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Farmers clear the road for an ambulance during their protest against Centre’s farm reform laws, at Ghazipur border in Ghaziabad, on Sunday Photo: PTI
Farmers' protest LIVE updates Day 20: With some key roads blocked for several days now due to their protest against the three newfarm laws, an umbrella body of farmers have apologised with "folded hands" to people for the inconvenience caused to them, but said they were carrying out the demonstration "out of compulsion".

"Blocking roads, causing inconvenience to the public is not our aim," read their pamphlets. "We are sitting here under a compulsion. Yet we apologise with folded hands if our agitation has caused you any inconvenience."

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said his government is addressing the concerns of farmers over the new agri laws and accused the opposition parties of misguiding them.

"Farmers gathered near Delhi are being misled as part of a conspiracy. Farmers are told that their land will be grabbed by others if new farm reforms get implemented. I want to ask you, did the dairy owner take your cattle because you are selling milk to him?" the prime minister said.

Farmers, mostly from Punjab and Haryana, have been camping at Delhi's Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur border points for 20 days now, leading to traffic jams on key roads connecting the national capital with Haryana and Punjab. Protesting farmers have expressed apprehension that the new agri laws would pave the way for the dismantling of the minimum support price system, leaving them at the "mercy" of big corporations.

The government has maintained that the new laws will bring farmers better opportunities and usher in new technologies in agriculture.

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AMU students extend support to protesting farmers

Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) students on Tuesday urged President Ram Nath Kovind to intervene in farm laws issue and demanded that the legislations be revoked.
 
The students also staged a protest and extended their full support to farmers agitating against the laws at various Delhi border points since the last week of November.

BJP govt 'defaming' farmers instead of listening to them: Akhilesh Yadav

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday alleged that instead of listening to farmers, the BJP government was "defaming" their protests against the Centre's new agri laws. Yadav alleged that the BJP only misleads people. "Had it believed in democratic values, it would not have resorted to barbaric lathicharge on peaceful protestors. By sending 'samajwadis' to jail for supporting farmers, it has done illegal and undemocratic work," he added.
 
"Disagreement has become a major crime in the BJP regime. They did not like opposition and democratic values. The farmers are agitating for the past 20 days and instead of listening to them, the government has adopted a stubborn attitude. Not only this, but the BJP has also launched a campaign to divide farmers and discredit the movement and defame it," the former chief minister said in a statement.
 
He said the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh was ahead in supporting the "anti-farmer" farm laws.

LIVE: Farmers to pay homage to deceased protesters on Dec 20

The protesting farmers at Singhu Border have announced that they will pay the homage to the 20 farmers who have died since the agitation began on December 20. Upping the ante further, the protesting farmers' unions have blamed these deaths on the Centre, while adding that their agitation will continue, come what may.
 
"The Modi government is responsible for these deaths. Even if we have to pay with our lives, we will fight till the end and win," said Jagjit Singh Dalleval, a farmer leader. The tributes will be paid from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in all the houses across India's villages, they claimed, adding that they will also take a pledge to up the ante.
 
Dismissing the various allegations against a section of protesters, the farmer leaders said, "The Centre couldn't create a rift among us and hence it is levelling all kinds of allegations."
 
Yudhveer Singh, the General Secretary of Bharatiya Kisan Union, was present when the farmer leaders were addressing the media. Indrajit Singh, who is the Vice President of the Haryana chapter of BKU, also joined in along with the likes of Jagjit Singh Dallewala, Rishi Pal Ambavta and Sandeep Gidde among others.

Farm Acts welcomed in states across India: Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar

Govt willing to continue talks with genuine farm unions; MSP will continue: Agriculture Minister

As a standoff continue between the government and groups of protesting farmers over three new farm laws, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Tuesday said the Acts have been welcomed in various states across the country but the Centre is willing to continue its talks with "genuine farm unions" to find a solution with an open mind.
 
He also said that the Minimum Support Price (MSP), at which the government commits to procure the produce from farmers, is an administrative decision and it "will continue as it is".
 
Tomar's comments followed a meeting with members of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Kisan) from Uttar Pradesh, who submitted a memorandum to the minister with suggestions regarding the Farm Acts and the MSP.
 
Bharatiya Kisan Union (Kisan) has also decided to end for now its protest, which it was holding at district levels in Uttar Pradesh. They have not been part of nearly 40 farmers' groups that have been protesting on various borders of the national capital and had attended the recent rounds of talks with the Centre without any breakthrough.

