Tomar invites farmers for talks on Dec 1, says calling them early due to Covid and cold
Farmers' protest against the Centre's new farm laws has entered the fifth day today, with the protestors threatening to block all five entry points to Delhi. The Delhi and Gurugram police on Monday tightened and beefed up the security further at the Delhi-Gurugram border on National Highway-48.
The supply of vegetables and fruits to the city from other states has been impacted and it has been halved at Azadpur Mandi, one of Delhi's largest wholesale market, owing to the protest by farmers at the Singhu and Tikri border points of the national capital for the last five days.
Rejecting the Centre's offer to hold talks once they move to the Burari ground, the farmers said they will not accept any conditional dialogue and have called a meeting to discuss their next course of action later in the day. Traffic continued to be disrupted in the city due to the protests.
Taking to twitter, the Delhi Traffic Police on Monday alerted commuters to take an alternate route since Singhu and Tikri borders continued to remain closed.
Punjab farmers are demanding the repeal of the new farm laws, which, they said, should be replaced with another set of legislations framed after wider consultation with the stakeholders. They also want a guarantee on the minimum support price.
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SFI takes out rally in Kolkata in solidarity with farmers protesting Central agri laws
Hundreds of activists of the Students Federation of India, a left wing students union, took out a rally in Kolkata on Monday in solidarity with farmers holding protests in the national capital's borders against the Central farm reform laws. The participants of the rally, from different colleges and universities in the city and elsewhere, raised slogans against the new farm laws and covered a distance of 2 kms Subodh Mallick Square to Esplanade in central Kolkata.
"The Narendra Modi government has opened the farm sector to big corporates which pushed small and marginal farmers faced with extreme financial stress. "Our fight is to protect the interest of small and marginal farmers who are the backbone of India," SFI state committee leader Subhajit Sarkar said.
All India Taxi Union threatens to go on strike if demands of agitating farmers not met within 2 days
The All India Taxi Union on Monday threatened to go on strike if the demands of the farmers, protesting against the Centre's new farm laws at different border points of the national capital, are not met within two days. President of the Union, Balwant Singh Bhullar, said they are giving two days to the central government to meet the demands of the farmers. "We request the prime minister, home minister and agriculture minister to revoke these laws. The corporate sector is destroying us.
"If government does not take these laws back in two days, then we will remove our vehicles from the roads. We request all drivers across India to stop their vehicles from December 3," Bhullar said. Peaceful sit-ins by farmers, mostly from Punjab and Haryana, continued for the fifth day at the Singhu and Tikri borders, while the numbers of protestors swelled at the Ghazipur border. Farmers have come to Delhi for a "decisive battle" and will continue their stir against the new agri-marketing laws, their leaders said, adding that they will continue their agitation until their demands are met.
Security was beefed up by the Delhi Police and concrete barriers placed at all borders points connecting the city with Haryana and Uttar Pradesh as the farmers threatened to block all highways to the national capital after rejecting the Centre's offer that they shift the protest to Burari to start a dialogue before the scheduled date of December 3.
'Barred entry of illegal people' among protesting farmers to avoid clash, says BKU leader
Bhartiya Kisan Union spokesperson Rakesh Tikait said on Monday that they have "barred entry of illegal people" among the protesting farmers to avoid any clash. He, however, said police and other paramilitary personnel can visit their gathering. Tikait also said the protesting farmers at Ghazipur border have been in touch with the Centre and would join talks if there are any. "They (police) have imposed Section 144 so we have imposed section 288 to block entry of any illegal persons and those who are used to giving speeches. This will save us from any clash," Tikait told reporters.
He said the BKU protesters at Ghazipur have a good coordination with farmers protesting at other border points of Delhi. "The farmers have surrounded Delhi. More will join in," he said. There was heavy security deployment at the UP-Delhi Gate with some groups of farmers from Uttar Pradesh staging a protest at the Ghazipur border. Around 200 farmers along with their vehicles arrived at Ghazipur border on Saturday as part of 'Delhi Chalo' march call given by farmer organisations against the new central agri laws.
They had tried to enter Delhi, but after talks with senior police officers they moved back to UP Gate. They have refused to head to the designated ground in Burari fpr protest, a police officer.
Have invited farmer unions on December 1 for discussion: Tomar
When Farm laws were brought, they caused some misconception among farmers. We held two rounds of talks with farmer leaders -on Oct 14 & Nov 13. At that time too we had urged them to not go for agitation & that the govt is ready for talks. It was decided that next round of talks will be held on Dec 3 but farmers are agitating, it's winter & there's COVID. So meeting should be held earlier. So farmer leaders - present in 1st round of talks - have been invited at Vigyan Bhavan on Dec 1 at 3 pm: Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar
Kumaraswamy asks Centre to hold talks with agitating farmers
Former Karnataka Chief Minister and JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy on Monday asked the Centre to hold talks with protesting farmers at the borders of Delhi to remove misgivings they have on the new agri-marketing laws. "The #FarmersProtest in Delhi against the Centre's new agricultural legislation has entered the fifth day. The Centre, which has stated that such laws have been brought in to help farmers, should immediately hold talks with protesters and make efforts to remove their suspicions," the JD(S) leader tweeted.
He said the suspicion among farmers and people about the laws would continue to grow further if the government did not address their concerns. Kumaraswamy advised the government not to put any pre- conditions for talks like asking the farmers to move to Burari Park for their demonstration. "My sincere suggestion is to hear the grievances of farmers at the place where they are presently located or at a place of their choice," he said in another tweet. Noting that the farmers' dharna at Singhu border in the harsh winter and prevalence of the coronavirus had entered the fifth day,he said it was not right to leave them in such an adverse condition, "in the interest of their health".
"The Centre will be responsible if any of the protesters face health problems. In this context, it is better to hear their plea at the earliest," the JD(S) leader tweeted. The new farm bills, he opined, were not in the interest of the agriculture sector and the people at large. Thousands of farmers are continuing their stir against the Centre's new farm laws at the Delhi-Haryana border for the fifth day today.
Case registered against unknown persons in link to clash between farmers, police
Case registered against unknown persons on 27th November at Alipur police station in connection with the clash between farmers and police at Singhu border (Delhi-Haryana) in which public properties were damaged: Delhi Police
Farmers threaten to block Delhi entry points, police ups security at border
A day after the agitating farmers threatened to block all entry points to the national capital, the Delhi Police on Monday enhanced security deployment at all the borders points connecting the city with neighbouring states of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. Rejecting the Centre's offer to hold talks once they move to the Burari ground, the farmers protesting against the new agricultural reform laws have been staying put at Tikri, Singhu and Ghazipur borders.
"Delhi Police has strengthened its presence at various border points in the wake of the farmers protest. All internal and outside forces have been mobilised to the maximum," a senior police officer said. Delhi Police Commissioner S N Shrivastava visited Singhu border to take stock of the security arrangements. "They (farmers) have been given an offer and the arrangements are better at the Burari instead on the road. On the road, there are issues for commuting. Here, there is no toilet or water, whereas the arrangements in Burari are better. The police have made good arrangements and we are ready for any situation," he said.
Dadri MLA resigns from chairman's post to join farmers' protest
I've resigned as Haryana Pashudhan Board Chairman in support of ongoing farmers movement. Tomorrow morning at 10 am, all members of Sangwan Khap will proceed to Delhi & we will support protesting farmers till the very end: Sombir Sangwan, Sangwan Khap Pradhan & Dadri MLA
Protesting farmers say got MSP this kharif season; worry if they will get after 4-5 yrs
"I have sold about 125 quintals of kharif paddy in an APMC mandi and received MSP payment in my bank account. But what is the guarantee this will continue if such trade is permitted outside mandis. This is our worry," said a protesting farmer Ranveer Singh at Singhu border here.
Ranveer Singh 44, Pradhan of Shahbazpur village in Tarn Taran district of Punjab, has travelled with his fellow 125 farmers in six tractor-trolleys covering a distance of about 425 km in this winter and reached at the Delhi border. Like other protesting farmers associated with over 32 farm organizations, his only demand is "repeal of the three new farm laws" enacted by the central government which he fears will dismantle the MSP system and put next generation farmers at risk of exploitation by private players.
"No doubt, we are getting MSP now. We are not sure we will get it after 4-5 years. This fight is to protect the interest of next generation farmers," he said.
Stating that many options are given under new laws to trade outside mandis, he said however this will only weaken the existing government's APMC (Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee) mandi system.
Delhi Police enhances security at border as farmers threaten to block entry points
A day after the agitating farmers threatened to block all entry points to the national capital, the Delhi Police on Monday enhanced security deployment at all the borders points connecting the city with neighbouring states of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. Rejecting the Centre's offer to hold talks once they move to the Burari ground, the farmers protesting against the new agricultural reform laws have been staying put at Tikri, Singhu and Ghazipur borders.
