LIVE: Minister Tomar sends 8-point letter to farmers, assures them of MSP

A farmer holding a plow during a protest against farm laws, at Singhu Border in New Delhi on Wednesday.
Farmers' protest LIVE updates Day 22: Reaching out to farmers protesting the three farm laws for the last 22 days, Union Minister for Agriculture Narendra Singh Tomar has written a letter to them saying the minimum support price (MSP) is going to continue.

The Supreme Court on Thursday acknowledged the right of farmers to non-violent protests and mooted the idea of putting on hold the contentious farm laws to enable negotiations with agitating farmers which was opposed by the Centre saying agriculturists would then not come forward for the talks.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today tore up copies of the Centre's three new agriculture-related laws in the legislative assembly, saying he cannot betray the country's farmers. Addressing the Delhi Assembly, the chief minister also alleged that the laws have been made for electoral funding of the BJP and not the farmers.

A high-level meeting of the government and office bearers of the ruling BJP members was held today at the BJP headquarters in view of the farmers ' agitation which entered its 22nd day on Thursday. Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Railways Minister Piyush Goyal were present in the meeting, among other top leaders.

 
Thousands of farmers from Punjab, Haryana and elsewhere have been protesting at various border points of Delhi, including Singhu and Tikri, for over a fortnight, demanding that the Centre repeal the three new farm laws.

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UP: Missing bizman traced by police

A debt-ridden businessman, who changed his appearance and joined the ongoing farmers' protests at one of the Delhi border points to escape moneylenders, was traced by police on Thursday.
 
Praveen, a resident of Murad Nagar town, had left his house on December 1 but did not return, police said. He was found at the Ghazipur-Ghaziabad (Uttar Pradesh gate) border.
 
On a previous occasion too, he had gone missing but had returned some days later, therefore, his family did not lodge a police complaint till December 12, police said.
 
Praveen was tracked with the help of his mobile phone which was put under surveillance and his car was found parked near the protest site, superintendent of police (rural) Iraj Raja told PTI.

Agriculture minister tried to engage in dialogue, do read his letter: Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar through his letter to farmers has made an effort to engage in a humble dialogue, and appealed to the 'annadaatas' to read it.
 
Tomar, in an eight-page open letter to farmers, said the Modi government is committed to the welfare of farmers and stressed that the new agri laws are aimed at benefiting small and marginal farmers.
 
 
"Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar has written a letter to farmer brothers and sisters and expressed his feelings, he has made an effort to engage in a humble dialogue. I request all 'annadaatas' (farmers), do read it. I also request all the people of the country to ensure that this letter reaches more and more people," Modi tweeted in Hindi.

Farmers' body meets Tomar; extends support for new farm laws

Amid the ongoing farmers' protest against the new farm laws, yet another farmer grouping FIFA on Thursday met Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and extended support for the legislations.
 
The Federation of Indian FPOs and Aggregators (FIFA) is the sixth group of farmers that has extended support for the laws in the last two weeks. The previous groups were from Haryana, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh.
 
FIFA represents 15 states and around 500 farmer producers organisations (FPOs) in the country.

Narendra Singh Tomar sends 8-point letter to farmers, assures them of MSP

Reaching out to farmers protesting the three farm laws for the last 22 days, Union Minister for Agriculture Narendra Singh Tomar has written a letter to them saying the minimum support price (MSP) is going to continue. In his eight-page emotional letter to farmers, Tomar said that most of the farmers are happy with the Centre's three new farm bills, but some confusion has been created by certain sections as part of a "conspiracy" to create tensions based on "falsehoods".
 
In the beginning of his letter, he said that he has been touch with the farmers of the country over the last few days. "And in the last few days I also met and discussed the three farm laws with several farmer unions who have welcomed the government's move. But the other aspect of this that some people are trying to spread falsehoods," he said.
 
