Farmers' Protest LIVE: Ninth round of talks between Govt, unions on Friday

Farmers protesting at Tikri border burn copies of three farm laws | Photo: @ANI
Farmers' protest LIVE updates day 50: Camping at protest sites near Delhi's borders for around 50 days now, braving severe cold and dense fog, farmers on Thursday asserted that their stir against the new agriculture laws will intensify in the coming days.  Bhartiya Kisan Union president Bhupinder Singh Mann, who was one of the four members of the Supreme Court-appointed committee on farm laws, on Thursday said he is recusing himself from the panel.

The government's ninth round of negotiations with protesting farmer unions will take place as scheduled on Friday and the Centre is hopeful of positive discussions, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said on Thursday.

Yesterday, protesting farmers burnt copies of the contentious farm laws to mark the festival of Lohri, while a farmer union gave a call for massive mobilisation of people from all districts within a radius of 300 kilometres of Delhi for the proposed 'Kisan Parade' on January 26.

The All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee appealed to farmers to assemble in large numbers at the Delhi borders a day before for the proposed parade on Republic Day.

It comes a day after the farmer unions announced that they would not appear before the committee formed by the Supreme Court to resolve the deadlock over the contentious farm laws.

While eight rounds of negotiations so far between the government and a representative-group of thousands of farmers protesting against the three farm laws have failed to resolve the crisis, the Supreme Court on Tuesday stayed the implementation of the three Acts till further orders and set up a four-member committee to end the impasse.

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Don't believe in rumours being spread to defame stir: BKU leader to farmers

BKU leader Balbir Singh Rajewal on Thursday wrote an open letter to farmers, urging them not believe in rumours being spread to defame their agitation against the Centre's farm laws. The BKU (Rajewal) president said rumours are being spread about the farmers' proposed tractor parade on January 26. It is being spread as if farmers will head towards the Red Fort or Parliament on January 26, Rajewal wrote in Punjabi cautioning farmers not to believe in such rumours.


He apprehended that some anti-farmer forces are desperately trying to fail their peaceful agitation. He stressed that the farmers' ongoing protest will remain peaceful. Rajewal said the outline of the 'Kisan parade' will be announced next week. Farmers had proposed to take out a tractor parade on the Republic Day if their demands were not accepted by the Centre.


Rajewal noted that an agitation will only be successful if it is completely peaceful. Rajewal said the ongoing agitation is not limited to farmers only and was receiving support of every section of society as they understand adverse implications of these laws.

NGO plans to install blood count measurement machine to help farmers protesting at Singhu

Volunteers of an NGO running a medical camp at Delhi's Singhu border plan to install a machine for blood count measurements to help farmers protesting the Centre's three farm laws.
 
Sadiq Mohammad, a pharmacist and a volunteer of the NGO - Life Care Foundation - said there are a number of farmers at the border point having many underlying health conditions and the fast results generated by the Hematology analyzer could help guide the treatment of the farmers quicker.
 
The machine generates results with an hour and that is why the farmers can be given treatment faster, he said. He said the complete blood count (CBC) test helps to ascertain the blood cell, the platelet count and hemoglobin in the blood.

"This test can help us to start treatment related to skin, asthmatic, etc. The result of CBC test comes within an hour. If the result comes on time, then we can start the treatment after the result. This will be free of cost and nothing will be charged from the patients. The machine will be installed in couple of days," Sadiq said.
 

First meeting of SC-appointed panel on farm laws likely on Jan 19: Member Anil Ghanwat

The Supreme Court-appointed panel on farm laws is likely to hold its first meeting on January 19 at Pusa campus here, one of its members Anil Ghanwat said on Thursday and asserted the committee will have no "ego or prestige issue" if it has to go to farmers' protest sites to talk to them.
 
The panel members were scheduled to have a virtual interaction earlier in the day to discuss its future course of action, but it could not take place after ex-MP and farmer leader Bhupinder Singh Mann recused himself from the committee. The existing members can hold their virtual interaction on Friday now, Ghanwat said, while asserting that he will not leave the committee unless asked by the apex court and he does not expect any other member to recuse.
 
On January 11, the apex court had appointed a four-member committee to look into the new farm laws against which the farmers, especially from Punjab, Haryana and parts of Uttar Pradesh, are protesting at Delhi borders for over 40 days. The court had directed the committee to hold its first sitting within 10 days and submit a report in two months.

Maharashtra Congress to 'gherao' Raj Bhavan over fuel prices, farm laws

As petrol prices crossed Rs.91/litres in Mumbai on Thursday, the Maharashtra Congress announced plans to 'gherao' the Nagpur Raj Bhavan on Jan. 16, to highlight the plight of the common people and the agitating farmers, ANI reported.
 
State Congress President and Revenue Minister Balasaheb Thorat said that the country is reeling under unprecedented hike in the prices of petrol, diesel, while lakhs of farmers are sitting in agitation outside Delhi in a never-witnessed-before opposition to the 3 farm laws.
 
"Since over 45 days, at least 60 farmers have lost their lives, but the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government at the Centre remains insensitive to their plight. To awaken this ruthless and arrogant government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, we shall 'gherao' the Nagpur Raj Bhavan on Saturday," Thorat told mediapersons.

Farmer unions want talks with Govt to continue to resolve deadlock: Bharatiya Kisan Union

Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait on Thursday said the protesting farmer unions will attend the scheduled ninth round of talks with the government and asserted it is necessary to continue the dialogue to resolve the deadlock and end the agitation.
 
While the previous eight rounds of negotiations have failed to end the protests continuing for several weeks on various borders of the national capital, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said earlier in the day that the government is hopeful of positive discussions at Friday's scheduled meeting. Tikait also said the protesting unions will attend the meeting with union ministers on Friday.
 
Asked if unions have any hope from the Friday meeting, Tikait told PTI: "Let's see what happens tomorrow. But, our meetings will continue with the government till our protest ends as it is necessary."
 
"We will not oppose the meetings with the government," the BKU leader said when asked whether the Friday talks could be the last one if there is no solution. Tomar had said, "The government is ready to hold talks with farmers' leaders with an open mind."

Farmers' Protest LIVE: Ninth round of talks between Govt, unions on Friday

The government's ninth round of negotiations with protesting farmer unions will take place as scheduled on Friday and the Centre is hopeful of positive discussions, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said on Thursday. "The government is ready to hold talks with farmers' leaders with an open mind," Tomar told reporters.
 
