Farmers' Protest LIVE: Unions to seek legal advice on SC observations

FILE PIC: Farmers during their sit-in protest against the Centre's farm reform laws, near Ghazipur border in New Delhi | PTI photo
Farmers' protest LIVE updates Day 23: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday that political parties, experts and even farmers had been demanding new farm laws for long, and assured that the Minimum Support Price (MSP) mechanism for crops will continue.

Addressing farmers of Madhya Pradesh through virtual mode, he alleged that opposition parties themselves advocated such laws, but now they were protesting because they did not want him to get credit for the reforms. The government was ready 24 hours to talk with farmers, the prime minister said, as the agitation against the new agri laws at Delhi borders entered its 23rd day.

 
Accusing the Congress and other opposition parties of spreading falsehood about the new farm laws, union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Thursday appealed to the agitating farmers not to fall prey to these "white lies" and said the Centre was ready to address all their concerns. The minister, in an eight-page open letter to farmers, said the Modi-government was committed to their welfare and stressed that the new legislation were aimed at benefitting small and marginal farmers.

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Makeshift library set up at Singhu border

Amid the farmers' protest, a library-cum-cultural centre has been set up at Singhu border which aims to provide books and newspapers for youth and also imparts school education to students from nearby slums.
 
Apart from providing books for the youth to read, the library also offers them a platform to discuss current topics.
 
The tent is used in the evenings, to recreate a tradition, 'Sanjhi Sath', where the villagers gather to listen to their elders' advice.
 
There are 10 teaching volunteers and 150 volunteers for cleaning the area.

Congress says PM must apologise for betraying farmers

Congress says govt should stop "deceiving and betraying" farmers, asks PM Narendra Modi to apologise to them for insulting those protesting against recent farm laws by dubbing them as 'anti-nationals'

Will never be able to forget visuals of farmers protest, says Sonu Sood

Actor Sonu Sood on Friday said he is deeply saddened to see the plight of farmers protesting against the three new agri laws and hoped for a resolution to their issues.
 
Thousands of farmers from Haryana, Punjab, and other states have been holding demonstrations at Delhi's border points, protesting against the new farm laws, which they fear will dismantle the minimum support price system, leaving them at the mercy of big corporates.
 
The actor, who was lauded earlier this year for his efforts in helping the migrant workers during the coronavirus pandemic, said he doesn't want to get into a debate as to who is right or wrong but only wants a timely solution to the problems of the farmers.

If you want credit, take it and withdraw the farm laws: Sitaram Yechury to PM Modi

After Prime Minister Narendra Modi requested the opposition political parties with "folded hands" to keep all the credit for the agricultural sector reforms on Friday, Communist Party of India (Marxist) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury slammed the "manner" in which he delivered the speech.
 
"If you want to take credit, then take it and withdraw the recently enacted farm laws, this is what I want to say to the Prime Minister," he said, commenting on PM Modi's speech.
 
He added there should be reforms in the agricultural sector. "But what kind of reform is it (the three new farm laws)? If it is for farmers, then thousands, who are sitting on protest, do not understand their well-being."
 
PM Modi on Friday requested the political parties with "folded hands" to keep all the credit for their "old election manifestos", which had reportedly promised agricultural sector reforms and urged them to stop misguiding the farmers over the new farm laws.
 

Government needs to resolve farmers' issue, not Supreme Court: AIKS

The All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) on Friday said the issue of the ongoing farmers' protests against three new farm laws needs to be resolved by the government and not the Supreme Court.
 
The AIKS, a key member of the "Samyukta Kisan Morcha" that is spearheading the "Dilli Chalo" agitation against the three farm laws, asserted that no farmer organisation approached the court in the first place and asked for its intervention in the matter.
 
"The issue needs to be resolved by the Centre and not the Supreme Court. The court order has also said the same categorically. We have not approached the court because of this understanding that it is a struggle by the farmers against a government policy and the executive has to resolve the crisis," senior AIKS leader P Krishnaprasad said.
 