Conspiracy afoot to confuse farmers: PM Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said a conspiracy is afoot to confuse farmers over the new agri laws and accused the opposition of using farmers' shoulders to fire their guns. As the protest by farmers outside Delhi entered the 20th day, Modi made a strong pitch for the agri laws enacted in September, describing them as historic and said his government was ready to remove any doubts about the legislations.
 
Without taking names, Modi, on a day-long visit to Gujarat, said opposition parties who are supporting the protest, when in power, were in favour of similar reforms in the agriculture sector. To buttress his point, Modi gave the example of two sectors in Gujarat, his home state, which flourished without government intervention.
 
He said dairy and fisheries sectors in the state grew exponentially without much intervention of the state government as the business is mainly handled by co-operative sector leaders and farmers.
 
"In other parts of the country too, milk producers and the co-operative sector have created a successful supply chain. Similarly, governments do not have any significant control on the trade of fruits and vegetables. "I am giving these examples because a conspiracy is afoot to confuse farmers who have gathered near Delhi at present," Modi said.

Rajasthan farmers continue blockade at Jaipur-Delhi highway

The Jaipur-Delhi national highway in Rajasthan's Alwar district remained partially blocked on Tuesday as the farmers' protest against the Centre's new farm laws entered the third day. The farmers were led by Swaraj Abhiyan leader Yogendra Yadav, CPIM legislator Balwan Poonia and former legislator Amra Ram.
 
We do not know why Haryana Police and government are stopping us. We are not demanding anything from them. This act of Haryana government is undemocratic," Yadav told reporters.
 
Haryana Police has barricaded the entry on its border, preventing farmers to march towards Delhi. The farmers are squatting on the border to press for their demand to repeal the three farms laws. On Monday night, the protesting farmers had their food on the blocked national highway and they slept in tents and vehicles. Kisan Panchayat national president Rampal Chaudhary is also camping in Shahjahanpur demanding the withdrawal of the farm laws.

Farmers who met me today supported three agri laws: Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar

I assure farmers that their welfare is our topmost priority: PM Modi

Launching a scathing attack on the opposition parties for misleading the farmers over the three new agricultural laws, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday reiterated his government's commitment towards the farmers and said that protecting their interests was its topmost priority. The PM spoke at a host of virtual ceremonies of projects in the Kutch region from Dhordo city in Gujarat on Tuesday.
 
Modi said, "The present agricultural laws had been the demand of farmers since a long time. Even those who are in the opposition today were supporting these bills earlier when they were in power, but could never take a decision on them and pacified the farmers with false assurances. I once again repeatedly convey to my farmer brothers, that for each and every one of the farmers' doubts, my government will stand with you. The interests of farmers has been the topmost priority of my government right from day one."
 
"It is my government's intent and honest effort to bring down the farmers agricultural production costs, provide better alternatives to them, increase their income and reduce their difficulties. I firmly believe that the thousands of farmers who have blessed the government all across the country, will reject all the misguidance provided to them," the Prime Minister added.

Bharatiya Kisan Union members meet Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar

Opposition misleading farmers as part of conspiracy: PM Modi

Farmers gathered near Delhi are being misled as part of a conspiracy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday. Speaking after laying foundation stones for some development projects in his home state Gujarat, Modi also said his government is addressing farmers' concerns over the new agri laws.
 
"Farmers gathered near Delhi are being misled as part of a conspiracy. Farmers are told that their land will be grabbed by others if new farm reforms get implemented. I want to ask you, did the dairy owner take your cattle because you are selling milk to him," the prime minister said.
 
"Opposition parties, when they were in power, were in favour of these farm sector reforms, but did not take any decision back then. Now when the country has decided to embrace these reforms, these people are spreading falsehood and misleading farmers. I want to reiterate that my government is ready 24 hours to resolve all your doubts," Modi said.
 

Delhi Congress protests near BJP headquarters in support of farmers

Hundreds of the Delhi Congress activists on Tuesday staged a protest near the BJP headquarters here in support of the agitating farmers. The activists shouted slogans against the Modi government as they were stopped by the Delhi Police meters away from the BJP headquarters at the Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg. The police had put barricades to stop the activists from reaching the BJP office.
 
Addressing the party activists, Delhi Congress chief Chaudhary Anil Kumar said, "By delaying the repealing of the black farm laws the government is hampering the interests of the farmers. The government should repeal the three laws immediately.
 
"Congress is in favour of repealing these laws," Kumar said, adding that the government did not discuss the laws with the stakeholders.

Four farmers returning from protest sites near Delhi killed in two separate accidents

Four Punjab farmers returning from protest sites near Delhi borders were killed in two separate road accidents on Tuesday. In the first incident, two farmers belonging to Patiala were killed in an early morning accident after their tractor-trolley was hit by a truck in Haryana's Karnal district, police said. In the accident, which took place on Taraori flyover in Karnal, a third farmer was seriously wounded while some others sitting on the trolley escaped with minor injuries.
 
