Farmers' protest LIVE: Unions call for 'All-India Bandh' on Tuesday

Farmers during their Delhi Chalo protest against new farm laws, at Delhi-Haryana Singhu border, in New Delhi, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020 | Photo: PTI
Farmers' protest LIVE updates Day 9: Hardening their position ahead of the fifth round of talks with the government, agitating farmers on Friday announced a 'Bharat Bandh' on December 8 and said they would occupy toll plazas on that day. Farmer leader Gurnam Singh Chadoni said if the Centre does not accept their demands during Saturday's talks, they will intensify their agitation against the new farm laws.

Another round of discussions will be held on Saturday in a bid to forge a resolution. The government side, led by Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, assured the group of nearly 40 farmer leaders that all their valid concerns would be discussed and considered with an open mind, but the farmers stuck to their demand that the three "hastily-passed" farm laws be repealed, saying there were several loopholes and deficiencies. A press conference by the farmer leaders today would further clear their stand.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday said the farm reform legislations were brought in after elaborate stakeholder consultations and a lot of homework, and will benefit farmers. Asserting that the reforms were not done in a jiffy, she said the agriculture minister is meeting farmers with an open mind and hoped that a solution will be found soon.
Meanwhile, Akali Dal stalwart and former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal returned his Padma Vibhushan award in protest against the Centre's new farm laws.

Delhi's border points remained choked as thousands of farmers from Haryana, Punjab, and other states held demonstrations for the ninth consecutive day, after talks with the government failed to yield any resolution on Thursday.

 
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 5.

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Congress will bring no-confidence motion on farm laws: Hooda

Amid the ongoing farmers' stir, former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said that the Congress will bring a no-confidence motion in the Legislative Assembly on the farm laws. During a press conference on Friday, he said the Congress will urge the Governor to call a special Assembly session in this regard. Hooda said that the present government has lost the trust of the people and the Assembly.


He said that he has never seen such a big farmer demonstration movement in his political career. The former CM also took a dig at the current Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar who said that Haryana farmers had no involvement in the movement. He said Khattar should tell where the farmers, who were lathi-charged at Pipli (Kurukshetra), were from. He also demanded the resignation of Agriculture Minister JP Dalal for making a statement that the farmers are receiving funding from foreign countries.

 

Jain visits Singhu border, says directions issued to make more arrangements for farmers

Delhi minister Satyendar Jain on Friday visited the Singhu border, a site of the ongoing farmers' agitation, and said the AAP is available to serve the agriculturists at all times. "The farmers are the backbone of our nation. If standing with the farmers is politics, then everyone should be involved in this revolution," he said. "Instructions have been issued to make more arrangements for fire and water proof tents," Jain was quoted as saying in a statement.


It said Jain visited the Singhu border which is witnessing the ongoing farmers' agitation in solidarity with the protesters and also to review the amenities made available for them by Delhi government during their peaceful revolution. He said health camps, ambulances, water supply are being provided to the farmers. The minister also alleged that the Punjab chief minister and BJP were "working in unison to harass the farmers", and that if they wanted, a solution could have been devised at the earliest.

Bharatiya Kisan Sangh suggests 4 amendments to farm laws

RSS-affiliate Bharatiya Kisan Sangh proposed on Friday four amendments to the three contentious central farm laws to make it "farmer-friendly" and address the apprehensions that have led to protests. Thousands of farmers have gathered at Delhi's gateways to demand a repeal of the new farm laws. The protesters are worried the legislations would eliminate the safety cushion of a minimum support price (MSP), while rendering ineffective the wholesale market system that ensures earnings for various stakeholders in the farm sector.


"Instead of scrapping the new laws as some organisations have been demanding, we propose four amendments in these legislations," BKS general secretary Badri Narayan Chaudhary said, adding that it would be enough to address the apprehensions. The amendments are that there should be no purchasing below the MSP in the wholesale markets or outside, registration of all traders on a government portal that can be accessed by all, payment to the farmers in a stipulated time through bank guarantee and setting up of the agriculture tribunals for resolution of farmers' disputes in their hometown itself.