Clearing the confusion over the fate of the ninth round of talks, which was the only outcome in the last meeting on January 8, in the wake of the Supreme Court on January 11 appointing a four-member panel to resolve the impasse and a key member of the proposed committee subsequently recusing himself, Tomar said the talks between the government and the union representatives will take place as scheduled for 12 pm on January 15.
 
The farmer unions have been maintaining that they were ready to attend the scheduled talks with the government, even as they have said they do not want to appear before the court-appointed panel and have also questioned its composition. READ ON...

Protesting farmer unions welcome BKU's decision, but say will not accept any committee

Protesting farmer leaders welcomed Bhartiya Kisan Union president Bhupinder Singh Mann's decision on Thursday to recuse himself from a Supreme Court-appointed committee, and reiterated that they do not want any panel and will not settle for anything less than the repeal of the three contentious laws. They said the other three members of the committee should follow suit as the agitating unions had never demanded formation of any committee to resolve the impasse between farmers and the Centre over the new agri laws.
 
Some leaders also invited Mann to join the agitation against the legislations. Mann said he is thankful to the apex court for nominating him on the panel but would give up any position to prevent farmers' interests from being compromised. Farmer unions and opposition parties had raised doubts over the composition of the panel, insisting that its members have been in favour of the three laws in the past.
 
"Mann's decision is a good step as there is no importance of any committee for farmer unions as it has not been our demand. Mann knew that no farmer union would appear before the court-appointed committee that's why he has taken this decision," farmer leader Gurnam Singh Chaduni told PTI.

Govt ready to hold talks with farmers' leaders, as scheduled on Jan 15, with open mind: Agriculture Minister

'Truly' independent persons should have been appointed on panel on farm laws: Sharad Pawar

"Truly independent" persons should have been appointed on the committee formed by the Supreme Court to resolve the impasse over new farm laws, NCP chief Sharad Pawar said on Thursday. The apex court on Tuesday stayed the implementation of the new farm laws and set up a four-member committee to resolve the impasse between the Centre and the farmer unions agitating at Delhi borders.
 
Speaking to reporters here, Pawar, a former Union agriculture minister, said the agitating farmers do not have faith in the panel as these members were said to have supported the new farm laws of the Centre in the past.
 
"Hence, the farmers don't think anything will come out of discussions with the committee. And I agree with them. It would have been better if independent -- in a true sense independent -- persons had been appointed," he said.

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Stores closed by farmer protests cost Reliance, Walmart millions in revenue

Dozens of Reliance Industries’ retail stores and a giant Walmart outlet face revenue losses of millions of dollars after being forced to shut for more than three months over protests against India’s new farm laws, sources said.
 
Thousands of farmers from states including northern Punjab have camped for weeks on the outskirts of the capital, in a bid to force Prime Minister Narendra Modi to repeal the laws they contend will benefit corporates, rather than cultivators.
 
Fears of farmers’ agitation in Punjab, home to many protest leaders, have stoked companies’ fears over vandalism and the safety of employees, prompting the closure of dozens of shops, store employees and industry sources said. READ ON...

 

Govt not neglecting farmers, but conspiring to destroy them, says Rahul Gandhi

Govt conspiring to destroy farmers, alleges Rahul Gandhi on new farm laws

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday hit out at the Centre over the contentious new farm laws, alleging that the government was "conspiring to destroy" the ryots and assured that his party will stand with them. Speaking to reporters here, the Lok Sabha MP also accused the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre of trying to benefit "two or three of their friends" on the matter.
 
"The government is not just neglecting them (farmers), the government is conspiring to destroy them. There is a difference. Neglecting is ignoring...they are not ignoring them," he said in response to a query. "They are trying to destroy them, because they want to benefit two or three of their friends. They want to give what belongs to the farmer to two or three of their friends," he alleged.
 
Farmers, mainly from Punjab and Haryana, have been protesting against the new Central farm laws outside Delhi, demanding for their repeal.

New agri laws will leave farmers at mercy of big corporates: TMC

The Trinamool Congress on Thursday claimed that the new agriculture laws will leave small and marginal farmers at the mercy of big corporates and demanded that the legislation should be immediately repealed. Prices of vegetables such as potatoes and onions have skyrocketed as these have been taken off the essential commodities list, the party's Barasat MP Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar said, adding that the concept of Minimum Support Price (MSP) has been totally bypassed.
 
The way the Centre hurriedly passed the farm laws through an ordinance without going for a parliamentary debate clearly shows that the Union government is anti-farmer and anti-people, she told reporters.
 
"Farmers will now be forced to sell their produce to big corporates at prices dictated by the firms. In case of a crop failure, however, these companies are not bound to buy the produce from the agriculturists," the MP said.

Bhartiya Kisan Union president Bhupinder Singh Mann recuses himself from SC committee on farm laws

Bhartiya Kisan Union president Bhupinder Singh Mann, who was one of the four members of the Supreme Court-appointed committee on farm laws, on Thursday said he is recusing himself from the panel.
 
Mann said he is thankful to the apex court for nominating him on the committee but would sacrifice any position offered to him so as not to compromise the interests of farmers.

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Government trying to destroy farmers because they want two or three of their friends to benefit: Rahul Gandhi

Government will be forced to take these three Farm Laws back: Rahul Gandhi

Farmers' protest enters 50th day amid biting cold, fog

Camping at protest sites near Delhi's borders for around 50 days now, braving severe cold and dense fog, farmers on Thursday asserted that their stir against the new agriculture laws will intensify in the coming days. On the day of Makar Sankranti on Thursday, Delhi woke up to dense fog and low visibility.
 
Demonstrators led by the leaders of 40 farmers' organisations have been camping at Tikri, Singhu and Ghazipur borders, demanding the withdrawal of the new farm laws.
 
Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Pal Majra told IANS that the protesting farmers have been braving the harsh winter, day and night, for over one and a half months, unrelenting in their demand for the withdrawal of the legislations. Another farmer leader from Ludhiana, Avtar Singh Mehlon said that the farmers have been fighting for their rights and the movement will continue until their demands are met.

Centre should scrap new farm laws: Shiv Sena

The Shiv Sena on Thursday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to honour the sentiments of protesting farmers and scrap new controversial farm laws, and said he will "grow bigger" in stature by doing so. An editorial in the Shiv Sena mouthpiece 'Saamana' also accused the Centre of trying to end the farmers' protest by using the Supreme Court as the front.
 
The SC on Tuesday stayed the implementation of the new farm laws till further orders and decided to set up a four- member committee to resolve the impasse between the Centre and farmers' unions protesting at Delhi borders.
 
The editorial said the deadlock over the issue continues despite the SC's decision, and noted that the farmers' bodies have rejected the committee's four members as they allegedly supported the farm laws earlier.

