Fifth round of meeting between farmers' representatives and the Central government in New Delhi.
Farmers' protest LIVE updates Day 10: The government and farmer leaders will hold another round of meeting on December 9 after hours-long talks today failed to make any headway.
During the meeting, farmers' group went on 'maun vrat', asked the govt to answer in 'yes' or 'no' to their demand for repealing new farm laws.
The agitating farmers have urged the Union government to convene a special session of Parliament to repeal the three farm laws, besides threatening to hold a nationwide protest on December 8.
Punjab CM Amarinder Singh reciting BJP's script: SAD's Sukhbir Badal
Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) chief Sukhbir Singh Badal on Saturday slammed Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh over his recent meeting with Union Home Minister Amit Shah, and accused him of "reciting the BJP's script" for allegedly linking farmers' agitation to national security.
Amarinder has "surrendered" to the BJP after he was summoned to Delhi to be told to "choose between facing the Enforcement Directorate and betraying the farmers", Badal alleged.
On Thursday, Amarinder Singh had made an appeal to the Union home minister and the protesting farmers to find an early resolution to the impasse over the new farm laws, saying the agitation was affecting Punjab's economy and the nation's security.
"The choice he (Amarinder) made became clear with the first thing he said as soon as he came out of the meeting with Amit Shah, telling farmers to end their agitation, citing dangers to national security from this peaceful movement," Badal said in a statement here.
The chief minister had clarified that he never called farmers a threat to national security. He said "his remarks were in context of a prolonged stand-off which our hostile neighbours, whom the sons of these very farmers are fighting, can exploit".
For some farmers, reaching protest site in itself a herculean task
For many of the thousands of farmers camping on the roads and braving the cold at night to press for their demands, reaching the Singhu border point between Delhi-Haryana to join the peasants' agitation was in itself a major challenge which they surmounted with hard labour and ingenuity.
Kawaljeet Singh (28) and Dalbir Singh Tong (36) along with eight other farmers arrived at the demonstration site two days ago close to midnight, from Amritsar district.
They said they had to "move earth" and "push boulders" to overcome the obstacles that have been created on the way to Delhi from Punjab.
Bharat Bandh on Dec 8 will go on as announced
Govt will prepare a draft & give us. They said that they'll consult the states too. Discussions were held on MSP too but we said that we should also take up laws & talk about their roll back. Bharat Bandh (on 8th Dec) will go on as announced: Rakesh Tikait, Bharatiya Kisan Union pic.twitter.com/1NvZC31MT7
Farm laws: DMK urges PM to hold talks with agitating farmers
Extending support to farmers protesting outside Delhi against Centre's three contentious farm laws, the DMK on Saturday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to hold talks with them and demanded withdrawing the legislations.
DMK president M K Stalin and senior party leaders staged protests in different parts of the state,extending support to the farmers, mostly from Punjab, who have been agitating for nearly 10 days outside the national capital.
Stalin, Leader of Opposition in Tamil Nadu Assembly, led a well-attended protest demonstration here, which happens to be the native district of Chief Minister K Palaniswami.
Tejashwi leads opposition parties dharma in support of agitating farmers
The opposition parties on Saturday held demonstration here under the leadership of RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav in protest against new farm laws and pledged support to the farmers agitating for repeal of the legislations.
Joined by leaders of Congress and the Left Parties at the dharna site, the RJD leader extended support to the nationwide strike called by the farmers organisations against the agricultral legislations on December 8.
Barring CPI-ML other constituents of the Grand Alliance were present at the sit-in.
The Communist Party of India (Marxist Leninsts) (Liberation) did not participate in the dharna organised by the RJD as the party had organised "road blockade" across Bihar during the day to protest against the farm laws, its state Secretary Kunal told PTI.
Ready to address all concerns: Govt to farmer unions at crucial meeting
Seeking to break the deadlock over protests against new farm laws, the government on Saturday told representatives of agitating farmers that they are ready to address all their concerns with an open mind, sources said.
At the beginning of the fifth round of talks here at Vigyan Bhawan, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar told a group of 40 representatives of various farmer unions that the government is committed to cordial talks and welcomed all positive feedback on the new farm laws, sources said.