The BKS welcomed the new laws that it said was a "long-pending demand". Chaudhary said the outfit had been pushing for 'one nation-one market' since long.

BJP passed farm laws to help its 'crony capitalist friends': Congress' Surjewala

The Congress on Friday alleged that the Modi government through the new agriculture laws was trying to help its "crony capitalist friends" and not farmers. Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said the BJP's intentions of helping farmers were doubtful as the chief ministers of Madhya Pradesh and Haryana have said they would take action against anyone from outside their states who sells farm produce there.


"On one hand PM Modi says farmers can sell their produce anywhere in the country while chief ministers of BJP-ruled states like ML Khattar, Shivraj Chouhan say that if any farmer enters their state they would put them behind bars," he said during a virtual event held on Facebook. Surjewala was explaining the Congress' stand against the Centre's three farm laws. "This is the double speak and duplicity of the Modi Government and the BJP only wants to help crony capitalist friends and there are two facets to it," he said. Giving an example of the alleged discrepancies in the new laws, Surjewala said it will be "impossible" for a farmer to transport rice from Haryana to Hyderabad.

SGPC announces compensation for kin of farmers who died during agitation

Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee president Bibi Jagir Kaur announced on Friday a financial assistance of Rs 1 lakh each to the family members of the farmers who died due to different causes during their agitation. The decision was announced in the newly-appointed president's first executive meeting in Amritsar. Addressing a press conference, the SGPC chief said the apex gurdwara body was always committed to extend any help to the farmer community protesting at the Delhi borders against the Centre's contentious farm laws.


According to Kaur, seven farmers have died due to different causes and Rs 1 lakh each would be given to the kin. She said the SGPC would provide temporary toilets for females who have joined the protest. Kaur said all historic gurdwaras under the SGPC would hold a prayer ceremony on Monday for the well-being of farmers.

Protesting farmers stay put at Noida border with Delhi near Mayur Vihar

500 farmers protest in Palwal, block one lane of Delhi-Agra highway

Around 500 farmers belonging to Bundelkhand region reached Palwal in Haryana and started a protest on the Delhi-Agra national highway, the group's national president Vimal Kumar Sharma said on Friday. A group of 500 farmers belonging to the Bundelkhand region had started from Banda district to join the farmers protest against the new farm laws in the national capital, Sharma said on phone from Palwal.


On reaching Palwal, the farmers blocked one lane of the national highway and on Saturday, another lane will be blocked, Sharma warned. He added that 300 farmers belonging to Hoshangabad and Gwalior of Madhya Pradesh are also sitting with the the farmers associated with Bundelkhand Kisan Union while around 1,000 farmers from Bundelkhand region are also leaving to join the protest on Saturday and Sunday.

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TMC calls for three-day protest in Kolkata against Centre's farm laws

Trinamool Congress supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee called for a 3-day protest in Kolkata in support of farmers against the new farm laws. The decision was taken in the internal meeting chaired by the Chief Minister with Trinamool Congress (TMC) leaders and district presidents of the state, sources from TMC informed ANI.
 
TMC will stage Dharna on December 8, 9, and 10 against recently enacted farm laws near the Gandhi Statue in Kolkata.
 
In a series of tweets, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had on Thursday tweeted, "I am very much concerned about the farmers, their lives and livelihood. The central government must withdraw the anti-farmer bills. If they do not do so immediately we will agitate throughout the state and the country. From the very start, we have been strongly opposing these anti-farmer bills."
 
"The government is selling everything. You cannot sell Railways, Air India, Coal, BSNL, BHEL, banks, defense, etc. Withdraw ill-conceived disinvestment and privatization policy. We must not allow the treasures of our nation to be transformed into the BJP party's personal assets," she had added.