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I will try to bring a pro-farmer and good budget for the state: Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa

Autorickshaw drivers at Singhu border say that they are facing hardship due to farmer's agitation

Autorickshaw drivers at Singhu border (Delhi-Haryana) say that they are facing hardship due to farmer's agitation against Centre's farm laws
 
"We are not allowed to cross Singhu border due to protest. We drop passenger ahead of protest site," says Akhilesh, an autorickshaw driver.

Centre misleading country, Supreme Court on farm laws: Congress

The Congress on Wednesday accused the government of misleading the country and the Supreme Court by claiming that pre-legislative consultations were held prior to the passage of the three farm laws and claimed this amounted to contempt of court.

Farmer group halts Janhvi Kapoor's shoot, filming resumes after assurance of support to protesters

Shooting of actor Janhvi Kapoor's film "Good Luck Jerry" briefly came to a halt in Bassi Pathana here, after a group of farmers insisted that she make a comment on the ongoing farmers' protest.
 
Kapoor is shooting for the film, produced by filmmaker Anand L Rai's Colour Yellow Productions and directed by Sidharth Sengupta, in Punjab.
 
According to Sukhminder Singh Chauhan, DSP, Bassi Pathana, the incident happened on Monday after 20-30 farmers reached the movie sets for a "peaceful" protest.
 
"The shooting had stopped for two-three hours on January 11. There wasn't anything major. Around 20-30 people had reached the set. It was a peaceful agitation.
 
"All they wanted was assurance of support from them (the actors). When they did, the shoot was resumed. It was mutually resolved. Now the shoot is going on smoothly," Chauhan told PTI on Wednesday.
 
On Monday, the "Dhadak" actor shared an Instagram Story in support of the farmers. Unlike other posts, Instagram Stories disappear after 24 hours from the time they are published.
 
"Farmers are at the heart of our country. I recognise and value the role that they play in feeding our nation. I hope a resolution is reached soon that benefits the farmers," Kapoor had written.
 

Lohri celebrated by farmers protesting agri laws in Noida

Scores of farmers protesting against the new farm laws in Noida celebrated Lohri, the harvest festival, with 'revri', popcorns and bonfires in bone-chilling weather on Wednesday night.
 
Farmers belonging to Bharatiya Kisan Union (Bhanu) are camping at the Chilla border and Bharatiya Kisan Union (Lok Shakti) have dug their heels at the Dalit Prerna Sthal since first week of December.
 
The festival of Lohri was celebrated by the protestors even as the minimum temperature plunged to 5 degrees Celsius, while the maximum was recorded at 17 degrees Celsius with dense fog during the morning hours, according to the weather department.
 
BKU (Lok Shakti) welcomed the Supreme Court's stand on the contentious issue but expressed dissatisfaction with the four-member committee formed by it.
The apex court had Tuesday stayed the implementation of the three new farm laws, enacted in September last year, till further orders, and announced the four-member panel to resolve the deadlock between protestors and the Centre.
 
Bhupinder Singh Mann, President of Bhartiya Kisan Union; Anil Ghanwat, President of Shetkari Sangthana, Maharashtra; Pramod Kumar Joshi, director for South Asia, International Food Policy Research Institute, and agriculture economist Ashok Gulati have been named in the panel.
 
"We welcome the Supreme Court's decision. But at the same time, we are sceptical about the members chosen in the panel because they have previously appeared to be in favour of the new laws," BKU (Lok Shakti) spokesperson Shailesh Kumar Giri said.
 
"We mean no contempt of the apex court but ... ye to aisa hua jaisa billi ko doodh ki rakhwali ke liye laga diya ho (it is like having cats guard your milk)," Giri said, expressing apprehension over the panel's neutrality on the issue.
 
Around 50 members of BKU (Lok Shakti), including its chief Sheoraj Singh, celebrated the harvest festival at the Dalit Prerna Sthal in Noida on Wednesday night, distributing 'revri', popcorns and performing rituals before the bonfire.
 

New farm laws to benefit capitalists not cultivators: Baghel

The Centre's new farm laws will benefit capitalists and not cultivators, and it is unfortunate that peasants are being troubled by the NDA government in an agrarian country, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel said on Wednesday.
 
According to a statement issued by the Maharashtra Congress, Baghel made the remarks at an event held in Sangamner in Ahmednagar district.
The event was also attended by Maharashtra ministers Balasaheb Thorat and Jayant Patil.
 
The Centres new farm laws have benefited capitalists and traders and not the farmers. It is unfortunate the Centre is troubling farmers in an agrarian country, Baghel said, according to the statement.
 
The Congress CM accused the Centre of deliberately ignoring the farmers who have been protesting outside Delhi against the new agri-marketing laws which were passed by Parliament in September last year.
 
Baghel said the Nyay scheme (minimum income guarantee plan for the poor) envisaged by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has given momentum to Chhattisgarhs development.
 
Baghel praised Thorat over the latters cooperative model in the rural belt of Maharashtra and added it will be useful also for Chhattisgarh and other states of the country.
 
Global Teacher Prize winner Ranjitsinh Disale was felicitated during the event among others, the statement said.
 

Lohri celebrated with traditional fervour in Punjab, Haryana

The festival of Lohri was celebrated with traditional fervour in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh on Wednesday.
 
Bonfires, an important part of the festivities, were lit as families danced to the tunes of famous festival songs like "Sundar mundriye ho".
 
During the day, children and youngsters held kite-flying competitions at many places, including Ludhiana, Jalandhar and Amritsar.
 
Amid the ongoing farmers' protest against the Centre's three farm laws, kites with messages of 'No Farmer No Food', 'Kisan' and 'Kisan Ekta Zindabad' written on them were a hit among the youths.
 
The sky was dotted with multi-coloured kites of different sizes and shapes carrying 'Happy Lohri' messages.
Traditionally, Lohri celebrates the onset of the harvest season in Punjab.
 
Women in traditional attire performed Gidha, a folk dance, at many places.
 
People also distributed jaggery, peanuts, and popcorns--the three edibles associated with Lohri.
 

Farmers can't expect justice from apex court's panel: UP Cong chief

Uttar Pradesh state Congress president Ajai Kumar Lallu on Wednesday asserted that farmers protesting against the three central farm laws cannot expect justice from the Supreme Court-appointed panel because four of its members have already favoured the laws in past.
 
Talking to reporters here, Lallu said with the apex court intervening in the matter, the farmers had expected that it would repeal the law.
 