"Delhi Police has strengthened its presence at various border points in the wake of the farmers protest. All internal and outside forces have been mobilised to the maximum," a senior police officer said.
Delhi Police Commissioner S N Shrivastava visited Singhu border to take stock of the security arrangements.
"They (farmers) have been given an offer and the arrangements are better at the Burari instead on the road. On the road, there are issues for commuting. Here, there is no toilet or water, whereas the arrangements in Burari are better. The police have made good arrangements and we are ready for any situation," he said.
CPI(M) general secretary Yechury slams Modi for defending new farm laws
Criticising Prime Minister Narendra Modi for defending the farm laws and calling them pro-people, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury on Monday alleged the government was bringing in policies which resulted in the destruction of the economy.
The prime minister while addressing a public meeting in his Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi strongly defended the new farm laws and claimed that the farmers were being "misled" on these "historic" legislations".
"'Pro-people'! We have heard you, PM Modi, saying demonetisation, GST, national lockdown are all 'pro-people'. Result: raging pandemic; economy destroyed; growing misery, unemployment, hunger, deprivation.... Do not destroy Indian agriculture and kisans. Withdraw Agri laws," Yechury said in a tweet.
"'New laws pro farmer' Wah PM Modi! Lakhs braved severe repression to reach Delhi to protest, in this cold, demanding withdrawal of these laws. Why? They're not fools. Annadatas feed you and all of us! Listen to them. Withdraw agri laws and electricity bill," he said in another tweet.
We have heard you, PM Modi, saying demonetisation, GST, national lockdown are all “pro-people”.
Result: raging pandemic; economy destroyed; growing misery, unemployment, hunger, deprivation ....
Do not destroy Indian agriculture & Kisans.
Withdraw Agri laws. pic.twitter.com/q8bSFZK2q9
PM Modi & central govt must accede to the demands of protesting farmers for safeguarding Indian agriculture, food security, remunerative returns to kisans, prevent artificial food shortages & rise in prices of essential commodities.
Protest in solidarity. https://t.co/a9fY8C6WPqpic.twitter.com/WXjlf1EDIU
Farmers protesting against new agri laws will stay put at UP Gate border: BKU
Farmers protesting against the Centre's new agri laws will stay put at the UP Gate border of the national capital, Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) Uttar Pradesh secretary Harendra Nehra said on Monday, asserting that they will not move till the legislations are rolled back. More are continuously arriving at the protest site from various districts of the state and "we are camping here" till the Centre fulfils farmers' demands, he said.
BKU national president Naresh Tikait, who is at the UP Gate border, said, "We have sufficient ration to continue till the next Republic Day, if our demands are not met".
"We will not go for a dialogue at the Sant Nirankari ground in Burari in Delhi. We will talk with the government on our own conditions at the Ramlila ground in the national capital," he said.
BKU state vice president Rajbir Singh said that farmers associated with the BKU have installed a temporary tent on the road and converted it into Tikait's residence.
LIVE: Farmers continue their protest against Farm Laws at Singhu Border
Delhi: Farmers continue their protest against Farm Laws at Singhu Border (Delhi-Haryana) by lighting candles amidst Guru Nanak Jayanti celebrations.
"This candle march is being organised by farmers against Centre's 3 farm laws," says Rubinder Ghuman, Activist supporting farmers. pic.twitter.com/87Gsqzxbdt
Punjab farmers at Singhu border pray, light diyas' on Guru Nanak Jayanti
Thousand of farmers from Punjab agitating at the Singhu borders of the national capital offered prayers, lit 'diyas' (earthen lamps), exchanged sweets as well as greeted each other on Guru Nanak Jayanti on Monday as they took a pledge to continue their fight against the Centre's new agri laws. Many among the thousands of farmers said for them, Guru Nanak Jayanti meant facing difficulties together and staying positive even during the toughest times.
Gurpal Singh (25) who has come all the way from Patiala along with his 85-year-old grandfather, Ajaib Singh was among the thousands of others who have stayed put at the Delhi-Haryana border for the fifth consecutive day here to protest the farm laws. He said Guru Nanak Jayanti is of the biggest festival for Sikhs and but even staying away from their homes on this day has not deterred their spirits.
"This is the biggest festival for sikhs. In the morning, prayers were held. We lit candles in the evening and greeted each other," he said.
Thousands of farmers continued to protest at the Delhi-Haryana border even as the police enhanced security measures at the border points of the national capital.
Farmers protest impact: Supply of vegetables, fruits from other states impacted
The supply of vegetables and fruits to the city from other states has been impacted and it has been halved at Azadpur Mandi, one of Delhi's largest wholesale market, owing to the protest by farmers at the Singhu and Tikri border points of the national capital for the last five days. Vendors in other parts of Delhi said due to curtailed supply, the wholesale rates of seasonal vegetables has gone up by Rs 50- Rs 100.
They said the roadblock at Singhu and Tikri border has impacted supply of vegetables and fruits from Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. The arrival of vegetables and fruits to Delhi's largest wholesale market at Azadpur has been reduced by half due to the closed borders, said Adil Khan, chairman Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee at Azadpur.
"During normal days, around 2,500 trucks of vegetables and fruits used to arrive at Azadpur Mandi from other states. The number has come down to around 1,000 trucks now and if the borders remained closed for a few more days, the situation will worsen," Khan said.
Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury writes to PM Modi asking for special loan packages for agriculture sector
Laws made for corporates and people being exploited: Bhartiya Kisan Union
Constitution provides for rule of the people, by the people, & for the people, but now it has become rule of the corporates, by the corporates & for the corporates. Laws are being made for corporates, & people are being exploited: Gurnam Singh, Bhartiya Kisan Union (Haryana) Pres pic.twitter.com/sDBFQMsSBl
Modi govt authoritarian; wont go to Burari: Farmers
The agitating farmers on Monday accused the Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre of being communal, fascist and authoritarian, and rejected the government's demand to assemble at the Sant Nirankari ground in Burari to stage their protest. Addressing a press conference here at the Delhi-Haryana border in Singhu, Darshan Pal, President of the Krantikari Kisan Union's Punjab chapter, said, "The Modi government speaks something else on face but has a dagger on its side. The BJP is a communal, fascist and authoritarian."
Pal said that the farmers will hold another meeting to strengthen the movement.
"We reject the proposal. We have come here to tell our story and we won't step back," he said, rejecting the offer of the government to move to the Burari ground for the protest.
Activist Yogendra Yadav also addressed the press conference and described the farmers' protest as a "historic" moment. Yadav said, "This is happening after 31 years. Previously, Mahendra Singh Tikait had brought the farmers together."
No social distancing at protest, farmer leaders says new laws bigger threat than coronavirus
Amid fears that the Delhi Chalo' protests by farmers will lead to coronavirus spreading faster, their leaders said the black laws enacted at the Centre are a bigger threat than the contagion. There had been few signs of social distancing as thousands of farmers from Punjab and Haryana began their protest last week against the three new agro-marketing laws, setting off on a march to the national capital.
On the way, they skirmished with police at barricades and since Friday are massed at Delhi's entry points, many of them sheltering inside tractor-trolleys. Masks appear to be a rarity and there is little attempt at keeping distance from each other, safeguards meant to prevent the infection from spreading. But as experts fear that the event could become a coronavirus superspreader, farm leaders say there are more pressing concerns before them.
The new farm laws brought by the (Narendra) Modi government are a bigger threat than coronavirus as farmers fear they will lose their livelihood with the implementation of these laws, Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ekta Ugrahan) president Joginder Singh Ugrahan told PTI.
31 cases registered against us to suppress our agitation: Farmer leader
31 cases registered against us to suppress our agitation: Farmer leader Gurnam Singh Chadoni at a presser by protesters against new farm laws
Have come to Delhi for decisive battle, say farmer leaders; Protest against agri laws to continue
Farmers protesting against the Centre's new agri laws at Delhi border points on Monday said they have come to the national capital for a "decisive battle" and asserted that they will continue their agitation until their demands are met. Addressing a press conference at Singhu border, a representative of protesting farmers said that they want Prime Minister Narendra Modi to listen to their "mann ki baat'.
"Our demands are non-negotiable," he said and claimed the ruling party "will have to pay a heavy price" if it does not heed to their concerns. "We have come here to fight a decisive battle," he said.
Another farmer leader Gurnam Singh Chaduni said that around 31 cases have so far been registered against protestors to "suppress" their agitation. Chaduni said that farmers will continue their agitation until their demands are met.
Delhi CM Kejriwal urges people to extend all possible help to protesting farmers
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday appealed to the people of Delhi to extend all possible help to the farmers protesting against the new farm laws at the Singhu and Tikri border points of the national capital and urged the Centre to hold talks with them at the earliest. Kejriwal wished everyone on the occasion of Gurupurab, also known as Guru Nanak Jayanti, and said AAP volunteers and MLAs are helping the farmers, who have been braving the cold weather to hold the protest, in any possible way they can.