Taraori police station's SHO Inspector Sachin said the two deceased were aged around 24 years and 50 years respectively. He said one of the farmers travelling in the tractor trolley told police that the truck driver appeared to have fallen asleep behind the wheels which led to the accident. The truck driver managed to flee from the spot, he said, adding a case under relevant provisions of law has been registered in connection with the incident.

Farmers who are surrounding Delhi have been misguided: Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Govt addressing farmers' concerns; opposition misguiding them: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said his government is addressing the concerns of farmers over the new agri laws and accused the opposition parties of misguiding them. Modi was speaking after laying foundation stones of a desalination plant, a hybrid renewable energy park, and a fully automated milk processing and packing plant in his home state Gujarat.
 
"Farmers gathered near Delhi are being misled as part of a conspiracy. Farmers are told that their land will be grabbed by others if new farm reforms get implemented. I want to ask you, did the dairy owner take your cattle because you are selling milk to him?" the prime minister said.
 
"Opposition parties, when they were in power, were in favour of these farm sector reforms, but did not take any decision back then. Now when the country has decided to embrace these reforms, these people are spreading falsehood and misleading farmers. I want to reiterate that my government is ready 24 hours to resolve all your doubts," Modi said.

A conspiracy is going on around Delhi to confuse farmers, says PM Modi in Kutch

Opposition behind farmers' protest for their political survival: Giriraj Singh

Union Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Giriraj Singh on Tuesday alleged that opposition leaders are behind farmers' protest for their political survivals. Speaking to ANI, Union Minister Giriraj Singh said that the door of the government is open for the farmers and will remain open.
 
"In a democracy, the solution is only through dialogue. But have you not seen on TV? not seen on channels? derogatory and objectionable comments against Prime Minister. Red flags have come which have nothing to do with farmers. The opposition is behind it for political survival. Those political parties who were in the ICU want to grab the farmers' movement, want to usurp it. That is why they are not talking for the rights of the farmers," Singh said.
 
Union Minister hit out on Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh for doing "politics in the name of farmers" and said, "I want to ask the Chief Minister of Punjab, are private companies in your state not making contracts with farmers to grow potatoes? Did they usurp their land? Why did not you oppose this? Today Nestle is not taking milk from farmers in same Punjab? Our government intention is that farmers get better prices and opportunities."
 

'Khaps' of UP's Muzaffarnagar to reach Delhi on Dec 17 to support protesting farmers

A number of "khaps" in UP's Muzaffarnagar have extended support to the farmers' agitation against the Centre's new agri laws and will join the ongoing protests at Delhi's border points on December 17.
 
The decision was taken at a meeting of the chiefs of "khaps" (caste councils) held on Monday at Shoram village in the Shahpur police station area here, Subhash Balyan, secretary of All Khap council, said.
 
The "khap" chiefs termed the Centre's three new agri marketing laws "anti-farmer" and called for their repeal, he said, adding that they have decided to reach Delhi on December 17 to support the agitation.

Farmers' protest over Centre's three new agri bills continues for 20th day

Farmers' protest against Centre's three farm laws continued for the 20th day at Singhu border with Delhi on Tuesday. Several former army personnel also joined the protesting farmers.
 
Speaking to ANI, Kamaldeep Singh said that he has retired from the Army five years ago. "I was posted in different states of the country. We are also the son of a farmer. I come here as a farmer. I have these medals placed because I have done valourous work in the past and stood at the border. We want to show the government that if these black laws are not taken back then we will stay here."
 
"We are farmers and to demand our right is not wrong. We respect every section of society and we are here only against the bills that are against the farmers," he added. READ ON...
 

LIVE: Farmer leaders meet to decide future strategy

The agitating farmers continue to occupy the borders of the national Capital on the 20th day of their protest. While they are not talking to the Centre presently, the leaders of the Samyukta Kisan Morcha would be holding a meeting among themselves on Tuesday at the Singhu border to decide their further strategy.
 
Harinder Singh, Punjab farmer leader and the BKU general secretary, told IANS that the farmer leaders will be meeting at the Singhu border on Tuesday at noon to decide the strategy ahead. However, when asked about the possibility of holding talks with the Central government, he said till now all the farmer organisations are demanding that if the government considers repealing of the three new farm laws, then only there could be further talks.
 
Singh said the Central government was adamant on the three farm laws. The farmers have rejected its proposals and there was no question of holding further talks on the laws, said Singh. He also said if there is any new proposal from the government, the leaders of all the farmer organisations involved in the agitation would think over it.