Farm reforms not done in a jiffy: FM Nirmala Sitharaman

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday said the farm reform legislations were brought in after elaborate stakeholder consultations and a lot of homework, and will benefit farmers. Asserting that the reforms were not done in a jiffy, she said the agriculture minister is meeting farmers with an open mind and hoped that a solution will be found soon.
 
"Between 2014-2020, we have proven that we take MSP (Minimum Support Price) seriously," she said.
 
Sitharaman said that the agriculture ministry has gone through the process of talking to stakeholders and these are the things that have been in discussions for very long time. She also said that national parties, state level parties have all mentioned it at different times that these are reforms which were long awaited.
 
"Many Parliamentary committees have also discussed some aspects... it is not something which is just done in a jiffy. They have gone through the grind for sometime," she said.
 
Sitharaman said that if there are farmers who have some doubt, "I am glad the agriculture minister is engaging in a meaningful conversation with them with an open mind. I am sure something will come out of it".

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AAP MP seeks Parliament's special session to repeal farm laws

Amid the ongoing farmers' agitation, AAP MP Bhagwant Mann on Friday said he has sought a special session of Parliament for the repeal of the Centre's three farm laws. He said it is the only way forward to end the agrarian stalemate.
 
Mann, who is a Lok Sabha member from Sangrur seat in Punjab, has written a letter to Speaker Om Birla, seeking convening of a special session of the Lower House to repeal the Center's three farm laws. In a statement here, Mann also accused the BJP-led government at the Centre of having a stubborn attitude towards farmers' demands.
 
"The Centre is maintaining a stubborn stance against farmers and their demands, he said, adding had the government's intentions been clear, the issue would have been resolved in minutes.
 
Thousands of farmers from Punjab, Haryana and other areas have stayed put at various Delhi 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.

Interstate bus services of DTC suspended since Nov 27 owing to farmers' protest

Interstate buses of the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) have not been plying since November 27 due to the farmers' protest against the Centre's new farm laws at the borders of the city, a senior official said on Friday. The DTC's interstate services, mainly to Gurgaon and Bahadurgarh, were suspended after the start of the farmers' protest at the borders on November 27, the official said.
 
Due to demonstration by farmers, most borders with other states have been closed for traffic movement. Accordingly some routes have been diverted by the DTC as advised by area Traffic Police, said R S Minhas, deputy chief general manager (PR) of DTC.
 
"The Interstate operation is closed and will be restored after the position normalises," he said.
 
Key routes at Delhi's borders with Haryana and Uttar Pradesh remained choked as thousands of farmers held demonstrations for the ninth consecutive day against the Centre's farm laws.

Amid farmers agitation, Kisan Congress working without regular chief

Joining the party's Delhi unit and the Youth Congress in lending a helping hand to agitating farmers on the borders of the national capital, the Congress farmer's wing, the Kisan Congress, remains headless even a year after its national chief Nana Patole became the Maharashtra Assembly Speaker. Patole, who was made the chief of the Kisan Congress in September 2018, had offered to step down after the 2019 Lok Sabha poll debacle, but his resignation was not accepted by the party.
 
Since December 2019, the Kisan Congress has been functioning without a regular chief, even during the massive farmers agitation on the Delhi-Haryana and Delhi-Uttar Pradesh borders over the three farm laws.
 
Thousands of farmers have been demanding the repeal of these laws. Their second round of talks with the government on Thursday remained inconclusive, and the third round is scheduled to take place on Saturday afternoon.

Volunteers distribute medicines to protesting farmers at Ghazipur border

25-member team of Muslim men serve 'langar' 24/7 to protesting farmers at Singhu border

A 25-member team of Muslim men have been serving 'langar' (community kitchen) since Wednesday to the farmers protesting against the Centre's new farm laws at Delhi's Singhu border. The team of the Muslim Federation of Punjab, led by Faaroqi Mubeen, say they have arrived at the Singhu border to "serve the farmers who feed everyone".
 
"The 'langar' will go on 24X7 till the protests continue. The farmers do so much for us. It is out turn to return the favour," he said. "It is our responsibility to take care of the farmers. We are a team of 25 volunteers who are working non-stop to keep the 'langar' going," Mubeen said.
 