Thousands of farmers continued to protest against the new agri laws for the fifth consecutive day on Monday, staying put at the Singhu and Tikri border points of the national capital, even as the Delhi Police enhanced security at the Ghazipur border with Uttar Pradesh as the number of protesting farmers swelled there.
Kejriwal wished everyone on the occasion of Gurupurab in a video message.
"On this occasion, I appeal to all Delhiites to do whatever they can for the protesting farmers in all possible ways," he said. Kejriwal also appealed to the government to hold talks with the farmers at the earliest.
LIVE: We will continue our agitation until demands are met, say farmer leaders
We will continue our agitation until our demands are met: Farmer leaders at press conference on protest against new agri laws
Tractor-trolleys, farm equipment turn into temporary shelters for protesting farmers
Tractor-trolleys and key farm equipment have turned into temporary shelters for thousands of farmers who have assembled at the borders of the to protest against the Centre's new farm laws. The ongoing protests by thousands of farmers entered the fifth day on Monday, with the protesters threatening to block all five entry points to Delhi.
As temperatures have dipped, the farmers demanding that the laws be repealed are spending the chilly nights inside their tractor-trolleys covered with tarpaulin, which they have turned into temporary shelters. Most of the farmers have brought at least two trolleys with each tractor with one of them carrying ration and other essentials and the other being used to accommodate the protesters.
Stubble or crop residue, disposal of which otherwise becomes a major challenge for the farmers, is also coming in handy as many have cushioned their trolleys with layers of straw and laid mattresses over it to protect them from the cold. Night temperatures over the last few days have been settling in the range of around 9 degrees Celsius. The tractor-trolleys have occupied over a 10-km-long area in this Haryana district which lies along the Ambala-Delhi national highway.
New farm laws provide options to farmers, benefits will be experienced soon: PM Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday asserted that his government's new agricultural reforms have empowered the farmers and given them new options and legal protection. He said that the benefits of these new laws will be experienced in the coming days.
The prime minister said in his address in Varanasi where he dedicated to the nation the six-lane widened Handia (Prayagraj)-Rajatalab (Varanasi) section of National Highway 19.
"India's agricultural products are famous all over the world. Should not the farmer have access to this big market and higher prices? Shouldn't a farmer get the freedom to sell his produce directly to those who give them better prices and facilities. If someone considers transactions from the old system only, then where has that been stopped?," Prime Minister said.
"Earlier, transactions outside the market were illegal. In such a situation, small farmers used to get cheated. Now the small farmer can also take legal action on every deal that is out of the market," he said.
We rejected the conditional invitation of Modiji: Bharti Kisan Union
We couldn’t have meeting with farmers' organisations from all the states. We could only have it with 30 organisations from Punjab. We rejected the conditional invitation of Modiji: Jagmohan Singh, General secretary, Bharti Kisan Union (Dakaunda) at Singhu Border (Delhi-Haryana) pic.twitter.com/NCZokz4gMQ
PM Modi attacks opposition, says they play tricks on farmers
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday tore into the opposition over the protests against the new agri-marketing laws, accusing them of playing tricks against the farmers. The attack comes when thousands of farmers are gathered at the entry points of the national capital, seeking the repeal of the three laws, which Modi called historic.
"The farmers are being misled on these historic agriculture reform laws by the same people who for decades have misled them," he said, referring to the opposition parties but not directly naming them.
The prime minister was addressing a public meeting in his Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi, where he was scheduled to spend several hours. Modi said apprehensions and protests are being whipped up by those opposing the Acts. They are misleading society, he said.
Farm laws bring new options to farmers: PM Narendra Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday that the new farm laws have brought new options and opportunities for farmers and also provides legal protection against to them. Speaking at function in Varanasi, the Prime Minister began his speech with 'Har Har Mahadev' and said that while everyone can raise questions in a democracy but there is a new trend in which some people are spreading misinformation and canards against the decisions taken by the government.
"These forces have spread misinformation to such an extent that it is unbelievable. They did not even allow welfare schemes to be implemented in states where they are in power," he said. He said that the old system option was still open for farmers.
"These are the same people who have been duping farmers for decades. The MSP was always announced but never implemented. Their mega schemes never reached the beneficiaries," he said. The Prime Minister listed the various schemes announced by his government for farmers including mobile cold storage, micro irrigation and access to a global market. "Black rice from this region now has a market in Australia," he said.
Farmers protest at Delhi borders may act as Covid-19 superspreader' event: Experts
The protest by thousands of farmers who have stayed put at various border points of Delhi for the fifth consecutive day on Monday against the Centre's new agriculture reform laws may act as superspreader' event for coronavirus infection, say experts. The national capital has already been witnessing a spike in COVID-19 cases post Diwali celebrations and amid rising pollution levels.
Samiran Panda, who heads the Epidemiology and Communicable Diseases (ECD) division of the ICMR, sought strict compliance to protective and preventive behaviour to curb the spread of the infection.
"A protest is a mass gathering and thus from a public health perspective, I would suggest protective and preventive behaviours against the spread of coronavirus infection failing which a superspreading event might set in. "It is important to note that the SARS-COV-2 is a transmission efficient virus and such gatherings are conducive for its spread," he stressed.
Any agitation or gathering may cause the spread of COVID-19 and thus gatherings should be avoided during this time and if it cannot be avoided at all, social distancing norms must be maintained, Sanjay Rai, professor in the Department of Community Medicine at AIIMS said.
Farmers protesting due to misconceptions: Bihar CM Nitish Kumar
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday said that the farmers' protests are taking place on an account of misconceptions and dialogue should take place.
"The central government wants to talk to farmers to dispel the fear of issues in the procurement mechanism. So I believe that dialogue should take place. The protests are happening on account of misconceptions," said Kumar.
Farmers have been protesting at various places in Delhi and Haryana and have rejected the Central government's offer to hold talks on December 3 saying that imposing conditions for starting a dialogue is an insult to them. Around 32 farmer organisations, mostly from Punjab, and a few farmers from Gujarat and Maharashtra as well managed to reach Delhi on Friday and assembled at the border areas to continue their protest.
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. Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar has said that the Central government is ready for talks with the farmers' unions on December 3.
Farmers' protest: Concrete barriers at Delhi-Ghaziabad border point as more join protest
Thousands of farmers continued their stir against the Centre's new farm laws at the Delhi-Haryana border for the fifth day, even as the number of those protesting at the Ghazipur border swelled on Monday, leading police to place concrete barriers and enhancing security at the border point connecting with UP. Security was stepped up after farmers threatened to block more highways connecting the national capital.
Peaceful protests were underway at both the Singhu and Tikri borders with no untoward incident reported for the last two days, but the numbers of farmers at the Ghazipur border swelled, with more their counterparts from the state joining them. Rejecting the Centre's offer to hold talks once they move to the Burari ground, the farmers protesting at all Delhi border points said they will not accept any conditional dialogue and have called a meeting to discuss their next course of action later in the day.
Farmers, who had reached Nirankarai Samagam Ground in Burari on Saturday, continued their protest there. A Delhi Police officer said the situation at the Ghazipur border near UP Gate remained peaceful. He said, "Cement jersey barriers have been placed to prevent the protesting farmers from entering the national capital.
"The protestors do not wish to go to Burari ground and want to carry out their protest at Jantar Mantar," he said. However, the Delhi-Ghaziabad border has not been sealed, police said.
Amit Shah holding meeting as farmers continue to rally on Delhi borders
Even as farmers continued to protest on Delhi borders, Union Home Minister Amit Shah is chairing a meeting here to deliberate on the issue with senior leaders. The meeting that began on Monday morning at Shah's residence, where Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and other senior BJP leaders were also present, seems to indicate the central government's willingness to hold unconditional talks with farmers.
The meeting, sources said, would decide on the future course of action by the Union government to persuade farmers to end their protest and resolve the contentious issues through discussions across the table. Home Ministry sources said that the government could sent out an invite to farmers for talks any time. The development comes a day after the farmers rejected the Centre's offer for parleys if they shifted to north-west Delhi's Burari ground and ended their protest.
The meeting comes just two days after the Home Minister announced that "if farmers' unions want to hold discussions before December 3, then I want to assure you all that as soon as you shift your protest to the designated place, our government will hold talks to address your concerns the very next day".
Focusing on overviewing the law and order: Delhi Police Commissioner
Farmers Protests LIVE: Traffic congestion at Delhi-Haryana border
Traffic congestion at Delhi-Gurugram (Haryana) border in view of #FarmersProtest.
DCP South-West, Ingit Pratap Singh says, "We haven’t received any inputs on farmers coming here. We are taking precautionary measures and preparing for the same at both Singhu and Tikri border." pic.twitter.com/JRivic29N1
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra urges people to raise their voice to support protesting farmers
Questioning how the farm laws were formulated without consulting the farmers, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Monday urged the people of the country to raise their voice in support of the protesting farmers. The Congress leader, taking to Twitter, also alleged that the farm laws only benefit the billionaire friends of the Central government.
