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Farmers' protest Updates: Tomar pitches for talks with 'genuine unions'; groups to pay tribute to 20 dead farmers on 20 Dec

Farmers' protest Updates: The Union agriculture minister's comments come after the Uttar Pradesh-based Bharatiya Kisan Union (Kisan) submitted a memorandum to the minister with suggestions and decided to call off its protest for now

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Farmers' protest Updates: Tomar pitches for talks with 'genuine unions'; groups to pay tribute to 20 dead farmers on 20 Dec

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13:52 (ist)

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ALKSC ready to talk with Centre but with 'certain condition', says report

 All India Kisan Sangharsh Committee on Tuesday that it is ready for talks with the Centre again but with certain conditions, Hindustan Times reports.

“The government [is] repeatedly dishing out old rejected logic,” All India Kisan Sangharsh Committee Secretary Avik Saha says. “Farmers are ready for talks, but the three Farm Acts and the Electricity Amendment Bill 2020 have to be withdrawn.”

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Dec 15, 2020 - 20:33 (IST)

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Govt willing to continue dialogue with 'genuine unions' : Tomar

In a statement released after a meeting with members of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Kisan) from Uttar Pradesh, Tomar said the government "is willing to continue dialogue with genuine farm unions and is willing to find a solution with an open mind." 

The BKU (Kisan) submitted a memorandum to the minister with suggestions regarding the Farm Acts and the MSP. It has also decided to end for now its protest, which it was holding at district levels in Uttar Pradesh. The BKU (Kisan) have not been part of nearly 40 farmers' groups that have been protesting on various borders of the National Capital and had attended the recent rounds of talks with the Centre without any breakthrough.
 
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Dec 15, 2020 - 20:15 (IST)

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MSP will continue as it is, says Narendra Singh Tomar

 
Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said the farm sector Acts have been welcomed in various states across the country but the Centre is willing to continue its talks with "genuine farm unions" to find a solution with an open mind. He also said that the Minimum Support Price (MSP), at which the government commits to procure the produce from farmers, is an administrative decision and it "will continue as it is".
 
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Dec 15, 2020 - 19:52 (IST)

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BJP govt 'defaming' farmers: Akhilesh Yadav

 
Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav alleged that instead of listening to farmers, the BJP government was "defaming" their protests against the Centre's new agri laws.  Yadav alleged that the BJP only misleads people. "Disagreement has become a major crime in the BJP regime. They did not like opposition and democratic values. The farmers are agitating for the past 20 days and instead of listening to them, the government has adopted a stubborn attitude. Not only this, but the BJP has also launched a campaign to divide farmers and discredit the movement and defame it," the former chief minister said in a statement.
 
He said the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh was ahead in supporting the "anti-farmer" farm laws. "Hailstorms, unseasonal rain that damaged crops of farmers were not compensated. Dues of sugarcane farmers are still unpaid and loan of farmers are not waived. Now the BJP government is engaged in making farmer- a labourer instead of the farm owner," Yadav claimed. 

Dec 15, 2020 - 19:37 (IST)

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Homage Day to be observed on 20 December, say farmers' leaders

 
During a press briefing earlier, farmers' leaders called upon people to pay tributes on 20 December to those farmers who have lost their lives during the ongoing protests. According to the Times of India, farmers leaders said around 20 farmers have died during protest so far. Farmer leader Rishipal said that one farmer has died every day on an average since the protest started in the last week of November. "A Homage Day (Shraddhanjali Diwas) for all the farmers who lost their lives and became martyrs in the ongoing protest will be organised across the country in villages and tehsil headquarters on 20 December from 11 am to 1pm," said another farmer leader.
 
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Dec 15, 2020 - 19:29 (IST)

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Jaipur-Delhi highway continues to be blocked

 
The Jaipur-Delhi national highway in Rajasthan's Alwar district remained partially blocked on Tuesday as the farmers' protest against the Centre's new farm laws entered the third day. The farmers were led by Swaraj Abhiyan leader Yogendra Yadav, CPIM legislator Balwan Poonia and former legislator Amra Ram.
"We do not know why Haryana Police and government are stopping us. We are not demanding anything from them. This act of Haryana government is undemocratic,"  Yadav told reporters. Haryana Police has barricaded the entry on its border, preventing farmers to march towards Delhi. The farmers are squatting on the border to press for their demand to repeal the three farms laws.  Kisan Panchayat national president Rampal Chaudhary is also camping in Shahjahanpur demanding the withdrawal of the farm laws.
 