Farmers' protests resulting in daily loss of Rs 3,500 cr: ASSOCHAM

Urging the government and farmers' organisations to resolve the impasse over new agri laws, industry body ASSOCHAM said on Tuesday the ongoing protests are dealing a big blow to inter-connected economies of the region.
 
A daily loss of Rs 3,000 crores to 3,500 crores is resulting in economies of the region from the value chain and transport disruption because of protests, according to ASSOCHAM rough estimates.

Adani & Ambani groups registered 53 new agro-based companies in the last few months

I have information that Adani & Ambani groups registered 53 new agro-based companies in the last few months. We'll continue our protest till the farmers are not heard: JS Gill, Congress MP from Khadoor Sahib, Punjab, protesting at Delhi's Jantar Mantar in support of farmers
 

Anna Hazare warns Centre of hunger strike over agriculture-related demands

Social activist Anna Hazare on Monday wrote to Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar warning "resumption of a hunger strike” against the Centre's "failure" to fulfil his demands including the implementation of the recommen­dations made by M S Swaminathan Commission.
 
Hazare's other demand include granting autonomy to the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP). Read on...

Farmers' protests: Crisis woudn't have happened had Centre followed federal approach

The Akali Dal on Monday said the crisis over the new farm laws wouldn't have arisen had the BJP-led government followed a federal approach, claiming that the country has seen a dangerous slide into an increasingly autocratic system under it.
 
"The alarming crisis following the passage of three anti-farmer Acts would not have arisen if the government had followed a federal approach through consultation, conciliation and consensus," Shiromani Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal said in a statement.
 
"The farmers' crisis cannot be de-linked from the ill-advised unitary and dictatorial tendencies in the country. The problem could have been averted through an approach based on federal principles," said Badal after offering prayers at the Akal Takht Sahib complex. Read on...

Farmers 'apologise' to people with 'folded hands' for road blockade, inconvenience

With some key roads blocked for several days now due to their protest against the three newfarm laws, an umbrella body of farmers have apologised with "folded hands" to people for the inconvenience caused to them, but said they were carrying out the demonstration "out of compulsion".
 
"Blocking roads, causing inconvenience to the public is not our aim," read their pamphlets. "We are sitting here under a compulsion. Yet we apologise with folded hands if our agitation has caused you any inconvenience."

Farm laws brought in to benefit some capitalists, says Kejriwal

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday alleged that the farm laws are not only "anti-farmer" but also "anti-people" and have been brought in "to benefit some capitalists".
 
Kejriwal and AAP volunteers across the country held a day-long hunger strike on Monday in support of the farmers protesting against the three farm laws.
 
Addressing the volunteers at the party headquarters, Kejriwal said that "these farm laws are not only anti-farmer but also anti-people and this will cause a massive price hike as these laws have given a license to do the same and these laws are brought only to benefit some capitalists".

99% farmers are with PM Modi, says BJP leader

BJP national General Secretary and Rajasthan in-charge Arun Singh on Monday said that 99 per cent of the country's farmers stand with the Narendra Modi-led Central government and those protesting in the borders of Delhi are "under the influence of Communists, Congressmen and separatists".
 
Addressing a press conference here at Rajasthan BJP headquarters, he said: "Those agitating have come under the influence of Communists, Congressmen and separatists. However, we are confident that we will be able to convince them too."
 
Singh said that the Congress has always cheated the farmers and currently, it is backing the farmers' movement.

Kejriwal, Amarinder Singh in Twitter spat over ongoing farmers' protest

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his Punjab counterpart Amarinder Singh engaged in a Twitter spat on Monday over the ongoing farmers' protest against the three recently-enacted agriculture-related laws.
 
The war of words between the two leaders began after Singh, addressing a press conference at Chandigarh on Sunday, described as "theatrics" Kejriwal's announcement earlier during that day that he will observe a one-day fast on Monday in support of the protesting farmers.
 
Responding to Singh's comments, Kejriwal accused him of having "done a deal with the Centre to save your son from ED (Enforcement Directorate)''.

AAP, SP members allege Noida Police not allowing them to protest

Some members of the Aam Aadmi Party and the Samajwadi Party on Monday alleged that they were prevented by police from carrying out demonstrations in support of farmers protesting the Centre's new farm laws.
 
However, police officials said the action was taken to ensure compliance of CrPC Section 144, which bars gathering of more than four people, and regulations imposed due to the pandemic.
 
The members belonged to Gautam Buddh Nagar units of AAP and SP.
 
AAP spokesperson Sanjeev Nigam alleged that his party's district unit president Bhupendra Jadaun was put under house arrest at his home in Noida.

