Farmers' protest LIVE: SC refuses to entertain pleas on R-Day violence

Barricades and wire fencing placed by Delhi Police at Ghazipur border to keep farmers from entering the national capital, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021. Photo: PTI
Farmers' protest LIVE updates Day 70: India on Wednesday reacted sharply to comments by foreign celebrities and others, including pop singer Rihanna on farmers' protests, saying a very small section of farmers in parts of the country have some reservations about the farm reforms and a proper understanding of the issue is needed before rushing to comment on the agitation.

Meanwhile, the central government has directed Twitter to comply with its order to remove contents/accounts related to farmer genocide hashtags, and warned that the microblogging platform may face "penal action" for non-compliance of its order.

Later in the day, the Supreme Court today refused to entertain pleas seeking time-bound probe, including by an apex court-appointed commission, into the tractor rally violence in the national capital on the Republic Day saying the government is already inquiring the matter and the Prime Minister has stated that law will take its own course.

 
Meanwhile, internet continues to remain suspended at protest sites on Delhi's borders with Uttar Pradesh and Haryana, disconnecting protestors from accessing social media, among other online forums.

Continued internet suspension in areas on Delhi's outskirts, barricading and installation of barbed wires around protest sites by the Centre will not create a conducive atmosphere for talks over contentious new laws, Joginder Singh Ugraha of the Samyukta Kisan Morcha said.

Farmers from Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh have been camping at Delhi's borders for weeks, seeking a repeal of the three central laws. They claim that the new laws will weaken the minimum support price (MSP) system. But the Centre says the laws will only give farmers more options to sell their produce.

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Damage to India's image by govt's 'obduracy' can't be remedied by cricketer's tweets: Tharoor

As several Bollywood and cricketing stars rallied around the government in its pushback to the global celebrities expressing support for farmers' movement, senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Wednesday said the damage done to India's global image by the government's "obduracy and undemocratic behaviour" can't be remedied by a cricketer's tweets.
 
India hit out at global celebrities such as singer Rihanna and climate activist Greta Thunberg for their support of the farmers' protests. Several Bollywood and cricket stars as well as top ministers also rallied around the government in its pushback.
 
"For GoI (government of India) to get Indian celebrities to react to Western ones is embarrassing. The damage done to India's global image by GoI's obduracy & undemocratic behaviour can't be remedied by a cricketer's tweets," tweeted Tharoor, who served as the minister of state for external affairs from May 2009-April 2010 during the UPA II government.
 
Tharoor's tweet came after cricketing stars Sachin Tendulkar, Anil Kumble and Ravi Shastri used the twin hashtags -- #IndiaTogether #IndiaAgainstPropaganda -- to amplify the pushback to the global celebrities.
 
"Withdraw the farm laws & discuss solutions with farmers & you'll get #IndiaTogether," tweeted the former UN under secretary general.
 
Another senior Congress leader P Chidambaram said it is good that Rihanna and Greta Thunberg can wake up the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).
 

Student, youth activists gather at Mandi House for march in support of protesting farmers

Activists of several student, youth and women organisations assembled at Mandi House here on Wednesday for a march in support of the farmers staging protests at the national capital borders demanding repeal of the Centre's new farm laws.
 
The activists of AISA, SFI, AISF, DSF, NSUI, CYSS, AIPWA and AICCTU, carrying posters, banners and placards, gathered at Mandi House for the "citizens' march for farmers" till Jantar Mantar.
 
According to police, a call was made by some student organisations, including AISA and SFI, to carry out the march from Mandi House to Jantar Mantar at around 12 noon in support of the farmers movement and for release of those arrested in connection with the agitation.
 
Some trade unions and Congress Mahila Morcha also claimed to have joined the march, they said.
 
Their request for permission to carry out the march was rejected as per Supreme Court directions and prohibitory orders under CrPC Section 144, police said.

 

Motivated campaigns targeting India will never succeed: EAM S Jaishankar

Motivated campaigns targeting India will never succeed, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said on Wednesday, in comments that came on a day his ministry hit out singer Rihanna and climate activist Greta Thunberg for their support to farmers agitating against the new agricultural laws.
 
A tweet by Rihanna extending support to protesting farmers triggered a wave of support for them by a number of global celebrities, activists and politicians.
 
"Motivated campaigns targeting India will never succeed. We have the self confidence today to hold our own. This India will push back," Jaishankar said on Twitter with hastags #IndiaTogether and #IndiaAgainstPropaganda.
 