Key routes at Delhi's borders with Haryana and Uttar Pradesh remained choked as thousands of farmers held demonstrations for the ninth consecutive day, after talks between three union ministers and a representative group of agitating farmers failed to yield any resolution on Thursday.

Protesting farmers call for 'Bharat Bandh' on Dec 8, say will intensify agitation if demands not met

Hardening their position ahead of the fifth round of talks with the government, agitating farmers on Friday announced a 'Bharat Bandh' on December 8 and said they would occupy toll plazas on that day. Addressing a press conference, farmer leader Gurnam Singh Chadoni said if the Centre does not accept their demands during Saturday's talks, they will intensify their agitation against the new farm laws.
 
"In our meeting today, we have decided to give a 'Bharat Bandh' call on December 8 during which we will also occupy all toll plazas," said Harvinder Singh Lakhwal, another farmer leader. "We have planned to block all roads leading to Delhi in the coming days if new farm laws are not scrapped," he also said.
 
Delhi's border points remained choked as thousands of farmers from Haryana, Punjab, and other states held demonstrations for the ninth consecutive day, after talks with the government failed to yield any resolution on Thursday.
 
The farmer community has expressed apprehension that the new laws are "anti-farmer", and would pave the way for dismantling of the minimum support price system, leaving them at the "mercy" of big corporations. However, the government has maintained that the new laws will bring farmers better opportunities and usher in new technologies in agriculture.
 

LIVE: Indian National Lok Dal to join any SAD-led outfit to further farmers' causes

Asking the government to accept farmers' demand to repeal the three recent central laws, the Indian National Lok Dal on Friday expressed its willingness to join any front floated by the Shiromani Akali Dal to further the tillers' and other causes.
 
The party also said it has asked its district presidents and other office-bearers to take party's Kisan Cell members in tractor trollies to Delhi borders to join and lend support to the agitating farmers. INLD senior leader Abhay Singh Chautala expressed his party's willingness to join any SAD-led front sans the BJP and Congress in response to a query on speculations over forging such a front while addressing a press conference.
 
The SAD and INLD have already fought elections together (in Haryana). They are allies even today. If any such front comes up, the INLD will be part of it, said Abhay Chautala.
 
While asking the government to immediately accept farmers demand to repeal the three farm laws, Abhay Chautala, the younger son of INLD president and former chief minister Om Prakash Chautala, also asserted that the party is "solidly behind farmers" fighting against the three laws.

Farmers' protest LIVE: Unions call for 'All-India Bandh' on Tuesday

Farmers' protest LIVE: Unions call for 'All-India Bandh' on Tuesday

We have planned to block remaining roads of Delhi, says farmer leader Harvinder Singh Lakhwal. If govt does not accept our demands in the meeting tomorrow, we will intensify our agitation against new farm laws: Gurnam Singh Chadoni.

Farmers protest: Punjabi singer Harbhajan Mann refuses to accept state govt's award

Punjabi singer-actor Harbhajan Mann on Friday announced that he will not accept the state government's 'Shiromani Punjabi' Award, expressing solidarity with farmers protesting against the new central farm laws. The Punjab Languages Department had on Thursday chosen Mann for the award. The department had announced Sahitya Ratna and Shiromani awards for 18 different categories of literature and art.
 
Though I'm grateful to be selected, I humbly cannot accept the Shiromni Gayak award from the Department of Language. People's love is the biggest award of my career, & all attention & efforts right now from us all must be dedicated to the peaceful farmers' protest (sic), Mann said on Twitter.
 
Mann, along with many Punjabi singers and artists, has been supporting the farmers' agitation for the last several months. The singer-actor had also attended the farmers protest at the Delhi borders.