Later, Minister of State for Commerce Som Parkash, an MP from Punjab, addressed the leaders in Punjabi and said the government understands the sentiments of Punjab.
"We are ready to address all your concerns with an open mind," a source quoted Parkash as telling the union leaders.
Talks with govt: Farmer leaders break for lunch. They had carried food to the venue.
Delhi: Farmer leaders, present at the fifth round of talks with the Central Government, have food that they had carried to the venue.
A Kar Sewa vehicle that carried food for them arrived here earlier today. They'd got their own food even during 4th round of talks on Dec 3. pic.twitter.com/cwRSSDDVZk
Union ministers meet farmers' groups to break deadlock over agri laws
Farmers' groups met three Union ministers on Saturday for the fifth round of talks amid the ongoing protests over the Centre's new farm laws.
Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, Railways, Commerce and Food Minister Piyush Goyal and Minister of State for Commerce Som Parkash, who is an MP from Punjab, are holding talks with the representatives of 40 farmers' unions at the Vigyan Bhawan in the national capital.
Talks between the Union ministers and a representative group of thousands of agitating farmers failed to yield any resolution on Thursday, as the union leaders stuck to their demand for the repeal of the three laws.
Farmers' groups on Thursday had even refused the lunch, tea and water offered to them during the almost eight-hour-long hectic parleys.
Sources said the meeting began at around 2.30 pm with Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh giving introductory remarks.
Trade unions lend support to 'Bharat Bandh' call by farmers on Dec 8
A joint platform of ten central trade unions has extended its support to a call of 'Bharat Bandh' by farmer organisations on December 8.
The unions had called a nationwide strike on November 26 to protest against recently passed labour codes as well as farm laws, among other issues.
Rahul urges people to support farmers
Congress MP Rahul Gandhi on Saturday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the minimum support price (MSP) and Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) Act and also urged citizens to support the protests led by farmers.
"Farmers of Bihar are in a lot of trouble without MSP-APMC and now the PM has pushed the entire country into this well. In this situation, it is the duty of every citizen to stand with farmers," read Gandhi's tweet roughly translated from Hindi.
Back home, Punjab farmers adding sweetness to protest
The sweet fragrance of gur or jaggery fills the air in fields across Punjab these days with wood-fired stills continuously working to make it 'immunity' booster for protesting farmers who have set up vast camps for over a week to mark their protest at the borders of the national capital against new farm laws they say will destroy livelihoods.
Besides jaggery, scores of women and children, preferred to stay back in Punjab, are adding sweetness to the protest by their brethren bitter over the farm laws.
Every early morning they are assembling voluntarily in gurdwaras and community places for making a traditional Punjabi sumptuous sweet, 'desi ghee pinnis', for the farmers braving chilly nights on the border.
Highway is the new home for farmers
Tents pitched on tractors, people busy chopping vegetables to get food ready, solar panels to charge mobile phones, medical camps and even hookahs -- once a thoroughfare teeming with traffic, Delhi's Tikri border resembles a 'pind' (village) now.
Living in this village are farmers who have come largely from neighbouring Punjab to demand a repeal of the Centre's three agriculture reform laws.
"This is going to be our home in the near future as it is going to be a long fight. We are here to stay," says 50-year-old Gurunam Singh who came from Punjab's Mansa district.
BJP govt only understands language of street protests: Congress leader
Ahead of the farmers scheduled meeting with the Union ministers on new farm laws, senior Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Saturday said the BJP-led government at the centre only understands language of street protests.
He said the party had sought more consultation and scrutiny of the legislations through Parliament Standing Committee, but the plea was turned down and instead Congress MPs were suspended from Parliament when they opposed it.
Key Delhi-Noida road closed due to farmers' stir
A key route connecting Noida and Delhi was completely closed on Saturday as farmers opposing the Centre's new farm laws intensified their stir at the border.
The Delhi-Noida Link Road via Chilla border had one carriageway (Delhi to Noida) open until Saturday morning, however, the protesters blocked it at around 11 am.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Ganesh Saha said, "The closure of the route is not official and we are assessing the situation."
