Farmers' Protest Highlights: Centre Should Repeal Farm Laws, Say Unions

Farmers' Protest news: A key route in east Delhi, connecting the capital to Noida in Uttar Pradesh has been closed as around 300 farmers from different parts of Uttar Pradesh continued their sit-in at the Noida-Delhi border for the second day.

Farmers' Protest Highlights: Centre Should Repeal Farm Laws, Say Unions

Farmers' Protests: Members of Bharatiya Kisan Union during their "Delhi Chalo" protest, in Noida.

New Delhi:

The farmers' protest - the biggest in years - has entered the seventh day, with thousands of people from several states camped out on the outskirts of Delhi. Farmers' organisations met at one of the Delhi-Haryana borders today to decide their strategy, a day after they turned down the centre's second pitch for a committee to discuss the contentious farm laws against which they have been holding massive protests near Delhi. Farmers' groups will meet again shortly, with more groups joining in.

The meeting at Vigyan Bhawan yesterday remained inconclusive and the government has called for another round of discussions on Thursday, December 3, union leaders said.

More farmers from Punjab and khaps from Haryana are making their way to the national capital, demanding that the laws be repealed. The farmers have said they will continue the protest if their demands are not accepted.

The farmers' protests against the Centre's farm laws also led to the shutting down of key roads connecting Noida and Delhi. A key route in east Delhi, connecting the capital to Noida in Uttar Pradesh has been closed as around 300 farmers from different parts of Uttar Pradesh continued their sit-in at the Noida-Delhi border for the second day.

Here are the Highlights on the farmers' protests:

Dec 03, 2020 00:02 (IST)
British Sikh politicians voice support for protesting farmers

British Sikh Opposition politicians have voiced their support for farmers agitating in India against the new farm laws and called for a "peaceful solution" as soon as possible.

India has called the remarks by foreign leaders on protests by farmers as "ill-informed" and "unwarranted" as the matter pertained to the internal affairs of a democratic country.

A number of Opposition MPs in Britain have been speaking out over the issue on social media, with Labour Virendra Sharma calling for a "peaceful solution" as soon as possible.

"Farmers work tirelessly to earn an honest living and to feed millions of people. I find it distressing that thousands of the farmers from Punjab feel the need to march in Delhi to ask for a fair standard of living," he said, adding that he "applauds the bravery" of Home Minister Amit Shah in stepping forward and offering to negotiate.
Dec 02, 2020 23:48 (IST)
Kanhaiya Kumar joins Left parties' protest against farm bills

CPI leader Kanhaiya Kumar said the ongoing farmers' protest against farm bills was an uprising to save democracy from crony capitalism and deplored attempts to discredit the agitations.

Mr Kumar, a former JNU students union president, appealed to people from all walks of life to lend their support to the movement launched by the farmers.

He coined a slogan "Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan, Jai Samvidhan" to underscore that the protest had far-reaching implications.
Dec 02, 2020 23:23 (IST)
Replace "crocodile tears" with "Kejriwal tears": Sukhbir Singh Badal on farm laws in Delhi

Shiromani Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal slammed Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, accusing him of stabbing farmers in the back by implementing the farm laws.

Accusing him of having "fake" sympathy for farmers, Mr Badal also suggested changing the term "crocodile tears" to "Kejriwal tears".

"This is not just political dishonesty in the extreme but also an inhuman betrayal of the simple-hearted and trusting farmers," said Mr Badal.
Dec 02, 2020 22:49 (IST)
Dec 02, 2020 22:20 (IST)
Punjab Chief Minister lashes out at Arvind Kejriwal for "low-level politics" on farmers' issue

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has alleged that his Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal was "stooping to shamelessly low level of politics" and indulging in "brazen double-speak in a desperate bid to wriggle out of his own failure to protect the interests of the farming community."

This comes hours after Mr Kejriwal hit out at Mr Singh, over his allegations that Delhi Chief Minister had passed the three farm laws in Delhi. Mr Kejriwal had asked: "How can he do such low-level politics at this crucial time?"
Dec 02, 2020 21:33 (IST)
Amit Shah, Punjab Chief Minister To Meet Ahead Of Centre's Talks With Farmers
Union Home Minister Amit Shah will meet Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh tomorrow amid the escalating farmers' protests around Delhi. The meeting will take place at 9:30 AM, sources said, ahead of the crucial meeting with farmers' bodies.
Dec 02, 2020 21:17 (IST)
Bar Council of Delhi opposes farm laws, supports farmers

The Bar Council of Delhi came out in support of farmers and urged the Prime Minister for repealing farm laws and to give an audience to them to come out with an amicable solution.

It also said there was a need to bring a legislation for the welfare of farmers.