Government has to take back the farm laws: All India Kisan Sabha

We've given a call for 'Bharat Bandh' on Dec 8: Bharatiya Kisan Union

Plea in SC seeks removal of farmers protesting at Delhi borders

A petition was filed in the Supreme Court on Friday seeking direction to the authorities to immediately remove farmers, who are protesting at several Delhi border points against the new farm laws, saying commuters are facing hardships due to the road blockades and the gatherings might lead to increase in COVID-19 cases.
 
The plea has sought the apex court directions to the authorities to open the roads at Delhi borders, shift these protestors to allotted place and provide guidelines on social distancing and use of mask at the protest place to contain spread of COVID-19 cases.
 
The petition, filed by law student Rishabh Sharma, has claimed that Delhi Police had on November 27 allowed these protesters to hold demonstration peacefully at Nirankari ground at Burari here but despite that they have blocked the borders of Delhi.
 

Hope govt will meet demands, else farmers' protest will continue, says Tikait

Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait on Friday said the farmers are hoping that the government will meet their demands during the fifth round of talks scheduled on December 5, failing which they will continue their protests against the new farm laws.
 
"The government and the farmers did not reach any decision during the meeting held on Thursday. The government wants to make amendments to the three laws, but we want the laws to be completely repealed. "If the government does not agree to our demands, we will continue to protest. We are looking to find out what happens in Saturday's meeting," Tikait told PTI.
 
Delhi's border points remained choked as thousands of farmers from Haryana, Punjab, and other states held demonstrations for the ninth consecutive day, aftertalks between three union ministers and a representative group of agitating farmers failed to yield any resolution on Thursday. The two sides are scheduled to meet on Saturday again.

Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot asks Centre to repeal new farm laws

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Friday asked the Centre to immediately repeal the new farm laws and apologise to the protesting farmers for allegedly misbehaving with them.
 
"The central government enacted all three agricultural bills without consulting the state governments, farmer organisations, agricultural experts and the bills were passed unconstitutionally without any discussion in Parliament even when the Opposition was demanding to send the bills to a select committee, Gehlot tweeted.
 
Chief Ministers of four Congress-ruled states including himself and Amarinder Singh had sought time from President Ram Nath Kovind to discuss the issue but the request was turned down. He criticised the Centre for its handling of the protests over the contentious farm laws.
 
"The centre should withdraw the laws without any delay and should seek apology from the farmers for the misbehaviour, he said.

Farmers at Delhi-Ghazipur border to intensify stir if demands not met

Farmers protesting at Delhi-Ghazipur border against the three contentious agricultural laws on Friday warned that they will amplify the protest by blocking more roads and choking supply of food products to the national capital if another round of discussion between them and the central government fails to yield results on Saturday.
 
On Thursday, the fourth round of talks between the Union government and farmers' representatives at Vigyan Bhawan did not reach any conclusion, but the government has softened its stance on some demands of the farmers. Farmers have, however, refused to stop protests till the three farm laws are repealed. Another round of discussion is slated for Saturday at 2 p.m.
 
Rakesh Tikait, Spokesperson of Bharat Kisan Union, which is spearheading the protest at the border point, told IANS, "Farmers want the government to take back the laws and make a fresh draft. Currently, it is for the corporates. The law should be for the farmers and they must be consulted. Either the government will agree to our requests tomorrow or we will keep protesting. More farmers are ready to come here."
 
Another senior member of the union, on condition of anonymity, said that if the demands are not met, farmers will stay put to even witness the January 26 parade and run their tractors on the roads of the national capital.

Mamata Banerjee dials protesting farmers, assures TMC's support

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday spoke to various farmers' groups protesting at Delhi's Singhu border against the Centre's agriculture reform laws and assured them that the TMC stands by them, party leader Derek O'Brien said. Brien, who spent almost four hours with the agitating farmers, facilitated the interactions over the phone.
 
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.
 
"The CM spoke to the farmers. Four telephone calls to different groups from Haryana and Punjab, they shared their demands and they were clear that they wanted the farm bills (laws) repealed," O'Brien said. "They also thanked the CM for her show of solidarity. They also expressed their gratitude for all her support to farmers and land movements in the past," he said.