But with the Supreme Court merely staying their implementation, the farmers are worried and they will not be satisfied with anything less than the repeal of those laws, Lallu added.
 
“Since all the four members of the apex court-appointed committee had publicly expressed their views in favour of the laws passed by the Centre, justice cannot be expected,” said Lallu.
 
When the Supreme Court intervened in the matter taking note of the plight of farmers sitting under the open sky in the chilling cold, the farmers expected the repeal of the law by the court, but they have been dismayed over the apex court's order.
 
The UP Congress chief made these remarks while interacting with reporters on the Yamuna Expressway while on his way back to Lucknow from Agra, where he had appeared in a court for lawmakers to seek bail in a case of disobeying government officials and violating various provisions of the Epidemic Act in May last year.
 
Lallu had appeared in Agra's MP/MLA court along with his party colleagues Pradeep Mathur and Vivek Bansal.
 
The trio had been booked on May 19, 2020 by Fatehpur Sikri police under sections 188 and 269 of the Indian Penal Code and section (2)4 of the Epidemic Act when they had visited Agra with a fleet of over 800 buses to hand them over to the UP government to ferry migrants workers on their long march back home amid the Covid lockdown.
 
The trio was granted bail by Additional District Judge Umakant Zindal.
 

Centre should immediately repeal farm laws, no committee can do it: AAP

A day after the Supreme Court set up a four-member committee to end the impasse over new farm laws, the AAP on Wednesday demanded that the Centre immediately repeal the legislations as no panel can do it. Addressing a press conference, AAP spokesperson and MLA Raghav Chadha said all the four members of the Supreme Court-appointed panel to provide justice to the farmers protesting against the laws have earlier supported these legislations.


The protesting farmers have demanded repeal of the laws. "We believe that this power is with the central government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi and no committee or panel can do this work," he said. Chadha claimed that panel member B S Mann who has supported these farm laws is a confidant of Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.


While eight rounds of negotiations so far between the government and a representative-group of thousands of farmers protesting against three farm laws have failed to resolve the crisis, the Supreme Court on Tuesday stayed the implementation of the three Acts till further orders and set up a four-member committee to end the impasse.

Farmers have got Rs 90,000 crore in claims under PMFBY, says Tomar

Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Wednesday said that over millions of farmers have been linked to Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) and claims of Rs 90,000 crore have been settled under in five years from 2014. "In this largest agriculture insurance scheme of the world, farmers have got Rs 90,000 crore in claims," he said. Tomar said crop insurance is "suraksha kavach (security shield)" for farmers from crop losses due to natural disasters.


He said success achieved in completing a five-year journey of the scheme has yielded many experiences. "We all know the importance of agriculture in our country. Agriculture provides employment to almost half of the country's population. There was a time when we used to worry about food. There was a time when we used to be concerned about foodgrains, but with the farmer-friendly policies of the government, hard work of the farmers and research of our agricultural scientists, today our concern is not about production but how to manage the production," Tomar said.

Govt asks protesting farmer unions to take part in proceedings of SC-appointed panel on agri laws

Farmers' agitation: Northern Railway cancels, divert, short-terminates trains in Punjab

In view of on-going farmers' agitation in Punjab, the railway has cancelled, short-terminated and diverted several trains for January 13 and 14.
 
The 05211 Darbhanga- Amritsar special train journey commencing on 14.01.2021 will remain cancelled. Consequently, the 05212 Amritsar-Darbhanga special JCO 16.01.2021 will also remain cancelled.
 
The 05211 Darbhanga to Amritsar special train scheduled for January 14 stands cancelled. Consequently, the 05212 Amritsar to Darbhanga special which was to commence its journey on January 16 also stands cancelled.
 
The 02715 Nanded to Amritsar express train journey commencing on January 14 will be short terminated at Chandigarh. Subsequently, the 02716 Amritsar to Nanded will short originate from Chandigarh and remain partially cancelled between Chandigarh-Amritsar-Chandigarh.

Farmers' agitation: Bar Council of India urges people to respect judiciary

Amidst ongoing protest by farmers against the three controversial farm laws, Bar Council of India (BCI) on Wednesday urged them to respect the judiciary and suspend the agitation following the Supreme Court order, saying it is the last hope for the country.
 
In an 'extra-ordinary' interim order, the top court on Tuesday stayed the implementation of new farm laws till further orders and constituted a four-member committee to listen to the grievances of protesting farmers and make recommendations to resolve the impasse.
 
The farmer unions have however made it clear they will not call off the protests until the three laws enacted in September are repealed. Thousands of farmers, mostly from Haryana and Punjab, are protesting at Delhi borders since November 28 last year, demanding a repeal of the three laws and a legal guarantee to the Minimum Support Price (MSP) system for their crops.
 
The leaders of the unions also claimed the members of the court-appointed committee tasked to listen to their grievances are "pro-government", and asserted they will not appear before it.

Protesting farmers at Ghazipur border burned copies of three farm laws

Farmers protesting at Tikri border burn copies of three new farm laws

Protesting farmers burn copies of agri laws on Lohri

Agitating farmers Wednesday burnt copies of the contentious farm laws to mark the festival of Lohri. One lakh copies of the three agri laws were burnt at the Singhu border alone, said Paramjeet Singh of Samyukta Kisan Morcha.
 
Lohri is widely celebrated in Punjab and Haryana to mark the harvesting of Rabi crops. People traditionally celebrate it by circling around bonfires, throwing food items -- peanuts, puffed rice, popcorn etc -- into the fire, singing folk songs, dancing and feasting on the festive food.
 
"The celebrations can wait. We will celebrate all these festivals the day our demand of repealing of these black laws are met by the Centre," said 65-year old Gurpreet Singh Sandhu who hails from Haryana's Karnal district.
 
Several bonfires were lined up at the Delhi-Haryana border stretch, the nerve centre of the farmers' agitation. The protesting farmers raised slogans, sang songs of resistance and hope as they orbited the bonfire, burning copies of farm laws and praying for the success of their protest.

Talks must continue: MoS Rupala on Jan 15 scheduled meeting with farmer groups

The government is in favour of continuing talks with protesting farmer groups as it believes a solution can be found only through dialogue, Minister of State for Agriculture Parshottam Rupala said on Wednesday.
 
While eight rounds of negotiations so far between the government and a representative-group of thousands of farmers protesting against three farm laws have failed to resolve the crisis, the Supreme Court on Tuesday stayed the implementation of the three Acts till further orders and set up a four-member committee to end the impasse.
 