In a strong response to the remarks made by Rihanna and other celebrities and activists, the Ministry of External Affairs earlier said the "temptation" of sensationalist social media hashtags and comments is "neither accurate, nor responsible".
 

Delhi Cong moves NHRC over 'denial' of basic amenities to farmers protesting at city's borders

A delegation of the Delhi Congress on Wednesday filed a petition with the National Human Rights Commission(NHRC) over alleged denial of water and other basic amenities to the farmers protesting against new agri laws at the city's borders.
 
The legal and human rights department of the Delhi Congress met NHRC officials and filed a petition against putting up of barricades and denial of water, medical and other facilities to the farmers "peacefully" protesting at the Delhi borders, said Sunil Kumar, the chairman of the department.
 
"We appealed to the NHRC officials to immediately constitute a team to visit the Delhi borders to assess for themselves the plight of the farmers," Kumar said.
 
The delegation has also requested the NHRC to issue necessary directions to the Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana governments and the Delhi Police to provide farmers all the basic facilities, Kumar said.

Security cover at farmers' protest sites maybe affected as DTC buses to be withdrawn

The security cover at and near the farmers' protest locations might be affected as the Delhi government has decided to withdraw DTC buses on special hire to various departments, according to PTI.The low-floor DTC buses are extensively used for movement of police and paramilitary personnel for deployment in various parts of the city. The departments concerned have been asked to relieve the buses, officials said.


"All the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) buses on special hire have been decided to be withdrawn with immediate effect. It has also been decided by the authorities that approval of the government will be required now before requisition of buses under special hire," a government official said. Currently, there are over 3,700 DTC buses, out of which nearly 10 per cent are under special hire, the officials said. The development has come amid massive deployment of police and paramilitary personnel on borders of the city where farmers are sitting in protest for over two months against the Centre's agri laws.


Some DTC buses that were used by police and security personnel to block the roads during tractor rally by protesting farmers on January 26, were vandalised by a section of protesters who had entered the city.

Farm protests: Delhi Police register 4 FIRs against social media accounts

In a bid to check the spread of misinformation in the aftermath of the violence that broke out in Delhi on Republic Day, the Delhi Police has registered 4 FIRs against several social media accounts and also sent requests for removal of offensive posts, said an official on Wednesday, according to PTI.


According to the police, one person has been arrested and another one is apprehended for posting fake information on social media.

No foreign govt has given support farmers' protest in India: MEA

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Wednesday said no foreign government has given support to the agitation of Indian farmers against three farm laws, according to PTI. Replying to the questions by Members of Parliament Syed Imtiaz Jaleel and Asaduddin Owaisi in the Lok Sabha, on naming the countries where such protest took place, V Muraleedharan, Minister of State (MoS) in MEA, said that in Canada, UK, USA, and in few European countries, protests by a few motivated Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) on issues related to the Indian farm laws have been reported.


"No foreign government has given support to the agitation of Indian farmers against three bills passed by the Indian Parliament. In Canada, UK, USA, and in few European countries, protests by a few motivated PIO on issues related to the Indian farm laws have been reported," read Muraleedharan's reply. While highlighting, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau's comment on issues related to farmers in India, MoS said," Government of Canada has welcomed the Government of India'scommitment to ongoing dialogue with the farmers to discuss issues of concern."

Lok Sabha adjourned till tomorrow

Lok Sabha adjourned till tomorrow as uproar over farm laws continue in both the Houses of the parliament, according to ANI.

No foreign government supported farmers' agitation: MEA

No foreign government has given support to the farmers' agitation against the three farm laws, but protests related to these laws by a "few motivated" persons of Indian origins (PIOs) were reported in Canada, the UK, the US and in some European countries, Lok Sabha was informed on Wednesday.

Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan said Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had made a comment on issues related to the farmers, and it was conveyed to Canada that such remarks pertaining to the internal affairs of India are "unwarranted" and "unacceptable". The minister was replying to questions on the farmers' protests, according to PTI.
 
"No foreign government has given support to agitation of Indian farmers against three bills passed by Indian Parliament. In Canada, UK, USA, and in few European countries, protests by a few motivated PIOs on issues related to the Indian farm bill have been reported," he said.

Farm laws: Tikait holds show of strength, warns govt of 'gaddi wapsi' ask

In a show of strength here by protesting farmers, Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait on Wednesday warned the government that it could find it difficult to stay on in power if the new agri-marketing laws are not repealed.
 