LIVE: Farmers' stir on at Noida-Delhi border

Scores of farmers opposing the Centre's new farm laws stayed put at the Noida-Delhi border for the fourth day on the trot on Friday, even as a key road connecting Uttar Pradesh and the national capital remained partially shut due to the stir. The protesters, including some women, are camping at one carriageway of the Delhi-Noida Link Road at the Chilla border, while some are demonstrating at the nearby Dalit Prerna Sthal near the Mahamaya Flyover, according to officials.
 
"One carriageway of the Noida-Delhi road is closed while the other side, Delhi to Noida, is open. The law and order situation is under control and commuters have been advised to take alternative routes of the DND and the Kalindi Kunj to travel to and fro Delhi, Noida Deputy Commissioner of Police Rajesh S told PTI.
 
The Noida Traffic Police also issued an advisory on Thursday night, suggesting alternative routes instead of the Chilla road for hassle-free commutation, even as the alternative routes -- Delhi-Noida Direct expressway and Kalindi Kunj -- witnessed more than usual traffic that led to snarls during peak morning hours on Friday.

Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot asks Centre to repeal new farm laws

India summons Canadian high commissioner; Issues demarche over remarks by PM Trudeau, other leaders on farmers' protest

India on Friday summoned the Canadian High Commissioner and conveyed to him that the comments made by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and some other leaders there on the farmers' agitation constituted an "unacceptable interference" in the country's internal affairs.
 
The Canadian diplomat was also told that such actions, if continued, would have a "seriously damaging" impact on the bilateral ties, the external affairs ministry said. Trudeau, backing the agitating farmers in India, had said that Canada will always be there to defend the rights of peaceful protests, and expressed concern over the situation.
 
"The Canadian High Commissioner was summoned to the Ministry of External Affairs today and informed that comments by the Canadian Prime Minister, some Cabinet Ministers and members of Parliament on issues relating to Indian farmers constitute an unacceptable interference in our internal affairs," the MEA said, adding a demarche was made to the envoy.
 
The MEA said these comments by the Canadian leaders have encouraged "gatherings of extremist activities" in front of the Indian High Commission and Consulates in Canada, raising issues of safety and security.

Comments by Canadian leaders on Indian farmers constitute an "unacceptable interference" in our internal affairs: MEA

Comments by Canadian leaders on farmers' issue encouraged gatherings in front of our missions in Canada, raising safety issues: MEA

LIVE: TMC leader Derek O'Brien meets protesting farmers at Singhu border

DSGMC chief seeks unconditional apology from Kangana for defamatory tweet on farmers' stir

A day after Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) sent a legal notice to Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut for her tweet, which she subsequently deleted, "defaming the farmers, protesters and activists involved in the kisan agitation" in Delhi-NCR, its president Manjinder Singh Sirsa once again sought an "unconditional apology" from her on Friday.
 
"We have sent a legal notice to @KanganaTeam for her derogatory tweet calling the aged mother of a farmer as (sic) a woman available for Rs100. Her tweets portray farmers (sic) protest as antinational. We demand an unconditional apology from her for her insensitive remarks...," Sirsa reiterated in a tweet on Friday.
 
danaut got herself mired in yet another controversy after she "wrongly" identified an elderly woman at the ongoing farmers' protest as Bilkis.

BJP selling farmers' rights to corporate houses through farm laws: TMC

The Trinamool Congress on Friday expressed its ire against the "draconian" farm bills, which it alleged were passed without consultation with stakeholders, and accused the BJP of selling farmers' rights to corporate houses. A TMC delegation will soon meet the agitating farmers in Haryana, party sources said.
 
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, while referring to her 26-day hunger strike against "forcible" land acquisition in Singur in 2006, expressed her solidarity with the farmers protesting the new farm laws. The TMC supremo was then an opposition leader during the Left Front rule in the state.
 
She tweeted, "14 years ago on 4 Dec 2006, I began my 26-day hunger strike in Kolkata demanding that agricultural land cannot be forcefully acquired. I express my solidarity with all farmers who are protesting against draconian farm bills passed without consultation by Centre #StandWithFarmers."
 