However, the protesting farmer unions have said they will not appear before the committee as they consider it to be "pro-government". They have, however, shown willingness to attend the scheduled ninth round of talks on January 15 with the government, though they have asserted they would not settle for anything less than a complete repeal of the laws.
 
"Talks must continue. It is only through dialogue, a way forward can be found," Rupala told PTI.

LIVE: Farmers protesting at Singhu Border burn copies of Farm Laws

Senior Congress leader Siddaramaiah demands withdrawal of contentious farm laws

Senior Congress leader Siddaramaiah on Wednesday demanded that the Centre's new farm laws be withdrawn, a day after the Supreme Court stayed their implementation. In a series of tweets, Siddaramaiah accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of turning a blind eye to the plight of farmers in the country.
 
"The Supreme Court's order to stay the new farm laws only reiterates the fact that the new laws are against the interests of farmers.
 
The Apex Court has understood that farmers are right in their demands and hence have allowed farmers to continue their protests," the leader of opposition said. The Congress leader held Modi responsible for the death of many farmers during the ongoing protests in Delhi. Alleging that the Prime Minister did not make a single genuine attempt to address the concerns of farmers, he said, "He (Modi) should apologise to the farmers and to the people of the country. The new farm laws should be withdrawn!"
 

Kamal Haasan thanks SC for staying implementation of farm laws

Actor-turned politician and founder of Makkal Neethi Maiam, Kamal Hassan on Wednesday thanked the Supreme Court for staying the implementation of Centre's new farm laws. Speaking to reporters here, Haasan said, "We profusely thank the Supreme Court for doing this (stay) for the nation. We are grateful."
 
When pointed to the agitating farmers having reportedly rejected the panel set up by the apex court to resolve the impasse over the farm laws, he said, "at least the dialogue has begun.. if refused we will have to take steps to move further. That is how it will work.."
 
The Supreme Court had on Tuesday stayed the implementation of controversial new farm laws till further orders and decided to set up a committee to resolve the impasse over them between the Centre and farmers' unions protesting at Delhi borders.

Farmer protest Day 49: Temporary Gurdwara set up at Singhu border

The farmers' protest at the borders of the national capital against the Centre's farm laws entered its 49th day on Wednesday amid biting cold weather across the region.
 
A temporary Gurudwara has been set up at the Singhu border, where the farmers are protesting. According to Charanjeet Singh, a member of the Gurudwara, the Gurudwara has been set up for six days and many people are coming to pray for the souls who lost their lives during the protest.
 
"We are doing an 'Akhand path' (ritual worship) to honor the souls of the people who have died. This will be set up for about six days so that people can continue to pray. We want to honour not just those farmers who died here, but also across Maharashtra, UP and other states," Singh told ANI.

Farmers in Punjab burn copies of farm laws on Lohri

Farmers in Punjab on Wednesday burnt copies of the Centre's three new farm laws at several places on the festival of Lohri as a mark of protest against the legislations. The harvest festival of Lohri is celebrated in Punjab, Haryana and other parts of north India.Bonfires are an important part of the festivities.
 
Protesting farmers owing allegiance to different farm bodies held protest at many places in the state and burnt copies of new agriculture laws.
 
Farmers also shouted slogans against the BJP-led Centreand slammed the government for not acceding to their demands. They demanded that the new farms laws should be repealed. Farmers including women under the banner of Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee held a protest at Pandherkalan village in Amritsar.

Selling badges, stickers at Singhu border: Farmers' stir give many vendors chance to revive income

Before the coronavirus pandemic, Rakesh Arora used to be a vendor at the India Gate, but his business did not pick up after lockdown. Now, the farmers' stir at the Singhu border has given him an chance to improve livelihood, selling badges and stickers. With the protesting farmers staying put at the border point of the national capital for over six weeks now, a number of small business have sprung up at the site, the newest being sale of pro-protest badges and stickers.
 
Shopkeepers with basket full of badges and stickers with 'I love Kheti (farming)', 'I love Kisan', and 'Kisan Ekta Zindabad' printed on them have seated themselves at every nook and corner of the highway. Almost every protestor could be seen donning a badge, while the tractors and trolleys flaunt the stickers. Rakesh Arora and his nephew brought in inventory worth Rs 2,500 two days ago from Ambala and have managed to sell products worth Rs 700 so far.
 
"I used to be a vendor at India Gate. But after lockdown, business has been really poor. So we decided to set shop at the protest once we saw an opportunity," Arora said.

Protesting farmers don't know what they want, says Hema Malini

Farmers agitating at the borders of Delhi don't know what they want, said veteran actor and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP from Mathura, Hema Malini, and added that they are only protesting because someone had asked them to do so.
 
"It is good that the Supreme Court has stayed the laws. This will hopefully calm the situation. Farmers are not willing to come to a consensus even after so many talks. They do not even know what they want and what is the problem with the farm laws. This means that they are doing this because someone asked them to do it," Hema Malini said.
 
She also said that it was 'not nice' to see towers being vandalised in Punjab.
 
"Punjab has suffered a lot of losses. It was not nice to see them (farmers) vandalise towers. The government has called them for talks repeatedly but they don't even have an agenda," she added.

Rahul flays govt stand on proposed tractor rally by farmers

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday slammed the Modi government for its stand on the tractor rally proposed to be organised by protesting farmers on January 26.
 
"The Modi government is not embarrassed when 60 farmers are martyred but is ashamed about the tractor rally," the Congress leader said.
 
Around 60 farmers have died due to accidents, suicide, or other reasons ever since the farmers began their protest on the Delhi borders from November 26 last year.

Fasal Bima Yojana mitigated risk, benefitted crores of farmers: PM Modi

The crop insurance scheme launched by his government has benefitted crores of farmers by mitigating farming risks against the vagaries of nature, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday as it completed five years since its launch.
 
In tweets, Modi also asked people to get information on how the 'PM Fasal Bima Yojana' has helped farmers from his NaMo app.
 
"An important initiative to secure hardworking farmers from the vagaries of nature, PM Fasal Bima Yojana completes 5 years today. The Yojana has increased coverage, mitigated risk & benefitted crores of farmers. I congratulate all beneficiaries of the scheme," he said. Read on...

On Lohri, protesting farmers in Delhi to burn copies of new agri laws

Farmers protesting at Delhi borders said they will burn copies of Centre's new agriculture laws at all demonstration sites on the festival of Lohri on Wednesday, as a mark of protest against the legislations.
 
Lohri is mostly celebrated in north India, marking the beginning of the spring season. Bonfires are a special characteristic of the festival.
 
Farmers' leader Manjeet Singh Rai said they will celebrate Lohri by burning the copies of farm laws at all protest sites in the evening.
 
