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Farmers protest live updates Day 7: Coming forward in support of agitating farmers, transporters' apex body AIMTC on Wednesday threatened to halt operations in northern India from December 8 if the government fails to address concerns of the farming community. The All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC) is the apex body of transporters, representing about 95 lakh truckers and other entities.

Farmers unions demanded that a special Parliament Session be convened to repeal the three agricultural reform laws. Delhi Police today appealed to citizens to avoid Noida Link Road for going to Noida and use National Highway-24 or Delhi Noida Direct (DND) Flyway instead. However, the Kalindi Kunj border is open for traffic movement.

Ahead of the second round of talks between the Centre and the representatives of protesting farmers, Union Home Minister Amit Shah held deliberations with Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Railway Minister Piyush Goyal today on ways to dispel concerns over the new farm laws. 

The talks between the Centre and agitating farmer unions on Tuesday failed to end the standoff over the new farm laws, and the two sides will now meet again on Thursday. The farmer unions rejected the government's offer to set up a committee to look into issues raised by them and said they would intensify their stir until their demands were met.

Men and women, many of them with their children, have assembled at Delhi's borders in Singhu, Tikri and Gazipur to take part in protests against the new farm laws. Yesterday, hundreds of farmers gathered at the Noida-Delhi border too. Many protesters said that they had come prepared for a long haul with rations and other necessities.

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No outside person allowed to interfere in India's internal issues, says farmer leader

No outside person is allowed to interfere in India's internal matters, one of the agitating farmer leaders said about Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's support to protest against the Centre's farm laws. At a press conference on Singhu border near Delhi, Madhya Pradesh-based farmer leader Shiv Kumar Kakkaji said the agitation would continue till the government withdrew all three farm laws. "No outside person is allowed to interfere in India's internal issues," he said when asked by Trudeau's support to the farmers protest.


He, however, welcomed the Canadian prime minister's concern for the farmers. "They are worried about our issues and we welcome that," he said. Trudeau had on Monday backed the agitating farmers in India, saying Canada would always be there to defend the rights of peaceful protests. "The situation is concerning and we are all very worried about family and friends and I know that is a reality for many of you," Trudeau said while speaking at an online event to mark the 551st birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev.

Govt indulging in 'divisive agenda' to break farmer unity: Protesters in letter to Agri minister

The leaders of the protesting farmers wrote to Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Wednesday, demanding a special session of Parliament to repeal the new farm laws and asking the government to not"indulge in divisive agenda" to break farmers' unity. The letter comes a day before the second round of talks is scheduled to take place between the Centre and leaders of farmer unions to resolve the ongoing standoff over the new agriculture laws. "We ask the government not to indulge in any divisive agendas with regard to the farmers' movement which is united in its demands at this point of time.This was clear from the meeting proceedings yesterday (Tuesday),"Samyukt Kisan Morcha Coordination Committee, which is spearheading the protests, said in the letter.


According to the letter, the leaders asked the Centre to ensurethat representatives of various farmer organisations and their alliances are decided by the farmers and not by the government, and that the all-India alliances that have been at the forefront of the agitation get representation in the consultations. Critical talks between three Union ministers and farmer groups ended in a stalemate on Tuesday after they rejected the government's suggestion of a new committee to look into the issues raised by the agitating farmers. The two sides, however, have decided to meet again on Thursday.


In its letter, the Samyukt Kisan Morcha Coordination Committee asked the government to ensure that all consultations happen at the same time without any parallel talks with different organisations at different times and locations. "We once again put forward our demand that Parliament be convened immediately to repeal the three farm acts, and give in writing that the government would not introduce the Electricity Amendment Bill 2020 in the Parliament," it stated.

Time for non-farmer section to stand up, be counted: P Sainath

It is time now that the "non-farmer" section of the society join peasants in their protest against the three farm laws, said agriculture expert-journalist P Sainath, arguing that the Centre made a "bad miscalculation" in passing these legislations amid the coronavirus pandemic. Speaking at a virtual press conference organised by various civil groups to express their solidarity for the farmers movement, Sainath said trade unions and workers had already shown the way during their "massive strike where lakhs and lakhs of workers endorsed the demands of the farmers".


