Farmers' protests LIVE: Unions reject Centre's proposal to set up panel

Peaceful sit-ins by farmers, mostly from Punjab and Haryana, continued for the sixth day at the Singhu and Tikri borders
Farmers' protest Day 6: The Centre on Tuesday offered to set up a committee to look into issues raised by farmers protesting against new farm laws, but it was rejected by representatives of 35 agitating organisations during their marathon meeting with three union ministers that ended without any resolution. The meeting remained inconclusive and the government has called for another round of discussions on Thursday.

The government has asked farmers' bodies to identify specific issues related to the three new farm laws and submit those by Wednesday for consideration.

 
Hundreds of farmers gathered at the Noida and Delhi border on Tuesday, stopping traffic movement on a key route connecting Uttar Pradesh with the national capital. The protesting farmers have expressed apprehension that the Centre's farm laws would pave the way for the dismantling of the minimum support price system.

 
Peaceful sit-ins by farmers, mostly from Punjab and Haryana, continued for the sixth day at the Singhu and Tikri borders with no untoward incident reported. Long queues of vehicles choked the roads as the Delhi Police kept the Singhu and Tikri borders closed and heightened checking at others.

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Amidst farmers' agitation, govt procures more paddy on MSP

Amidst the farmers' agitation, the Central government has procured more paddy on MSP than the last years, with purchase of over 318.00 LMTs of paddy up to November 30, an official statement said on Tuesday. The purchase during the same period last year was of 268.15 LMT which shows an increase of 18.58 per cent over last year.


Out of the total, Punjab alone has contributed 202.77 LMT which is 63.76 per cent of total procurement. The government has continued to procure Kharif 2020-21 crops at its MSP from farmers as per the existing schemes. Paddy procurement for Kharif 2020-21 is continuing smoothly in Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Uttarakhand, Tamil Nadu, Chandigarh, Jammu & Kashmir, Kerala, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Maharashtra, the statement said,

Farmers' stir: Heavy police force deployed, 3 more Delhi border points closed

The national capital's border points were under heavy police deployment on Tuesday with concrete barriers and multilayered barricades put in place as farmers agitating against the Centre's new agri laws blocked the Delhi-Noida border. Two more border points connecting the national capital with Gurgaon and Jhajjar-Bahadurgarh were closed as precautionary measures, leading to heavy traffic jams in several parts of the city. With this, in total five border points, including Singhu and Tikri, have been closed due to the protest.


The protest by farmers at the Delhi border points entered the sixth day and is set to continue as the critical talks between three Union ministers and farmer groups ended in a stalemate on Tuesday after they rejected the government's suggestion of a new committee to look into issues raised by agitating farmers. The two sides, however, decided to meet again on Thursday. Earlier in the day, Bhim Army chief Chandrashekar Azad joined the protesting farmers at the Delhi-Ghazipur border along with hundreds of his supporters and demanded that the new farms laws be withdrawn immediately.


Also, Bilkis Dadi, the octogenarian who was the face of the months-long anti-citizenship law protest in the national capital and featured in the Time magazine, was stopped by the Delhi Police personnel at the Singhu Border where thousands of farmers have been demonstrating, officials said.

Centre deliberately prolonging farmers' problems: SAD

The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Tuesday blamed the Centre for failure of talks with the farmer leaders, saying it was deliberately prolonging and deepening the farmers' problems with an aim of tiring them out. The government on Tuesday suggested setting up a committee to look into issues raised by farmers protesting against new farm laws, but it was rejected by representatives of 35 agitating organisations during their marathon meeting with three union ministers that ended without any resolution.


The meeting at Vigyan Bhawan in the national capital remained inconclusive and the government has called for another round of discussions on Thursday, December 3, farmer union leaders said. The SAD, which had quit the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) over the new farm legislation in September, cautioned the farmers' organisations against alleged conspiracies to trap them with misleading and vague commitments through tricks like setting up a committee.


Setting up a committee is merely a part of the delaying tactics to tire the farmers out, the party alleged in a release here. But this shows how little does the BJP know about the strength, stamina and staying power of our brave farmers, senior Akali leaders Balwinder Singh Bhunder and Sikandar Singh said in a joint statement issued here. The SAD praised farmer leaders for not biting the government's committee bait and for not blinking at the critical hour. It said the failure of Tuesday's talks is the result of the government's refusal to focus on the specific demands of the poor and beleaguered farmers.