Sankyukt Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of around 40 protesting farmer unions, will hold a meeting later in the day to discuss the next course of action.
 
This comes a day after the protesting farmer unions asserted they will not appear before the Supreme Court-appointed panel, alleging it was "pro-government", and said they won't settle for anything less than the repeal of the three contentious laws.

'Farmers will get justice', says member of SC panel on farm laws Ghanwat

Included in the four-member committee set-up by the Supreme Court to hold talks with the farmers agitating over the new farm laws, Anil Ghanwat on Tuesday said that "protesting farmers will get justice."
 
Anil Ghanwat, president of the Shetkari Sanghatana, a Maharashtra-based farmer organisation told ANI, "This movement should stop somewhere and a law should be made in the interest of farmers. First we need to listen to farmers, if they had some misconception about Minimum Support Price (MSP) and Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC), we will clear it, they need to be assured that whatever is happening is in their interest."

Disappointed with SC panel, stir to continue till laws get repealed: BKU leader Rakesh Tikait

Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait on Tuesday disapproved of the Supreme Court appointed panel formed to end the impasse between the farmers' unions and the Centre over the new farm laws.
 
Speaking to reporters at the protest site in Ghazipur border along Delhi, Tikait asserted that the farmers' agitation will continue despite the SC order on staying the laws while pointing out 'bill wapsi nahi to ghar wapsi nahi' (if the farm laws are not repealed, none of the protesters will return home).
 
Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court ordered a stay of the implementation of the three new farm laws hoping this will end the prolonged protests by the farmers and also constituted a four-member panel of agriculture experts to resolve the impasse between their leaders and the Centre.
 
The committee members are Bhupinder Singh Mann, National President of Bhartiya Kisan Union, All India Kisan Coordination Committee; Dr Pramod Kumar Joshi, Director for South Asia, International Food Policy Research Institute; Ashok Gulati, agricultural economist and former chairman of the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices and Anil Ghanwat, President of Shetkari Sanghatana.
 
He said some members of the SC-appointed committee are "supporters" of the new laws and claimed that several recommendations made by them ended up as part of the legislation.
 
"Farmers of the entire country are disappointed with the SC's decision," the BKU national spokesperson said.
 
Replying to a question on the committee members, he said that the farmers' unions will scrutinise what all the four panel members have done in the past. "After the decision of the core committee of farmers, we will decide our line of action in regard to joining the committee constituted by the apex court," he said adding that they would not leave the protest sites at the border unless the laws get repealed.
 

After SC intervention, farmers should withdraw protest: Punjab BJP

Punjab BJP president Ashwani Sharma on Tuesday appealed to agitating farmers to call off their protest after the Supreme Court's decision to set up a four-member panel to look into farmers' greivances. The Punjab BJP chief also welcomed the apex court's decision to form the panel to resolve the issues raised by farmers in the three agriculture laws.

 
He hoped that all doubts of the farmers would be adequately addressed. Reiterating that the farmers' fears about the discontinuation of minimum support price or the mandi system were completely unfounded, Sharma said the laws in no way were against the farmer interests. In a statement, Sharma said the state farmers have contributed immensely to the nation's foodgrain stocks and the entire country is indebted to them for this.

SC stay on farm laws only to give farmers 'perception' of achievement: CPIML

The CPI(ML) on Tuesday claimed that the Supreme Court's stay on the implementation of the contentious farm laws has been done to give farmers a perception of achievement" so that they may withdraw the protest against the legislations. The Supreme Court earlier stayed till further orders the implementation of the three central agri-marketing laws over which farmers from Punjab and Haryana have been protesting for over a month at Delhi borders.


The court also announced the formation of a four-member committee to resolve the deadlock over the laws between the Centre and farmers' unions. In a statement, the CPI(ML) central committee, said in order to stay or suspend a law, a court is expected to find that law unconstitutional and explain its reasoning in its order. "In the absence of such a finding and substantial reasoning, the Supreme Court's stay on the farm laws does not inspire confidence in the protesting farmers and people of India," it said.


The Left party said it is clear from the wording of the order that the stay on the laws has been done only to give farmers a perception of achievement so that they may withdraw the protests. "It is indeed extraordinary and highly questionable for the Supreme Court to issue orders with a political rather than a constitutional rationale," it said.

Haryana govt is going strong, hopefully SC will resolve farmer issue: Dushyant Chautala

Inherent safeguards in farm laws, farmers misled that their land will be taken away: Centre to SC

The Centre Tuesday told the Supreme Court that there are inherent safeguards in the new agri laws for protection of land of farmers, who have been misled that their lands will be taken away. The government told a bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde, which stayed the implementation of the contentious three new farm laws till further orders, that it will be ensured that no farmer will lose his land.


Misapprehensions have been made that your (farmers) land will go and it will be taken away. That is how the farmers have been misled, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told the bench, also comprising Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian. Insofar as the apprehension regarding MSP (Minimum Support Price) being done away with, it is submitted across the Bar that the same may not be dismantled. The Solicitor General also confirmed that there are inherent safeguards, in-built in the farm laws, for the protection of the land of the farmers and that it will be ensured that no farmer will lose his land, the bench noted in its 11-page interim order.


The top court, which constituted a four-member committee to listen to the grievances of farmers as well as the views of government and make recommendations, passed the order on a batch of pleas including those challenging the validity of these farm laws, those supporting these legislations and those raising the issue of farmers protesting at Delhi borders.

All members of SC-appointed panel favour farm laws, how can farmers expect justice: Congress

The Congress on Tuesday claimed that all four members of the committee, appointed by the Supreme Court to resolve the deadlock over farmers' agitation against three farm laws, were in favour of the legislations, and posed how could the protesters expect justice from them. The party's chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala sought to know whether any government lawyer disclosed the credentials of the committee members before the court.
 
He also said that Prime minister Narendra Modi should talk to the farmers on January 15, when the next round of discussion between the agitators and the government is slated.
 
Bhupinder Singh Mann, President of Bhartiya Kisan Union; Anil Ghanwat, President of Shetkari Sangthana, Maharashtra; Pramod Kumar Joshi, director for South Asia, International Food Policy Research Institute, and agriculture economist Ashok Gulati have been named in the panel announced by the apex court.

Govt always ready for talks: MoS Agriculture Kailash Choudhary

After SC order, farmers should end protest: Haryanan CM Khattar

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Tuesday said the farmers protesting at Delhi's borders should end their agitation now following the formation of a committee by the Supreme Court over the new farm laws. The ball is now in the court of the SC and I feel whatever is its decision, it will be acceptable to all, he said, welcoming the SC order.
 