Banerjee had on Thursday threatened to launch a country-wide agitation if the "anti-farmer" new farm laws were not withdrawn. Senior TMC MP Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar alleged that the new farm laws are "unconstitutional" and were passed to help the corporate houses.

Farmers' protest LIVE: Food being prepared at Singhu border (Delhi-Haryana) where farmers are protesting against the new farm laws

Food being prepared at Singhu border (Delhi-Haryana) where farmers are protesting against the new farm laws.
 
“It took seven months for the government to listen to our concerns regarding the laws and to see flaws in it,” says a farmer.

Kangana Ranaut: 'I am with farmers' after tweet war on farmers protest

Actor Kangana Ranaut has got herself mired in yet another controversy after she said that an elderly woman, who was seen protesting against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) at Shaheen Bagh in the national capital in December-March, was seen in the ongoing farmers' protest in Delhi as well. Punjabi singer-actor Diljit Dosanj slammed the 'Panga' actor on Wednesday for misidentifying the elderly woman at the farmers' protest in the national capital. A Punjab-based lawyer, on Wednesday, sent a legal notice to Ranaut for allegedly misidentifying the woman at the farmers' protest in the national capital as Bilkis Bano.
 
Ranaut deleted her tweet allegedly misidentifying the woman after she was slammed for the same on social media. After being slammed, the micro-blogging site saw a tweet war between Kangana and Diljit. fter a day-long online war, the 'Manikarnika' star took to Twitter to share multiple tweets and check the misconceptions that led to the social media war. "I am with farmers, last year I activity promoted agroforestry and donated for the cause as well, I have been vocal about farmers exploitation and their problems also I worry a lot so prayed for resolves in this sector, which finally happened with this revolutionary bill," she said.

Farmers' protest LIVE: Locals distribute tea to protesting farmers at Singhu border

Locals distributed tea to protesting farmers stationed at the Singhu border (Delhi-Haryana border), on Friday night.
 
The next meeting between Centre and farmer leaders is scheduled to be held on December 5.
 
Locals here were seen serving fresh tea to the agitating farmers amid the cold weather conditions.
 
"I have been serving the farmers here. Farmers here have been protesting amid cold weather so, I along with my family members, are distributing a tea among the farmers," said a local.
 
Another local, Praneet Singh told ANI that the farmers who are holding a peaceful protest have faced 'terrible' things.

Farmers' refuse to stop protest till farm laws are repealed

Farmer leaders have clearly stated that the agitation would continue till the farm laws are repealed, however, the government has softened its stance on some demands of the farmers.
 
After a seven-hour long meeting on Thursday at Vigyan Bhawan, the representatives of farmer organisation said they don't want any amendments in the farm laws rather these laws should be withdrawn immediately. In addition to the three farm laws, they have also demanded the removal of heavy penalty on pollution.
 
Darshanpal, leader of the Krantikari Kisan Union of Punjab, told IANS about the fourth round of meeting held at Vigyan Bhawan. He said that all the farmer leaders were well prepared for the meeting. For the first half an hour, the ministers briefed us about the farm laws and after that we told them about our apprehensions.

Farmers' refuse to stop protest till farm laws are repealed

Farmer leaders have clearly stated that the agitation would continue till the farm laws are repealed, however, the government has softened its stance on some demands of the farmers.
 
After a seven-hour long meeting on Thursday at Vigyan Bhawan, the representatives of farmer organisation said they don't want any amendments in the farm laws rather these laws should be withdrawn immediately. In addition to the three farm laws, they have also demanded the removal of heavy penalty on pollution.
 
Darshanpal, leader of the Krantikari Kisan Union of Punjab, told IANS about the fourth round of meeting held at Vigyan Bhawan. He said that all the farmer leaders were well prepared for the meeting. For the first half an hour, the ministers briefed us about the farm laws and after that we told them about our apprehensions.

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