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LIVE: Will submit draft issues related to farm laws by Dec 2, says BKU chief

We'll submit a draft of our issues related to Farm laws tomorrow. Govt has started a conversation with Punjab, UP, Uttarakhand, Haryana & Delhi farmers. So, till the next meeting on Dec 3rd, govt has time to brainstorm over the issues raised by all: Naresh Tikait, BKU President

LIVE: Govt asks farmer unions to submit specific issues in farm laws by Wednesday

The government has asked farmers' bodies to identify specific issues related to the three new farm laws and submit those by Wednesday for consideration and discussion in the next round of talks on Thursday, an official statement said after a nearly three-hour-long meeting remained inconclusive. Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, Railways and Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal, and Minister of State for Commerce and Industries Som Prakash on Tuesday interacted with the representatives of 35 farmers organisations, mainly from Punjab.
 
During the meeting at Vigyan Bhawan here, the ministers explained the benefits of farm reform acts to the representatives of the farmers' Unions. Various issues related to these laws were discussed at length and talks were held in a cordial atmosphere, the agriculture ministry said in its statement.
 
Tomar emphasised that the government is fully committed towards the welfare of farmers and agriculture development is always on the top priority.
 
"During the deliberations, the Union Agriculture Minister proposed to constitute an expert committee to put forth the issues of farmers so as to resolve them with mutual consent but the representative of the farmers unions suggested that all the representatives will attend a further round of discussions with the Government to resolve the matter amicably," the statement said.

Farmers should flag specific issues in laws, Govt ready to look into them: Narendra Singh Tomar

As a meeting with representatives of protesting farmers remained inconclusive, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said on Tuesday they have been asked to come with specific issues in the new farm laws and the government is ready to discuss and address their concerns. The government had called a meeting with 35 representatives of agitating farmers at Vigyan Bhawan hereafter large-scale protests by various farmer groups, including from Punjab and Haryana, entered its sixth day on various borders of the national capital.
 
"We had a detailed discussion. We will again meet on December 3. We suggested to them to form a small committee, but they said they all will be present in the meeting. So, we agreed to that," Tomar told PTI after the meeting.
 
Asked why the government was holding a separate discussion with Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) chief Rakesh Tikait, the minister said, "They have come to us, so we are discussing with them also. We are ready to discuss with all farmers." Asked when the deadlock will end, he said, "The time will decide."

Talks with farmers good, fourth round of talks on Dec 3: Agriculture Minister

LIVE: Farmers-govt dialogue inconclusive, next round of talks on Thursday

The more than three-hour-long dialogue between a group of more than 32 farmer union leaders and the government remained inconclusive on Tuesday. The fourth round of talks will be held on Thursday. The farmers declared that they will continue their protest and the agitation will be strengthened day by day until they do not get a solution to their demands from the government.
 
Farmer leaders, however, said the meeting was peaceful but the government was not ready to repeal its three farm laws, and proposed to form a committee to study and clarify law-related misconceptions to resolve the ongoing deadlock. Some of the farmers raised the issue that Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh were not present in the meeting despite the government's promise that they will be part of the discussions.
 
At the end of meeting, which began at Vigyan Bhawan in Central Delhi, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said "The third round of meeting has ended and the fourth round of meeting will be held on Thursday (December 3)." December 3 is also the date that was earlier decided by the government to hold talks with farmers.
 
Bharatiya Kisan Union General Secretary (Punjab), Balwant Singh told IANS: "The meeting was inconclusive".

Protesting farmers show black flags to Union minister Rattan Lal Kataria

A group of over one hundred farmers protesting against the Centre's farm laws on Tuesday showed black flags to Union minister Rattan Lal Kataria in Jandli village adjoining Ambala city. The Union minister of state for Jal Shakti was accompanied by the BJP MLA from Ambala city, Aseem Goel, and some local party leaders.
 
Kataria, who is an MP from Ambala, had come to Jandli village to lay the foundation stone of an underbridge on the Ambala-Rajpura rail section.
 
The farmers, most of them youths, waved black flags outside the venue while Kataria was speaking. They also raised anti-government slogans and asked the minister and other BJP leaders to go back. A farmer leader, Charanjit Singh, said that the state government was falsely claiming that none of the farmers from Haryana were participating in the ongoing protest against farm laws near Delhi's borders.

Talks with farmers good, fourth round of talks on Dec 3: Agriculture Minister

Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said on Tuesday that meeting with representatives of protesting farmers was "good" and the fourth round of talks will be held on December 3. The minister told the media after Tuesday's talks that the government was keen on a group being formed but farmers' leaders wanted that the talks should be held with everyone.
 
"The meeting was good and we have decided that the talks will be held on December 3. We wanted a small group to be constituted but farmers' leaders wanted that the talks should be held with everyone, we do not have a problem with it," the minister said.
 
The government had asked farmers' leaders to give names of four to five people from their organizations and constitute a committee which will also have representatives from the government besides agricultural experts to discuss new agricultural laws.