Tomar wrote: "As the Agriculture Minister of the country, it is his duty to clear the air over the three farm laws. As Agriculture Minister, it is my responsibility to break the conspiracy that is being spread in the name of the farm laws between the government and the farmer sitting on protest near Delhi's borders."
 
The Agriculture Minister further said, "I belong to a farmer's family and since childhood, I have experienced the tough life of farmers. And I also know what it takes to grow or sell crops. It is very satisfactory that after implementation of the law, MSP procurement has set a new record this time."


Kejriwal indulged in cheap theatrics by tearing copies of farm laws: Harsimrat Kaur Badal

Former union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Thursday accused Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal of indulging in cheap theatrics by tearing copies of the farm laws. She said his government in Delhi was among the first to notify one of the central laws related to agriculture.
 
The Delhi Assembly on Thursday passed a resolution against the Centre's three new agriculture laws with Kejriwal tearing their copies, saying he cannot betray farmers of the country.
 
In a statement here, Badal said the Delhi CM was known as a dramebaaz but this time he indulged in "cheap theatrics" and "unparalleled hypocrisy" by tearing the same laws in the Vidhan Sabha, one of which he had notified on November 23. Asking Kejriwal to have mercy on farmers, Badal said it is strange that the Delhi CM has suddenly discovered that farmers are sitting out in the open in cold wave conditions and over 20 of them have died.

PM Modi requests farmers to read Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar's letter

Amit Shah holds meeting with Union ministers, BJP general secretaries on farmers' issue

Home Minister and senior BJP leader Amit Shah on Thursday held a meeting with Union ministers Nirmala Sitharaman, Piyush Goyal and Narendra Singh Tomar to discuss the ongoing farmers' agitation. The meeting was held at the BJP head office here and was also attended by the party's general secretaries CT Ravi, Dushyant Gautam and Arun Singh among others. It lasted for more than an hour.
 
According to sources, during the meeting Shah reviewed the BJP's outreach programme through press conferences and chaupals' or open meetings across all districts of the country to allay fears on the new farm laws.
 
Since the large-scale farmers' agitation began a few weeks ago, the BJP has been organising press conferences and 'chaupals' in all the districts of the country on the new agriculture-related bills passed recently by the Central government. The party has planned to hold 700 press conferences and 700 'chaupals' in the coming days. Shah has been holding meetings with Union Ministers on the protest issue and has also met farmers' leaders.

Narendra Singh Tomar sends 8-point letter to farmers, assures them of MSP

Farm-law impasse should be resolved through dialogue: Bharatiya Kisan Union chief

Bharatiya Kisan Union president Naresh Tikait said farmers did not want conflict during the protest against the new farm laws and the issue should be resolved through dialogue. Tikait said the Centre should repeal the farm laws in public interest, adding that the contentious legislations were not in favour of the farmers.
 
Addressing the media in Muzaffarnagar before his departure to Delhi, Tikait suggested that Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, former prime minister Manmohan Singh, BJP veteran L K Advani and RLD leader Ajit Singh should be part of the dialogue to resolve the issue. Meanwhile, members of a number of 'khaps' (caste councils) from Muzaffarnagar district joined the protests near Delhi on Wednesday.
 
The farmers have been camping at several border points into Delhi for three weeks, demanding that the new agri-marketing legislations be repealed as they claim it would benefit the corporates and end the traditional wholesale markets and the minimum support price regime.

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal tears copies of Centre's farm laws, says cannot 'betray' farmers

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday tore up copies of the Centre's three new agriculture-related laws in the legislative assembly, saying he cannot betray the country's farmers.
 
Addressing the Delhi Assembly, the chief minister also alleged that the laws have been made for electoral funding of the BJP and not the farmers.
 
I am pained that I have to do this. I did not intend to, but I cannot betray the farmers of my country who have been sleeping on the streets in the cold when the temperature is just 2 degrees Celsius, Kejriwal said, while tearing copies of the three laws. I am a citizen of this country first, a chief minister later. This assembly rejects the three laws and appeals to the central government to meet the demands of farmers, he said. READ ON...