"We thought it is time now that the other non-farmer classes of society stand up and be counted," he said. "The workers have already shown us the way and it is time for us to be counted and we have to be counted as standing for the unconditional repeal of these three laws." Sainath termed the decision of the Centre to introduce the laws amid the pandemic a "bad miscalculation". "The reason was simple. They believed that if you could smash through these laws at this time, all these guys, the farmers, the workers will be in no position to organise and resist. It was really a bad miscalculation," he explained.


Sainath pointed out to the clauses 18 and 19 of the Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) Act and Contract Farming Act, explaining how it provides no legal recourse whatsoever for farmers or anyone for that matter.

'Tukde-tukde gang' turning farmers' stir into Shaheen Bagh: BJP's Manoj Tiwari

Delhi BJP MP and former president of the party's state unit Manoj Tiwari on Wednesday claimed that the so-called "tukde tukde gang" was trying to turn the farmers' stir at the national capital's borders into a Shaheen Bagh like protest. Shaheen Bagh in South Delhi was the hub ofthe agitation against the citizenship amendment act earlier this year, before the COVID-19 pandemic struck.


Tiwari, in a statement, said alleged slogans in favour of Khalistan and threat to the Prime Minister by some protesters among the farmers showed that it was a "well planned conspiracy" to create "unrest" in the country. Presence of individuals and groups who opposed National Register of Citizens (NRC) and CAA at Shaheen Baghclearly establishes that the 'tukde-tukde' gang is trying to experiment with Shaheen Bagh 2.0and create unrest under the grab of farmers' protest, charged Tiwari. Farmers from Punjab, Haryana, UP and other states are camping on Delhi's borders demanding that the Centre withdraw the three new agriculture laws.

Farmers demand special Parliament session to repeal farm laws; threaten to block other Delhi roads

Agitating farmers on Wednesday demanded that the Centre convene a special session of Parliament and repeal the new farm laws as they threatened to block other roads in Delhi and "take more steps" if it failed to do so. As the number of protestors swelled at Delhi's border points, the apex body of transporters -- All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC), representing about 95 lakh truckers and other entities -- extended its support to the farmers and threatened to halt operations in northern India from December 8 if the government fails to address concerns of the farming community.


A crucial round of talks between the Centre and the representatives of protesting farmers is scheduled to be held on Thursday. Ahead of the talks, Union Home Minister Amit Shah held deliberations with Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Railway Minister Piyush Goyal here on Wednesday on ways to dispel concerns over the new farm laws. Tomar, Goyal along with Minister of State for Commerce Som Parkash had represented the Union government on Tuesday during the talks with farmer leaders but failed to reach any breakthrough.


As part of their 'Delhi Chalo' march, farmers have currently been staging protests at four busy border points of the national capital - Singhu, Noida, Ghazipur and Tikri - to press their demands under heavy police deployment. Leaders of around 35 farmer organisations held a meeting which was also attended by Bhartiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait at the Singhu border.

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BCD opposes farm laws, supports farmers, urges PM to come out for amicable solution

The Bar Council of Delhi (BCD) Wednesday came out in support of farmers and urged the Prime Minister for repealing farm laws and to give an audience to them to come out with an amicable solution. It also said there was a need to bring a legislation for the welfare of farmers. The bar body said the farm laws are more detrimental to the interest of legal professionals across the country and the Bar of Civil Court jurisdiction' will substantially affect the district courts and high courts in some states.


The BCD, in a statement issued by its Chairman and senior advocate Ramesh Gupta, said the nature of subject matters covered under these laws are so vast that all disputes up till now entertained by civil courts will be adjudicated by SDMs or ADMs, who are not part of regular courts. The bar body, in a representation sent to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, said Sir, you may be aware that revenue authorities under Land Reforms Act and Revenue Acts deal with limited matters, to maintain revenue records by patwaries and other officers, but under the new law, whole concept and scheme has undergone sea change.


It said the government should have unhesitatingly consulted and taken lawyers into confidence, more so when farm laws are simply not related to routine revenue matters but the ones which are basically contractual and commercial.