"Name is farm law, but only billionaire friends get all the benefit. How can farm laws be made without consulting the farmers? How can farmers' benefits be ignored? The government has to listen to farmers. Come, let us raise our voice in support of the farmers together," she tweeted in Hindi.
This comes as thousands of farmers have gathered at the border of the national capital to protest against the farm laws recently enacted by the Central government. Union Home Minister Amit Shah had, yesterday, announced that the Centre is willing to discuss all of the farmers' issues.
Protests happening on account of misconceptions: Bihar CM Nitish Kumar
The central govt wants to talk to farmers to dispel the fear of issues in the procurement mechanism. So I believe that dialogue should take place. The protests are happening on account of misconceptions: Nitish Kumar, Bihar CM, on farmers protesting against new farm laws pic.twitter.com/tJsdsxhQFE
Farmers protesting at Delhi border offer prayers on Guru Nanak Jayanti, distribute 'prasad'
The farmers protesting against the newly enacted farm laws at Delhi-Haryana border on Monday offered prayers on the occasion of Guru Nanak Jayanti and distributed 'prasad' among each other and security personnel. To mark the birth anniversary of the founder of Sikhism and one of the most celebrated Sikh gurus, farmers protesting at the Tikri border and Singhu border were seen offering prayer here.
Speaking to ANI, Bharatiya Kisan Union (Doaba) president Manjeet Singh said that even though farmers from Punjab have come to Delhi to protest against the farm laws, they are celebrating the occasion with great zeal.
"Today is a very auspicious day for us. We are fortunate that today is Guru Nanak Dev ji's birthday. This our 'sanskars' in Punjab that we celebrate Guruparva with great zeal. We will do the same tonight as well," Singh said.
He said that the 'jatbandi' will do 'kirtan' and then there will be 'Ardas' on stage and 'Deepmala' will also be done in the evening in which farmers will light lamps and candles on the tractor and trolleys in all places.
Using water cannons on protesting farmers amid cold wave cruel: Shiv Sena
Shiv Sena on Monday slammed the BJP-led regime's treatment meted out to protesting farmers, adding it was cruel to use water cannons on them amid a cold wave sweeping parts of north India.
The farmers have been protesting at Delhi's borders since five days against the new farm laws and have said they will not accept any conditional dialogue and threatened to block all five entry points to the national capital. Read on...
Medical camp organised at Delhi's Singhu border, doctors call for COVID-19 tests of protesters
A medical check-up camp has been set up at the Singhu border (Delhi-Haryana border) where farmers are protesting against the Central farm laws. The volunteer doctors at the camp have urged the Central government to conduct COVID-19 test among protesters due to the health protocols not being followed at the protest site.
"We should conduct COVID-19 test here. If there is any possibility of a super spreader, the disease might spread to other people which will be disastrous," said Dr Karan.
The doctor also pointed out that the protests could prove to be dangerous and could lead to an outbreak of COVID-19.
Tikri, Singhu borders shut for traffic movement amid farmers' protest
Tikri and Singhu borders have been closed for any traffic movement as the farmers continue their protest against the Centre's farm laws, said Delhi Traffic Police on Monday.
"Tikri border is closed for any traffic movement. Available open borders to Haryana are following--Borders Jharoda, Dhansa, Daurala Jhatikera, Badusari, Kapashera, Rajokri NH 8, Bijwasan/Bajghera, Palam vihar and Dundahera borders," Delhi Traffic Police tweeted.
Speak up for farmers, tweets Rahul Gandhi
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Security beefed up on Delhi's Burari ground, police say basic facilities available
Delhi Police has beefed up security on Burari ground, the designated spot for farmers' protest on the outskirts of the national capital, even as Surjeet Singh Phul, the Punjab unit chief of Bharatiya Kisan Union Krantikari (BKU), termed the venue as an "open jail".
Vijayanta Arya, DCP North West, said that basic facilities are being provided to the farmers staying at the Burari ground.
"Burari ground has been designated for the farmers who are coming from different parts of the country to protest. Police have been deployed here for their security. We are also in touch of civic authorities to provide facilities like water, sanitation, electricity and food," she said.
"Delhi Police is asking the farmers at state borders to come here. Around 500 to 600 farmers are here and more are coming. We are ensuring the safety and security of every farmer staying here," she added.
Farmers protest: Protesting farmers camp at Gazipur-Ghaziabad border
Farmers decided to stay at the Gazipur-Ghaziabad (Delhi-UP) border on Sunday late night as their protest against Central Government's farm laws continues.
A group of farmers was seen sleeping on the road while others were seen sitting closely in a group around a bonfire amid cold weather.
Farmers also stay put at the Singhu border (Delhi-Haryana border).
Meanwhile, Union ministers Amit Shah and Narendra Singh Tomar held a meeting at BJP President JP Nadda's residence on late Sunday night to discuss the ongoing farmers' protests, sources said.
Short of answers or assurances: Govt unable to handle farmer protests, writes Bharat Bhushan
A now viral image of the farmer’s agitation shows a young English-speaking Sikh explaining to a police officer why the farmer’s movement should be taken seriously. It is a revolution or “inquilab”, he says, if not addressed by the government it will “completely redefine the politics of this country”. The trolls of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), completely miss the point by ridiculing him and those who support the protest. The notions that only the extremely poor need to be protected from the free market by government intervention and that anyone who has mastered the language of the elite is disqualified from political sympathy must be quickly given up by the ruling party.
Instead of addressing fears of a deregulated market in agriculture, the party has let its trolls play up the ostensible shouting of separatist slogans like “Khalistan Zindabad” and death threats to PM Modi. From here the narrative moves quickly and familiarly in the direction of “Khalistani terrorists and (the) Congress” having conspired to organise riots in the country. For the record, despite the accusations of Opposition forces colluding in the farmers’ protests, the farmers have not allowed established political parties on their platform, writes Bharat Bhushan. Click here to read more
Farmers stay put at Singhu border (Delhi-Haryana border) , protests continue
Farmers stay put at Singhu border (Delhi-Haryana border) as their protest against the Centre's farm laws continues.
Union Ministers Amit Shah, Narendra Singh Tomar hold talks with JP Nadda on farmers' issue
Union ministers Amit Shah and Narendra Singh Tomar held a meeting at BJP president JP Nadda's residence on late Sunday night to discuss the ongoing farmers' protests, sources said.
Farmers have been protesting at various places in Delhi and Haryana and have rejected the central government's offer to hold talks on December 3 saying that imposing conditions for starting a dialogue is an insult to them.
"There was an offer from the central government for negotiation to resolve our issue. We have decided not to accept the proposal because there was a condition in it asking farmers sitting on the road to vacate the roads and move to Burari. We cannot accept this demand. The condition put forward for talks is an insult to farmers," said Surjeet Singh Phul, Punjab State President of Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU), while addressing media on Singhu border (Delhi-Haryana) on Sunday afternoon.
Farmers threaten to block all 5 entry points to Delhi
After a meeting of over 30 farmer groups on Sunday, the farmers’ representatives said they will not move to the Burari ground (as a pre-condition laid down by the government for fresh talks) as it is an “open jail”. “The condition laid down by Home Minister Amit Shah is not acceptable to us. We will not hold any conditional talks. We reject the government's offer. The blockade will not end. We will block all five entry point to Delhi,” Surjeet S Phul, Bhartiya Kisan Union's Punjab president, told reporters. “The condition put for talks is an insult to farmers. We will never go to Burari. It is not a park but an open jail,” he added. Read on...
BJP busy in poll campaign, farmers not priority: Rashtriya Lok Dal
The BJP is busy campaigning for Hyderabad civic polls which is why the date for talks with farmers protesting the Central agri laws have been pushed to December, showing that farmers are not a priority for the BJP and only elections matter to it, the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) alleged on Sunday.
Launching a scathing attack against the government over the ongoing protest by farmers, RLD president Jayant Chaudhary accused the BJP dispensation at the Centre of wanting to suppress the voice of the farmers with "brute force".
Farmers to get Rs 10,000 every year under CM's scheme: Shivraj Singh Chouhan
Farmers in Madhya Pradesh will receive Rs 10,000 each year under Chief Minister's Farmers Welfare Scheme, said Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Sunday.
While speaking at a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) training programme in Sehore district, Chauhan said that all government schemes of the state government would be restarted and asserted that the government would pay the educational fees of the students in the state who were unable to do so.
Shah, Rajnath Singh, Narendra Singh Tomar hold talks with BJP chief over farmers' protest
Union Home Ministers Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar held deliberations over the farmers' protest against the three central farm laws with BJP president JP Nadda here late on Sunday evening.
According to sources, the three leaders met at Nadda's residence to discuss the issue.
