lampur, Safiabad, Palla, and Singhu school toll tax borders. Traffic has been diverted from Mukarba and GTK road. Police also asked to avoid Outer Ring Road, GTK Road and National Highway 44.
"The chilla, Gazipur borders are closed for traffic coming from Noida and Ghaziabad to Delhi because of farmers' protest. People are advised to take alternate route for coming to Delhi via Anand Vihar, DND, Apsara,bhopra, and Loni borders," Delhi police said. READ MORE...
Rajnath Singh urges farmers to let new agri laws implemented for two years, assures MSP
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday urged the protesting farmers to let the three Central farm laws remain implemented for a year or two and assured that the government will make the required amendments if the farmers thought that these laws were not in their favour.
"Let these laws be implemented for a year or two. After this, if you think these laws are not in favour of farmers, then, I'm sure as I know our PM's intention, we'll make all the required amendments in them," he said speaking at an event in Delhi's Dwarka.
Singh reiterated that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said and he will also give his word that MSP won't end.
"There has been a misconception that MSP will end. Prime Minister has said and I'll also give my word that MSP won't end. It is farmers who've supported the country whenever it underwent an economic recession and we've seen this many times," he added.
Meanwhile, Union Agricultural Minister Narendra Singh Tomar appealed to the protesting farmers to end their protest and hold talks with the government.
PM Modi has cleared that govt is ready for talks: FM Nirmala Sitharaman
Through his address, PM Modi has cleared that government is ready for talks with those who have any questions regarding the three new farm laws. I hope, now protesting farmers will speak to the govt: Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman pic.twitter.com/ddjrhbKHvY
Congress protesting because farm reforms being implemented by PM Modi: FM Nirmala Sitharaman
I want to ask Rahul Gandhi that were these pro-farmers policies not mentioned in the 2019 election manifesto of Congress? They are protesting just because those reforms are being implemented by PM Modi, and not them: Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman https://t.co/MKU6MRMnBL
PM Modi releases over Rs 18,000 crore to more than nine crore farmers
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday released over Rs 18,000 crore to more than nine crore farmer families under the 'Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi' (PM-KISAN). With the push of a button, Modi enabled the transfer of money at an event which the ruling BJP has made into a mega exercise to reach out to farmers by having its leaders interact with the farming community at more than 19,000 venues across the country and also listen to the prime minister's address.
Modi released the instalment of Rs 2,000 to every farmer on the birth anniversary of former prime minister and BJP stalwart Atal Bihari Vajpayee, which is every year celebrated as "Good Governance Day" by the ruling party.
Under the PM-KISAN scheme, a financial benefit of Rs 6,000 per year is provided to small and marginal farmers, payable in three equal instalments of Rs 2,000 each. The fund is transferred directly to the bank accounts of the beneficiaries. The programme comes amid protests by various farmer unions against three farm laws recently enacted by the Modi government. The government has insisted that these reforms are in the interest of farmers.
70 lakh farmers in Bengal unable to secure PM KISAN benefits due to Mamata govt: PM Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday accused Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of blocking the PM KISAN scheme for farmers in West Bengal due to political reasons.
Addressing farmers after releasing an installment of PM KISAN scheme, the Prime Minister said that Banerjee's ideology has destroyed West Bengal and questioned the silence of Opposition for her decision to not implement the scheme in the state that is in the interest of farmers.
"Atal Bihari Vajpayee used to term corruption in farmers' policies as a national disease. Rs 1.10 lakh crores have been transferred into farmer accounts under PM KISAN scheme. Through technology, it has been ensured that there are no loopholes in the scheme. I am glad that farmers across India are getting benefits under this scheme. All state governments have allowed this scheme, except West Bengal government," he said.
Those misguiding farmers by becoming their sympathiser will be taught a lesson: Agriculture Minister
Those who are misguiding the farmers by becoming their sympathiser will be taught a lesson by the public in future: Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar https://t.co/OpAAHNPCLe
We are ready to talk and listen: Modi to agitating farmers
PM Modi says that the government is ready to talk and find a way to keep moving forward. Even after hearing people who do not trust democracy and are opposing us, we are ready to talk to them but talks will be with an agenda, logic and only Atmnirbhar Kisan can lay foundation of Atmanirbhar Bharat.