Students join farmers' protest against farm laws at Singhu, Tikri borders

Students from various universities in Delhi on Tuesday joined the farmers protesting at Singhu and Tikri borders and expressed solidarity with them in their fight against the Centre's new farm laws. The protesters part of a student outfit, Krantikari Yuva Sangathan (KYS), demanded that three farm legislations should be revoked unconditionally and the BJP government at the Centre should apologise to the people for introducing such "anti-people laws".
 
"We have launched agitations in different states in solidarity with the on-going movement and to bring to the fore the issues being faced especially by the most exploited section -- agricultural workers in the farming sector.
 
Through the enactment of new laws, the BJP government is aiming to benefit the corporates and rich farmers, and completely pauperize the small-marginal farmers and agricultural workers," the KYS said in a statement. Besides revocation of the new agri laws, the KYS also asked the government to take "pro-active steps in allocating lands to agricultural workers" and thereby encourage co-operative farming among them to end their exploitation.

Farmers' protests LIVE: Unions reject Govt offer to set up committee; talks remain inconclusive

The government on Tuesday offered to set up a committee to look into issues raised by farmers protesting against new farm laws, but it was rejected by representatives of 35 agitating organisations during their marathon meeting with three union ministers that ended without any resolution. The meeting remained inconclusive and the government has called for another round of discussions on Thursday, December 3, union leaders said. Government officials said the dialogue would continue and the next round of talks have been scheduled for Thursday.

Farmer representatives were unanimous in seeking repeal of the three laws that they have been terming as being against the interest of the farm community.
 
The protesting farmers have expressed apprehension that the Centre's farm laws would pave the way for the dismantling of the minimum support price system, leaving them at the mercy of big corporates.
 
The government has maintained that the new laws will bring farmers better opportunities and usher in new technologies in agriculture. At the nearly three-hour-long meeting at Vigyan Bhawan here, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar was accompanied by Railways and Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal and Minister of State for Commerce Som Parkash, also an MP from Punjab.

LIVE: Centre offers to form committee, farmers reject proposal

The government's proposal to form a committee to study the three contentious farms laws was rejected by farmer unions during the ongoing talks called by Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Tuesday to resolve the issues raised by agitating farmers.
 
Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Roop Singh Sanna told IANS that the government proposed to form a committee to study and discuss issues related to the three farm laws enacted in September during Monsoon Session of Parliament.
 
The farmers' leader, while sharing inputs received from its union members attending the farmers-ministers ongoing meeting at Vigyan Bhawan, said the government offered to select four-five members from farmers association to form the committee in which there will be some government members. He said that all the "union leaders unanimously rejected" the government's offer.

LIVE: We appeal to farmers to suspend protests, says Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar

Meeting between farmers' leaders and Centre concludes; next talks on Dec 3

Farmers' protest: BJP ally in Haryana suggests giving written assurance on MSP

The BJP's ruling coalition partner in Haryana, the Jannayak Janata Party, on Tuesday suggested that the Centre should give a written assurance to farmers that the minimum support price system will continue. The remark by JJP president Ajay Chautala comes on the day independent MLA Sombir Sangwan withdrew support to the BJP-led government in the state, also expressing support for the farmers against the new farm laws.
 
The farmer unions say the three agri-marketing laws enacted by the BJP-led government at the Centre in September will lead to the dismantling of the MSP system.
 
While the Centre has said the MSP system will continue, many protesting farmers are seeking an assurance in writing, if not a repeal of the new laws. Some are suggesting an amendment to the laws, adding the assurance. Chautala said the assurance on the MSP has been repeatedly made by the Centre, including by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar.

Farmers gather at Delhi-Noida border, key route closed for movement

Hundreds of farmers gathered at the Noida and Delhi border on Tuesday, stopping traffic movement on a key route connecting Uttar Pradesh with the national capital. The farmers remained at the Chilla border where police have been deployed on both the Delhi as well as Noida side in huge numbers, prohibiting the protestors from proceeding towards the national capital.
 
In view of the closure of the road, the traffic police of Delhi and Noida have advised commuters to take alternative routes.
 
"Chilla border that links Delhi to UP through Noida has been closed. Those drivers who want to go to Noida can take U-turn from under the Ghazipur-Akshardham flyover and also through Sarai Kale Khan," the Delhi Traffic Police tweeted. Its Noida counterpart also took to Twitter to caution commuters.
 
"The Chilla border has been closed due to the ongoing protest by farmers. Commuters can take alternative Kalindi Kunj or DND routes to go to their destination," it stated.