Shah has already appealed to the protesting farmers to shift to the Burari ground in the national capital to stage their protests and said the Centre was ready to hold discussions with them as soon as they move to the designated place.
Farmers reject 'conditional' dialogue; threaten to block all entry points to Delhi
Rejecting the Centre's offer to hold talks once they move to the Burari ground, the farmers who are protesting at Delhi's borders for four days against the new farm laws on Sunday said they will not accept any conditional dialogue and threatened to block all five entry points to the national capital.
As the standoff showed no signs of easing, Prime Minister Narendra Modi again batted for the new laws in his monthly radio address, saying these reforms have given the farmers new rights and opportunities and have started mitigating their problems in a short span of time.
BJP government has no sympathy for farmers, only worried about corporates: Akhilesh
Hitting out at Uttar Pradesh chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday alleged that developmental works have stalled and the farmers were feeling agitated while the state government has its "head bowed down before criminals".
"Instead of discharging constitutional duties, his (Adityanath's) mind is more engaged in going to other states as a star campaigner (for polls) and changing the name of cities," a statement issued by the Samajwadi Party quoted Yadav as saying.
Farmers' agitation seems to have been hijacked by 'anti-national' forces: BJP leader
The BJP is ready to talk to farmers to address their apprehensions about the new farm laws, but their agitation seems to have been "hijacked by anti-national" forces, the party's Uttarakhand unit said on Sunday.
The BJP also said that Congress and other parties have "misled" farmers on the agriculture sector-related laws.
Farmers continue their protest at Ghazipur-Ghaziabad (Delhi-UP) border
#WATCH Delhi: Farmers continue their protest at Ghazipur-Ghaziabad (Delhi-UP) border against the farm laws amid security deployment.
Centre should not set any conditions to hold talks with agitating farmers: Satyendar Jain
Delhi Home Minister Satyendar Jain on Sunday said the Centre should not set any conditions to hold talks with the agitating farmers who have been demanding that it repeal the new farm laws.
His remarks come a day after Union Home Minister Amit Shah said the Centre was ready to hold discussions with farmers if they shift their protest to a designated place and vacate roads and highways, where they have been protesting.
There should not be any conditions to talk to the farmers. The talks should take place immediately. They are the farmers of our country. They should be allowed to hold peaceful protests wherever they want, the minister told reporters.
Farmers protests not political, says Amit Shah on peasants stir
With thousands of farmers continuing their protest against the Centre's new agri laws, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday said they were for the welfare of farmers and called their agitation apolitical. Speaking to reporters, he said, "Thenew farm laws are meant for the welfare of farmers. After a long time the farmer is going to come out of a locked system.
Whoever wants to oppose it politically let them do it. I have never said the farmers protest is political and would never say (that it is political)."
UP opposition parties flay Centre, ask it to reconsider three farm laws
With farmers of at least three states laying siege on Delhi borders in protest against the three central farm laws, the Uttar Pradesh opposition parties on Sunday hit out at the Centre, asking it to reconsider these laws.
"The farmers of the country are angry and agitated over the three farm laws enacted recently by the Centre. It would be better if the Centre reconsiders these laws enacted without forging any consensus with farmers, said Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati in a tweet in Hindi on Sunday.
Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav too flayed the Centre, accusing it of seeking to mortgage the country to the rich.
We'll not go to Burari ground: Farmers' leader at Delhi-Haryana border
We'll not go to Burari (Delhi). Our 30 farmers' organisations take decisions after consensus is developed. Our leaders will brief media about it later today: Baldev Singh Sirsa, Farmers' leader at Singhu border (Delhi-Haryana) on Home Minister's offer to hold talks before 3rd Dec pic.twitter.com/edbacYjaGm
Agitating farmers decide to stay put at Delhi borders
Farmers protesting against the Centre's three farm laws on Sunday decided not to shift to the Burari ground in the national capital and stay put at the Delhi borders.
Thousands of farmers continued to protest at the Singhu and Tikri borders on the fourth consecutive day on Sunday.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah had on Saturday appealed to the farmers to shift to the Sant Nirankari ground in Burari that was offered to them for peaceful protests and said the Centre was ready to hold discussions with them as soon as they move to the designated place.
We have decided that we will stay put at the Delhi borders. We will not go to Burari, Bharatiya Kisan Union (Dakaunda) president Buta Singh Burjgill said over the phone.
Centre treating protesting farmers like 'terrorists': Raut
Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Sunday said farmers protesting against the Centre's new agri laws are being treated as if they are "terrorists", and it is sad that they are not being allowed to enter Delhi.
The government should consider the farmers' demands sympathetically, Raut told reporters here.
Thousands of farmers, protesting against three agriculture laws enacted by the Centre, have gathered at border points of the national capital as part of their 'Delhi Chalo' march.
Farmers reject Centre's offer to shift to Burari, says its conditional
The farmers on Sunday rejected the proposal by the Centre to shift all agitation to Delhi's Burari ground and lift the blockade at the borders. The farmers said the offer of talks is conditional and they will not move to the Burari.
The farmers had been instructed to stay put wherever they were till further instructions from their leaders. Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait said they have also decided to stay at Ghazipur. "We will not leave this spot. We will not move to Burari. The Centre should come forward and listen to the farmers," he added.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday asserted that he was committed to the welfare of hardworking farmers, and the Centres' new farm laws were a step in this direction.
Will thwart Centre's bid to turn farm protest into Shaheen Bagh: Bharatiya Kisan Union
Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait on Sunday asserted that they would thwart all attempts of the Centre to turn the ongoing protest by farmers into "violence that followed anti-CAA protests at Shaheen Bagh" and other areas in Delhi in February.
"The Union government wants to make the Nirankari Maidan at Burari as a flashpoint for another re-run of the violent anti-CAA protests in Delhi's Shaheen Bagh area in February. We will not let the government succeed in its attempt," Tikait told IANS.
"If we reach the Burari ground, we will be accused of planning a protest similar to the Shaheen Bagh. We will not allow a repeat of the anti-CAA protests incidents with our farmers," Tikait added.
Several farmer leaders from western Uttar Pradesh led by BKU leader Tikait will soon lead a convoy of Uttar Pradesh farmers at Ghazipur on the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border in east Delhi to participate in the protest against the three central farm laws.
Farmers continue their protest against the farm laws
Delhi: Farmers continue their protest against the farm laws, at Nirankari Samagam Ground in Burari, the govt designated place for the protest.
LIVE: Security personnel at Singhu border as farmers' protest continue
Security has been increased at Singhu border of Delhi-Haryana as farmers decided to continue their protest against the three new farm laws on Sunday. Some of the protesters are expected to conduct a meeting before noon today to discuss their next strategy.
While some farmers have moved to the Nirankari Samagam Ground in Burari area on the outskirts of the national capital, many remain undecided on heading to the site, allocated to them by Delhi Police to hold their protests. Thousands of farmers are still hunkered down at various border entry points into Delhi deciding that they'll continue their protest at the border and won't go anywhere else.
"They (agitating farmers) are sitting peacefully and have been cooperating till now. Our objective is to maintain law and order and to ensure that the arrangements are in place to facilitate their movement," said Surendra Yadav, Joint CP, Northern Range, Delhi.
At the Ghaziabad-Delhi border protesting farmers questioned why they were being appealed to shift their demonstration to "Protests happen at Ramlila ground, then why should we go to Nirankari Bhawan, a private facility? We will stay put here today," Bharatiya Kisan Union spokesperson Rakesh Tikait said while speaking to ANI.
LIVE: Meeting of farmers underway at Delhi-Haryana border
A meeting of farmers is underway at Singhu border (Delhi-Haryana) as they continue their protest against the Central farm laws on Sunday.
Farmers were seen setting together and discussing their future plans regarding the protest. This is a key meeting since farmers are yet to decide on moving to Burari from borders after a request from the Centre. During the meeting, the farmers raised anti-government slogans, saying that "fulfill our demands" and "we will not go back".
Meanwhile, Tikri border has been closed for any traffic as the farmers continue to protest the Centre's farm laws, said Delhi Traffic Police. With this, the available open borders to Haryana are Jharoda, Dhansa, Daurala Jhatikera, Badusari, Kapashera, Rajokri NH 8, Bijwasan/Bajghera, Palam Vihar and Dundahera.
New farm laws have begun mitigating farmers' problems in short span of time: PM Modi
Amid ongoing protests by a section of farmers against new farm laws, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday asserted that these agriculture reforms have not only freed peasants from various shackles but have also bestowed on them new rights and opportunities. Addressing his monthly Mann Ki Baat radio programme, Modi said the recent agriculture reforms have begun mitigating the troubles of farmers in a short span of time as he cited the example of a Maharashtra farmer who used the provisions of the new laws to get the money promised to him by a trader.
"Since ages, these demands of farmers which at one point of time or the other all political parties had promised to them, have now been fulfilled. After deep deliberations, Parliament recently passed farm reform laws," he said.