The farmers' agitation should be allowed to continue "without impediments" and the court will not "interfere" with it as the right to protest is a fundamental right, the Supreme Court said on Thursday while hearing a bunch of petitions against the ongoing stir at Delhi's borders.

Farmers during their ongoing protest against the Centres farm reform laws, near the Ghazipur border in New Delhi (PTI Photo/ Manvend

Govt rules out reducing sugarcane price; asks sugar mills not to depend on central subsidies

Union Food Minister Piyush Goyal on Friday said the government cannot reduce the minimum price at which sugar mills have to purchase sugarcane from farmers and urged the industry to expand product portfolio as well as remain profitable rather than depend on central subsidies.
 
Sugarcane is bought by sugar mills at a Fair and Remunerative Price (FRP), which is also the minimum selling price fixed by the central government.
 
Addressing the 86th annual general meeting (AGM) of industry body ISMA, Goyal was not in favour of the industry's demand to hike the FRP of the sweetener from the current level of Rs 31 per kg, as it would lead to rise in retail prices.
 
Goyal, who is also the railway and commerce minister, said the government's recent decision to provide Rs 3,500 crore subsidy for exports of 60 lakh tonnes of sugar in the current marketing year 2020-21 (October-September) will help in liquidating surplus sugar stock.
 
On the industry's demand that the sugarcane purchase price be linked with sugar price realisation, he said it is not practical to reduce the FRP and told the industry leaders to produce more ethanol as well as other bye-products to boost their income.
 

Not afraid: Youths ink protest tattoos at Singhu border

The whizzing of machines is almost inconspicuous amid the cacophony of slogans, speeches, claps and chatter, but the crowd at the stall attracts eyeballs.
 
Chetan Sood is busy giving a final touch to a tattoo on the arm of a Sikh youth, who has come from Hoshiarpur, Punjab, to the Singhu border to protest against the Centre's three contentious farm laws.
 
Sood and his five assistants wanted to contribute whichever way possible. Therefore, the group decided to do what they know best. The six men reached the Delhi-Haryana border on Friday morning carrying ink, tattoo machines, needles and stencils.
 
It takes 30 minutes to complete a tattoo, the artists say, aiming to complete around 200 such body arts for free in three days.
 
"The purpose is to send out a message: the common man is with the farmers," says Sood, who runs 'Tattoo Club' in Punjab's Ludhiana district.
 
The theme for the tattoos is agriculture. It depicts farmers harvesting crops, holding farm equipment, tractor, among others.
 
There are tattoos with slogans too, such as 'kar har maidan fateh' (win every battle), 'nishchay kar apni jeet karo' (emerge victorious with firm resolve) and 'nirbhau, nirvair' (not afraid, no enemies).
 
"These are permanent tattoos. Each costs at least Rs 3,500," says 29-year-old Sood.
 
The farmers have been camping at several border points into Delhi for over three weeks, demanding that the new farm legislations be repealed as they claim it would benefit the corporates and end the traditional wholesale markets and the minimum support price regime.
 
"People are talking about the farmers' protest in every household across the country," Sood says. "This is probably the largest organised movement in the modern India." Dheerpal Singh, 33, from Hoshiarpur was upbeat after getting a tattoo of a tractor inked on his forearm. "This is surely going to lift the spirits of the youngsters here," he says.
 

Akhilesh attacks UP govt over notices to farmers seeking personal bonds

Samajwadi Party (SP) supremo Akhilesh Yadav on Friday attacked the Uttar Pradesh government for sending notices to farmers asking them to submit personal bonds assuring there will be no breach of peace during protests against farm laws in Sambhal.
 
The district administration, however, cancelled the notices later.
 
"Even though the Supreme Court has given legal acknowledgement to peaceful protests by farmers, the BJP government in UP is lodging FIRs to realise Rs 50 lakh from them. There has never been an anti-people government like the BJP," the SP leader said in tweet in Hindi with the hashtag "#Nahi_Chahiye_Bhajapa (No more BJP)".
 
The Sambhal district administration on Friday cancelled the notices it earlier issued to 20 farmer leaders asking them to submit personal bonds of Rs 50,000 each over a police report that had warned of breach of peace during protests against the new farm laws.