Just before Tikait was to begin his speech at the 'mahapanchayat' in Kandela village, the stage on which the farmer leaders had gathered collapsed under their weight.
 
Nobody was reported hurt and the BKU leader went on to address the large gathering. Calling for a wapsi (withdrawal) of the three new central laws, the BKU leader indirectly warned the Narendra Modi government that it could lose its gaddi (power) if the agitation continues. READ ON...

 

No extension of Internet suspension at Delhi borders as of now: Home Ministry

No extension of Internet suspension at Delhi borders as of now: Home Ministry official

Farmers' stir: SKM acknowledges support of int'l personalities, says getting stronger day by day

The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) on Wednesday said it is a matter of pride that eminent personalities of the world are showing sensitivity towards the cause of farmers, but it is unfortunate that the Government of India is not understanding their pain. The remarks come a day after international pop star Rihanna and young environmental activist Greta Thunberg tweeted in support of the farmers' agitation, PTI report said.
 
The SKM, an umbrella body of farmer unions protesting against three agri laws, acknowledged the support of international personalities towards the ongoing farmers' movement.
 
"On one hand, it is a matter of pride that eminent personalities of the world are showing sensitivity towards the cause of farmers, while on the other hand, it is unfortunate that the Government of India is not understanding the pain of the farmers and some people are even calling peaceful farmers as terrorists," the SKM said in a statement issued by its leader Darshan Pal.
 
The Morcha also asserted that the agitation is getting stronger day by day.

Looks like international border', farmers on unprecedented barricading at Delhi entry points

Farmers' agitation sites just outside Delhi resemble "international border" now with authorities building makeshift walls, planting huge metal spikes on roads and deploying concertina wire fences, protesters alleged on Wednesday, even as officials defended the heavy-barricading citing law and order issues, PTI reported. The heightened security measures and various restrictions have been imposed at the three protest sites -- Singhu (Delhi-Haryana border), Ghazipur (Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border) and Tikri (Delhi-Haryana border) -- since the Republic Day violence that had left over 500 police personnel injured and one protestor dead.
 
On January 26, breaking away from the designated routes for a tractor parade, hundreds of protestors clashed with police in various points to lay siege to the Red Fort and climb the flagpole.
 
While at the Singhu border, the epicenter of the ongoing farmers' agitation, shipping containers, iron rods between barriers and cement slabs have been used to seal the entry points, the tried-and-tested barbed wires, stone boulders and iron nails have been deployed at Tikri and Ghazipur borders to block people's entry into Delhi or to the protest sites.

Lok Sabha adjourned till 9 pm as uproar by Opposition over farm laws continues

No foreign govt gave support to farmers' agitation against three farm Bills: MEA

No foreign government has given support to farmers' agitation against three farm Bills. In Canada, UK, US and few European countries, protests by a few motivated PIOs on issues related to Farm Bills reported. Canadian PM made a comment on issues related to farmers in India: MEA in Parliament (ANI)

Ex-SAD leader sends legal notice to Twitter to delete Kangana's defamatory tweet against farmers

Former Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Manjit Singh GK has sent a legal notice to social media giant Twitter asking it to immediately delete the account of Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut for tweeting alleged defamatory statements against farmers, PTI reported. The legal notice, which was sent to the Managing Director of Twitter in Maharashtra on Tuesday through e-mail, said the posts by the actress are factually incorrect and are maligning or tarnishing the image, reputation and goodwill of farmers and the entire Sikh community associated with them.
 
The notice, sent through advocate Naginder Benipal, said it was given for attacking the three farm laws passed by the Central Government with the assent of the President.
 
Referring to Ranaut's tweet, it said that on February 2, she had replied to a tweet of international pop star Ms. Rihanna who had tweeted "why aren't we talking about this?! #FarmersProtest".

Farm genocide hashtags: Govt asks Twitter to comply or face penal action

Government has directed Twitter to comply with its order to remove contents/accounts related to farmer genocide hashtags, and warned that the microblogging platform may face "penal action" for non-compliance of its order, according to PTI report.
 
Government sources said that Twitter had unilaterally unblocked accounts and tweets despite specific order for blocking. Twitter is an intermediary' and is obliged to obey direction of government, sources said, adding that the platform may face penal action for not complying with government orders.
 
Government notice quoted more than half a dozen Supreme Court judgments including of constitutional benches as to what is public order and what the rights of authorities are. READ ON...