"These reforms have not only freed the farmers from various shackles, but have also given them new rights and opportunities. In such a short span of time, these rights have started reducing the problems of farmers," he said.
His remarks come at a time when thousands of farmers, mostly from Punjab, have dug in their heels at Delhi's border points and hundreds have gathered at the city's Burari ground, united in their determination to hold protests against the new farm laws.
LIVE: Tikri border closed for traffic movement as farmers continue to protest agri laws
Tikri border has been closed for any traffic as the farmers continue to protest the Centre's farm laws, said DelhiTraffic Police on Sunday. With this, the available open borders to Haryana are Jharoda, Dhansa, Daurala Jhatikera, Badusari, Kapashera, Rajokri NH 8, Bijwasan/Bajghera, Palam Vihar and Dundahera.
"Tikri border is closed for any traffic movement. Available Open Borders to Haryana are following Borders Jharoda, Dhansa, Daurala Jhatikera, Badusari, Kapashera, Rajokri NH 8, Bijwasan/Bajghera, Palam vihar and Dundahera borders," Delhi Traffic Police tweeted.
Meanwhile, Manjeet Sheoran, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) East District said that the farmers have not been allowed to move anywhere except Burari.
"If they (farmers) are planning to move towards Burari, we will accompany them till there but permission has not been granted to them to move somewhere else. We have outside forces and Delhi Police constables are with us. We have all the adequate arrangements," said Sheoran.
On the other hand, commuters headed towards the national capital from other states said they are facing problems due to road blockade at the Singhu border (Delhi-Haryana border).
Protesting farmers not 'properly understood' new farm laws: Niti Aayog member
Niti Aayog Member (Agriculture) Ramesh Chand has said protesting farmers have not fully or properly understood the new farm laws, asserting that these legislations have potential to increase farm income in a big way. He further said that the motive of the three new farm laws is exactly the opposite of what the protesting farmers have understood.
In an interview to PTI, Chand said, "The way, I am reading these farmers, who are protesting, it looks like that they have not fully or properly understood these three laws."
"If these new farm laws are allowed to be implemented, there are very high chances of big increase in income of the farmers and in many states, it may even double," he said while replying to a question on whether the government is still confident of doubling farm income by 2022.
The Narendra Modi-led NDA government has set a target of doubling farmers' income by 2022. On September 27, President Ram Nath Kovind gave assent to the three farm bills -- The Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020; The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020; and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill 2020.
LIVE: A meeting of farmers underway at Delhi-Haryana border
Centre should withdraw 'anti-farmer laws', says Digvijaya Singh
Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh on Sunday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over ongoing protests against "anti-farmer" laws and said that the Centre should withdraw these legislations. Singh added that these laws should be submitted to the Parliamentary Committee for reconsideration after discussing with the farmers.
"If Modi ji had discussed with the farmers before bringing the anti-farmer laws, why would this situation have happened? Modi ji should withdraw these legislations. And again after discussing with the farmers, submit these laws to the Parliamentary Committee for reconsideration," he tweeted in Hindi.
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 Service Act, 2020, and The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.
LIVE: Farmers continue their protest against the farm laws at Singhu border
It would be better if Centre reconsiders farm laws, says Mayawati
Amid farmers' protests against Union government's agricultural laws, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati said it would be better if the Central government reconsiders the three newly-enacted legislation, stating that the farmers are agitating throughout the country as these laws were made without their consent.
"Farmers are quite angry and agitating throughout the country, expressing their disagreement about the recently enacted three laws related to agriculture by the Central government. In view of this, if the Union government reconsiders these laws, made without the consent of the farmers, it would be better," Mayawati tweeted in Hindi.
As farmers on Sunday continued their protest against the Central farm laws at the Ghaziabad-Delhi border, the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) asked why they were being appealed to shift their demonstration to Nirankari Samagam Ground in Burari on the outskirts of the national capital."Protests happen at Ramlila ground, then why should we go to Nirankari Bhawan, a private facility? We will stay put here today," Bharatiya Kisan Union spokesperson Rakesh Tikait said while speaking to ANI.
Farmers continue protest against Central farm laws, BKU asks 'why they should shift to Delhi's Burari'
As farmers on Sunday continued their protest against the Central farm laws at the Ghaziabad-Delhi border, the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) asked why they were being appealed to shift their demonstration to Nirankari Samagam Ground in Burari on the outskirts of the national capital.
"Protests happen at Ramlila ground, then why should we go to Nirankari Bhawan, a private facility? We will stay put here today," Bharatiya Kisan Union spokesperson Rakesh Tikait said while speaking to ANI.
This comes hours after Union Home Minister Amit Shah appealed to the farmers' union to gather on Nirankari Samagam Ground, saying the Centre was ready to hold talks even before the scheduled day of December 3. Meanwhile, security has been tightened on the Delhi-Haryana border as farmers, who are opposing the farm laws, stayed put at the Delhi border points.
The farmers further said the government should come forward with an "open heart" and not with a "condition". "Amit Shah ji has called for an early meeting on a condition; it is not good. He should have offered talks with an open heart without any condition. We'll hold a meeting tomorrow (Sunday) morning to decide on our response," said BKU's Punjab President.
Govt urges farmers to call off agitation, says ready to hold talks anytime
Amid massive protests by farmers for the third consecutive day, the government on Saturday said it is ready for talks with them anytime and urged them to call off their agitation. Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said that while a meeting with 32 protesting farmer unions has already been scheduled on December 3 to address their concerns, the government is ready to engage the unions' leaders before that if they wish to.
Appealing to farmers to end their protest, the minister said farmer unions' leaders should come for talks because solutions can be found only after the discussion.
"Farmers should end the protest and come for discussion.The Government of India is fully ready for the discussion. If farmer unions' send their proposal, we are ready to consider that," Tomar told PTI. READ ON...
Amit Shah appeals farmers to go to Burari ground; says ready to hold talks
Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday appealed to the farmers to shift to the Burari ground in the national capital to stage their protests and said the Centre is ready to hold discussions with them as soon as they move to the designated place. He also said the government has made arrangements for water, toilets and medical care at the ground in north Delhi so that the farmers are not inconvenienced and they can stage their demonstrations in a democratic and peaceful manner there.
"For the last few days, farmers from Punjab and Haryana and some other parts of the country have come to the border of Delhi. Farmers have gathered on the two major highways coming from Punjab near the border of Delhi since yesterday. Farmers are facing many problems due to heavy cold. Other people are also facing problems.
"Therefore, I have a humble appeal to our farmer brothers that the government has made proper arrangement for you in Burari in Delhi, where you can stage your demonstrations," he said in an appeal in Hindi which was posted in the official WhatsApp group of the home ministry.
Help farmers double their income by 2022 via crop innovation: Rajasthan Governor to agri varsities
Rajasthan Governor Kalraj Mishra on Saturday urged agricultural universities to play a role of farmers' benefactor by apprising them of the latest crop innovation techniques and help them double their income by marketing their products at the global level. He said everyone should work together for the benefit of farmers.
Addressing a virtual convocation ceremony of Kota Agriculture University, the Governor said the universities should implement job-oriented, vocational courses for strengthening the agriculture education.
He also called upon the agriculture scientists, teachers and students to come forward to fulfil the central government's resolve to double the farmers' income by 2022. He said the universities should adopt innovation and work to increase the cultivation of the crops whose cultivation is low. During the function, he also laid the foundation stone of a Constitution Park in the university.
Govt ready for talks with protesting farmers anytime: Agriculture Minister
Amid massive protests for the third consecutive day by farmers heading to the national capital, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Saturday said the Centre is ready for talks with them anytime as he appealed to farmers to call off their agitation and come for discussion. While a meeting with 32 protesting farmer unions has already been scheduled on December 3 to resolve their concerns, the government is ready to engage the farmer unions' leaders before that if they wish, he said.
While the government has maintained that the three new farm laws have been enacted for the benefit of farmers, protesting farmers fear that it might dismantle procurement at minimum support price (MSP) and corporatise farming.
Speaking to PTI, Tomar said, "The Government of India is in continuous discussion with farmers. Therefore, we invited the farmer union leaders for the second round of talks on December 3. If farmers wish, we are ready for discussion before that (December 3)."
Appealing to farmers to end the protest, the minister said farmer unions' leaders should come for talks because solutions can be found only after the discussion.
Farmers continue protest at Delhi border points for third day, refuse to move to Burari ground
Thousands of farmers continued to protest the Centre's new farm laws at the Singhu and Tikri borders on Saturday blocking national highways for the third day as they refused to move to the designated protest site in north Delhi, a day after they clashed with security personnel who stopped them from entering the city.
The protesting farmers from Punjab also got support from their Uttar Pradesh counterparts when some groups from Meerut, Muzaffarnagar and Ghaziabad gathered at the Ghazipur border and breached the first layer of barricades put up by the Delhi Police. They, however, later decided to move back a few metres and stay put there.