The bar body said the farm laws are more detrimental to the interest of legal professionals across the country and the "Bar of Civil Court jurisdiction" will substantially affect the district courts and high courts in some states.
Dec 02, 2020 20:32 (IST)
Aam Aadmi Party women's wing forms human chain in Delhi in solidarity with farmers

Hundreds of members of the Aam Aadmi Party women's wing and party volunteers formed a human chain at the ITO intersection in Delhi in solidarity with farmers camping at the national capital's borders to protest the Centre's three agriculture reform laws.

The demonstration was led by the women's wing president Nirmala Kumari.
Dec 02, 2020 20:02 (IST)
PM Modi should directly hold talks: Congress leader Randeep Surjewala

The Centre must suspend the three "black" farm laws without delay and Prime Minister Narendra Modi should directly hold talks with the protesting farmers, Congress leader Randeep Surjewala said.

The talks between the Centre and agitating farmer unions a day ago had failed to end the standoff over the new farm laws, and the two sides will meet again on Thursday. The outfits rejected the government's offer to set up a committee to look into issues raised by them.

"The agriculture minister (Narendra Singh Tomar) is incompetent to even hold the conversation, so the prime minister must hold this conversation by leaving aside all prejudices and prefixed notions," Mr Surjewala added.
Dec 02, 2020 19:30 (IST)
Transporters threaten to stop operations in North India in support of farmers

Coming forward in support of agitating farmers, transporters' top body All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC) has threatened to halt operations in northern India from December 8 if the government fails to address concerns of the farming community.

The AIMTC represents about 95 lakh truckers and other entities.

"AIMTC has already extended its support to the farmer agitation from day one. We have decided on stopping our operations strategically starting from North India and if the government does not address the issue of the farmers then we may decide to go for shutting down of transport operations nationwide in their support," AIMTC President Kultaran Singh Atwal said.
Dec 02, 2020 19:13 (IST)
"Anger of farmers" is clear, says Akhilesh Yadav

Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav said he fully understood the conspiracy aimed at the farmers in the name of new laws by those who had made false promises of doubling their income.

"The anger of farmers is clear. The farmers of BJP-ruled states are also agitated," he said, adding that the government was targeting the Opposition over the protests only to complicate the issue.

He alleged that the government has adopted a stubborn attitude on the issue in order to prove itself right.
Dec 02, 2020 18:36 (IST)
Kalindi Kunj Closed: Arterial Delhi-Noida Route Shut For Traffic Amid Farmers' Protest
The farmers' protests against the Centre's farm laws have led to the shutting down of key roads connecting Noida to Delhi. After the Delhi-Noida Chilla road in the morning, the arterial Kalindi Kunj route has also been shut for traffic, the Delhi Traffic Police have informed.
Dec 02, 2020 18:25 (IST)
Chilla border partially opened for traffic

In the morning, the Noida Traffic Police advised commuters travelling to Delhi to avoid using the Chilla route and instead take the DND or Kalindi Kunj route.

In the evening, however, the Chilla border was partially opened for traffic movement.
Dec 02, 2020 18:10 (IST)
Dec 02, 2020 17:50 (IST)
Dec 02, 2020 17:31 (IST)
Centre should repeal farm laws: Farmers' union

Darshan Pal, President of Krantikari Kisan Union, says: "We demand that the Central government should call a special Parliament Session to repeal the farm laws"
Dec 02, 2020 17:18 (IST)
Dec 02, 2020 17:05 (IST)
Centre deceived farmers of UP, Uttarakhand: Farmers' organisation

"The Home Minister had said that the government will talk to farmers who will sit in Burari. After his appeal, farmers from Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh came here but the government didn't invite us for talks yesterday," says Sardar VM Singh, convenor of the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee.

"It shows that the government will talk to those who take the law into their hands. Now that the government has deceived the farmers of UP and Uttarakhand, there is no point in staying here in Burari (Delhi)," he adds.
Dec 02, 2020 16:52 (IST)
Rashtriya Lok Dal Leader Jayant Chaudhary Meets Protesting Farmers In Delhi
The farmers protesting against the Centre's new farm laws will not relent on their demands, Rashtriya Lok Dal vice president Jayant Chaudhary said today and assured his party's support to the ongoing protests.
Dec 02, 2020 15:46 (IST)
Police remove barricades at Delhi-Noida border allowing movement of traffic.
Dec 02, 2020 14:46 (IST)
Amid Farmer Protest, Navjot Singh Sidhu Claims Country On Path To Extreme Hunger