LIVE updates: Unions ministers hold meeting over farmers' protest issue

A high-level meeting of the government and office bearers of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party members was held at the BJP headquarters here in view of the farmers ' agitation which entered its 22nd day on Thursday. Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Railways Minister Piyush Goyal were present in the meeting, among other top leaders.
 
Some of the most prominent national general secretaries of the party participated in the meeting at the BJP headquarters here. This was the first major meeting amidst the farmers agitation that included all the big ministers and senior leaders of the Modi government under one roof.
 
More than half a dozen general secretaries of the party, who were present at the meeting, lead the organisation in their respective states. After the discussions at the meeting, sources say, the BJP is gearing up to launch an information campaign to explain the three farm laws passed by the Centre to the farmers.

Not even 1% of farmers opposing farm laws: Gujarat Deputy CM

Very few farmers are backing the protests at Delhi borders against the new farm laws, and "anti-nationals" have infiltrated the agitation, Gujarat Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel claimed on Thursday. The agitation was a conspiracy to malign Prime Minister Narendra Modi's image, he alleged. He was speaking at Morva Hadaf in Panchmahal district as part of the ruling BJP's campaign to counter the agitators' narrative.
 
"Except in Delhi, there are no protests anywhere in the country. No one is agitating in Gujarat. Some 50,000 persons from a population of 130 crore want the government to scrap the laws which are passed by Parliament," he said. "What is the meaning of the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha if we have to follow orders of 50,000 persons," Patel said.
 
"While Gujarat has already made changes in the APMC Act, Modi brought these laws for the entire country because they are necessary. If industries are allowed to sell their products anywhere in the country, why can't the farmers? Even Congress was in favour of such reforms but could not implement them when it was in power," he said.

This is 'opportunistic' politics: BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi after Delhi CM tears up farm laws' copies

Opposition misleading farmers over agriculture laws: UP CM Adityanath

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath here on Thursday alleged that the Opposition parties are "misleading" farmers on the Centre's agriculture laws and said the government will ensure that they get remunerative price of their produce. The chief minister alleged that the demoralised opposition is misleading farmers by telling lies and conspiring against farmers' interests.
 
They are creating confusion among farmers. The 'mandis' (markets) will not be shut. No one will be allowed to grab land of farmers," the CM said. The CM said when the opposition starts working on the basis of caste, creed and religion, then it is the duty of the government to make people aware about the truth.
 
The Centre and the state government are working in the interest of farmers, villagers and the poor under the guidance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The government will ensure that farmers get their dues and their income increases," he said. The CM claimed that under the previous SP and BSP regimes in the state, several sugar mills were shut.
 
"We have paid sugarcane dues of Rs 1.15 lakh crore to farmers, he claimed, adding that some people are "worried" as the government will increase the minimum support price (MSP) of crops after competition will rise due to the entry of private players.

Gazipur border (Delhi-UP border) is closed for traffic coming from Ghaziabad to Delhi

AAP MLAs raise slogans against farm laws during a Delhi Assembly special session

SC suggests putting on hold contentious farm laws, Centre opposes

The Supreme Court on Thursday acknowledged the right of farmers to non-violent protests and mooted the idea of putting on hold the contentious farm laws to enable negotiations with agitating farmers which was opposed by the Centre saying agriculturists would then not come forward for the talks.
 
The apex court, which made it clear that the issue of farmers' protest and the right to move freely of others would be dealt on priority and not the validity of laws at the moment, also said it was thinking of setting up an "impartial and independent" panel of agriculture experts and farmer unions to resolve the impasse.
 
The top court said it was of the view that the farmers' right to protest should not infringe the fundamental rights of others to move freely and in getting essential food and other supplies as right to protest cannot mean blockade of the entire city. The apex court, which said it was worried with the way things are going on, was told by both the Centre and one of the farmers union that the negotiations are not happening at the moment. It also said farmers cannot keep on protesting without talking to the government.