Time has come for Brand India to establish itself in agriculture: Modi
When we increased investment and innovation in other sectors, we increased the income as well as established Brand India in that sector. Now the time has come for Brand India to establish itself in the agricultural markets of the world with equal prestige: PM Modi
Modi says we are establishing Brand India
Today, the farmer of the country is getting his pucca house, getting toilet, getting clean water. This is the farmer who has benefited greatly from the free connection of electricity, free connection of gas, free treatment up to 5 lakh rupees under Ayushman Bharat scheme has reduced the major concern of his life: PM Modi
PM Modi on new farm laws: Here's what all you can do
Do you want to sell your produce at MSP? You can sell it.
Do you want to sell your produce in the market? You can sell
Do you want to export your produce? You can export.
Do you want to sell it to the merchant? You can sell: PM Modi
If farmers are getting so many options what is wrong in it? asks Modi
Modi said that the new reforms have paved way for alternative markets to farmers, they can now sell to mandis, other states, other traders, sell it as FPOs they can do it all. If you want to become part of supply value chain, you can do that. If the farmers are getting so many options what is wrong in it? asks Modi.
PM Modi says that the government is doing records MSP purchases
Modi said that the government is doing records MSP purchases, the political parties that are shouting today were the ones who ignored the farmers conditions when they were in power. He said that they sat in Swaminathan Commission report for years. The need today is cold storage and we have spent crores on developing network of cold storages across India. We have provided Kisan Credit Card to 2.5 crore farmers and working to find out what's going on in the world of agriculture and how it can be implemented in India.
No middlemen, no commissions, money straight to farmers: Modi
Today, more than Rs 18,000 crores have been directly deposited in the accounts of farmers; no middlemen, no commissions. Governments have been making promises and forgetting as a result the situation worsened and poor farmer became poorer. Since 2014, we have worked with new approach to address smallest issues and modernise the farming practice: Modi
Modi says Mamata govt opposes PM-Kisan in Bengal but support agitation in Punjab
Modi said that the TMC's political ideology is destroying farmers in Bengal and that they did not work from benefits of the farmers. He said that they are not providing benefits to farmers of Bengal but they are supporting agitation in Punjab. They are doing event management to make sure their politics keeps on but they have been exposed. He further attacked TMC saying that theleaders who are not supporting farmers in Bengal are disrupting Delhi. These parties that destroyed Bengal and disillusioned Punjab farmers are doing nothing to start APMCs in Kerala.
Modi targets Mamata Banerjee for not joining PM Kisan scheme
PM targets West Bengal government saying that the farmers are not getting benefits of PM-Kisan because the Bengal government for their politcal gains are not joining the scheme. He said that farmers from bengal have been writing to the Centre but the Mamata government is not allowing. Modi targets Mamata Banerjee
PM Modi remembers Vajpayee says he was a proponent of agriculture reforms
PM Modi remebering former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee said that he made good goverance a priority and part of day to day dialogue. His schemes of Golden Quadrilateral or Sarva Siksha Abhiyan were taken by him that changed India. He said that the new farm reforms that have been implemented were once proposed by Vajpayee and that he was for ending corruption in agriculture.
PM Modi reiterates falsehood is being spread around new farm laws
PM Modi interacting with a beneficiary of PM-Kisan from UP says that falsehoods are being spread around the farm laws and says that we will keep working to improve the quality of farmers lives.
PM targets environmental activists, farmers for agitating against govt
PM Modi targets environmentalists and says that another group working with agitating farmers target people for killing animals destroying their crops.
PM says some political parties are imposing their ideology on farmers
PM speaking on benefits of new farm laws said that some political parties are imposing there ideology on farmers and asked the beneficiaries to tell their experiences. Meanwhile, farmers continue their agitation for the 30th day on borders of Delhi.
PM urge farmers to use benefits of PM-Kisan, Kisan Credit Card
PM Modi speaking with beneficiaries of PM-Kisan scheme urged farmers to use the government schemes including Kisan Bima and Credit Card.
I appeal to the protesting farmers to end their protest: Agriculture Minister
I appeal to the protesting farmers to end their protest and hold talks with the government. I hope they will understand the importance of the new farm laws, and the issue will be resolved soon
Misconception that Minimum Support Price will end: Rajnath
There has been misconception that Minimum Support Price will end. Prime Minister has said & I'll also give my word that MSP won't end. It is farmers who've supported the country whenever it underwent economic recession & we've seen this many times: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh
PM interacts with farmers, assures their lands will be safe
Farmers from different states interacted with Prime Minister Narendra Modi sharing their experiencing of using the financial aid they receive from the PM-Kisan scheme. PM during his interaction targetted the farmer protest and said some people are misleading farmers that they will lose their lands.
PM Modi releases over Rs 18,000 crore as part of PM-Kisan scheme
PM Modi releases Rs 18,000 crore to 9 crore farmers on the occasion of Good Governance Day. The farmers will get Rs 2000 each directly trabsferred in their bank accounts within next two hours, said Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar.