Sukhbir Badal seeks President's intervention in convening Winter Session of Parliament

Shiromani Akali Dal on Friday sought President Ram Nath Kovind's intervention in convening the Winter Session of Parliament at the earliest, saying its cancellation on the excuse of COVID-19 was "indigestible" as the three farm laws were passed when the pandemic was at its peak.
 
In his letter to the President, SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal said Parliament must meet immediately as "a national priority" as the ongoing farmers' movement affects nearly 100 crore of our people directly and the rest indirectly going by the percentage of the country's population dependent on agriculture.
 
Describing the government's attitude as a case of "historic blunder", Badal said "the ruling party's stubborn-ness to listen to the country's 'annadata' and to let them die within a few hundred yards of Parliament would be remembered in history as a case of a heartless and conscience-less government at war with its own people."

Govt procures paddy worth Rs 76,524 cr so far this kharif marketing season

Paddy procurement has increased 24 per cent to 405.31 lakh tonnes so far in the ongoing kharif marketing season, valued at Rs 76,524 crore.
 
In the ongoing kharif marketing season (KMS) 2020-21, the government continues to procure kharif crops at the minimum support price (MSP) from farmers, an official statement said on Friday.
 
The kharif marketing season starts from October.
 
Paddy procurement for kharif 2020-21 is continuing smoothly in Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Uttarakhand, Tamil Nadu, Chandigarh, Jammu & Kashmir, Kerala, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Bihar.
 
The Food Corporation of India (FCI) and state agencies have purchased 405.31 lakh tonnes of paddy till December 17 against 327.65 lakh tonnes in the corresponding period of the previous year.
 
"About 47.17 lakh farmers have already been benefitted from the ongoing KMS procurement Operations with MSP value of Rs 76524.14 Crore," the statement said.
 
Out of the total purchase of 405.31 lakh tonnes, Punjab accounts for 202.77 lakh tonnes till the close of procurement season in the state on November 30, it added

Farm laws were long overdue, MSP will continue; ready for talks: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday that political parties, experts and even farmers had been demanding new farm laws for long, and assured that the Minimum Support Price (MSP) mechanism for crops will continue. Addressing farmers of Madhya Pradesh through virtual mode, he alleged that opposition parties themselves advocated such laws, but now they were protesting because they did not want him to get credit for the reforms.
 
The government was ready to talk with farmers, the prime minister said, as the agitation against the new agri laws at Delhi borders entered its 23rd day.
 
"Even after all these government's efforts if anyone has any doubt over the farm laws, we, with folded hands and heads bowed, are ready for talks," he said. "The new agriculture laws have not been drafted overnight but political parties, agriculture experts and progressive farmers have demanded it for a long time. "Farms and farmers in India should not lag behind now. They need to get facilities and get modernized. There should not be a delay in it. Time cannot wait," the prime minister said.

Fight is against three farm laws, not the govt: Boxer Vijender Singh

Boxer and Congress leader Vijender Singh on Friday distributed food at a langar organised by the Jamindara Student Organisation (JSO) for protesting farmers at the Tikri Border on Friday.
 
While speaking to ANI, Vijender Singh said that his fight is not against the government but against the newly enacted farm laws. "We are here to serve the farmers of our country. Our fight is not against the government but the three black laws," he said.
 
Singh had also joined the farmers' agitation at Singhu border (Haryana-Delhi border) on December 6 and said that he will return his Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award if the new agriculture laws are not withdrawn.

Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan showers flowers on farmers at 'Kisan Kalyan' event

Farm laws was long-pending demand; MSP will continue: PM Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday that political parties, experts and even farmers had been demanding new farm laws for long, and assured that the Minimum Support Price (MSP) mechanism for crops will continue. Addressing farmers of Madhya Pradesh through virtual mode, he alleged that opposition parties themselves advocated such laws, but now they were protesting because they did not want him to get credit for the reforms.
 
The government was ready 24 hours to talk with farmers, the prime minister said, as the agitation against the new agri laws at Delhi borders entered its 23rd day.
 