LIVE: Govt offers to set up committee to look into farmers' issues

The government on Tuesday offered to set up a committee to look into the issues raised by farmers protesting against new farm laws, as three union ministers and senior officials met representatives of 35 agitating organisations. Farmer representatives were yet to respond to the offer from the government more than two hours into the meeting, but all of them were unanimous in seeking repeal of the three laws that they have been terming as being against the interest of the farm community.
 
The protesting farmers have expressed apprehension that the Centre's farm laws would pave the way for the dismantling of the minimum support price system, leaving them at the mercy of big corporates. The government has maintained that the new laws will bring farmers better opportunities and usher in new technologies in agriculture.
 
For the meeting at Vigyan Bhawan here, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar was accompanied by Railways and Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal and Minister of State for Commerce Som Parkash, also an MP from Punjab.
 
"We are ready for a discussion to resolve their issues. Let's see," Tomar had told reporters as he arrived for the meeting.
 
He further said the government will arrive at a solution after hearing the representatives of the farmer organisations. Heavy security arrangements were in place around the meeting venue.

LIVE: Chilla border (Delhi-Noida Link Road) closed in wake of protesting farmers

Out to support agitating farmers, Shaheen Bagh's Bilkis Dadi turned away from Singhu border

Bilkis Dadi, the octogenarian who was the face of the months-long anti-citizenship law protest in the national capital and featured in the Time magazine, was on Tuesday stopped by Delhi Police personnel at the Singhu Border where thousands of farmers have been demonstrating against the centre's new farm laws, officials said.
 
Bilkis, popularly known as the Shaheen Bagh Dadi, had expressed her willingness to join the farmers' protest at the Delhi-Haryana border at Singhu. Soon after she reached the border point to extend her support to the agitating farmers, she was stopped by Delhi Police personnel at the border.
 
"She was stopped at the Singhu Border and was escorted by the police back to her home in southeast Delhi," a senior police officer said.

Farmers unions, ministers begin talks on agri laws as protests continue

Government ministers and farmers on Tuesday evening began talks in Delhi as protests against new agricultural laws continued outside Delhi, media reports said.
Thirty-five farmers' representatives are meeting Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Railway Minister Piyush Goyal in Delhi, said NDTV.
 
Home Minister Amit Shah met Tomar Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, and BJP president JP Nadda, for the second time in 48 hours to discuss the sixth day of protests near Delhi. Tomar on Monday had invited leaders of farmer unions for talks on Tuesday, instead of December 3, citing the COVID-19 pandemic and cold, reported PTI.
 
"In our meeting, we have decided to accept the central government's offer to hold talks at 3 pm today. Representatives of protesting farmers will attend the meeting with Union ministers," farmer leader Baljeet Singh Mahal said. READ ON...

Govt will reach solution after discussing farmers' issues: Agriculture Minister

The government on Tuesday expressed confidence that it will reach a solution after discussing issues raised by protesting farmers, as a meeting got underway between union ministers and representatives of over 30 farmer organisations. For the meeting at Vigyan Bhawan here, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar was accompanied by Railways and Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal and Minister of State for Commerce Som Parkash, also an MP from Punjab.
 
"We are ready for a discussion to resolve their issues. Let's see," Tomar told reporters as he arrived for the meeting.
 
He further said the government will arrive at a solution after hearing the representatives of the farmer organisations.
 
Hours before the meeting. Union ministers Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah, Tomar and Goyal, along with BJP chief J P Nadda, had held marathon discussions over the farmers' protest against the Centre's new agriculture reform laws. Peaceful sit-ins by farmers, mostly from Punjab and Haryana, continued at the Singhu and Tikri borders with no untoward incident reported after Friday's violence, while the numbers of protestors swelled at the Ghazipur border on Monday.

LIVE: Meeting with farmers' leaders underway at Vigyan Bhawan

Delhi government notifies one farm law, examining the other two

The Delhi government has notified one of the three central farm laws and is examining the remaining two, officials said on Tuesday.  The Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Ordinance, 2020 was notified on November 23, said a senior Delhi government official.
 
"The remaining two laws are under examination by the development department of the Delhi government," he said.
 
The ruling AAP said the notification allows farmers to sell their crop anywhere, including outside mandis. Selling of fruits and vegetables was already de-regulated in Delhi many years ago; now this holds for grains too, it said.
 
The party has openly supported the farmers demands to scrap the laws. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had also demanded withdrawing of the laws in a protest by AAP at Jantar Mantar last month. Officials said that vegetables and fruits were deregulated in 2014 enabling trading beyond agricultural produce marketing committee managed mandis. The notified law adds foodgrains and poultry to the list, they said.