India slams comments by foreign celebrities in support of farmer protests

India on Wednesday reacted sharply to comments by foreign celebrities and others, including pop singer Rihanna on farmers' protests, saying a very small section of farmers in parts of the country have some reservations about the farm reforms and a proper understanding of the issue is needed before rushing to comment on the agitation.
 
"The temptation of sensationalist social media hashtags and comments, especially when resorted to by celebrities and others, is neither accurate nor responsible," the Ministry of External Affairs said in a curt statement.
 
The MEA's reaction came after several international celebrities and activists including American pop singer Rihanna and Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg tweeted about the farmers' protest in India. READ ON...

'Chakka Jaam' on Feb 6 should be postponed: Haryana Minister Anil Vij

Everyone has the right to protest but it should not affect life of common man. When Govt is ready for talks over farmers' issue and PM Narendra Modi gave them an open invitation then matter should be resolved through talks. 'Chakka Jaam' on Feb 6 should be postponed: Haryana Minister Anil Vij

Farm laws: Lok Sabha adjourned for 20 mins as opposition disrupts Question Hour

The proceedings of Lok Sabha were adjourned for about 20 minutes till 4.30 PM on Wednesday after opposition members disrupted the Question Hour over the three new farm laws.
 
As soon as the proceedings started at 4 PM, Congress leader in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury tried to raise the issue of protesting farmers, saying that the matter is maligning the image of the country.
 
"We are concerned," he said.
 
Urging members to return to their seats, Speaker Om Birla said they should maintain the dignity of the House or he will have to take disciplinary actions against those who violate norms. READ ON...

Lok Sabha adjourned till 7 pm amid uproar by the Opposition in the House, over farm laws

Lok Sabha adjourned till 7 pm amid uproar by the Opposition in the House, over farm laws

Farmers protest: Delhi govt issuing list of 155 people arrested from R-Day violence, says Kejriwal

Stating that the issue of farmers missing from protest sites is a matter of "grave concern", Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday said that his government is issuing a list of 115 people who were arrested and currently locked up in various jails of Delhi after violence during farmers' tractor rally on Republic Day, PTI reported.
 
Addressing a press conference, Kejriwal said that the Delhi government has received complaints from the families of those who had come to Delhi to participate in farmers' protest but haven't returned home.
 
"This is the responsibility of the government to find those people and inform their families. The issue of farmers missing from the protest sites is a matter of grave concern. We are trying our best to connect them to their families," he said. "We are issuing a list of 115 people who have been arrested after January 26 violence and are kept in various Delhi jails. I hope it helps people looking for their family members who went missing after participating in Kisan Andolan on January 26," the Chief Minister said.

Farmers protest LIVE: India's reputation has taken a massive hit, says Rahul

Amid the ongoing farmers' protest against the new farm laws, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said India's reputation has taken a "massive hit" and its biggest strength, its soft power, has been "shattered" by the BJP and the RSS.
 
Addressing a press conference, he said that the farmers' issue needs to be resolved as soon as possible and the government needs to listen to them.
 
Asked if India's image at the international level has taken a beating with barricading at Delhi's borders where farmers are protesting and reports of treatment meted out to them, Gandhi said, "Absolutely the reputation of India has taken a massive hit. Not only on how we are treating our farmers, but on how we treat our people, how we treat journalists."
 
"Our biggest strength, you can call it soft power, has been shattered by the BJP-RSS, their mindset," he said.

Jind mahapanchayat demands repeal of farm laws

A "mahapanchayat" attended by Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait on Wednesday renewed the call to repeal the new farm laws, an event marred by the collapse of the stage on which the speakers had assembled, PTI reported. According to initial reports, nobody was hurt when the dais constructed at Kandela village in Jind district collapsed under the weight of the people gathered on it.
 
Tikait has been mostly camping at the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border since the protests over the central laws intensified, with farmers massing just outside the national capital two months ago.
 
The large gathering at Jind's Kandela village was attended by several khap leaders. The event was organised by the Sarv Jatiya Kandela Khap headed by Tekram Kandela. Tikait appealed to people not to panic after the stage collapse and addressed them.

Why Delhi being converted into 'fortress', asks Rahul Gandhi

Farmers who work hard for us protesting at Delhi borders; why is Delhi being converted into 'fortress', asks Rahul Gandhi

Farmers' issue needs to be resolved as soon as possible; govt needs to listen to them: Rahul Gandhi

Farmers' issue needs to be resolved as soon as possible; govt needs to listen to them: Rahul Gandhi at press conference

Holding no informal talks with farmers, barricading is local admin issue: Agriculture Minister

Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar Wednesday said the Centre is not holding any informal talk with protesting farmers and described putting up of more barricades and suspending internet in and around agitation sites as law and order issues related to local administrations.
 