Farmers' protest may impact economic recovery: CII

The current agitation by farmers has led to supply chain disruptions, which will impact the economy in the coming days and may impinge upon the ongoing recovery from the economic contraction due to Covid-19, industry body CII said on Monday.
 
"Given the challenge to get the economy back on the growth trajectory, Confederation of Indian Industry urges all the stakeholders to urgently seek ways to end the ongoing protests and reach an amicable solution, in the interest of industry and economy," CII said.
 
The farmers' protest, which has intensified over the past couple of weeks, has led to obstruction of traffic and road blockades across multiple checkpoints in the northern states of Delhi-NCR, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, and in smaller measure in many other states.
 
The already broken supply-chain which was recovering post the pandemic-induced lockdown has come under severe stress, CII stated.

LIVE: Don't 'blindly oppose' new farm laws, says MoS Kishan Reddy

Farmers and political parties should not 'blindly oppose' the farm laws or demand their repeal, but study them in detail as the Centre was ready to address their concerns, Union Minister of State Kishan Reddy said on Monday. The laws brought out by the Centre are in public domain and farmers could seek clarifications from any one, including himself, at any time, he said.
 
Reddy said the NDA government decided to reach out to farmers and outfits supporting their cause in view of attempts to 'provoke' them and bring a bad name to it by some who were unable to take on the BJP and the Prime Minister politically.
 
He said the NDA has tried to address problems in the farm sector like shortage of power and fertilisers and brought out initiatives like soil health cards, loans to farmers, crop insurance, eNAM, DBT to farmers and increasing Minimum Support Price, he said. The MoS for Home Affairs claimed that farmers all over the country, except in Punjab, have welcomed the new farm laws.
 
"We made a beginning for the revolutionary change that has been sought for decades in the agriculture sector.

Day 19: Farmer leaders on daylong hunger strike as govt says no retrograde step' against agri sector

Farmer leaders on Monday went on a daylong hunger strike and their colleagues demonstrated in different parts of the country to push for a rollback of the new farm laws, as Union minister Rajnath Singh said there is no question of the government ever taking any retrograde step against the agriculture sector.
 
On Day 19 of the protest at Delhi's border points when agriculturalists from multiple states in the north intensified their movement, particularly at Delhi's gateways, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said the government is engaging with them to decide on the next date of talks deadlocked after five rounds.
 
"The meeting will definitely happen. We are engaging with farmers," Tomar told PTI amid a flurry of meetings in the national capital to discuss the future course of action and separate groups meeting him and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.
 
The government is ready for discussion anytime and farmer leaders have to "decide and convey" when they are ready for the next meeting, added Tomar, who is leading the negotiations with 40 farmer unions along with Food Minister Piyush Goyal and Minister of State for Commerce and Industries Som Parkash.
 

Over 2,000 women from protesting farmers' families to join in

Over 2,000 women from the families of farmers protesting against the Centre's new agri laws at Singhu Border here will join the ongoing agitation in the coming days, as peasants are set to intensify their protest further to press their demands. Farmer leaders said they are making arrangements to host the women members coming from various parts of Punjab -- tents are being put up, a separate langar is being planned, and extra temporary toilets are being arranged.
 
The aim is to give them a safe and comfortable environment to stay at the protest site, they said.
 
Farmer leader Harendir Singh Lakhowal said that a Delhi-based organisation donated around 2,00 tents on Sunday which are now being put up at Singhu as well as Tikri borders, especially for women. Shiv Kumar Kakka, one of the 33 farmers who observed hunger strike at Singhu border on Monday, said it is not an agitation of Punjab farmers alone, but of farmers from across the nation.

Anna Hazare writes to Agriculture Minister, says will launch hunger strike if farmers issues not resolved

Farmers' stir: Union leaders observe hunger strike; Kejriwal claims new laws will lead to inflation

Leaders of around 32 farmer unions observed a day-long hunger strike at Delhi's Singhu border on Monday to protest against the Centre's new farm laws. The unions claimed that demonstrations were also held at various district headquarters across the country. The hunger strike began at 8 am and ended at 5 pm even as talks with the government remained inconclusive. The unions claimed that more people expected to join the ongoing agitation, which entered the third week.
 
United Farmers' Front said leaders also observed a two minute-silence over the alleged deaths of over 20 protesters at Delhi borders in last 18 days.
 
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday joined AAP leaders, MLAs and volunteers at the party office to observe fast in support of protesting farmers and said the three agri laws will lead to "immense inflation and just favour a few capitalists", as he termed the legislations "anti-farmer and anti-common man".