Farmers' protest: Several former sportspersons to return awards

Several former sportspersons including Padma Shri and Arjuna awardees have extended their support to the agitating farmers and said they will return their awards in protest against the "force" used against the peasants en route to Delhi. Among them are Padma Shri and Arjuna awardee wrestler Kartar Singh, Arjuna awardee basketball player Sajjan Singh Cheema and Arjuna awardee hockey player Rajbir Kaur.
 
They said they will proceed to Delhi on December 5 and will place their awards outside the Rashtrapati Bhavan. They slammed the Centre and Haryana government for using water cannons and teargas against the protesting farmers to stop them from going to Delhi. "We are the children of farmers and they have been holding peaceful agitation for the last several months. Not even a single incident of violence took place.
 
"But water cannons and teargas shells were used against them when they were going to Delhi. If turbans of our elders and brothers are tossed, then what will we do with our awards and honour? We are in support of our farmers. We do not want such awards and that is why we are returning the same," said Cheema on Tuesday.

LIVE: Centre giving detailed presentation to farmers' leaders on MSP and APMC Act

'lll-informed': India on Canada PM Trudeau's remarks on farmers' protest

India on Tuesday strongly reacted to comments by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other leaders there regarding farmers' protest, calling the remarks as "ill-informed" and "unwarranted" as the matter pertained to the internal affairs of a democratic country.
 
"We have seen some ill-informed comments by Canadian leaders relating to farmers in India. Such comments are unwarranted, especially when pertaining to the internal affairs of a democratic country," External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said.
 
In a terse message, the ministry further added that "it is also best that diplomatic conversations are not misrepresented for political purposes." In a video posted on his Twitter account, Trudeau said,"the situation is concerning and we are all very worried about family and friends and I know that is a reality for many of you. Let me remind you, Canada will always be there to defend the right of peaceful protest." READ ON...

Agri reform tells world Indian industry seeks to grow but not at cost of farmers: Smriti Irani

Union Minister Smriti Irani on Tuesday said the agricultural reform undertaken by the government sends out a signal globally that the Indian industry seeks to grow without compromising the interests of the country's farming community.
 
"The agricultural reform that has been led by the Prime Minister tells the world and particularly the Indian community, industry and farmers that the industry seeks to grow but not at the cost of our farming communities," Irani said at a virtual conference organised by the industry body CII.
 
However, the minister for textiles and women and child development did not specify any particular agricultural reform. Thousands of farmers continued to camp and protest at various Delhi border points for the sixth consecutive day on Tuesday against the new farm laws, which they fear will dismantle the minimum support price system and corporatise farming.
 
Besides, Irani said over five lakh farmers have benefited by the cotton procurement valued at over Rs 7,500 crore undertaken by the Cotton Corporation of India for the ongoing season. She said Rs 6,314 crore out of the over Rs 7,500 crore has already been digitally transferred to these farmers directly in their bank accounts.

Police detain Shaheen Bagh activist Bilkis Dadi who reached Delhi-Haryana border to join farmers' protest

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Govt will reach solution after discussing farmers' issues: Agriculture Minister

The government on Tuesday expressed confidence that it will reach a solution after discussing issues raised by protesting farmers, as a meeting got underway between union ministers and representatives of over 30 farmer organisations. For the meeting at Vigyan Bhawan here, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar was accompanied by Railways and Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal and Minister of State for Commerce Som Parkash, also an MP from Punjab.
 
"We are ready for a discussion to resolve their issues. Let's see," Tomar told reporters as he arrived for the meeting.
 
He further said the government will arrive at a solution after hearing the representatives of the farmer organisations.
 
Hours before the meeting. Union ministers Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah, Tomar and Goyal, along with BJP chief J P Nadda, had held marathon discussions over the farmers' protest against the Centre's new agriculture reform laws. Peaceful sit-ins by farmers, mostly from Punjab and Haryana, continued at the Singhu and Tikri borders with no untoward incident reported after Friday's violence, while the numbers of protestors swelled at the Ghazipur border on Monday.

Heavy police force deployed at Delhi border points as farmers' protest enters sixth day

Delhi border points remained under heavy police deployment on Tuesday, with concrete barriers and multilayered barricades in place as protesting farmers continue their agitation against the Centre's new agri laws. For the sixth consecutive day, thousands of farmers have been staging protests at Tigri and Singhu borders amid heavy security deployment but the situation remained peaceful.
 
According to the police, checking of vehicles has also been intensified at the border points as a precautionary measure in view of the "Delhi Chalo" protest march by farmers.
 
Cemented barriers and multilayered barricades have also been put up besides heavy security personnel at Ghazipur border near UP gate where many farmers have been protesting since Saturday, a senior police officer said. The move comes after the agitating farmers threatened to block all entry points to the national capital.