Let's see to what extent issues can be resolved, says Tomar ahead of fourth round of talks with farmers

Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar has said that the government will hold another round of discussion with farmer leaders on Thursday in which both sides will present their views and it remains to be seen "to what extent issues can be resolved".
 
"We will hold discussions with farmers' leaders tomorrow. They will put their side, the government will present its side. Let's see to what extent issues can be resolved," Tomar told media persons here.
 
The minister said that the farm laws are in the interest of farmers and the reforms have been done after a long wait and the government is ready to address their concerns
 
"The draft that was to be given to the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) would come by night. We are waiting for their draft, we will discuss it tomorrow. I appeal to the farmers that the laws are in their interest and the reforms have been done after a long wait but if they have any objection, we are ready to address their concerns," he said.
 
The government had held talks with farmer representatives on Tuesday. Tomar had said after the meeting that it was "good" and the farmer unions have been urged to share specific issues related to farm Acts which will be discussed during the fourth round of meeting on December 3.

Farmers from MP's Gwalior head for Delhi to join agitation opposing agri laws

Amid the ongoing protests against the newly enacted three farm laws passed by the Centre, farmers from Madhya Pradesh's Gwalior on Wednesday have left for Delhi to join the movement. Thousands of farmers reached the national capital on November 27 and assembled at the border areas to continue their protest against the three agricultural sector laws.
 
Currently, farmers from Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh are agitating on Sant Nirankari Samagam ground in Burari on the outskirts of Delhi. However, they might move from there as suggested by Sardar VM Singh, convenor of the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee earlier today.
 
Speaking at a press conference in Delhi, Singh said: "The Home Minister had said that the government will talk to farmers who will sit in Burari. After his appeal, farmers from Uttarakhand and UP came here but the government didn't invite us for talks yesterday. It shows that the government will talk to those who take the law into their hands. Now that the government has deceived the farmers of UP and Uttarakhand, there is no point in staying here in Burari."
 
Delhi Police on Wednesday appealed to citizens to avoid Noida Link Road for going to Noida and use National Highway-24 or Delhi Noida Direct (DND) Flyway instead, in light of the ongoing farmers' protest at the gates of the national capital. However, the Kalindi Kunj border is open for traffic movement.

Farmer Union leader calls for burning effigies across country on Dec 5

Farmers unions on Wednesday demanded that a special Parliament Session be convened to repeal the three agricultural reform laws.
 
"We demand that the Central government should call a special Parliament Session to repeal the farm laws. We call for burning of effigies throughout the country to protest against Modi government and corporate houses on December 5," Darshan Pal, chief of the Krantikari Kisan Union said while addressing a press conference at the Delhi-Haryana border at Singhu.
 
The Krantikari Kisan Union is one of the farmers' unions which is leading the protests against farm laws at Delhi-Haryana borders. Pal is one of the 32 representatives of farmers' union who attended the meeting with Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Tomar and Union Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal at Vigyan Bhawan in the national capital on Tuesday.
 
"We have also held talks with Rakesh Tikait of the Bharatiya Kisan Union, and he has also agreed to fight together with us,". Pal added.
 
Responding to the call given by Darshan Pal, Pratibha Shinde of Lok Sangharsh Morcha said, "We will burn effigies in every district of Maharashtra tomorrow and on December 5 in Gujarat to protest against Centre. Tomorrow is the last chance for the government to take the decision to repeal the laws otherwise this movement will become huge and the government will fall."

Farmers in for long haul at Noida-Delhi border, Chilla route partially re-opened

Farmers protesting against the new farm laws continued their sit-in at the Noida-Delhi border for the second day on Wednesday, leading to the closure of a key route that connects Uttar Pradesh with the national capital. The route, however, was partially opened for commuters coming in from Delhi.
 
The Noida Traffic Police in the morning advised commuters heading to Delhi to take the DND or Kalindi Kunj route instead of the Chilla route through the Noida Link road which was closed due to the demonstration since Tuesday evening.
 
One of the carriageways on the route was opened in the evening, allowing commuters coming from Delhi to enter Noida as the protestors continued to sit on the other side of the road amid heavy police deployment.
 