The Supreme Court stayed till further orders the implementation the three central agri-marketing laws over which farmers from Punjab and Haryana have been protesting for weeks. The court also announced the formation of a four-member committee to resolve the deadlock over the new laws between the Centre and farmers' unions.
 
On the farmer unions' refusal to call off their protest after the SC order, Khattar said there was no reason now for them to continue with it. He said the farmers should lift their dharna' at Delhi's border and head back to the places they had come from. Khattar has been targeted by farmer unions for supporting the new laws enacted at the Centre in September.

Members of SC panel on agri laws pro-govt, won't appear before it: Farmer unions

Agitating farmer unions Tuesday disapproved of the committee appointed by the Supreme Court to break the deadlock over the acts and said they will continue their protest against the three legislations.
 
Addressing a press conference at Singhu Border here, Union leaders claimed the members of the committee are "pro-government", and asserted they will not appear before it.
 
The Supreme Court earlier in the day stayed the implementation of the controversial farm laws till further orders and set up a four-member committee to resolve the impasse between the Centre and the farmer unions protesting at Delhi's borders over the legislations.
 
"The members of the SC-appointed committee are not dependable as they have been writing on how agri laws are pro-farmer. We will continue our agitation," farmer leader Balbeer Singh Rajewal told the presser.

Agri experts welcome SC decision to stay implementation of new farm laws

Eminent agriculture economists on Tuesday welcomed the Supreme Court's decision to stay the implementation of the new farm laws till further orders and set up a four-member committee to resolve the impasse over them between the Centre and farmers' unions protesting at Delhi borders. Former Union minister and eminent economist Y K Alagh said he thinks it (the SC's decision) is very sensible.
 
"Because they (the SC judges) have said that you (the Centre) must do adequate preparation because the new farm laws were passed in a big hurry," Alagh told PTI.
 
He further pointed out that the bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde and Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian said the Centre can develop a framework for the new farm laws only after the Covid-19 year is over. "Because you can't talk about trade and transport when there are lockdowns," Alagh said.

Centre must repeal farm laws or it will cost BJP-JJP in Haryana heavily: JJP MLAs

The Centre should repeal the three farm laws or it will cost the ruling BJP-JJP alliance in Haryana "heavily", a section of JJP MLAs said on Tuesday, hours before their party chief and Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala meets Union Home Minister Amit Shah. Chautala and Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar are scheduled to meet Shah in the national capital, and they will be accompanied by BJP state president O P Dhankar.
 
The BJP, which won 40 seats in the 90-member Haryana assembly in the 2019 polls, formed government with the support of 10 Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) MLAs and several Independents.
 
The Centre should rollback these laws as farmers of Haryana, Punjab and the country are up in arms against the legislations, JJP MLA Jogi Ram Sihag told PTI. "We will request Dushyant ji to convey our feelings to Amit Shah ji," he said. Before meeting Shah, Chautala will hold a meeting with all his party's MLAs at a farm house here.

MSP system in existence before enactment of new farm laws shall be maintained until further orders, says SC

No farmer shall be dispossessed or deprived of his title as a result of any action taken under farm laws: SC

Stay on farm laws' implementation big relief for farmers: Sharad Pawar

NCP president Sharad Pawar on Tuesday welcomed the Supreme Court's decision to stay the implementation of the Centre's three controversial new farm laws, saying it will be a "big relief" for farmers.
 
The former Union agriculture minister also expressed hope that a concrete dialogue will now be initiated between the Centre and farmers, keeping the latter's interest in mind.
 
Last month, Pawar met President Ram Nath Kovind and sought a repeal of the three farm laws. Maharashtra NCP chief Jayant Patil said the Centre should repeal the laws, while party's national spokesperson and state minister Nawab Malik described the SC's order as a step in the right direction to get justice for farmers.

Cannot ask PM Modi to meet farmers for discussion on farm laws: Chief Justice of India

The Supreme Court on Tuesday junked the arguments from a lawyer, claiming to be a representative of farmers, that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has not met the agitating farmers so far to discuss the controversial farm laws.
 
A bench headed by Chief Justice S. A. Bobde and comprising Justices A.S. Bopanna and V. Ramasubramanian said "We cannot ask the Prime Minister to go. He is not a party here."
 
Advocate M.L. Sharma submitted that farmers have contacted him early on Tuesday saying they will not appear before the court-appointed committee to hear farmers' grievances against the laws, instead they wanted the laws to be repealed. "The farmers are saying many persons came for discussion, but the main person, the Prime Minister did not come", submitted Sharma.
 
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta informed the top court that the agriculture minister has already met the farmers. Sharma rebutted, "The agriculture minister has no power to decide, it is the Prime Minister who decides."

Won't return home until farm bill is taken back: Bhartiya Kisan Union's Rakesh Tikait

DMK President M K Stalin welcomes SC's order on the farm laws

DMK President M K Stalin on Tuesday welcomed the apex court's decision to stay the three farm laws.
 
In a tweet, Stalin said: "I welcome the decision of the Supreme Court to stay the farm laws in the cases filed by various parties including DMK."
 
"This is a victory for farmers protesting across India," Stalin said. He urged the central government to commit to repealing the three farm laws in the next Parliament Session.

Farmer leaders welcome SC verdict on agri laws, but say protests to go on

Farmer leaders welcomed the Supreme Court's order to stay the implementation of three farm laws on Tuesday, but said they would not call off their protest until the legislations are repealed. The Sankyukt Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of around 40 protesting farmer unions, has called a meeting later in the day to decide the next course of action.
 
The farmer leaders said they are not willing to participate in any proceedings before a committee appointed by the Supreme Court, but a formal decision on this will be taken by the Morcha.
 
"We welcome the court's order to stay the implementation of the farm laws, but we want a complete repeal of these laws," Abhimanyu Kohar, a senior leader of the Morcha, told PTI. READ ON...

SC's stay on implementation of farm laws a positive step: Nationalist Congress Party

The Supreme Court staying implementation of the three controversial new farm laws enacted by the Centre is a welcome and positive step in the right direction to get justice for farmers, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) said on Tuesday. The apex court has stayed the implementation of the new farm laws till further orders and decided to set up a committee to resolve the impasse over them between the Centre and farmers' unions protesting at Delhi borders.
 
"Hon'ble Supreme Court's stay on implementation of #FarmLaws is a welcome & positive step in the right direction to get Justice for our farmers. "Central Government must now stop their rigid ways of functioning, accept their mistake and rectify it," Maharashtra minister and NCP national spokesperson Nawab Malik tweeted.
 