The last and 11th round of meeting between the government and 41 protesting unions, held on January 22, was inconclusive. The Centre had asked unions to reconsider the government's proposal to suspend new farm laws for 18 months. Asked when the government will hold the next round of talks and if it was engaging with the unions informally, Tomar replied in the negative.
 
"No. We will inform when formal talks will be held," Tomar told PTI.

Why is Delhi being converted into a fortress? Rahul Gandhi holds presser on farmers' issue

Dais collapses at farmer leader Rakesh Tikait's 'mahapanchayat' in Haryana's Jind

Dais collapses at farmer leader Rakesh Tikait's 'mahapanchayat' in Haryana's Jind

Govt issues notice to Twitter to comply with its order to remove contents/accounts related to farmer genocide

Govt has issued notice to Twitter to comply with its order to remove contents/accounts related to farmer genocide. Content With (Modi Planning Farmer Genocide) hashtag was posted on Twitter which was designed to inflame passions, hatred & factually incorrect: ANI Sources

Stage on which Rakesh Tikait and other farmer leaders were standing collapses in Haryana

Student, youth activists gather at Mandi House for march in support of protesting farmers

Activists of several student, youth and women organisations assembled at Mandi House here on Wednesday for a march in support of the farmers staging protests at the national capital borders demanding repeal of the Centre's new farm laws, PTI reported.
 
The activists of AISA, SFI, AISF, DSF, NSUI, CYSS, AIPWA and AICCTU, carrying posters, banners and placards, gathered at Mandi House for the "citizens' march for farmers" till Jantar Mantar.
 
However, a senior police officer said they will not be allowed to march till Jantar Mantar as prohibitory orders under CrPC Section 144 were in force in the area. Roads near Mandi House were closed and traffic movement was affected.

Delhi police preventing water tankers from reaching protesting farmers: Satyendra Jain

Delhi cabinet minister Satyendra Jain on Saturday claimed the Delhi police were preventing water tankers from reaching farmers protesting at Singhu border. Jain said, "We were getting calls from farmers at Singhu border regarding a water problem. I myself visited there and sent several hundred water tankers, but the Delhi police, at the behest of BJP, are not letting the tankers reach farmers", ANI quoted Jain as saying.
 
"The Delhi police are also blocking food provisions, machines to clean toilets, and doctors that the Delhi government has provided from reaching farmers," he added.
 
On being asked about the attack on Alipur SHO, he said, "They are all BJP workers. Have they told you they let that attacker off the hook? If you want, I can provide pictures of some BJP workers present at the attack site."
 
The minister critisised the Haryana government over suspension of telecom services, and use of tear gar and water cannon on farmers.

Rakesh Tikait to attend Mahapanchayat in Haryana district today

Farmers' protests at Delhi borders causing inconvenience to residents: Govt

The ongoing farmers' agitation has been causing inconvenience to the residents of the national capital as well as neighbouring states, the government told Parliament on Wednesday. Replying to an unstarred question, Union Minister of State for Home G. Kishan Reddy said the information was shared with the Centre by the Delhi Police as Ghazipur, Chilla, Tikri and Singhu borders of the national capital have been blocked by the agitating farmers.
 
He further said "in any agitation there is financial loss incurred by people and governments".
 
Thousands of farmers, mainly from Punjab and Haryana, have been protesting on these Delhi borders of the capital since November 26, seeking withdrawal of the three contentious farm laws enacted in September last year. The agitation led to barricaded roads, creating traffic snarls in several areas of the city with commuters being diverted from many points.

Tharoor, Rajdeep Sardesai move SC against multiple FIRs registered against them

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, journalist Rajdeep Sardesai move SC against multiple FIRs registered against them over alleged 'misleading' tweets on violence during farmers' tractor parade in Delhi on Republic Day.

Opposition should not make farmers' stir another Shaheen Bagh: BJP in Rajya Sabha

Asserting that the new farm laws were passed after extensive deliberations in Parliament, the BJP on Tuesday said in Rajya Sabha that doors are always open for farmers to resolve the issue amicably, and urged opposition parties not to make the farmers' agitation another Shaheen Bagh.
 
Moving the Motion of Thanks to the President's address in the upper house, BJP member Bhubaneswar Kalita said the government respects farmers.
 