LIVE: Farm laws made for electoral funding of BJP, says Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday tore up copies of the Centre's three new agriculture-related laws in the legislative assembly, saying he cannot betray the country's farmers. Addressing the Delhi Assembly, the chief minister also alleged that the laws have been made for electoral funding of the BJP and not the farmers.
 
I am pained that I have to do this. I did not intend to, but I cannot betray the farmers of my country who have been sleeping on the streets in the cold when the temperature is just 2 degrees Celsius, Kejriwal said, while tearing copies of the three laws. I am a citizen of this country first, a chief minister later. This assembly rejects the three laws and appeals to the central government to meet the demands of farmers, he said.
 
Kejriwal further said 20 protesting farmers have died so far and asked the Centre when it will "wake up". He said the Centre should not be under the impression that the farmers will simply return to their homes. In 1907, a farmers' protest had continued for nine months till the British rulers repealed some laws, he said.

Delhi cm Arvind Kejriwal tears up copies of Centre's farm laws, says he cannot betray farmers

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tears up copies of the Centre's three new farm laws, says he cannot betray farmers

Delhi Assembly today rejected all three Farm laws, says Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

20 protesting farmers died so far; when will Centre wake up: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal

20 protesting farmers died so far; when will Centre wake up: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal
 

LIVE: How many sacrifices farmers will have to make? asks Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

CM Arvind Kejriwal tore up copies of farm bills during a special session of Delhi Assembly

Farmers' protest: Among three main sites at Delhi borders, Singhu emerges as hotspot

The Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur borders have come up as the most prominent protest sites for the ongoing farmers' agitation, but one location --- Singhu --- seemingly has been receiving more limelight than the others. While there is no dearth of the fighting spirit among demonstrators at Tikri and Ghazipur either, the facilities at these relatively smaller protest sites are limited.
 
Singhu, which has emerged as the centre of the agitation, has had a constant influx of resources both in cash and in kind. Over the days, good samaritans, gurdwara committees and NGOs have made large donations as well as pooled technological resources to sustain the agitation. For over two weeks now, thousands of farmers, largely from Punjab and Haryana, have been protesting against the new farm laws at these Delhi borders after repeated rounds of talks with the government have ended in stalemate.
 
According to Ranjit Singh, who has been camping at the Singhu border since November 26, the site has been receiving higher traction than the other two because it was the first border to be blocked.

SC acknowledges farmers' right to non-violent protest, says would set up panel to resolve impasse

The Supreme Court on Thursday acknowledged the right of farmers to non-violent protests, and said it was thinking of setting up an "impartial and independent" panel of agriculture experts and farmer unions to resolve the impasse over three contentious farm laws. A bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde said it would set up the committee which may include experts like P Sainath and representatives of the government and farmers' bodies to look for the resolution of the deadlock over the statutes.
 
The bench also comprising justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian, "We acknowledge the right of farmers to protest but it has to be non-violent."

In a hearing conducted via video conferencing, the top court said the purpose of staging protest can be achieved if the farmers and the government will hold talks and "we wish to facilitate that". "We will not decide the validity of law today. The only thing which we will decide is the issue of protest and the right to move freely," the bench made clear at the outset of the hearing which is still going on.
 
It is hearing a clutch of petitions seeking removal of farmers protesting at several roads along Delhi's borders.

LIVE: Ready for more talks with govt but won't give up protest, say farmers

Over 10,000 farmers from Gujarat to reach Delhi in next 15 days

A confederation of around 17 farmers federations in Gujarat has decided to support the ongoing agitation by farmers on Delhi borders. As a part of the support, the micro level planning has been carried out by the Gujarat Kisan Sangharsh Samiti to gather around 10,000 farmers from Gujarat to reach the national Capital during the next fortnight.
 