The district traffic police had earlier advised commuters to opt for the Delhi-Noida Direct expressway or Kalindi Kunj routes instead of the Chilla border to travel to and fro Delhi.
Only repealing of agri laws will end farmers' stir: AIKS official
Only repealing of the new farm laws will end the stalemate, an All India Kisan Sabha official said on Saturday, ahead of the fifth-round of talks between the government and protesting farmer organisations over the legislations.
The fourth round, which was held on Thursday, failed to end the standoff, with protesting farmers sticking to their demand of scrapping the laws.
"There is no doubt in our minds that only repeal of the laws will end the agitation. We will not budge. We want the government to take their proposals to the Parliament and let a Parliamentary committee discuss the issues. We will not agree to anything short of repeal of the laws, AIKS finance secretary Krishna Prasad said.
We're hoping today’s meeting with central leadership will be positive, says a protestor
“We're hoping today’s meeting with central leadership will be positive. We won't stop until govt agrees to our demands. We'll make the movement bigger,” says a protestor.
Uttar Pradesh Congress president Ajay Kumar Lallu reaches Ghazipur border (UP-Delhi border) to support the farmers
Uttar Pradesh Congress president Ajay Kumar Lallu reaches Ghazipur border (UP-Delhi border) to support the farmers protesting against the new farm laws. "This govt is anti-farmer. We demand that the new laws be withdrawn," he says.
'Ready to die': Angry farmers camp outside Delhi in showdown with Modi govt
As India’s virus numbers swell and the economy stumbles, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has another crisis to deal with: Tens of thousands of angry farmers vowing to camp outside the capital for months.
The farmers -- mostly from Punjab, often called India’s bread-basket -- want him to repeal three laws passed in September that allow them to sell crops directly to private firms instead of licensed middlemen at state-controlled markets. While Modi has said the laws will help them earn more cash, farmers fear those companies won’t give them minimum prices set by the government. Read on...
A tractor with DJ system was spotted at Delhi-Haryana border during farmers' protest in Singhu last night
#WATCH | A tractor with DJ system was spotted at Delhi-Haryana border during farmers' protest in Singhu last night.
"For the past few days, we have been here & there is no source of entertainment for us so we have this tractor installed with a music system," a farmer said. pic.twitter.com/p2r3Ec9Dwb
Govt should announce to withdraw the three black laws & give in writing that MSP will continue, say farmer leaders
Govt should announce to withdraw the three black laws & give in writing that MSP will continue. If any positive result doesn't come out of today's talks, farmers from Rajasthan will march along NH-8 towards Delhi & camp at Jantar Mantar: Rampal Jat, president, Kisan Mahapanchayat
Farmers' protest LIVE: A meeting is scheduled with farmers at 2 pm today
A meeting is scheduled with farmers at 2 pm today. I am very hopeful that farmers will think positively and end their agitation: Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar
Editors Guild of India expresses concerns over news coverage of farmers' protests in Delhi
Editors Guild of India expresses concerns over news coverage of farmers' protests in Delhi, says certain sections of media delegitimising stir by labelling them 'Khalistanis' and 'anti-nationals' without any evidence.
Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) prepares food for the farmers protesting at Singhu border (Delhi-Haryana)
A volunteer says, "We are providing meals three times a day."
Farmers continue to camp at Delhi-Haryana border in Tikri in protest against the new farm laws
Fifth round of talks between the Centre and farmers will be held today.
If they (farmers) want to fight any case in High Court & Supreme Court then I am ready to appear for them free of charge: Advocate Dushyant Dave
If they (farmers) want to fight any case in High Court & Supreme Court then I am ready to appear for them free of charge. I stand with farmers: Advocate Dushyant Dave & president of Supreme Court Bar Association after meeting members of Sangharsh Committee of farmers.
Farmers protest in Haryana: JJP leaders meet Anil Vij, seek withdrawal of cases againt farmers
A delegation of Jannayak Janta Party (JJP) leaders met Home Minister Anil Vij seeking withdrawal of cases against farmers during protest.