He said the government has given new rights to farmers through these new farm laws and none of their rights or facilities have been taken away.
 
Attacking the opposition members, who were trying to disrupt the proceedings of the House, he said, "Let me remind them that the three farm laws have been passed by both the houses of Parliament after much deliberations."
 
"The benefits of these three important farm laws have started reaching more than 10 crore people and small farmers. There has been no reduction in the rights and facilities of farmers. Through these agriculture reforms, the government has given new rights to farmers," he said initiating the debate.

Releasing list of 115 persons lodged in Delhi's jails over Jan 26 violence: Kejriwal

We are releasing list of 115 persons lodged in Delhi's jails in connection with Jan 26 violence: CM Arvind Kejriwal

Arvind Kejriwal says trying to connect with families of missing farmers

Arvind Kejriwal says trying to connect with families of missing farmers

R-Day violence: Rakesh Tikait accuses Delhi Police of conspiracy

Bharatiya Kisan Union (Arajnaitik) leader Rakesh Tikait on Wednesday accused the Delhi Police of conspiracy behind the Republic Day violence.
 
Tikait who was en route to Jind to attend a Mahapanchayat, told ANI, "We have been holding panchayats since the last 35 years, protests are organised at Jantar Mantar but did any farmer organisation reach Parliament? A man was misled, an announcement was made and after 13 hours a religious flag was hoisted at the Red Fort. This is being investigated."
 
"The Delhi Police has conspired to do this and it is the main culprit. It barricaded the route allotted to us for the tractor rally and opened Delhi giving way to the farmers to enter the national capital," he stated.
 

Use barbed wires on India borders, not against farmers: Mayawati

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Wednesday lashed out at the Centre and demanded that concertina wires and other security measures should be used on the country's borders and not against farmers protesting on Delhi borders.
 
Her remarks come over the issue of placing of barricades and concrete slabs along with iron spikes and nails and concertina wires at farmers' protest sites on the Delhi borders.
 
In a series of tweets in Hindi, the BSP chief said: "The barricades along with barbed wires and iron nails etc on Delhi borders to spread panic among millions of agitating farmer families is not appropriate. It will be better if such action was taken on the country's borders."

'Challenging Mussolini, Hitler rule' with his new directive on protest

Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav said that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is daring to "challenge Mussolini and Hitler" with the new directive of depriving those who take part in the protest from government jobs and government contracts.
 
"Nitish Kumar is daring to challenge Hitler and Mussolini's rule, says if anyone takes part in protest by using democratic right against the power system, then you will not get a job. It means they will not even give jobs and will not allow someone to protest,"Leader of Opposition in the Bihar Assembly Yadav said.
 
"Why is the poor chief minister with 40 seats so scared?" he added.

Farmers' protest: BKU to organise 'khap panchayat' in Mathura today

In view of the ongoing farmers' protest against the Central agri laws, Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) is organising "khap panchayat" in Mathura on Wednesday with BKU chief Naresh Tikait as its chief guest.
 
BKU has appealed to all the farmers to join the khap panchayat today. The Mathura administration has increased security in view of the panchayat.
 
Meanwhile, Haryana khap will organise "kisan mahapanchayat" today. BKU president Rakesh Tikait and several other leaders of various farmer unions are slated to address the gathering. The mahapanchayat will be held in the sports stadium of Kandela village. Read on...

Congress MP Manish Tewari gives adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha to discuss the farmers' protest

Congress MP Manish Tewari gives adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha to discuss the farmers' protest

Police announces cash reward for information leading to arrest of those allegedly involved in Jan 26 violence

Delhi Police announce cash reward of Rs 1 lakh each for information leading to arrest of Deep Sidhu, Jugraj Singh, Gurjot Singh & Gurjant Singh, & Rs 50,000 each for arrest of Jajbir Singh, Buta Singh, Sukhdev Singh & Iqbal Singh for their alleged involvement in Jan 26 violence.

Nails on road, barricades, cement walls: Delhi Police turns farmers' protest sites into fortresses


After Rihana, Greta Thunberg, others extend support to farmers' protest

Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg has extended her support to the farmers protesting on the borders of New Delhi against the three farm laws saying that she stands in solidarity with the farmers.
 
"We stand in solidarity with the #FarmersProtest in India," Thunberg wrote on Twitter on Tuesday.
 
The teen activist's post on the micro-blogging site came after Rihanna shared a news article highlighting the Centre's crackdown on the farmers by cutting off internet services in many regions. Read on...

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