"The new agriculture laws have not come overnight but political parties, agriculture experts and progressive farmers have demanded it for a long time. "In the last 20-22 years, the Center and the state governments have deliberated on these agriculture reforms in detail. Farmer bodies, agriculture scientists and farmers too were continuously demanding them," he said.
 
"In fact, farmers should seek answers from those opposing them now as to why they advocated these farm laws in their manifestos for getting their votes, but never fulfilled the promise. It was not their priority," Modi said.

All India Kisan Sabha announces support for farm protests

The All India Kisan Sabha on Friday said it would join farmers protesting in Delhi against the new farm laws introduced by the Centre. The announcement was made in Nashik by AIKS leaders Ajit Nawale and Ashok Dhawale, Centre for Indian Trade Unions' state president Dr D M Darar and Sunil Malusare among others.
 
"The three laws are aimed at allowing corporates to make profits at the cost of farmers. To oppose them, we will leave from Nashik on December 21 and take part in the protests underway. Thousands of farmers are expected to join us," said Dhawale.
 
Thousands of farmers, mainly from Punjab and Haryana, are protesting at Delhi borders for more than three weeks. At least five rounds of formal talks have been held between the Centre and 40 farmer unions to break the deadlock, but the unions are demanding complete rollback of these laws.
 
He said the AIKS and allied outfits would also protest against the Electricity (Amendment) Bill, 2020 and claimed it was meant to privatise the sector, which would result in higher power bills for people.

Day 23 of farmers' agitation: Union leaders to seek legal opinion

The farmers' agitation continued on the 23rd day on Friday and their unions were busy chalking out strategies to intensify the protest. As the issue is now in the Supreme Court, the farmer leaders are not only keeping an eye on the proceedings but are also seeking legal opinions.
 
Although the apex court has not yet delivered any order asking the farmers to vacate the roads. The farmer leaders say that if they are served any notices from the court, they will take support from their lawyers.
 
Major Singh Punawal, general secretary of Punjab's All India Kisan Sabha, told IANS, "When the farmers will receive a notice regarding their protest from the SC, we will take the legal opinion from the lawyers." Punawal said the protest by the farmers is going on in a peaceful manner and will continue till the government rolls back all the three farm laws. He said tributes will be paid on December 20 to those farmers who died during the protests.
 
Farmers have been camping since November 26 at the Delhi borders. They are demanding the withdrawal of all three new farm laws implemented by the Central government during the coronavirus pandemic.

Congress leader and boxer Vijender Singh distributes food for protesting farmers at Tikri Border

PM Modi provided Rs 8 trillion in MSP to farmers during his tenure: Smriti Irani

With folded hands, PM Modi urges Opposition not to mislead farmers

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday requested political parties with "folded hands" to keep all the credit for their "old election manifestos" which had reportedly promised agriculture sector reforms and urged them to stop misguiding the farmers over the new farm laws.
 
"I request all political parties with folded hands, please keep all the credit. I am giving credit to all your old election manifestos. I just want ease in the life of farmers, I want their progress and want modernity in agriculture," said PM Modi while addressing farmers at the 'Kisan Kalyan' event in Raisen through video conferencing. "Political parties should stop misguiding farmers. It's been six to seven months since farm laws were implemented. But now suddenly, games are being played to plough one's own political land through a web of lies," he added.
 
The Prime Minister further said, those who have started this movement in the name of farmers, when they had a chance to run the government or become part of the government, what they did back then, the country needs to remember.
 
"Swaminathan Commission report is the biggest proof of how ruthless these people can be. These people sat on Swaminathan Commission report recommendations for 8 long years...They ensured that their govt doesn't have to spend much on farmers, so they kept the report under wraps," said PM Modi.
 

Informal talks on, hope to break farmer deadlock before year ends: Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar

As formal talks to end farmers' agitation against three farm laws remain deadlocked, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar has said the government is continuing informal discussions with various groups to end the stalemate but there was no point talking to those "shooting from peasants' shoulders".
 
The minister also hoped that a resolution should be reached before the year ends and asserted that the Modi government is committed to address all genuine concerns of the farming community.
 