One of the carriageways has been opened to allow people coming from Delhi to enter Noida or UP. The law and order situation is under control. Some farmers are still on the other side of the road, Noida Deputy Commissioner of Police Rajesh S told PTI at 5.30 pm.

Centre wanted Delhi govt to convert 9 stadiums into jail for farmers: Kejriwal

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday accused the Central government of pressuring his government to convert nine Delhi stadiums into jail as part of its "fool-proof' plan to put agitating farmers there when they moved towards Delhi from Punjab and Haryana last week.
 
The Chief Minister revealed this while addressing a digital press conference here, saying his refusal to convert the nine stadiums in Delhi into jails has "upset the Centre".
 
"Since the time we refused to convert the nine stadiums in Delhi into temporary jails, the Central government is very upset with me. They had a fool-proof plan of putting the farmers into these jails as soon as the farmers reach Delhi," Kejriwal said. The Chief Minister said that he was put under a lot of "pressure to convert these stadiums into jails, and received several calls from people".
 
"But there are some moments in life when you listen to your own conscience without caring about the results." He then hit out at Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, asking "Are you under the pressure of these very same people because of which you are making these false allegations against me, abusing me, and talking on behalf of the BJP?".

AAP's women wing forms human chain in Delhi in solidarity with farmers protesting agri laws

Hundreds of members of the AAP's women's wing and party volunteers on Wednesday formed a human chain at the ITO intersection here in solidarity with farmers camping at the national capital's borders to protest the Centre's three agriculture reform laws.
 
The demonstration was led by the Aam Aadmi Party's (AAP) women's wing president Nirmala Kumari. Enacted in September, the three farm laws are anticipated to bring "reforms" in the agriculture sector by removing middlemen and allowing farmers to sell their produce anywhere in the country.
 
Farmers worry these laws will eliminate the safety net of the Minimum Support Price (MSP) and do away with mandis that ensure earning. But the government says the MSP system will continue and the new laws will give farmers more options to sell their crop. Kumari said the three farm laws passed by the BJP-led central government are against the farmers. The AAP opposes these laws.

Transporters threaten to halt operations in North India from Dec 8 in support of farmers

Coming forward in support of agitating farmers, transporters' apex body AIMTC on Wednesday threatened to halt operations in northern India from December 8 if the government fails to address concerns of the farming community. The All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC) is the apex body of transporters, representing about 95 lakh truckers and other entities.
 
"AIMTC has already extended its support to the farmer agitation from day one. We have decided on stopping our operations strategically starting from North India and if the government does not address the issue of the farmers then we may decide to go for shutting down of transport operations nationwide in their support," AIMTC President Kultaran Singh Atwal said.
 
Atwal said the road transport fraternity of the country has extended its full support to farmers who are 'ann daata' (food providers).
 
AIMTC Core Committee Chairman Bal Malkit Singh told PTI, "Starting December 8, we will halt the movement of supplies in entire North India including Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan. We will then escalate it to entire country if the government fails to address their issues."

Will take more steps, If govt does not fulfil our demands: Farmer leader

LIVE: Centre holds deliberations ahead of talks with protesting farmer leaders

Ahead of the second round of talks between the Centre and the representatives of protesting farmers, Union Home Minister Amit Shah held deliberations with Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Railway Minister Piyush Goyal here on Wednesday on ways to dispel concerns over the new farm laws. Tomar, Goyal along with Minister of State for Commerce Som Parkash had represented the Union government on Tuesday during the talks with farmer leaders, who have been demanding a repeal of the newly enacted laws.
 
During the deliberations on Wednesday, the ministers are believed to have discussed the issues raised by farmers, and how the Union government can constructively respond to dispel concerns expressed by them over the farm laws. Over 35 farmer leaders had held a three-hour meeting on Tuesday at Vigyan Bhavan with the ministerial delegation.
 
Though, their first round of talks on Tuesday did not yield a breakthrough but both sides agreed to hold the next round of talks on Thursday. In a statement, the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC), an umbrella outfit of the farmer unions, said the talks remained inconclusive. Thousands of farmers from Punjab, Haryana and several other states have been protesting for seven consecutive days at the borders of the national capital against three farm laws.