Union Ministers Narendra Singh Tomar and Piyush Goyal hold meeting with farmers' leaders in Delhi

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LIVE: Bhim Army chief visits Ghazipur border to support farmers

Even as scores of farmers owing allegiance to the Bharatiya Kisan Union continued to protest at the Singhu border entry point on the Delhi-Ghaziabad route, Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad visited them on Tuesday to extend his party's support to the cause.
 
"I have come to extend support so that farmers don't feel left alone. Farmers, Dalits and labourers are all the same. If the farmer will not cultivate his land, how will a labourer run his household? I come from a family of labourers. How can I abandon the farmers cause?" he said.
 
Azad asserted that he had come just to extend moral support and not lead the farmers' protest, adding that farmers have not come out on the roads happily.
 
"Why is the central government holding talks after six days? The government knows the strength of the Dalits. The government should have held talk on the very first day. In winter season, farmers are sitting on roads, facing tear-gas shells and water cannons. They are the ones who provide us food," the Bhim Army leader said.
 
He said that the government knew that the farmers had come prepared to sustain their protest over a long period of time and hence the Centre had to listen to them.

Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar arrives for meeting with farmers' leaders

The government should listen to us: Bilkis Dadi, Shaheen Bagh activist

LIVE: Farmer leaders reach Vigyan Bhawan to meet Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar

Amit Shah likely to join key farmer-ministers meeting

Union Home Minister Amit Shah is likely to participate in a much-awaited meeting between farmers and a high-level cabinet ministers' team on Tuesday. Sources said that Shah may join the meeting scheduled at 3 p.m. at Vigyan Bhawan in Central Delhi as demanded by the farmers.
 
The inputs came after Shah went through two back-to-back meetings on farmers issue at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President J.P. Nadda's Motilal Nehru Marg residence on Tuesday in which union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Consumer Affairs Minister Piyush Goyal participated.
 
However, there is no official announcement on whether Shah, who has been engaged in two meetings since 11.30 a.m., would attend the meetings with a group of 36 farmer unions heading towards the venue.
 
Meanwhile, a source confirmed that Rajnath Singh, Tomar and Goyal will hold talks with farmer unions who would put forth their demands such as rollback of three farm laws enacted in September during the Monsoon Session of Parliament and new amendments to these legislations.

Saw some ill-informed comments by Canadian leaders on farmers in India: MEA

Centre's top brass holds discussions ahead of meeting with protesting farmers

Hours before the Centre's meeting with protesting farmers on Tuesday, Union ministers Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah, BJP chief J P Nadda and others held marathon discussions on the matter. The central government has called a meeting with all 32 agitating farmers unions at Vigyan Bhawan here at 3 pm.
 
Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah along with Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Railways Minister Piyush Goyal held a meeting for over three hours over the farmers protest against the Centre's new agriculture reform laws.
 
Peaceful sit-ins by farmers, mostly from Punjab and Haryana, continue at the Singhu and Tikri borders with no untoward incident reported after Friday's violence, while the numbers of protestors swelled at the Ghazipur border on Monday. The opposition parties too stepped up pressure, asking the Centre to "respect the democratic struggle" of the farmers and repeal the laws.
 
The farmers have expressed apprehension that the Centre's farm laws would pave the way for the dismantling of the minimum support price system, leaving them at the "mercy" of big corporates. The government has maintained that the new laws will bring farmers better opportunities and usher in new technologies in agriculture.

Bhim Army Chief Chandrashekhar Azad joins farmers' protest at Delhi-UP border

Ahead of 3 pm talk with farmers, Union Ministers meet to discuss protests, demands

Ahead of the meeting with the farmer leaders at 3 pm today, amid protests against the recent farm laws, several Union Cabinet Ministers are meeting at the residence of BJP President JP Nadda on Tuesday. Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar arrived at the residence of Nadda to hold a meeting to discuss the ongoing farmers' protest ahead of a key meeting later today.
 
Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of Railways, is also expected to join the meeting. Tomar, speaking to the reporters here, said that all the farmers' organisations have been called for a meeting at 3 pm and reiterated that the Central government is ready for discussions.
 
"Farmer leaders have been invited for talks today at 3 pm. The government is always ready for talks. We can't hold discussions on road. Let them come and sit across the table," Tomar said.

Earlier, several meetings were held between Cabinet Ministers and BJP President JP Nadda over the farmers' protest. According to sources, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been taking feedback from senior ministers including Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh and Narendra Singh Tomar.

