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Farmers' Protest Updates: 'Opposition sat over Swaminathan committee report for years, we implemented it,' PM tells farmers

Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates: Narendra Modi on Friday urged political parties to 'keep all the credit for their old election manifestos' which had reportedly promised agriculture sector reforms

FP Staff December 18, 2020 15:47:47 IST
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Farmers' Protest Updates: 'Opposition sat over Swaminathan committee report for years, we implemented it,' PM tells farmers

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Farmers' protests now get weekly newsletter Trolly Times

At least 2,000 copies of a four-page bi-weekly newsletter called Trolley Times were released at the Singhu and Tikri borders on Friday, The Indian Express reported.

'Judaange, Ladaange, Jeetange!' is the page-one headline of the first issue, which has photographs, cartoons, poems, news reports and opinion pieces written by union leaders and protesting farmers. Of the four pages, one is in Hindi.

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Dec 18, 2020 - 17:18 (IST)

AIKS to join protesting farmers in Delhi

The All India Kisan Sabha on Friday was quoted by reports as saying that it will join farmers protesting in Delhi against the new farm laws introduced by the Centre. 

"The announcement was made in Nashik by AIKS leaders Ajit Nawale and Ashok Dhawale, Centre for Indian Trade Unions' state president Dr D M Darar and Sunil Malusare among others," The TImes of India reported.

Dec 18, 2020 - 16:34 (IST)

Smriti Irani slams Opposition for criticism over farm laws

Union minister Smriti Irani on Friday slammed the Opposition parties for their criticism for the Centre's new farm laws and their support for the farmers' protests.

"PM Narendra Modi provided Rs 8 lakh crores in MSP to farmers during his tenure compared to Rs 3.5 lakh crores which UPA provided in 10 yrs of their tenure. What did they do when they were the ruling party?" she said, at a farmer meeting in Uttar Pradesh's Meerut.

She added, "The Opposition says that the one who made the bills isn't a farmer. The one who talks of producing 40-inch potato is he a farmer? Is Sonia Gandhi a farmer? The one who actually did something for farmers is PM Narendra Modi."

Dec 18, 2020 - 16:13 (IST)

'Failed political players' misleading farmers, says Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi

Slamming Opposition leaders for their stance against the new farm laws, Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has alleged that "failed political players" who have been rejected repeatedly by the people are acting under their "depression of defeat" and "misleading" the farmers.

The Minority Affairs Minister also lashed out at Opposition leaders Rahul Gandhi and Arvind Kejriwal, alleging that the Congress leader was "posing" as a farmers' leader despite knowing little about farming, while the Delhi chief minister was "karne mein zero, dharne mein hero (zero in work, but hero in sit-ins)".

Farmers throughout the country are satisfied that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has worked for their empowerment and interests after coming to power, Naqvi told PTI.

Dec 18, 2020 - 15:42 (IST)

Take credit for reforms but don't mislead farmers,' PM tells opposition

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday urged political parties to "keep all the credit for their old election manifestos" which had reportedly promised agriculture sector reforms and asked them to stop misguiding the farmers over the new farm laws.

"I request all political parties with folded hands, please keep all the credit. I am giving credit to all your old election manifestos. I just want ease in the life of farmers, I want their progress and want modernity in agriculture," said PM Modi while addressing farmers at the 'Kisan Kalyan' event in Raisen through video conferencing.

Dec 18, 2020 - 15:33 (IST)

Hopeful to reach solution before year ends: Narendra Singh Tomar

As formal talks to end farmers' agitation against three farm laws remain deadlocked, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar has said the government is continuing informal discussions with various groups to end the stalemate but there was no point talking to those "shooting from peasants' shoulders".

The minister also hoped that a resolution should be reached before the year ends and asserted that the Modi government is committed to address all genuine concerns of the farming community.

He put the blame on opposition parties for misleading the farmers and accused them of changing their stance on the reform process and politicising the issue.

Dec 18, 2020 - 15:06 (IST)

PM attacks Opposition for lying about removal of MSP

"If we'd to remove MSP, why would we implement Swaminathan Commission report? Our govt is serious about the MSP, that's why we declare it before sowing season every year. This makes it easy for farmers to make calculations," said Narendra Modi on Friday.

Dec 18, 2020 - 14:53 (IST)

BJP implemented Swaminathan committee report in interest of farmers: PM 

Opposition parties sat over the Swaminathan committee report for years; we have implemented it in interest of farmers, said Narendra Modi while addressing the farmers in Madhya Pradesh through video conference. 

Dec 18, 2020 - 14:45 (IST)

BJP govt has give more to farmers by purchasing wheat and paddy: PM

The BJP government has given more than 8 lakh crore rupees to farmers on the purchase of paddy and wheat on MSP in the past five years, said Narendra Modi during the 'Kisan Kalyan' event on Friday.

"While in the last five years of the previous government, farmers received only 3 lakh 74 thousand crore rupees by purchasing wheat and paddy," he said.