Will continue our agitation till three farm laws are repealed: Farmer leaders

We will continue our agitation till the three farm laws are repealed: Farmer leader Darshan Singh. If govt does not fulfil our demands, we will have to take more steps, says farmer leader Gurnam Singh Chadoni. Will block other roads of Delhi if govt does not withdraw new three farm laws, say leaders of protesting farmers at press conference.

Will block other roads of Delhi if govt doesn't withdraw new farm laws: Leaders of protesting farmers

We will hold discussions with farmers' leaders tomorrow: Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar

Kabaddi players, wrestlers, singers from Punjab join farmers' protest

As the farmers' agitation entered the seventh day on Wednesday, over a dozen kabaddi players, wrestlers and singers from Punjab joined the protest, extending their support to more than 32 farmers unions leading thousands of protestors. The players, wrestlers and popular Punjabi singer Ravinder Grewal were part of the farmers' sit-in at Singhu border on the Delhi-Chandigarh route where the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) and other farmers unions have been protesting since November 26.
 
They have come out in support of the farmers agitating against the three contentious farm bills passed in September during the Monsoon Session of Parliament. A group of 10 women kabaddi players from Punjab said they are supporting the farmers as their demands were not accepted by the Central government despite protesting in the state for the last three months.
 
"More than three-month long farmers' protest did not have the desired impact so they marched to Delhi. Sports progress is dependent on farmers' progress. If a farmer does not progress, how will sports progress," leader of the kabaddi team, Surjit Kaur, told IANS.

We call for burning of effigies throughout India: Krantikari Kisan Union

Delhi Teachers Association comes out in farmers' support

The Delhi Teachers ' Association (DTA), an organisation of Delhi University academics, has come out in support of the farmers' movement. The teachers and professors involved of DTA have justified the demands of the agitating farmers. The DTA believes the central government should talk unconditionally to solve their problems and address their concerns.
 
The DTA says it stands with them in support of the demands of the agitating farmers. The officials of the organisation convened an important meeting on the subject. A decision in this regard was taken in this meeting.
 
Professor Hansraj Suman, Dr. Narendra Kumar Pandey, Dr. Asha Rani, Dr. Manoj Kumar Singh and Dr. Rajesh Rao, of the DTA have sought all possible support from all sections of society while supporting the demands of farmers in the meeting.
 
"For the last six days the farmers' agitation has been completely peaceful, but the government is behaving harshly with them," said Professor Hansraj Suman. "The police are showering teargas shells and water cannon on them to suppress their demands," he added.

Held 'positive dialogue' with agitating farmers at Singhu border, says Delhi Police

Amid the protest by farmers at the borders of the national capital for the last few days, the Delhi Police said it has held a positive dialogue with protesters at the Singhu border (Delhi-Haryana) and remains ready to contain any law and order situation that may emerge.
 
"Positive dialogue is being held with protesting farmers here. All arrangements have been put in place to contain any law and order situation that may emerge," Gaurav Sharma, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Outer North-Delhi told ANI.
 
The Singhu and Tikri borders continue to remain closed to traffic due to the large number of farmers that have gathered there in protest of the three farm laws that were passed in the monsoon session in September by voice vote amid despite objection from the Opposition.
 

Centre should call a special Parliament Session to repeal farm laws: Kisan Union

Farmers from Gwalior leave for Delhi to join the protest against farm laws

LIVE: Protesting farmers shifted to Dr Ambedkar Memorial Park from Mahamaya flyover road

Farmers Protests LIVE: Anti-Modi govt sloganeering at Singhu border

As talks between the Centre and agitating farmers a day earlier remained inconclusive, farmers rallying at the Singhu border on Wednesday raised slogans against Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government even as their sit-in at the spot continued for the seventh day.
 
A group of farmers belonging to the Kisan Mazdoor Ekta Manch raised slogans on the Singhu entry point on the Delhi-Ambala route against the central government, the first time such sloganeering has been reported since November 26 when farmers began gathering on Delhi's borders with Haryana and Uttar Pradesh to stage protest against three central farm laws enacted in September.
 