Watch | PM Modi speaks to farmers, release PM-Kisan benefits
Era of good governance, welfare of poor started during Vajpayee's tenure as PM: Amit Shah
Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday paid tribute to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his birth anniversary and said he had started the era of good governance and the welfare of poor in the country. In a series of tweets in Hindi, Shah also said Vajpayee's devotion to duty and service to the nation will always inspire everyone. "Paid floral tribute to Bharat Ratna Atal ji at his memorial on the occasion of his birth anniversary. Atal ji's thoughts and his dedication for the progress of the country will always give us strength for the service of the nation," he said. Shah also said Vajpayee had started the era of development, welfare of poor and good governance in India through a life of politics based on ideology.
Opposition misleading farmers: Amit Shah
PM Modi will release Rs 18,000 crore as the next instalment under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme to over 9 crore farmers today with a click of a button. He is the true well-wisher of farmers. The Opposition is misleading farmers regarding MSP. I want to make it clear that the MSP system will remain, says Amit Shah
Watch | AAP MPs raise farm issue in Parliament as PM walks on
PM puts money in farmer accounts when polls are around: NCP
Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi releasing the next instalment of funds for farmers under a central welfare scheme, the NCP on Thursday accused him of depositing money in peasants accounts when polls are around. Speaking to reporters here, Maharashtra minister and NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik said the BJP is not a party of farmers, but of those who loot agricultural produce". Countering him, the Maharashtra BJP said the Modi government has taken several steps in the interest of farmers and alleged it is the NCP which did not help cultivators when in power.
Businessman holds session on farm laws at daughter's wedding
A Kolhapur-based businessman used the auspicious occasion of his daughters wedding in Goa to express support for the new farm laws enacted by the Central government. He had kept a separate half-an-hour session on the eve ofwedding ceremony of his daughter in a five-star resort in South Goa on Wednesday to explain the importance of the agri- marketing laws, which are facing opposition from a section of farmers who are protesting outside New Delhi. The marriage took place on Thursday.
Many farmers have thanked PM Modi for the new agriculture laws. We will double farmers' income by 2022. The government is ready to talk and clear doubts of the farmers who are protesting. A solution can be found only through dialogue: Union Minister Anurag Thakur
Heavy Security deployment across Delhi borders
As the farmer agitation completes one month, heavy security measures have been deployed on the borders to stop farmers from entering Delhi.
Chilla, Gazipur borders are closed for traffic coming from Noida & Ghaziabad to Delhi because of #FarmersProtests. People are advised to take alternate route for coming to Delhi via Anand Vihar, DND, Apsara, Bhopra& Loni borders: Delhi Traffic Police
People gather in support of farmers agitating at Delhi borders
Prakash Bhagat travelled 1400 km from Nasik to #FarmersProtest at Delhi despite his physical disability.
52 year old Bhagat love to cook food for farmers to show his solidarity. Bhagat’s disability has not impacted his resolve for service.
Pro-agri laws farmers union 'Jaichand': BKU (Lok Shakti)
Thousands of farmers from western Uttar Pradesh gathered in Noida on Thursday on the call of the Kisan Sena, a farmers' union supporting the new farm laws, even as the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Lok Shakti) which is demanding withdrawal of the legislations dubbed this farmers' faction as Jaichand -- after the 12th century ruler came to be known for treason and treachery. The Kisan Sena supporters, which included members from Agra, Mathura, Hathras, Mainpuri, Firozabad, Meerut and Muzaffarnagar, among other districts, remained on the road at the Mahamaya Flyover in Noida during the afternoon before they all returned to their hometowns.
Khalsa Aid opens Kisan Mall at Tikri border
Delhi: Khalsa Aid has set up Kisan Mall at Tikri border to provide items of daily use for free to farmers.
"We distribute tokens to farmers with which they can procure items from here," says Guru Charan, store manager.(24.12) pic.twitter.com/imZ0Aq1h0O
Seven US lawmakers write to Pompeo on farmers' protest in India
A group of seven influential US lawmakers, including Indian-American Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, have written to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, urging him to raise the issue of farmers' protest in India with his Indian counterpart. India has called the remarks by foreign leaders and politicians on protests by farmers as "ill-informed" and "unwarranted", asserting that the matter pertains to the internal affairs of a democratic country. "We have seen some ill-informed commentsrelating to farmers in India. Such comments are unwarranted, especially when pertaining to the internal affairs of a democratic country," External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said earlier this month.
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