The Sharad Pawar-led party is one of the constituents in the Shiv Sena-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government along with the Congress.

'Declined offer to head committee': Former CJI RM Lodha tells NDTV he won't head SC panel on farmers' issue

"I have declined the offer to head the committee": Former Chief Justice RM Lodha tells NDTV he won't head the Supreme Court panel on farmers' issue

Former CJI RM Lodha refuses to head Supreme Court panel on farmers' protest: NDTV

Former Chief Justice of India RM Lodha refuses to head Supreme Court panel on farmers' protest, according to NDTV.

No power can prevent us from setting up panel to resolve impasse on farm laws, says SC

The Supreme Court Tuesday sought cooperation of protesting farmers at Delhi borders and said no power can prevent it from setting up a committee to resolve the impasse over controversial farm laws.
 
The observation of the bench asking protesting farmers bodies to cooperate assume significance in view of reports that they would not go to any apex court-appointed panel for resolution of disputes and wanted repeal of laws only.
 
Before pronouncing the order, the bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde commenced the hearing and urged the farmers' unions to cooperate and go before the committee to be appointed by it to resolve the dispute.
 
"We are concerned about protecting the lives and proerty of citizens of India and we want to solve the problem," said the bench which also comprised Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian.

SC sets up committee to look into farmers' grievances against new farms laws

SC puts farm laws on hold till further orders, says will set up committee

The Supreme Court on Tuesday stayed the implementation of three laws deregulating India’s agriculture markets, saying it will give further orders. The court will set up a committee to take over negotiations between the government and farmer unions.
 
The court served notice to various farmers unions for their plan to drive tractors to Delhi on Republic Day to protest against the contested laws.
 
"These are matters of life and death. We are concerned with laws. We are concerned with lives and property of people affected by the agitation. We are trying to solve the problem in the best way. One of the powers we have is to suspend the legislation," Chief Justice SA Bobde said, according to NDTV.com. READ ON...

LIVE: SC suspends farm laws until further orders


Clarify claims on Khalistani support: SC to A-G

CJI to AG : If there is an infiltration by a banned organization, and somebody is making an allegation here on record, you have to confirm it. You file an affidavit by tomorrow.
 
AG: Yes. I will file the affidavit and place the IB records.

SC to issue notice to farmer unions to stop tractor rally

Supreme Court issues notice to farmers unions on Delhi Police plea to stop the tractor rally during Republic Day parade

AG submits that yesterday the protesters said that the tractor rally will take place on Republic Day

AG submits that yesterday the protesters said that the tractor rally will take place on Republic Day and therefore an injunction application has been filed by Delhi police to stop that.
 
CJI : We will issue notice on the Solicitor's application. We will have it on Monday.
 

Khalistanis infiltrated farmers' protests, says A-G

Khalistanis infiltrated farmers' protests, says A-G

SC hearing on farm laws underway

Harish Salve, Senior Advocate: When your lordships pass the order, it may be indicated that this is not a victory for anyone.
 
Chief Justice: It is a victory for fair play.

We don't want to hear an argument that farmers will not go to the committee, says SC

Farm laws: This committee will be for us. All of you people who are expected to solve the issue will go before this committee. It will not pass an order or punish you, it will only submit a report to us, says CJI

Farmers: PM Modi didn't come forward to discuss issues with us

Farmers: PM Modi didn't come forward to discuss issues with us

Farm laws: We're concerned about protecting life & property of citizens affected by protests, says CJI

Farm laws: We're concerned about validity of the laws andalso about protecting life & property of citizens affected by protests. We are trying to solve the problem in accordance with the powers we have. One of the powers we've is to suspend the legislation&make a committee, says CJI

Farmers' protest: SC hearing in farm laws case begins

Farmers' protest: SC hearing in farm laws case begins

Farmers want withdrawal of farm laws: Rahul Gandhi

Haryana CM to meet Home Minister Amit Shah today over farmers' protest

Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar to meet Home Minister Amit Shah today over farmers' protest.

Farmers' protest LIVE: SC bench assembles, hearing to begin shortly

The bench assembles. 
 
Farmers protests cases are listed as Items 19 to 22, reports LiveLaw

Will not join SC-appointed panel, if formed, say farm union leaders

Will not join SC-appointed panel, if formed, say farm union leaders

Centre has done its best to engage with farmers, says govt in an affidavit to SC

The Central government has done its best to engage with the farmers to remove any misapprehensions or misgivings in the minds of the farmers and no efforts have been found lacking," said the affidavit filed by Agriculture and Farmer Welfare Secretary.

Farmers' protest LIVE: Farm laws not made hurriedly, says Centre

Farmers' protest LIVE: Farm laws not made hurriedly, says Centre

Farmers' protest LIVE: A bench headed by the CJI SA Bobde will assemble in a short while

A bench headed by the CJI SA Bobde will assemble in a short while.

Farmers won't present themselves before SC-appointed committee, says senior advocate Dushyant Dave

Senior Advocate Dushyant Dave, who was a part of a 4 member committee representing 8 farmer unions, says farmers have declined to present themselves before a Supreme Court appointed committee.

Farmers' protest: SC hearing to begin shortly

Farmers' protest: SC hearing to begin shortly

Farmers' protest LIVE: Centre says farmers unions are not coming for talks with open mind

Centre says farmers unions are not coming for talks with open mind.
 
'Representatives of Farmers’ Unions came with pre-occupied mind & instead  of  discussing  the  dispute  rationally they  raised placards with “YES or NO” to repeal the stated three Farm Reform Laws'.

Farmer attempts suicide at Singhu, in critical condition

A farmer from Punjab at the Singhu border protest tried to kill himself on Monday evening and was rushed to hospital where his condition is critical, officials said.
 
This is the the sixth incident of attempted suicide during the ongoing farmers' protests.
 
Labh Singh, from Ludhiana's Sirthala, drank poison at the protest site, and was later admitted to the Frank Institute of Medical Sciences, Sonepat where his condition is said to be critical.
 
There have been four suicides in the 47 day long agitation.

Farmers being paid to hold sit-in protest at Delhi borders, says BJP MP

Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Member of Parliament S Muniswamy on Monday alleged that farmers who are protesting at the borders of Delhi have been paid and brought to the agitation sites.
 
BJP's Member of Parliament from Kolar said: "They are middlemen and fake farmers. They are eating pizza, burger,s and KFC products, and have set up a gym there. This drama should stop."
 
Farmers have been protesting at different borders of the national capital since November 26, 2020, against the farm laws - 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.

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