The farmers -- sporting green, blue, pink, yellow and white turbans similar to their farm union's flag's colours and hailing from Punjab and Haryana -- shouted slogans like "Modi Sarkar Murdabad" and "Kisan Mazdoor Ekta Zindabad".
 
Thousands of farmers owing allegiance to over 32 farm unions are huddled on the Singhu and Tikri borders for the last seven days. Hundreds of farmers have blocked other Delhi border points like Ghazipur on the Delhi-Ghaziabad and Chilla on the Delhi-Noida.

Punjab CM Amarinder Singh had several chances to stop farm bills but didn't: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal says Punjab CM Amarinder Singh had several chances to stop farm bills but did not do so.

How can Punjab CM do such low-level politics in this fragile situation? asks Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

RLD leader meets protesting farmers in Delhi, questions Centre's push for new farm laws

The farmers protesting against the Centre's new farm laws will not relent on their demands, Rashtriya Lok Dal vice president Jayant Chaudhary said on Wednesday and assured his party's support to the ongoing stir. He met with some of the agitating farmers at Singhu border in Delhi, but dubbed his meeting as non-political.
 
Everyone is concerned about the situation. It has been a couple of days since the stir began at the Delhi border, but the agitation in Punjab has been on since more than one-and-a-half months, Chaudhary said.
 
I went to meet the farmers because I felt it was my duty to do so. I went there to distribute langar 'prasad' to the farmers with 'seva bhaav' (feeling of service). It was not a political visit, he told PTI. The RLD leader said he met and spoke with several protestors and it looked like the farmers will not relent unless their demands are fulfilled.

Narendra Singh Tomar, Piyush Goyal meet Amit Shah to discuss farmers' issues

Union Ministers Narendra Singh Tomar and Piyush Goyal held a meeting with Union Home Minister Amit Shah at the latter's residence here, to discuss the issues related to ongoing farmers' agitation on Wednesday. Yesterday, Union Ministers Narendra Singh Tomar and Piyush Goyal held a meeting with farmers' leaders at Krishi Bhawan, after holding a meeting with 32 representatives of protesting farmers at Vigyan Bhawan.
 
After the meeting, Tomar said that the discussion with representatives of protesting farmers was "good" and the fourth round of talks will be held on December 3. The Minister told reporters after Tuesday's talks that the government was keen on a group being formed but farmers' leaders wanted that the talks should be held with everyone.
 
The farmers are protesting against The Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020, and The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.

LIVE: Farmers continue peaceful protest at Tikri border

As the protests entered the seventh day, the farmers from Punjab and Haryana on Wednesday continued to protest peacefully at the Delhi-Haryana Tikri border. Thousands of farmers have camped at the Tikri border to protest against the controversial farm laws passed by Parliament in September this year. The leaders were continuously addressing the fellow farmers on their grievances, demands and expectations from the government.
 
The farmers prepared their own food and distributed it among themselves.
 
The ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Delhi put up a stall at the Tikri border to serve food to the farmers. Besides the AAP, many other organisations also have come out in their support, providing them with prepared food and milk. In view of the farmers' agitation, the Delhi Police have made adequate arrangements at the Delhi-Haryana border. The police have barricaded the streets with the Vajra Vahan, water cannons and the JCB machines.

Farm laws: Congress workers try to march to Haryana CM's home, face water cannons

Police used water cannons Wednesday as Punjab Youth Congress workers jumped barricades trying to march to Haryana Chief Minister M L Khattar's home here, protesting over the new farm laws. Police later took several activists into preventive custody. The protesters said they planned to 'gherao' Khattar's official residence, according to Chandigarh Police.
 
A Youth Congress worker said they were protesting against the Khattar government for stopping thousands of farmers while they were taking part in their Delhi Chalo march, and using water cannons and tear gas against them.
 
The Chandigarh Police first used water cannons against the Congress workers at barricades set up about three kilometers ahead of Khattar's official residence. But some activists managed to reach closer to the CM's home after jumping over police barricades. Again, water cannons were used to stop them. There was a strong police deployment near Khattar's residence.