He put the blame on opposition parties for misleading the farmers and accused them of changing their stance on the reform process and politicising the issue. READ MORE...

Farm laws not introduced overnight, Centre and States had discussed for years: PM Modi

Farm laws have not been introduced overnight, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday while adding that over the last 20 to 30 years, Centre and State Governments had detailed discussions on these reforms.
 
"Farm Laws have not been introduced overnight. Over the last 20-30 years, central government and state governments had detailed discussions on these reforms. Agriculture experts, economists and progressive farmers have been demanding reforms," said PM Modi while addressing farmers at the 'Kisan Kalyan' event in Raisen through video conferencing. "I request all political parties with folded hands, please keep all the credit. I am giving credit to all your old election manifestos. I just want ease in the life of farmers, I want their progress and want modernity in agriculture," he added.
 
Today Rs 16 thousand crores are being transferred into the bank accounts of 35 lakh farmers of Madhya Pradesh, PM Modi stated. The Prime Minister further said the modern system that India has created in the last five to six years is being discussed and appreciated all over the world today.
 
"The modern facility available to the farmers in the big countries of the world should be provided to the farmers of India also, it cannot be delayed any longer," said PM Modi.

'The numbers I will provide you with, will clear everything up regarding the MSP,' says PM Modi

LIVE: Opposition doesn't have problem with farm reforms but with Modi, says Prime Minister

Opposition doesn't have problem with agri reforms but with Modi, says PM, targeting opposition parties in virtual address to MP farmers
 

People should seek replies from political parties who talked about farm reforms in their manifestos: PM Modi

People should seek replies from political parties who talked about agricultural reforms in their manifestos, says PM Modi

Opposition sat over Swaminathan committee report for years; we implemented it in interest of farmers: PM Modi

Opposition parties sat over the Swaminathan committee report for years; we have implemented it in interest of farmers: PM Modi

LIVE: PM Modi says 'three lies' being spread about farm laws on minimum support price (MSP)

PM Modi says "three lies" being spread about farm laws on minimum support price (MSP), agricultural produce marketing committees (APMC) and farming agreements.

If we'd to remove MSP, why would we implement Swaminathan Commission report? asks PM Modi

LIVE: Does govt decide who you can sell your scooter to? asks PM Narendra Modi

Does the government decide who you can sell your scooter to? But for 70 years the government has been telling farmers whom to sell, said PM Narendra Modi. 

LIVE: Our govt serious about MSP, that's why we declare it before sowing season every year, says PM Modi

Our government is serious about the MSP, that's why we declare it before sowing season every year, said PM Narendra Modi. 

MSP to continue; farm laws 'not been brought in overnight': PM Modi

Recently enacted laws giving farmers freedom in selling their produce "have not been brought in overnight" but are opposed by political parties for selfish reasons, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday as he insisted that support price for agricultural produce will continue.
 
"Farm laws have not been introduced overnight. Over last 20-30 years, central and state governments had detailed discussions on these reforms. Agriculture experts, economists and progressive farmers have been demanding such reforms,” he said in a speech, as protests continued outside Delhi against the reforms.
 
"Those who governed before us wrote tall promises in their election manifestos and gave big assurances to farmers, but after winning the elections they did nothing about the farmers and the promises made to them. For decades the farmers were neglected," he said in a speech video streamed to farmers in Madhya Pradesh.
 

LIVE updates: I just want ease in the life of farmers, says PM Modi

PM Modi addressing Kisan Kalyan event virtually | Photo: ANI

Suddenly, games being played to plough one's own political land through a web of lies, says PM Modi

Suddenly, games being played to plough one's own political land through a web of lies, says PM Modi

LIVE: Parties, experts, progressive farmers for long demanded agri reforms, says PM Modi

New agri laws haven't come overnight; parties, experts, progressive farmers for long demanded reforms: PM Narendra Modi at farm meet

LIVE: Political parties should stop misguiding farmers, says PM Narendra Modi

LIVE: Today, several farmers in MP have been given Kisan Credit Card, says PM Modi