The police were using drones to keep a tight vigil on the protest site where 600 farmers had gathered after entering Delhi. At the Singhu border, protestors held a meeting and decided to stay put on Saturday night. They said a crucial meeting will be held on Sunday to decide their next course of action.
"We held a meeting today and it was decided to stay put here. Tomorrow, there will be another meeting at 11 am and till then, we are at the Singhu border," Baljeet Singh Mahal, Jalandhar's unit president of Bhartiya Kisan Union Kadia, said.
Farmers' protest is a conspiracy hatched by Congress: Keshav Prasad Maurya
Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya on Saturday appealed to farmers to withdraw their protest and alleged that the agitation was "nothing but a conspiracy hatched by the Congress".
"Being the son of a farmer, I want to say to the farmers of the country and Uttar Pradesh that this type of protest is nothing but a conspiracy hatched by the Congress. It is an anti-farmer, anti-poor party by birth. Congress is playing with the emotions of farmers. I appeal to the farmers to take back this protest," Maurya told ANI.
Maurya said efforts were being made to increase income of farmers and improve their living standards.
"Prime Minister Modi is sincerely working to uplift the downtrodden and the backward. The farm laws brought by the central government will help the farmers," he said.
On Saturday, farmers reached at Ghaziabad-Delhi border in support of 'Delhi Chalo' protest march. The farmers have embarked on 'Dilli Chalo' march to protest against the three farm laws. The Tikri border has been opened to enable farmers to proceed to the ground marked for their protest.
Farmers to decide next course of action on Sunday
Farmers will stay wherever they are for now and the next course of action will be decided on Sunday, a union leader said. Bharatiya Kisan Union (Dakaunda) president Buta Singh Burjgill over the phone said no decision has yet been taken on shifting to the Burari ground in Delhi, a place earmarked for their agitation by police.
It has been decided that on Saturday night, protesting farmers will stay wherever they are, he said, adding that a large number of them have assembled at the Singhu and Tikri borders with the national capital. He said representatives of several farmers' organisations will hold another round of meeting on Sunday to decide the next course of action.
However, the BKU (Ekta-Ugrahan), one of the largest farmer organisations in Punjab, said they will not go to the Burari ground in Delhi.
We urge the Union government to give us a place at the Jantar Mantar for the agitation. We will not go to the Burari ground at any cost, said BKU (Ekta-Ugrahan) senior vice-president Jhanda Singh Jethuke. Meanwhile, Punjab BJP president Ashwani Sharma urged farmers take to discussions to resolve their issues. Sharma urged them to avoid holding demonstrations.
Agri laws: Farmers protest at Ghaziabad's UP Gate
A large number of farmers staged a protest against the Centre's farm laws at the Ghaziabad's UP Gate on Saturday. Led by Bharatiya Kisan Union's national president Rakesh Tikait, farmers said they will continue their stir till the Centre does not give a written assurance about the continuation of the minimum support price (MSP) system.
Tikait said farmers associated with the body will not go the Delhi's Burari ground, a place earmarked for protests by police. The protesting farmers will decide the future course of action on Sunday. Till the Union government does not give us as a written assurance about the MSP for crops, we will continue our stir, Tikait said.
In case any buyer procures the agricultural produce below the MSP, he should be jailed and for this, the government must pass a law, he said, stressing that the agitating farmers will proceed to the Jantar Mantar in New Delhi to stage a sit-in.
AAP MLA mets farmers at Burari's Nirankari Samagam Ground in Delhi
Delhi: AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan meets farmers at Burari's Nirankari Samagam Ground - the approved site for protest against Farm laws. He says, "MLAs and workers come here to ensure that they don't face any problem of food or stay, we'll take care of it as long as they stay here." pic.twitter.com/uLozoodQXI
Accept Amit Shah's appeal, Punjab CM urges protesting farmers
Punjab CM Amarinder Singh on Saturday urged the protesting farmers to reciprocate to Union Home Minister Amit Shah's gesture by accepting his appeal to shift to a designated place, thus paving the way for early talks to resolve their issues. Reacting to Shah's offer to hold discussions with the farmers at the earliest, Amarinder Singh said it is in the best interest of the farming community and the nation at large.
Shah's statement reflecting the Centre's willingness to listen to the farmers is a welcome step, said the Chief Minister, stressing that the only solution to the current stalemate on the farm laws issue is discussion. Since the Home Minister has made it clear that the government of India is "ready to deliberate on every problem and demand" of the farmers, and would hold talks the day after the farmers shift to the designated site in Delhi for their protest, the leaders should also move forward, said the Chief Minister.
Only by sitting across the table can both sides come to a solution to the problem, he added.
Pointing out that the purpose of their protest is not to block highways and inconvenience people but to pressurise the Central government to listen to their voice, the Chief Minister said the farmers have already won half the battle by bringing the Union government to the negotiating table without further delay.
Punjab CM urges farmers to recipocrate to Amit Shah's appeal, shift protest site
Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh has urged farmers to reciprocate the Union Home Minister’s gesture by accepting his appeal to shift to a designated place, thus paving the way for early talks to resolve their issues: Punjab Chief Minister's Office
400 farmers protesting farm laws gather in Delhi's Burari; say they're prepared for a long haul
Raising slogans, singing songs and carrying flags in reds, greens and blues, around 400 farmers with affiliation to different outfits from a number of states on Saturday gathered at north Delhi's Burari ground where they have been permitted to hold a peaceful protest against the new farm reform laws. While thousands of farmers stayed put at the Singhu and Tikri borders of Delhi for the third consecutive day amid heavy police presence, many made their way into the national capital and gathered at the Nirankari ground, one of the largest in the city.
The farmers, mostly from Punjab and Haryana and also from Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, arrived in trucks and tractors. Bhuvan Singh Yadav had started his journey from Gwalior on November 24 and reached Delhi via Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh along with several other members of the All India Krishak Khet Majdoor Sangathan (AIKKMS). "We were stopped by the Uttar Pradesh police at the Rajasthan-UP border on a bridge, but we did not go back. We continued to protest on the bridge even when it rained. Eventually police had to give in," he said. "We came here with our questions and will return with the answers," Yadav said.
Govt is ready to deliberate on every problem and demand of the farmers: Shah
Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday said appealed to the protesting farmers that governmentt of India is ready to hold talks. He said that agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar has invited them on December 3 for discussion.
He said that the govt is ready to deliberate on every problem & demand of the farmers.
"At many places, farmers are staying with their tractors & trollies on highways in this cold. I appeal to them that Delhi Police are ready to shift you to big ground, please go there. You will be given police permission to hold programmes there. If farmers' unions want to hold discussion before 3rd December then, I want to assure you all that as soon as you shift your protest to designated place, our government will hold talks to address your concerns the very next day," said Shah
#WATCH | I appeal to the protesting farmers that govt of India is ready to hold talks. Agriculture Minister has invited them on December 3 for discussion. Govt is ready to deliberate on every problem & demand of the farmers: Union Home Minister Amit Shah pic.twitter.com/pby5YjpMcI
Khattar is lying that he tried calling me earlier & I did not respond: Punjab CM
Khattar is lying that he tried calling me earlier & I did not respond. But now, after what he has done to my farmers, I'll not speak to him even if he calls me 10 times: Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh
Haryana CM alleges Capt Amarinder denied to discuss farmers' protest
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Saturday thanked the farmers of the state for not participating in the demonstration against the three contentious agricultural laws passed by the Centre in September. Khattar was in the city to head a meeting of the District Public Relations and Public Prevention Committee. The CM alleged that the farmers' protest is mainly sponsored by the political parties of Punjab and some other organizations there.
Khattar added that during the past three days he wanted to discuss with his Punjab counterpart Captain Amarinder Singh about the farmers' movement but the latter did not respond to his phone calls. He said that he himself could not understand the exact reason behind this ignorance on the part of the Punjab Chief Minister. "Some political parties are misleading the farmers which is unfortunate and condemnable," the Haryana CM said, adding that "the farmers demonstration is motivated by the Punjab government because his cardholders were leading the entire farmer's movement".
Farmers' protest LIVE: Farmers arrive at Ghaziabad-Delhi border
Farmers arrive at Ghaziabad-Delhi border in support of 'Delhi Chalo' protest march.
"We want guarantee in Minimum Support Price (MSP). We're going to discuss with other farmer groups & then decide on further plans," says a farmer. pic.twitter.com/RxoxSfxIoc
Farners' protest LIVE: Permission for peaceful protest at Brari ground granted: Delhi Police
Permission for conducting a peaceful protest has already been granted. Delhi Police is all set for facilitating protestors to proceed to Buarari ground. We request protestors to behave responsibly: Gaurav Sharma, DCP, Outer North District, Delhi.