Farm laws intended to increase income of farmers, present agitation a result of misunderstanding: Niti Aayog

Farmers stir gathers steam as more protestors converge on Delhi borders

The number of protesting farmers swelled at Delhi border points on Wednesday as police stepped up security after thousands blocked key gateways into the national capital for the seventh day on the trot, leaving commuters to face a harrowing time. The protest at the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border in Ghazipur intensified leading to the closure of a key route connecting the national capital with Uttar Pradesh.
 
The Chilla border on Noida link road is closed for traffic due to farmers' protests near Gautam Budh Dwar. People are advised to avoid Noida link road for going to Noida and use NH 24 and DND instead, the traffic police tweeted.
 
At the Chilla Border which connects Delhi with Noida, more farmers from Firozabad, Meerut, Noida and Etawah started gathering, prompting the authorities to close the key road stretch for the second consecutive day. The protestors at the Delhi-Noida border belong to various districts of western Uttar Pradesh and want to reach the national capital to join the bigger stir launched by the farmers of Punjab and Haryana against the Centre's new agriculture reform laws.

Police detain Punjab Youth Congress workers who gheraoed Haryana CM's residence

UK-based Khalsa Aid offering free food, essential supplies to protesting farmers

UK-based global Sikh charity body Khalsa Aid on Wednesday said it has volunteered to offer free food and essential supplies to farmers agitating at Singhu and Tikri borders of the national capital. The organization has been a partner of farmers in the 'Dilli Chalo' movement for the last two months. Volunteers are providing langar, tea and refreshments and even medical help around the clock to the protesting farmers who at present are stationed at Singhu and Tikri border, Khalsa Aid Director Amarpreet Singh said in a statement.
 
Since women were facing hardships, Khalsa Aid has ordered 50 portable washrooms as well, he added. Farmers from about 35 farm organizations, mostly from Punjab, are protesting at Delhi borders since last week seeking repeal of the three new farm laws enacted by the central government.
 
The Centre has held several rounds of meetings to address concerns of the protesting farmer and end the deadlock at the earliest. The next round of talks with them will be on December 3. Khalsa Aid provides support around the world to victims of natural and human-made disasters such as floods, earthquakes, famine and war.

Farmers protest: Heavy security cover at Delhi borders, traffic snarls reported

Heavy police force was deployed on the national capital's border points on Wednesday as the standoff between the Centre and farmers continued, with commuters facing a harrowing time after the protestors blocked key entrances to the city for the seventh day on the trot. While the police have kept the Haryana-Delhi border at Singhu and Tikri closed for traffic, the protest at Ghazipur, the city's border with Uttar Pradesh, has also intensified.
 
The protest at the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border led to the closure of a key route connecting the national capital with the state. The Chilla border on Noida link road is closed for traffic due to farmers' protests near Gautam Budh Dwar. People are advised to avoid Noida link road for going to Noida and use NH 24 and DND instead, the traffic police tweeted.
 
Two more border points connecting the national capital with Gurgaon and Jhajjar-Bahadurgarh were also closed as precautionary measures. With this, five border points, including Singhu and Tikri, have so far been closed due to the protest. The traffic police said the borders at Tikri, Jharoda and Jhatikra are closed for all kinds of traffic movement. The Badusarai border is open only for two-wheelers.

Farmers' protest LIVE: Meeting underway at Amit Shah's residence

A meeting is underway at the residence of Union Home Minister Amit Shah; Union Ministers Narendra Singh Tomar and Piyush Goyal present

BJP IT cell head Amit Malviya terms farmer protest as propaganda, Twitter flags it as 'manipulated media'

Days after Bhatatiya Janata Party (BJP) IT Cell Head Amit Malviya posted an edited clip from the farmers’ protest, Twitter today added a “manipulated media” label to it.
 
Malviya had quote tweeted a tweet posted by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and shared a ‘Propaganda vs Reality’ video claiming that the police didn’t even touch the farmer.
 
Gandhi had earlier on Saturday, 28 November, shared an image captured by a PTI photographer showing a security personnel purportedly about to hit a farmer with a baton at the Singhu border, amid the ongoing farmers’ protest.