Over 500 farmers from UP's Bundelkhand to join 'Delhi Chalo' protest

Over 500 farmers from Bundelkhand will join the ongoing farmers' protest at Delhi border points against the new agriculture-related laws on Thursday. Bundelkhand Kisan Union (BKU) national president Vimal Sharma said all the preparations for going to the national capital have been completed and district units have been instructed to participate in the movement in a peaceful manner.
 
"Over 500 farmers from Banda, Chitrakoot, Mahoba, Hamirpur, Jalaun, Jhansi and Lalitpur will go to Delhi on Thursday from their own means with ration and other necessary things to take part in the ongoing farmers' agitation against the farm laws made by the central government," he said.
 
Peaceful protests were underway at both the Singhu and Tikri borders, where farmers had gathered from Punjab and Haryana, for the sixth day.

Conspiracy to grab land of farmers: Akhilesh Yadav

Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday attacked the BJP over the issue of farm laws, charging that under its guise there is a"conspiracy" to grab lands of farmers. The former UP chief minister also accused the government of giving false promises of doubling income of farmers.
 
"We, who do agriculture, clearly understand the conspiracy of grabbing lands of farmers under the guise of farm laws by giving 'jumla' (false promise) of doubling the income. We are struggling as usual with our farmer brothers, so that the structure protecting the MSP, market and agriculture remains intact. BJP is over now!," Yadav said in a tweet in Hindi.
 
Farmers, mostly from Punjab and Haryana, are holding protests at the Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur borders of the national capital against the Centre's new agri-marketing laws.

Narendra Singh Tomar leaves from the residence of BJP President JP Nadda

'Delhi chalo' protest: Farmer unions accept Centre's offer to hold talks over agri laws

Farmer unions on Tuesday decided to attend a meeting with the Centre as protesters continued their agitation at Delhi border points against the government's new farm laws.
 
Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Monday had invited leaders of farmer unions for talks on Tuesday, instead of December 3, citing the COVID-19 pandemic and cold.
 
"In our meeting, we have decided to accept the central government's offer to hold talks at 3 pm today. Representatives of protesting farmers will attend the meeting with Union ministers," farmer leader Baljeet Singh Mahal said.

Conspiracy to grab land of farmers: Akhilesh Yadav

Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday attacked the BJP over the issue of farm laws, charging that under its guise there is a"conspiracy" to grab lands of farmers.
 
The former UP chief minister also accused the government of giving false promises of doubling income of farmers.
 
"We, who do agriculture, clearly understand the conspiracy of grabbing lands of farmers under the guise of farm laws by giving 'jumla' (false promise) of doubling the income. We are struggling as usual with our farmer brothers, so that the structure protecting the MSP, market and agriculture remains intact. BJP is over now!," Yadav said in a tweet in Hindi.

Will attend the meeting called by the government at 3 pm today: RS Mansa, State President, Punjab Kisan Union


Govt in huddle over farmers protest, high level meet at Nadda's residence

In view of the farmers protest gaining momentum, the Centre on Tuesday got in the huddle as the top Ministers of the Narendra Modi government, including Home Minister Amit Shah held talks at the residence of BJP national President J.P. Nadda.
 
Besides Shah, the high level meeting at Nadda's residence is being attended by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar.
 
Speaking to the media ahead of the high level meeting, Tomar said, "Farmer leaders have been invited for talks today at 3 p.m. The government is always ready to talk with farmers and listen to their demands."
 
During the meeting, the ministers are likely to discuss the demands of the farmers.

Farmers' protest LIVE: BJP MPManoj Tiwari slams Rahul Gandhi on issue of farm laws

Attacking Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, BJP MP Manoj Tiwari has termed him as the most "confused leader" and said he has no knowledge about the farm laws passed by the Centre.
 
He also accused the Congress and other opposition parties of provoking farmers against the new agri-marketing laws
 
"Rahul Gandhi is the most confused leader in the world.He does not know about farm laws passed recently.Thefarm laws that Parliament has passed recently have been accepted by all the states of the country except the Congress government of Punjab," Tiwari, who was here for a wedding ceremony on Monday evening, told reporters.
 
Gandhi has been attacking the government over the new agri-marketing laws and urged it to hold talks with farmers protesting on the borders of the national capital.

Protesting farmers try to enter Delhi by breaking barricades at border

Agitating farmers on the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border near Ghazipur on Tuesday tried to enter the national capital by breaking the barricades. However, they were soon pacified by their own leaders.
 
A group of farmers tried to break the police barricades with their tractors, and some others tried to push through the cordon.
 
The development comes ahead of the meeting of farmers with the Centre later in the day.