LIVE: Today, several farmers in MP have been given Kisan Credit Card, says PM Modi

LIVE: Farm Laws have not been introduced overnight, says PM Modi

LIVE: Farm Laws have not been introduced overnight, says PM Modi

LIVE: I want farmers' progress and modernity in agriculture, says PM Modi

Congress promised to waive off farm loans in MP, but did nothing when it came to power: PM Modi

The Congress promised to waive off farm loans in MP, but did nothing when it came to power: PM Modi

LIVE: People opposing farm reforms actually exploited farmers, says PM Modi

People opposing farm reforms actually exploited farmers; they buried MS Swaminathan commission's report for decades: PM Modi
 

People telling farmers that they'll lose their land because of farm reforms are securing their position: Modi

People telling farmers that they will lose their land because of farm reforms actually are securing their position: PM Modi

New farm laws were long pending; should have been brought in decades ago: PM Modi

New farm laws were long pending; should have been brought in decades ago: PM Modi

LIVE: PM Narendra Modi speaking to Madhya Pradesh farmers on benefits of new agri laws

LIVE: PM Narendra Modi speaking to Madhya Pradesh farmers on benefits of new agri laws

World is rapidly changing; India’s farmers can no longer live in backwardness: PM Modi

World is rapidly changing; India’s farmers can no longer live in backwardness: PM Modi

LIVE updates: India’s farmers can no longer live in backwardness, says PM Modi

Industries should come forward to set up cold storages and food processing units. India’s farmers can no longer live in backwardness: Prime Minister Narendra Modi

LIVE: PM Narendra Modi attends 'Kisan Kalyan' event in Raisen through video conferencing

LIVE: Rs 1,660 cr being transferred to bank accounts of farmers in MP without brokers, delay, says PM Modi

Rs 1,660 crore being transferred to bank accounts of farmers in Madhya Pradesh without brokers, delay: Prime Minister Narendra Modi
 

Six UP farmers asked to submit Rs 50 lakh bonds for inciting people

Six farmer leaders in Sambhal district have been issued notices, asking them to furnish personal bonds of Rs 50 lakh in view of the apprehension that their actions may lead to breach of peace. The six farmers, who were served notices, include Bharatiya Kisan Union (asli) district president Rajpal Singh Yadav and farmer leaders Jaiveer Singh, Brahmachari Yadav, Satyendra, Rohdas and Veer Singh.
 
However, two days after the notices were served , Circle Officer Arun Kumar Singh, said that the amount was a 'clerical error' and will be reduced.
 
"The SDM is currently on leave and once he comes back we will correct the error and make it a bond of Rs 50,000 since the earlier one was a clerical error," he said.
 
The notice issued by Sambhal SDM Deependra Yadav stated, "In the context of what is happening in Delhi and other farmer agitations, six persons are going from village to village and inciting the farmers with false information, which can lead to the breakdown of peace in the region.

Farmers' Protest LIVE: PM Modi to address Madhya Pradesh farmers on agri laws at 2 pm

Farmers' Protest LIVE: PM Modi to address Madhya Pradesh farmers on agri laws at 2 pm

Foreign forces fuelling farmers' protest: BJP MLA

BJP MLA Surendra Singh has described the farmers' protest against three farm laws as a "sponsored sit-in of anti-national forces" and claimed that the movement has foreign funding. He alleged that the foreign forces were fuelling the farmers' protest in the same way they were supporting the movement in Shaheen Bagh during anti-CAA protests.
 
"After seeing the farmers' movement, it appears that this is a sponsored agitation by anti-national forces and has foreign funding," Singh, a BJP MLA from Bairia constituency, claimed. "Foreign forces want to destabilise the country under the guise of this movement," he told reporters on Thursday night.
 
Singh is known for making controversial remarks. He alleged that when a person from the Sikh community in Britain protests against the farm laws, it means "those who are leading the movement are Khalistanis". "Only people with the Khalistani mindset are taking part in the movement," the BJP MLA claimed.