Farmers' protest LIVE: Rahul Gandhi hits out at Centre for 'lying' on farmers' income

'Langar' being served to farmers stationed at Delhi-Ghazipur border (Delhi-UP border)

Congress demands winter session of Parliament amid farmers protest

Amid the farmers protests, the Congress on Wednesday asked the Centre to convene the Winter Session of Parliament.
 
Congress leader Manish Tewari demanded the government convene the session without any delay. He tweeted: "Farmers have besieged Delhi, Economy is officially in recession...Govt needs to convene the winter session of Parliament asap without delay."
 
The demand from the Congress comes a day after the talks between the Central government and the 32 farmer union leaders remained inconclusive. The fourth round of talks will be held on Thursday.
 
Tewari also said the need for the session is imperative in the wake of the rising Covid cases and the Chinese aggression.


Farmers protest LIVE:Chilla border on Noida-link road is closed for traffic due to farmers protests near Gautam Budh Dwar

The Chilla border on Noida-link road is closed for traffic due to farmers protests near Gautam Budh Dwar. People are advised to avoid Noida-link road for going to Noida and use NH-24 and DND instead for Noida: Delhi Traffic Police

Amidst farmers' agitation, govt procures more paddy on MSP

Amidst the farmers' agitation, the Central government has procured more paddy on MSP than the last years, with purchase of over 318.00 LMTs of paddy up to November 30, an official statement said on Tuesday.
 
The purchase during the same period last year was of 268.15 LMT which shows an increase of 18.58 per cent over last year.
 
Out of the total, Punjab alone has contributed 202.77 LMT which is 63.76 per cent of total procurement.
 
The government has continued to procure Kharif 2020-21 crops at its MSP from farmers as per the existing schemes. 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 and Maharashtra, the statement said.

Farmers' protest LIVE updates: 'Fear of price fluctuation, distrust behind protests against farm laws'

“It is more about the changes in the ‘social contract’ between the farmers and the Union government that is the root cause of fear,” said Sukhpal Singh, professor and former chairperson, Centre for Management in Agriculture at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, on why farmers from Punjab and Haryana, among others, are protesting the three new farms laws passed by India’s Parliament. Read on...

Farmers' protest LIVE updates: SAD alleges 'failure' of talks part of Centre's attempts to tire farmers

The Shiromani Akali Dal on Tuesday blamed the Centre for the "failure of talks" with the protesting farmers, alleging that the government was prolonging and deepening the deliberation process with the aim of tiring the farmers out.
 
SAD alleged the Central government is setting a committee as part of the "delaying tactics to tire the farmers out," according to an official release.
 
"But this shows how little does BJP know about the strength, stamina and staying power of our brave farmers," said senior Akali leaders S Balwinder Singh Bhunder.

Farmers' protest LIVE: Northern Railway cancels few trains

Due to agitation being conducted by farmers of Punjab, some trains run by Northern Railway have been cancelled/short terminated/short-originated/diverted.
 
The 09613 Ajmer-Amritsar express special train journey commencing on December 2 will remain cancelled. Consequently, the 09612 Amritsar - Ajmer special train commencing on December 3 will also remain cancelled.
 
The 05211 Dibrugarh- Amritsar express special train commencing on December 3 will remain cancelled. Consequently, the 05212 Amritsar - Dibrugarh special train commencing on December 3 will also remain cancelled.
 
The 04998/04997 Bhatinda - Varanasi- Bhatinda express special train will remain cancelled till further order.The 02715 Nanded - Amritsar express commencing on December 2 will be short terminated at New Delhi. The 02925 Bandra Terminus - Amritsar express commencing on December 2 will be short terminated at Chandigarh.
 
The 04650/74 Amritsar - Jaynagar express commencing on December 2 will be diverted to run via Amritsar - Tarntaran - Beas.
 
The 08215 Durg - Jammu Tawi express commencing on December 2 will be diverted to run via Ludhiana Jallandhar Cantt- Pathankot Cantonment.
 
The 08216 Jammu Tawi - Durg express commencing on December 4 will be diverted to run via Pathankot Cantt - Jalandhar Cantt - Ludhiana.

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