As the farmers agitation gains momentum at Delhi border, hundreds of farmers from Gujarat, supporting the cause have reached the Jaipur-Delhi border and other borders of Delhi. Initially 150 farmers from the state reached the Capital, thereafter 60 more reached and on Wednesday 80 more farmers showing solidarity with the agitation joined.
 
"It is probably for the first time after Independence that such a large-scale agitation is is being held in the country. The three new black laws brought in by the Modi government won't just hurt the farmers they will also hurt the common man, small traders, poor people and the middle class," said Pal Ambaliya, chairman of Gujarat Congress Kisan cell.
 
"We are planning to bring, initially in the first phase, at least 10 farmers each from each tehsils and in the next phase there will be 30 -30 farmers from each tehsil brought in here. In a fortnight's time, more than 10,000 farmers will be reaching Delhi in support of this agitation," added Ambaliya.

SC asks if farm laws implementation can be put on hold till it hears matter, Centre objects

The Supreme Court on Thursday during hearing of pleas seeking removal of farmers blocking various Delhi border queried the Attorney General K.K. Venugopal, could the Centre put on hold the implementation of the recently enacted farm laws till the matter is heard by the court? The top court also emphasised until a solution found to end the ongoing impasse, the police should not incite the protesters to indulge in violence.
 
A bench headed by Chief Justice S.A. Bobde queried the AG, "could you assure the court that you will not implement the law till we hear it." However, the top court clarified that it is not of the opinion to stay the legislation, instead it is exploring possibilities to enable Centre and farmer union to engage in fruitful negotiations. The bench, citing it cannot pass orders without hearing the protesting farmers unions, asked the AG, would there be an assurance in the meantime that there will no executive action?
 
AG replied, what kind of executive action? And farmers will not come for discussion if this happens. The Chief Justice reiterated that it is to enable the discussion. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta also objected to this suggestion of the top court
 
The Attorney General added that the farmers are adamant, and they don't want to discuss anything until all three laws are repealed. The Chief Justice replied that they will say you are adamant and that is why the top court wants a discussion.

Farmers will not come for discussion if executive action happens: Attorney General in SC on farm laws matter

Blocking Delhi may lead to people in the city going hungry: Chief Justice of India

We're familiar with the plight of farmers, says CJI on agri laws issue

Farmer leaders issued notices in UP's Sambhal district

The Sambhal district administration in Uttar Pradesh has issued notices to six farmer leaders asking them to submit personal bonds of Rs 50,000 each, as a police report warned of breach of peace during the protest against the new farm laws, an official said on Thursday. The six farmers who were served notices include Bharatiya Kisan Union (Asli) district president Rajpal Singh Yadav and farmer leaders Jaiveer Singh, Brahmachari Yadav, Satendra Yadav, Raudas and Veer Singh. They have been organising protests in the district over the Centre's three contentious farm legislations.
 
"We've got a report from the Hayatnagar police station that some persons are inciting farmers and there can be breach of peace, and they should be asked to fill personal bonds of Rs 50 lakh each," Subdivisional Magistrate Deependra Yadav said.
 
The farmers said the amount was too much, following which the police station incharge gave another report and they were asked to submit personal bonds of Rs 50,000 each, according to Yadav. The notices have been issued under Section 111 ((magistrate order against any person who is likely to commit breach of peace) of the Code of Criminal Procedure on the basis of a report submitted by police, the official said.

A back and forth on farmer protests in Supreme Court

None of them wears a face mask, they sit together in large numbers. Covid-19 is a concern, they will visit villages and spread it there. Farmers cannot violate the fundamental rights of others, says Attorney General KK Venugopal. 
 