Government should listen to the demands of the farmers: Kamal Haasan

Government should listen to the demands of the farmers: Kamal Haasan, President, Makkal Needhi Maiam in Chennai

Amit Shah and Narendra Singh Tomar arrive at the residence of Nadda, to hold a meeting over farmers protest


Defence Minister Rajnath Singh arrives at the residence of BJP President JP Nadda, to hold a meeting over farmers protest


Traffic woes continue amid farmers' protest

Serpentine queues of vehicles clogged the roads in parts of the national capital on Tuesday as the Delhi Police kept the Singhu and Tikri borders with Haryana closed for traffic and heightened checking at other places in view of the ongoing farmers' protest.
 
The closure of borders has also resulted in heavy traffic on other alternate routes between Delhi and Haryana.

Keep arrogance aside and give farmers their rights: Rahul Gandhi tells Modi govt

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday asked the government to wake up and shed "arrogance" to provide protesting farmers their rights.
 
Taking to Twitter, Gandhi said everyone was indebted to the farmers for their hard work and this debt would be repaid only by giving them justice.
 
"The food grower is sitting in protest on the roads and fields and speeches are being given on TV.We all are indebted to the hard work of farmers. This debt will be over only by giving them justice and their rights, and not by mistreating them or by beating them with batons or using tear gas against them," he said in a tweet in Hindi.
 
"Wake up and come down from the chair of arrogance and think of giving the farmers their rights," he also said.

Watch: PM Modi blames Oppostion for farmers' protest

Kerala CM urges Centre to listen to protesting farmers

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Tuesday urged the central governmentto "listen" to the farmers, who are on an agitation at Delhi border points against the new agriculture laws and resolve the issue in an amicable manner.
 
In a tweet, Vijayan described the farmers as the "lifeblood" of the country and said it it time to stand with them.
 
"It is time to stand with our farmers. We urge the Government of India to listen to the protesting farmers and resolve the issue in an amicable manner.


Farmer protest LIVE: Tikri Border is closed for any traffic movement

Agri laws: Protesting farm unions to decide on govt's offer to hold talks

Protesting farmers have called a meeting later in the day to take a decision on the Centre's offer to hold talks as they continue their agitation at Delhi border points against the government's new agri laws. "We will hold a meeting today to take a decision whether we should accept the Centre's offer or not," Baljeet Singh Mahal, a farmer leader, said. Read on...

Farmer leaders call meeting before talks with Centre

Farmer leaders belonging to more than 30 unions on Tuesday called for an urgent meeting to take a decision on the invitation for talks from the Central government to discuss the issues on which they have been protesting for the last five days.
 
The farmers meeting will happen at the Singhu border in which the Bharatiya Kisan Union along with 30 other major farmer unions will participate.

Farmers in Ambala raised slogans of 'Kisan Ekta Zindabad'

Delhi Police files FIR over border clash between farmers, security forces

Th Delhi Police has registered an FIR against unidentified people in connection with a clash between farmers and security personnel at the Singhu border last week, officials said on Monday.
 
The FIR has been registered at Alipur police station, they added.
 
On Friday, in view of the protests organised by different farmer unions against the recently passed three agricultural laws, security personnel were deployed at Singhu border to maintain law and order, police said. Read on...

Govt invites Kisan Union for talks today at Vigyan Bhawan, says Tomar

Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Monday invited leaders of the farmer unions for talks on December 1.
 
The meeting will be held at 3 PM at Vigyan Bhawan here, the minister said.

Centre prepones meeting with protesting farmers to Dec 1 after they vow 'decisive battle'

The Centre yesterday night invited agitating farmer unions for talks on December 1, two days ahead of a scheduled meeting, as their stir against the new agri-marketing laws appeared to intensify despite a strong defence of the legislation by the governmen.
 
The development came a day after the protesting farmers rejected the Centre's offer to start talks as soon as they move to Burari and continued to stay put Singhu and Tikri borders of the national capital.
 
"Keeping in view the cold and COVID-19, we have invited leaders of farmer unions for discussion much before the scheduled December 3 meeting," Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said and urged the farmers to end their stir.

Farmers' protest LIVE: Where the agitation stands

Farmers have refused to accept the offer for talks for the second time
They say until their demand — withdrawal of the three farm Acts — is met, their protest will continue
Farmers from Uttar Pradesh have also joined the agitation of Punjab and Haryana farmers and blocked the Delhi-UP border
All eyes are on the December 3 meeting between farmers and the Central government

Farmers' protest LIVE: Besides the neighbouring states of Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, farmers from states like Madhya Pradesh and Kerala also join protests

Urging PM Narendra Modi to listen to their “mann ki baat”, they said that besides the neighbouring states of Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, farmers from states like Madhya Pradesh and Kerala were also joining their protest.

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