Amid the ongoing farmer protests in and around the national capital, Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu on Tuesday claimed that the country was on the path to extreme hunger and famine, and lamented on the unequal distribution of wealth in the country. Taking to Twitter, Sidhu said, "India's richest 1 per cent hold more wealth than the bottom 70 per cent. Poor toil, while rich consolidate wealth, farmers labour, but capitalist earn. Ambani added 90 Crore every hour to his wealth in the last six months, while Adani''s wealth increased by 61 per cent."
Dec 02, 2020 14:26 (IST)
Punjab Youth Congress workers protested in front of Haryana Chief Minister ML Khattar's residence, demanding an apology from him for the alleged use of force against the protesting farmers.
Dec 02, 2020 14:03 (IST)
Traders say there is spike in vegetable & fruit prices due to farmers' agitation.
Dec 02, 2020 12:56 (IST)
Delhi Chalo March Farmers Protest: BJP's Haryana Ally To Centre On Farmers' Key Demand

The government should give a written assurance to farmers that the Minimum Support Price (MSP) system will continue, the ruling BJP's Haryana ally has said amid protests against new farm laws that show no signs of ending soon. Read Here
Dec 02, 2020 12:43 (IST)
Students from various universities have also joined the farmer protest at Singhu border.
Dec 02, 2020 12:21 (IST)
Traffic Alert Tikri, Jharoda Borders are closed for any traffic movement.
Dec 02, 2020 12:13 (IST)
Farmers Protest LIVE: Meeting At Amit Shah's Residence

Union Home Minister Amit Shah, meanwhile, is holding a meeting with Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and his cabinet colleague Piyush Goyal at his home to discuss yesterday's meeting with the farmers.

Dec 02, 2020 11:44 (IST)
Farmers In Huddle As Talks With Centre Fail, Round 2 Tomorrow

Farmers' organisations are meeting at one of the Delhi-Haryana borders to decide their strategy, a day after they turned down the centre's second pitch for a committee to discuss the contentious farm laws against which they have been holding massive protests near Delhi. Read Here
Dec 02, 2020 11:31 (IST)
'Langar' Being Served To Farmers At Delhi-Ghazipur Border

Dec 02, 2020 11:04 (IST)
Farmers Protest: Traffic Police Deployed To Manage Vehicular Movement Near Chilla Village
Delhi Police appealed to citizens to avoid Noida Link Road for going to Noida and use National Highway-24 or Delhi Noida Direct (DND) Flyway instead, in light of the ongoing farmers' protest at the borders of the national capital.

Dec 02, 2020 10:40 (IST)
Bhim Army Chief Joins Protesting Farmers At Delhi-Ghazipur Border

Bhim Army chief Chandrashekar Azad on Tuesday joined the protesting farmers at the Delhi-Ghazipur border along with hundreds of his supporters and demanded that the new farms laws be withdrawn immediately. The Dalit leader from Uttar Pradesh, who launched his political party in March this year, said, "The farmers have been fighting for their rights in this cold. These laws should be withdrawn immediately."  "We extend our full support to our farmers. We are with them in this fight," he said. Even as farmers of Punjab and Haryana continued to rally at Singhu and Tikari border entry points, scores of Uttar Pradesh farmers gathered at Ghazipur on the Delhi-Ghazipur border on Sunday morning in their bid to enter the national capital.
Dec 02, 2020 10:27 (IST)
Farmers' Protest Enters Seventh Day

The farmers' protest against the three agricultural sector laws passed by the central government in the last monsoon session entered seventh day on Wednesday with demonstrations on Sant Nirankari Samagam ground in Burari on the outskirts of Delhi, besides the border areas. Yesterday night, the Union government held a meeting with the representatives of the protesting farmers and offered to set up a committee to look into their demands, which they rejected.

Dec 02, 2020 09:44 (IST)
Farmers Protest Updates: Delhi Border Near Chilla Closed For Traffic
Delhi Traffic Police informed that the chilla border on Noida link road is closed for traffic due to farmers' protests near Gautam Budh Dwar.
Dec 02, 2020 09:22 (IST)
Farmers Protest in Delhi Today: Delhi: Farmers Continue To Protest At Singhu Border
Dec 02, 2020 08:44 (IST)
Farmers Protest LIVE: Protesting farmers remove barricades at Delhi-UP border
Dec 02, 2020 07:37 (IST)
Famers Protest: "Come To Our Langar ForJalebi, Pakoda, Tea": Farmer Leaders To Minister

Farmer union leaders on Tuesday invited Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar to their protest site and offered to serve him ''jalebi'' and ''pakoda'', along with tea at their langar (community kitchen), after they were offered tea by the minister during a marathon meeting with the government over their ongoing agitation against three new farm laws. Read Here 
Dec 02, 2020 07:34 (IST)
Farmers Protest Updates: No Headway In Talks With Farmers

The farmers' representatives have turned down the Centre's second pitch for a committee to discuss the contentious farm laws, protests against which are intensifying by the day. "Now is not the time for a committee," sources quoted farmers' representatives as saying at the meeting with three central ministers this evening. A second meeting will be held on December 3.