Dec 18, 2020 - 14:40 (IST)

Organic fertilizer plants being set up: Modi

Narendra Modi said that organic fertilizer plants are being set up in Bihar, Jharkhand and Gorakhpur. "This will create employment as well as provide urea to farmers for cultivation," said the prime minister.

Dec 18, 2020 - 14:39 (IST)

Congress upset as Modi govt brought farm laws: PM at Kisan Kalyan event

"There were demands for the reforms from parties, experts, progressive farmers for many years. The previous governments had made promises to the farmers but never delivered. They are upset because what they had only talked about, Modi has done that," Narendra Modi said addressing the farmers in Madhya Pradesh through video conferencing at a state-level Kisan Sammelan  organised in Raisen district.

Farmers' Protest LATEST Updates: Narendra Modi on Friday urged political parties to 'keep all the credit for their old election manifestos' which had reportedly promised agriculture sector reforms.

Narendra Modi on Friday said that the Opposition used farmers for its vote-bank politics and is now upset that the BJP government has brought the farm laws. He said the legislations were not brought overnight.

At the Kisan Kalyan event in Raisen, Madhya Pradesh, Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that the BJP government wants to double the income of farmers.

About 1,000 farmers will be present in all the 52 district headquarters of the state to participate in Narendra Modi's address while about 500 farmers will be present in all 313 Janpad Panchayats of the state.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's address at 2 pm will be via video link and will be telecast to around 23,000 villages, officials said on Friday.

The agitating farmer unions at the Delhi borders on Thursday said that they will consult lawyers on the ongoing proceedings of the Supreme Court related to their protests against three farm laws before taking any decision.

DMK President MK Stalin questioned the Centre why the agri reforms were being brought into place without any discussion. He said, "The central government said that those protesting against the farm laws are anti-nationals. We condemn it. We stand in support of the farmers."

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will speak about the "beneficial provisions" of the new farm laws during his virtual address to the farmers of Madhya Pradesh on Friday as part of a state-level programme, a senior official said.

An official of the Madhya Pradesh Public Relations Department on Thursday said Modi would address the farmers in the state around 2 pm.

The Madhya Pradesh government has organised a state-level "Kisan Kalyan" event in Raisen district, wherein Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan will transfer the relief amount of Rs 1,600 crore into the bank accounts of nearly 35.50 lakh farmers for the damaged kharif crops, the official said.

Nearly 20,000 farmers will take part in the state-level programme in Raisen, he added.

Don't fall prey to 'lies' of Opposition: Agri minister in open letter to farmers

Accusing the Congress and other opposition parties of spreading falsehood about the new farm laws, union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Thursday appealed to the agitating farmers not to fall prey to the "white lies" and said the Centre was ready to address all their concerns.

In an apparent attack on the left parties, the minister said they were still speaking the language they used in 1962 when India went to war with China.

The minister, in an eight-page open letter to farmers, said the Modi-government was committed to their welfare and stressed that the new legislations were aimed at benefitting small and marginal farmers.

Assuring that the minimum support price (MSP) will continue and the existing mandi system will be strengthened, the minister appealed to the farmers to dismiss "white lies being spread by politically motivated people".

Tomar, who is leading the negotiation with about 40 farmer unions along with Food Minister Piyush Goyal and Minister of State for Commerce Som Parkash, asserted that there were no provisions in these laws for corporate firms to take control of farmers' lands.

"Many farmers' unions have supported farm laws. But some farmer groups have created confusion. Being an agriculture minister, it is my duty to remove misconceptions and address concerns of every farmer. It is also my duty to expose the conspiracy being hatched around Delhi and present the truth and facts before you," he said in the letter.

Will not interfere with farmers' stir at this stage: SC

Affirming that the right to protest is part of a fundamental right, the Supreme Court on Thursday said it will not interfere at this stage with the farmers' ongoing stir, and the agitation should be allowed to continue without impediment and without any breach of peace either by the protestors or the police.

In its bid to break the deadlock between the Centre and the farmers, the apex court mooted the idea of putting the three contentious farm laws on hold. However, the Centre opposed the suggestion with Attorney General KK Venugopal saying the farmers would then not come forward for the negotiations.

The government's top law officer told the bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde that he would get back after taking instructions on keeping on hold implementation of the laws. The two sides have held five round of talks so far.

As it acknowledged the right to non-violent protest of farmers and also explored options to find an effective solution to end the impasse, the court said it wanted to set up an "impartial and independent" panel of agriculture experts and farmer unions but did not pursue the suggestion as agriculturists' bodies, impleaded as parties by it on Wednesday, could not appear today to give their views.

The agitation for the repeal of the three farm laws at Delhi's border points entered the 22nd day.

Farmer found dead at Tikri border

At a protest site near the  Tikri border, Jai Singh, a 38-year-old farmer from Punjab was found dead on Thursday morning, police said.

An official of the Bahadurgarh police said the body was sent to the Bahadurgarh civil hospital in Jhajjar district of  Haryana added that the exact cause of the death could be ascertained after a post mortem.

Singh's brother suspected that he might have died of heart attack.

Delhi Assembly passes resolution against agri laws

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