Farmers' protest LIVE: Haryana MPs, MLAs meet Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar

A delegation of Hayana MPs and MLAs on Monday met Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, amid an ongoing protest by thousands of farmers on various borders of the national capital against three new central farm laws. Union Minister of State for Water Resources Ratanlal Kataria, Lok Sabha MPs Dharamveer Singh and Nayab Singh Saini and Rajya Sabha MP DP Vats and some MLAs were present in the meeting.
 
The meeting follows talks between Haryana Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala and Tomar on Saturday, after which the state leader had hoped that the talks between the Centre and the protesting farmer unions would resume soon to break the deadlock.
 
After meeting Tomar here, Chautala had said the crop procurement at the government-decided MSP (minimum support price) would be ensured for each farmer till the time he was part of the state government. Chautala had also met Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Food, Railways and Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal, before meeting Tomar and had asserted that the Haryana government was stable as of now.

LIVE: Farmer leaders at Singhu end hunger strike with 'Ardaas', fruits

The farmers leaders sitting on a day long hunger strike while protesting against the three new agricultural laws on Monday have ended their fast. They ended their fast after "Ardaas" of Guru Nanak Dev. They also appealed to other farmer leaders at other borders like Ghazipur to end their day long hunger strike.
 
They also prayed for the welfare of all (Sarbanth Bhala) and for the success of their cause by reciting Gurbani. The prayers ended with the slogan "Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji ki Fateh" resonating in the air at the Singhu border protest site. After ending their strike, the farmers leaders drank water and ate fruits like apples and oranges. hey had begun their fast at 8 a.m. on Monday.

All India Kisan Coordination Committee members meet Tomar, extend support to farm laws

Ten organisations from various states such as Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Bihar and Haryana associated with All India Kisan Coordination Committee met Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Monday to extend their support on three farm laws enacted by the government recently.
 
The committee submitted a memorandum to Tomar which said that some elements in the farmers' agitation in some parts of the country, especially in Delhi, were trying to create misunderstanding among farmers about the farm laws.
 
"The three laws that have been passed under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to liberate India's agriculture system, we have come forward to support them. We know that some elements in the farmers' agitation in some parts of the country, specially in Delhi, are trying to create misunderstanding in farmers. The dawn of freedom that is visible after our untiring efforts and long struggle, some elements are trying to create misunderstanding among farmers to turn it into dark night. To fulfil our responsibility towards crores of farmers of the country, we have come from different parts of the country to meet you," the memorandum said.

Agri laws 'anti-farmer', will lead to immense inflation: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said the new farm laws will lead to immense inflation and will only favour a few capitalists, as he termed the legislations "anti-farmer and anti-common man". Kejriwal, who joined AAP leaders, MLAs and volunteers at the party office in observing a day-long fast in support of the protesting farmers, said the new farm laws "gives license to inflate".
 
Farmer leaders on Monday started their day-long hunger strike against the Centre's new farm laws and said protests will be held at all district headquarters later in the day, even as more people are expected to join the ongoing agitation at Delhi border points. Addressing volunteers, Kejriwal said this law says people can hoard as much as they want.
 
"I appeal to parties to stop playing dirty politics over farmers' issue. These laws are anti-farmer and anti-aam aadmi and are aimed to benefit a few capitalists. These laws will lead to immense inflation through hoarding. These legislations gives license to inflate," Kejriwal said.
 
Due to these laws, wheat will be become four times more expensive in the coming years, he said.
 
"Don't think you are doing a favour by supporting farmers. Farmers are doing a favour by protesting against these laws," he said.

Agri laws 'anti-farmer', will lead to immense inflation: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

LIVE: Protesting farmers, who were on a day-long hunger strike, break their fast

Samajwadi Party workers clash with police amid farmers' peaceful protest in UP

With farmers observing a day-long hunger strike on Monday amid their largely peaceful protests against the central farm laws, the Samajwadi Party workers held demonstrations backing their demands and clashed with police at various places in Uttar Pradesh. Following clashes with police, several Samajwadi Party leaders and workers were taken in custody in various districts of Uttar Pradesh. In Lucknow, the SP workers clashed with police in the Kaisarbagh area on being stopped from proceeding to the district collectorate. Several SP workers, including women, were also taken into custody.
 
In Agra too, television footage showed police using mild force to disperse protesting Samajwadi Party workers. SP MLC Rajpal Kashyap claimed from Sandila in Hardoi district that he has been arrested and many other party leaders have been put under house arrest for siding with farmers.
 
"Samajwadi Party supports farmers' demands. Its sympathy lies with farmers. The kisan yatra' was started by the SP on December 7. The party workers are holding dharna at all the district headquarters in the state today. I have been arrested in Sandila and many party leaders are under house arrest," Kashyap told PTI.