Farmers' protest LIVE: Farmers decide to continue protest at Delhi-Haryana border at Singhu
Farmers' meeting ends at Delhi-Haryana border at Singhu. "It has been decided that we'll continue our protest here & will not go anywhere else. We will meet at 11 am every day to discuss our strategy," says Harinder Singh General Secretary, Bhartiya Kisan Union, Punjab.
Rajasthan Farmers take out procession in Jaipur in support of 'Delhi Chalo' protest
Rajasthan Farmers take out procession in Jaipur in support of 'Delhi Chalo' protest
"I ask the govt for open debate & then we'll see if the result is in favour of farmers. We ask them to add another law that will guarantee Minimum Support Price (MSP)," says a farmer
Delhi Police says Tikri border still closed due to farmers' protest
Tikri border is closed for any traffic movement. Available open borders to Haryana are following - Jharoda, Dhansa, Daurala Jhatikera, Badusari, Kapashera, Rajokri NH 8, Bijwasan/Bajghera, Palam vihar and Dundahera borders: Delhi Traffic Police
Singhu border still closed, Delhi Police urges commuters to take alternative route
Singhu border is still closed from both sides. Please take alternate route. Traffic diverted from Mukarba Chowk & GTK road. Traffic is very very heavy. Please avoid outer ring road from signature bridge to Rohini & vice versa, GTK road, NH 44 & Singhu border: Delhi Traffic Police
Farmers' protest LIVE: Have unwanted elements in the crowd: Haryana CM on Khalistani agenda
#WATCH We've inputs of some such unwanted elements in crowd. We've reports, will disclose once it's concrete. They raised such slogans. In videos they said 'jab Indira Gandhi ko ye kar sakte hain, to Modi ko kyu nahi kar sakte': Haryana CM on Khalistan elements in #FarmerProtestpic.twitter.com/ZZQrDTfDA0
Treating farmers with dereliction done only by BJP: Akhilesh Yadav
Treating farmers with such dereliction has never been done by any party except BJP. These are the same people who had told farmers that they'd not only waive loans but would bring in policies which would double farmers' income: Akhilesh Yadav, Samajwadi Party chief & former UP CM
Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav speaks to the media. Photo: PTI
Traffic movement hit in key roads of Delhi as police keep Singhu, Tikri borders closed
Traffic movement was affected on key roads in Delhi on Saturday as police kept the Singhu and the Tikri borders closed for vehicles. The Delhi Traffic Police tweeted that traffic movement was not allowed from Azadpur and Outer Ring Road towards the Singhu border. "We appeal to commuters to avoid travelling towards the Singhu and Tikri borders, Mukarba Chowk, NH-44, GT-Karnal Road and Outer Ring Road," Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Meenu Chaudhary said.
Saturday being a holiday for most office goers, the traffic situation in other parts is better than Friday, she said. On Friday, the Delhi Police had curtailed movement at several places, including Dhansa, Jharoda Kalan, Tikri, Gurugram, Singhu and Chilla, to prevent protesting farmers from entering Delhi. Sections of Outer Ring Road, Mukarba Chowk, GT Karnal Road, NH-44 were also closed. The restrictions led to chaos and confusion among commuters who were stuck for hours.
Some of the chaos eased out later in the day after police allowed the farmers to enter the national capital. Farmers, representing over 30 farm bodies, have called a 'Delhi Chalo' march through several routes -- Lalru, Shambhu, Patiala-Pehowa, Patran-Khanauri, Moonak-Tohana, Ratia-Fatehabad and Talwandi-Sirsa. They have been demanding that the central government repeal the new farm laws, which, they say, should be replaced with another set of legislations framed after wider consultation with the stakeholders.
Govt ready to resolve farmers' issues, have invited them for talks on Dec 3: Tomar
Government is ready for talks with farmer unions to resolve their issues. We have invited them for talks on December 3. I hope that they will come to the meeting. I urge political parties not to play politics in the name of farmers: Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar
Narendra Singh Tomar (Photo: Twitter)
Farmers at Singhu, Tikri borders stay put, most refuse to go to north Delhi protest site
Thousands of farmers protesting the Centre's new agri laws stayed put at the Singhu and Tikri border points for the third consecutive day on Saturday amid heavy police presence even after being offered a north Delhi ground to hold peaceful demonstrations. Numbers swelled at the Singhu border point as farmers gathered there were joined by more counterparts from Punjab and Haryana and they refused to move towards the Sant Nirankari Ground, one of the biggest in the national capital. Joint Commissioner of Police (Northern range) Surender Singh Yadav, who took stock of security arrangements at the Singhu border, told reporters that around 600 to 700 farmers have so far reached the north Delhi ground.
Yadav said police and administration have made sufficient arrangements for the farmers at the designated protest site, adding that he hoped more would go there. On Saturday morning, protesting farmers from Punjab and Haryana gathered at the Singhu border, one of the main routes used to access the city from Punjab, held a meeting to decide their next course of action. After the meeting, a farmer leader said they would continue their protest there at the border.
"We will not move from here (Singhu Border) and continue our fight. We will not return home. Thousands of farmers have come from Punjab and Haryana to join the protest," he said. Another farmer said they would sit at the border and not move to the Nirankari Ground. "We will not go to new protest site, and we will continue our protest at the national highway," he said. On Friday, hundreds of farmers entered the national capital to hold a peaceful protest at the Sant Nirankari Ground after facing teargas and water cannons and clashing with security personnel while thousands remained at border points, undecided whether to go to the demonstration site identified by police.
AAP's welcome banners come up as farmers camp at Burari ground
Even as a section of Delhi-bound farmers were allowed to visit north Delhi's Burari ground to hold their protest, banners were put by the ruling Aam Aadmi Party to welcome the protesters in the national capital.
"Farmers of the country are warmly welcomed to Delhi," read the banners put up by the AAP on behalf of party's area MLAs in the Burari ground, also known as Nirankari ground, and nearby streets.
Meanwhile, women members of organisations supporting the farmers -- protesting against three central agricultural laws -- voiced their demands through various tribal dances.
Farmers gathered at Singhu, Tikri border points refuse to head to north Delhi protest site
Thousands of farmers gathered at the Singhu border held a meeting on Saturday morning amid heavy security presence and decided to continue demonstrating there even after being offered a site in north Delhi to hold their protest.
Those gathered at the Tikri border continued to hold ground as well. A decision on whether they would head to the designated protest site is expected soon.
After the meeting at the Singhu border, one of the main routes used to access the city from Punjab, a farmer leader said they would not move and continue their protest there.
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Heavy security deployment at Singhu (Delhi-Haryana) border where protesting farmers are gathered
Farmers protest LIVE: Swelling farmers protests braving severe repression does not move callous Modi govt over urgency for new laws, tweets Sitaram Yechury
Swelling farmers protests braving severe repression does not move callous Modi government over urgency for new laws to protect the kisan entitlements.
I had written, 15/6/2017, to PM Modi to enact a new law 'Right to Sell at MSP' .
No response till date.https://t.co/OzpCazlhEUpic.twitter.com/Azaj0I7HQY
CPI MP Binoy Viswam said the use of tear gas, water cannons, lathi charge and other excesses by the police forces against the farmers was "yet another example of the way this government suppresses democratic voices and stifles dissent."
"Their actions cannot be condoned and are an anathema to the Indian Constitution. After their (the three laws) passing, protests have raged across various parts of the country and numerous representations have met with the government, only to be met with empty promises. The protests that are currently centred around Delhi are a direct response to the anti-people, anti-democratic and fascist stance of the ruling party, he said in a statement.
CPI general secretary D Raja too condemned the police action on the farmers and said the Haryana government and Delhi Police under the Home Ministry should be criticised for their "high-handed manner".
"We continue to stand in support of the farmers of this country. If the farmers have any grievances, they have the right to come to the capital city of this country, he said.
Farmers, participating in 'Delhi Chalo' protest march, settle in for the night at Nirankari Samagam Ground in Burari
Farmers, participating in 'Delhi Chalo' protest march, settle in for the night at Nirankari Samagam Ground in Burari, where they have been permitted to hold their protest against Farm Laws.
Arrangements have been made for the farmers at the Ground, by Delhi Government.
Farmer protest LIVE: From Singhu border to Burari, farmers spend a busy Friday
After the day-long confrontation at Delhi-Haryana's Singhu and Tikri borders, the Delhi Police on Friday finally allowed thousands of farmers to enter Delhi for a planned protest against the new Central farm laws.
Even after the Delhi Police announced that they could enter the city escorted by cops, tear gas shells were lobbed at regular intervals and water sprays continued to push the crowd back as many wanted to march towards the Ramlila ground in Delhi and not the designated Nirankari ground in North Delhi's Burari. Some farmers were also reportedly injured in the action along with some policemen.
The farmers with tractors and trolleys carrying food and essential supplies for days had been trying to enter Delhi from multiple points, defying barricades and barbed wires put up by Delhi Poice to restrict their entry.