Many farmers are from Punjab. The State has no objection to Court's suggestion that a group of people can facilitate dialogue b/w farmers & Centre. It is for farmers & Centre to decide who'll be on the committee, says Sr advocate P Chidambaram representing Punjab government

Blocking Delhi may lead to people in the city going hungry. Your (farmers) purpose can be fulfilled by talking. Just sitting in protest won't help, says Chief Justice of India during a hearing on farm laws

In Pics | Protests continues for 22nd day outside Delhi borders

Farmers block National Highway Kaniyur Toll Plaza during their protest show their solidarity with agitation farmers against the farm law, in Chengappalli on Wednesday.
A farmer reads a newspaper during their protest against Farm bills at Singhu Border, in Delhi on Wednesday.
Many former athletes join farmers' protest against Farm bills at Singhu Border, in Delhi on Wednesday.

Farmers have right to protest: CJI

CJI says,farmers have right to protest. We won't interfere with it but the manner of protest is something we will look into. We will ask Centre what is the manner of protest going on, to slightly alter it so that it doesn't affect the citizens' right of movement

We recognise right to protest, but it should not affect right to life of others: SC

One thing we will make it clear. We recognize the fundamental right to protest against a law. But that cannot affect other fundamental rights and right to life of others: SC during hearing on farmer protests

Hearing underway in SC on pleas to clear blocked highways

Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice of India while hearing pleas challenging the constitutional validity of the three farms laws says that it will not decide the validity of the laws as of now. "The first and the only thing we will decide today is regarding the farmers' protest and the fundamental right of citizens to move. The question of the validity of laws can wait," says Supreme Court

Farmers' protest: Cremation of Sikh preacher on Friday

The body of Baba Ram Singh, the Sikh priest who committed suicide by shooting self at Singhu border of the national capital on Wednesday in protest against the Centre's farm laws, was kept in Nanaksar Gurdwara in Singhra village in Haryana's Karnal district on Thursday for public homage. The cremation will be held on Friday. A large number of his followers, largely from Haryana and Punjab, have started assembling at the gurdwara since early morning. As a preventive step, the police have made special security arrangements there.

 

Confederation of All India Traders write to Agriculture Minister

In the wake of the directions given by SC yesterday regarding formation of a committee to resolve farmers' bill impasse, we have written to Union Ministers Narendra Singh Tomar & Piyush Goyal for giving due representation in the proposed panel: Confederation of All India Traders

Delhi High Court refuses to entertain a PIL related to farmers' protests

Delhi High Court refuses to entertain a PIL related to farmers' protests going on at various borders of Delhi. The Court noted that the Supreme Court is already hearing a similar matter.
 

Farmers continue protest at Delhi border areas amid cold weather

Braving the cold weather, farmers continue to protest at the Delhi border areas against the Centre's farm laws as the BJP-led government continue its efforts to persuade farmers on the issue of agricultural reforms. "We are fighting the cold weather and we will keep fighting the cold, till our demands are met. We will not budge even if it rains," said Ashok Kumar at the Ghazipur-border area.

Another protestor said, "Amid this cold weather, we light a fire to keep warm and use blankets. We are getting all kinds of facilities here. We get chana, pulao, tea, puri, and aloo. But we are facing a problem using dirty washrooms." Ranjeet Singh from Amritsar said, "I try to contribute to this moving by providing some service in gurdwara to help prepare food for the protestors. We make chana-pyaaz because it suitable by people of all ages."

Supporters make chapatis as farmers continue their protest against farm laws, at Singhu Border in New Delhi on Wednesday.

Union Minister Puri joins Punjab BJP senior leaders, discusses farmers' concerns

Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri joined senior leaders of Punjab from BJP unit to interact with farmers over video conference and discussed their concerns over the three farm laws. "Our farmer sisters and brothers, including those from Punjab, have played a pivotal role in Green Revolution and towards India's effort to attain food security, Joined senior leaders of BJP Punjab unitto interact with farmers & discussed the concerns they have regarding the farm bills" Puri said while interacting with farmers on their concerns over farm bills at a virtual Kisan Sammelan.

Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar has said that a large number of farmers have expressed support for the farm bills, while a protest is ongoing against the reforms. "While there is a protest against reforms, lakhs of farmers are also gathering to express support for bills. Today, thousands of farmers gathered in Gwalior for it," said Tomar while addressing an ASSOCHAM session via video conferencing on Wednesday.

 

Quiet mediator: Tomar now in the driver's seat amid farmers' protest

Narendra Singh Tomar, agriculture minister, has replaced Rajnath Singh as the chief negotiator dealing with the farmers who are protesting outside Delhi and are swelling in numbers. Why Rajnath Singh came into the picture is not clear — after all, as agriculture minister, Tomar should have been in charge from day one. But he’s now in the driver’s seat, and is possibly more amenable to taking directions from Home Minister Amit Shah than the defence minister.
 
Tomar is a mild-mannered man. Never in his life has he been pitchforked into the kind of controversy in which he finds himself.
Currently a Lok Sabha MP from Morena, Madhya Pradesh, Tomar might not be the most charismatic minister India has had, but he has never raised his voice at anyone.
 
Tomar’s area of influence is the Gwalior-Morena-Guna belt in Madhya Pradesh. In 2014, he contested the Gwalior Lok Sabha seat and defeated Congress’s Ashok Singh comprehensively. In the 2019 Lok Sabha election, he was moved to adjoining Morena because the BJP warned him that he could lose from Gwalior.

'Farm talks are bound to fail': Supreme Court proposes forming panel

The Supreme Court on Wednesday indicated it may form a committee having representatives of the government and farmers to resolve the deadlock over the three new agricultural laws that have led to massive protests, saying “it may become a national issue”. “Your (the government’s) negotiations have not worked apparently. It is bound to fail,” said a Bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde. However, the agitating farmers rejected the proposal, saying such a panel should have been formed before the laws were framed and any new panel should be formed only after all the three laws are rep­ealed. Union Agriculture Mini­ster Narendra Singh Tomar, on the other hand, hoped for an early solution to the crisis, saying the protests are an except­ion and limited to just one state. Read Full Report Here
Farmers clear the road for an ambulance during their protest against Centre’s farm reform laws, at Ghazipur border in Ghaziabad, on Sunday Photo: PTI

SC to hear clutch of pleas demanding removal of farmers from border points

Supreme Court will hear today a batch of pleas seeking a direction to the authorities to immediately remove the farmers who are protesting at several border points of Delhi against three new farm laws.

'Tent city' for protesting farmers at Singhu border as they brave harsh winter

As the farmers continue their agitation against the farm laws at Delhi's Singhu border, a 'tent city' has been set up at a petrol pump to provide accommodation to the protesters as they battle harsh winter. The 'tent city' has around 140 tents where over 400 plus farmers are residing. It provides all the facilities free of cost, which include mattress, quilt, blanket, bedsheets, towels, toothpaste, toothbrush, and oil. Mobile charging ports with extensions, toilets, and bathing facilities are also available for protesting farmers. Tent city's managing team members Jatin Singh and Baghel Singh said that the initiative has been taken up by Hemkunt Foundation and the petrol pump owner has permitted to use his premises.

SC allows impleadment of 8 farmer unions in PILs seeking removal of protesters from Delhi borders

The Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed the impleadment of eight farmer unions as respondents in the petitions seeking the removal of protestors from the borders in the national capital. Eight farmers unions include Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU - Rakesh Tikait), Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU - Rakesh Tikait), BKU-Sidhupur (Jagjeet S. Dallewal), BKU-Rajewal (Balbeer Singh Rajewal), BKU-Lakhowal (Harinder Singh Lakhowal), Jamhoori Kisan Sabha (Kulwant Singh Sandhu), BKU-Dakaunda (Buta Singh Burjgill), BKU - Doaba (Manjit Singh Rai) and Kul Hind Kisan Federation (Prem Singh Bhangu).

 

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