Want discussions with farmers to be held clause by clause, says Agriculture Minister

Rajasthan farmers block Delhi-Jaipur highway in Alwar

The Rajasthan farmers protesting against the Centre's new farm laws continued to block the Delhi-Jaipur national highway at Shahjahanpur in Alwar district on Monday as police stopped them from marching towards Delhi. With the police stopping them from proceeding towards the national capital along the state's border with Haryana, the farmers camping at Jaisinghpur-Khera border in Shahjahanpur under the leadership of Swaraj Abhiyan chief Yogendra Yadav and others went on a day-long hunger strike, seeking the repeal of farm laws.
 
With the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh affiliates Swadeshi Jagran Manch and Bharatiya Kisan Sangh too raising the demand for a legal guarantee on the MSP recently, Yadav dared RSS to clarify its stands on the farm laws.
 
"I have one simple question to RSS-affiliated BKS and SJM. Do they support the farm laws in the existing form? Let them come clear on this," said Yadav, addressing reporters.
 
He claimed the two right-wing organisations were not in favour of the farm laws since day one. But with the pressure building upon the RSS amid the farmers' agitation, they have now started saying that some amendments are required. Both the organisations, SJM and BKS, have said the Centre's farm laws favour farmers but they need some amendments to allay their fears over the MSP.

Govt engaging with farmer leaders to decide on next date of talks: Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar

Haryana MPs and MLAs to meet Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar today

Samajwadi Party workers stage protest in UP in support of protesting farmers

Extending support to the one-day fast called by farmers protesting against new farm laws, Samajwadi Party workers staged protests in different districts of the state, and were taken into custody by the police. Farmer leaders are holding a day-long hunger strike against the farm laws at Delhi border points. In state capital Lucknow, television footage showed a delegation of Samajwadi Party workers clashing with police in Kaisarbagh area.
 
SP workers were stopped from going towards the District Collectorate Lucknow. A number of SP workers including women party workers were also taken into custody by the police..
 
"Samajwadi Party supports the demands of farmers, and its sympathy is with farmers. The kisan yatra was started by the SP on December 7. On December 14, the party workers are holding dharna at all the district headquarters in the state. I have been arrested in Sandila (in Hardoi district), and many party leaders are under house arrest," SP MLC Rajpal Kashyap told PTI.

Next round of discussions with farmers to be held soon: Haryana Deputy CM

Farmers hold protests at district headquarters in Punjab, Haryana

Farmers raised slogans outside the offices of district commissioners and took out protest marches in Punjab and Haryana on Monday, following a nationwide call given by their unions against the new central laws. The Haryana Police closed the Ambala-Patiala highway after protesters gathered at the Shambhu border point with adjoining Punjab. The ruling Congress also held protests in Punjab, with the state unit chief Sunil Jakhar participating in one near the Shambhu border. Shiromani Akali Dal workers protested in Amritsar.
 
In Punjab, protests were held in several districts including Ludhiana, Patiala, Sangrur, Barnala, Bathinda, Moga, Faridkot, Ferozepur and Tarn Taran.
 
Farmers held protests outside the offices of deputy commissioners at several places in Punjab, Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ekta Ugrahan) general secretary Sukhdev Singh Kokrikalan said. He added that there were plans to hold protest marches as well. In Haryana, protests were reported from Fatehabad, Jind, Sirsa, Kurukshetra, Gurgaon, Faridabad, Bhiwani, Kaithal and Ambala. Slogan-shouting protesters pushed at the barricades near the mini-secretariat in Jind, trying to enter the district office complex.

Delhi govt ministers, AAP MLAs hold 'hunger strike' in support of farmers' protest

Senior Delhi government ministers and AAP MLAs, including Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, are sitting on a 'hunger strike' in support of farmers who are protesting against the Centre's farm laws. Ministers Satyendar Jain, Gopal Rai, and party leader Aatishi Marlena are also present at the strike organised at the party headquarters. This comes after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had announced a one-day fast in support of the farmers' protest on Sunday.
 
Supporting the call given by the agitating farmers, he had urged AAP volunteers to join the farmers' agitation. "Centre should immediately accept all demands of farmers protesting the laws and bring a bill to guarantee MSP (minimum support price)," Kejriwal had said.
 
"I appeal to Aam Aadmi Party workers and supporters and the public to observe one-day fast tomorrow in support of farmers. I will also fast tomorrow," he had said while addressing a press conference on Sunday.
 
Meanwhile, farmers' union leaders are currently on a hunger strike scheduled from 8 am-5 pm at various Delhi borders.