1.11 crore farmers pre-registered till 8am for today's event: Shivraj

1.11 crore farmers pre-registered till 8am for today's event where we'll be depositing the first installment in farmers' accounts whose crops were damaged. PM will join the event via video conference to address farmers. Congress govt didn't fulfil its promise of loan waiver, became a regular defaulter & never distributed relief fund. In name of loan waiver, Congress govt destroyed position of Cooperative banks. So to improve their condition, we've given Rs 800 crores: MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan

MP: Large number of farmers to join 'Kisan Mahasammelan' to be addressed by PM Modi

A large number of farmers will attend the "Mahasammelan" in Madhya Pradesh on Friday which will be addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi through video conferencing at 2. A large number of farmers will be physically present at the Kisan Mahasammelan organized at Dussehra ground in Raisen today. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh will also be addressing them at 1:30 pm. BJP State President Vishnu Dutt Sharma and Agriculture Minister Kamal Patel will be present during the event. About 1,000 farmers will be present in all the 52 district headquarters of the state to participate in the Mahasammelan virtually while about 500 farmers will be present in all 313 Janpad Panchayats of the state.

In Pics | Veterans join farmer protests

Veteran Indian Army Ex-Servicemen joins farmer's protest against the new farm laws, at the Singhu border in New Delhi.
Veteran Indian Army Ex-Servicemen join farmer's protest against the new farm laws, at the Singhu border in New Delhi.
Veteran Indian Army Ex-Servicemen join farmers' protest against Farm bills at Singhu Border, in Delhi.

Sundarlal Bahuguna extends support to protesting farmers

Chipko movement leader Sundarlal Bahuguna extends his support to farmers protesting against the three farm laws, says, "I support the demands of the 'annadatas' ".

'PM should talk to farmers'

"PM should talk to the farmers & take back the farm laws. We will not give up our fight against these laws,"says Dayal Singh, Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee, Punjab

Preparing ourselves for a longer stay: Farmers at Singhu border

Delhi: Protesting farmers at Singhu border say they're making more tent arrangements to face cold weather conditions. "We're preparing ourselves for a longer stay as our fight against black laws will continue. It's getting colder, so we're putting more tents," says a protester.

DMK and its allies observe one-day fast in Chennai in support of farmers

Amit Shah holds meeting with ministers, BJP officials 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.

Farmer destroys cauliflower crops over poor prices, says 'forced to sell produce at Rs 1 kg'

Amid the ongoing farmers' protests against farm laws and minimum support price (MSP) for agricultural produce, a farmer in Shamli's Mayapuri village destroyed his standing crop of cauliflowers, claiming that he was being forced to sell his produce at Rs 1 kilogram -- much below the cost price. "I am not able to sell cauliflowers. I am only getting Rs 1 per kilogram. I have cauliflower on 5 bigha land. Its worth is Rs 1 lakh," Ramesh, the farmer told ANI. He further said the new farm laws will harm the interests of farmers and extended his support to their protests. District Magistrate Jasjit Kaur said that Horticulture officials and sub-divisional magistrate have been instructed to meet the farmer.

Harsimrat K Badal slams Kejriwal for insulting farmers' struggle with 'cheap theatrics'

Former Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Thursday hit out at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for insulting the farmers' struggle with "cheap theatrics by tearing copies of the farm laws" which he was among the first to notify in the country. In a statement here, Badal said the Delhi Chief Minister was known as a "dramabaaz" but this time he had indulged in unparalleled hypocrisy by tearing the same laws in the Vidhan Sabha which he had notified on November 23.

PM Modi to address farmers' conferences in Madhya Pradesh today

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address farmers' conferences in Madhya Pradesh through video conferencing on Friday. On December 16, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar addressed the 'Kisan Sammelan' in Gwalior. On Thursday, the Prime Minister appreciated Tomar for "attempting to have a polite dialogue" with the farmers through an open letter, requesting them to read it. "Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar has expressed his feelings by writing a letter to the farmer brothers and sisters, attempting to have a polite dialogue. I request all the farmers to read it. The countrymen are also urged that they should extend it to as many people as possible," PM Modi had tweeted.

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