LIVE: AAP Ministers and MLAs hold 'hunger strike' in support of farmers

Farmers' stir: Several Delhi border points closed, police ask motorists to take alternative routes

Several borders of the national capital remained closed on Monday due to the ongoing protest by farmers against the Centre's new agri laws. The Delhi Traffic Police took to Twitter to inform people about road closures and advised them to take alternative routes to avoid inconvenience. Farmers from different states have been camping at Delhi's Singhu, Tikri, Ghazipur and Chilla (Delhi-Noida) border points for over two weeks to demand repeal of the farm laws enacted in September.
 
In a series of tweets, the Delhi Traffic Police said, "Singhu, Auchandi, Piau Maniyari, Sabholi & Mangesh borders are closed. Please take alternate routes via Lampur, Safiabad & Singhu school toll tax borders. Traffic has been diverted from Mukarba & GTK road. Pl avoid Outer Ring Rd, GTK road, NH-44."
 
"Gazipur border is closed for traffic coming from Gaziabad to Delhi due to farmers protests. People are advised to take alternate route for coming to Delhi via Anand Vihar, DND, Chilla, Apsara & Bhopra borders," it tweeted.
 
On Monday, farmer leaders observed day-long hunger strike against the Centre's new farm laws.

Delhi Deputy CM observes fast in support of farmers

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia is observing a day-long fast today in support of farmers' protest.
 
"Annadata, the farmer of the country is on hunger strike demanding the withdrawal of the three laws of the introduced by the Central Government for the sake of saving their pleasant livelihood. In support of the demand of farmers, today I am also observing a fast with all my colleagues in the Aam Aadmi Party office," said Sisodia.
 
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is also set to hold a one-day fast in support of the farmers' protest today.
 
In response to a call given by the agitating farmers, he also urged his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) volunteers, supporters, as well as the people of the country to join the farmers' agitation.

Farmer protest: Rakesh Tikait denies any rift among farmers

Bharatiya Kisan Union's (BKU) national spokesperson Rakesh Tikait on Monday said that there is no rift among farmers after the resignation of three leaders of Bharatiya Kisan Union (Bhanu) faction.
 
"There is no rift among farmers. 3 leaders of Bharatiya Kisan Union (Bhanu) faction resigned because they were upset with their President Bhanu Pratap Singh, as to why he compromised," Rakesh Tikait told ANI regarding 3 BKU (Bhanu Faction) leaders' resignation.
 
National Spokesperson of the Indian Farmers Union (Bhanu) Mahendra Singh Chauroli, national spokesperson Satish Chaudhary and a woman farmer leader has resigned from their post.

Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar reaches Home Minister Amit Shah's residence


I appeal to farmers to sit with the govt & resolve issues related to farm bills, says Kailash Choudhary, MoS Agriculture

I appeal to farmers to sit with the govt & resolve issues related to Farm Bills. If farmers want to get something added to these bills, it's very much possible but it can't be an absolute 'Yes or No'. Sitting together leads to a solution: Kailash Choudhary, MoS Agriculture
 

Fasting is sacred. Wherever you are, fast for our farmer brothers, Kejriwal tweeted

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday appealed to people to fast wherever they are in support of protesting farmers, and asserted that farmers will win in the end.
 
Kejriwal is holding a one-day fast in support of the farmers' protest on Monday.
 
Farmer leaders are observing a day-long hunger strike as part of their protest against the three new farm laws.
 
The chief minister also urged his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) volunteers, supporters, as well as the people of the country to join the farmers' agitation.
 
"Fasting is sacred. Wherever you are, fast for our farmer brothers. Pray to God for the success of their struggle. In the end, farmers will definitely win," Kejriwal tweeted.

Farmers protest LIVE: Farmer union leaders on hunger strike at Tikri border

Farmers' leaders sit on hunger strike at Tikri border as their protest against Centre's farm laws enters 19th day.


Farmer leaders as 'extremists': Govt prepares a fallback narrative, writes Bharat Bhushan

It would seem that the Narendra Modi government is preparing a fallback narrative in case the stalemate with agitating farmers continues. It has begun putting its weight behind allegations that the agitation has been hijacked by “extremist” elements. Read on...

Statsguru: Why Punjab farmers stand out among major agrarian states

The intensifying protests against new farm laws have been undeniably led by Punjab farmers. A quick background: While there are many strong agrarian states in India, prosperity in Punjab — courtesy Green Revolution — came much before economic liberalisation, which sprawled the growth of new urban India. That they benefit the most from the minimum support price scheme is also well known.
 
Among the eight states that contribute 70 per cent of India’s produce, Punjab farmers stand out by a wide margin. Read on...

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