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Dec 15, 2020 - 19:00 (IST)

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Northern Railways incur Rs 2,000 to 2,400 cr loss due to farm protests

Ashutosh Gangal, General Manager of Northern Railway, tells ANI that they’ve incurred losses of roughly around Rs 2,000-2,400 crores due to the farmer’s protest.

Dec 15, 2020 - 18:58 (IST)

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Farmers threaten to completely block Delhi-Noida border tomorrow

Addressing a press conference at Singhu Border, farmer leaders said the fight over the new farm laws has reached a stage where they are "determined to win it no matter what". The farmers also threatened to completely block Delhi-Noida tomorrow, as per The Indian Express.

"We are not running away from negotiation, but govt has to pay heed to our demands and come forward with concrete proposals," PTI quoted farmer leaders as saying.

"Government is saying they won't repeal these laws, we are saying we will make you do it," farmer leader Jagjeet Dallewal said. 

Dec 15, 2020 - 18:41 (IST)

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Maharashtra speaker asks PM to scrap farm laws, threatens protest

Maharashtra Assembly Speaker Nana Patole has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanding that the new farm laws introduced by the Centre be scrapped "without delay", reports PTI.

In the letter written on 9 December, Patole said farmers are protesting against the new laws to protect their rights and self-respect. "I urge you to withdraw the laws without delay," he wrote.

Patole said he would be forced to join the farmers' protests currently underway, despite being on a Constitutional post, if there was any further delay in repealing these laws.

Dec 15, 2020 - 18:27 (IST)

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Tomar meets BKU leaders at Krishi Bhawan

Members of Bharatiya Kisan Union meet Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar at Krishi Bhawan in New Delhi

Dec 15, 2020 - 18:13 (IST)

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Repeal, re-enact: Chidambaram's advice to govt on farm laws

Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram Tuesday asked the government to repeal the new agri laws, which have sparked protest by farmers, and bring in a fresh bill after reaching an agreement with the agitating peasants.

The farmers' agitation against the three agriculture laws has reached almost a month, with many of them sitting in the cold and blocking traffic on the national highways around Delhi.

"Government should climb down from its high horse and reach an agreement with the farmers quickly," Chidambaram said on Twitter.

"The simple way forward is to Repeal the present laws and Re-enact a new law based on the agreement. Repeal and Re-enactment is a well-known legislative tool," he also said.

Farmers' protest Updates: Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar said the farm sector lawshave been welcomed in various states across the country but the Centre is willing to continue its talks with "genuine farm unions" to find a solution with an open mind. He also said that the Minimum Support Price (MSP), at which the government commits to procure the produce from farmers, is an administrative decision and it "will continue as it is".

Tomars' comments come after the Uttar Pradesh-based Bharatiya Kisan Union (Kisan) submitted a memorandum to the minister with suggestions and decided to call off its protest for now

In the press conference, several farmer leaders called upon people to pay tributes on 20 December to those farmers who have lost their lives during the ongoing protests.  Farmers' leader Rishipal told PTI that on an average, one farmer died per day since the agitation began in the last week of November.

Addressing a press conference at Singhu Border, farmer leaders said the fight over the new farm laws has reached a stage where they are "determined to win it no matter what". Farmer leader Jagjeet Dallewal said, "The government is saying 'we won't repeal these laws', we are saying we will make you do it."

Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram Tuesday asked the government to repeal the new agri laws, which have sparked a protest by farmers, and bring in a fresh bill after reaching an agreement with the agitating peasants.

Four Punjab farmers returning from protest sites near Delhi borders were killed in two separate road accidents on Tuesday, reports PTI. In the first incident, two farmers belonging to Patiala were killed in an early morning accident after their tractor-trolley was hit by a truck in Haryana's Karnal district, police said.

Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal has called former ally BJP as the real 'tukde tukde gang' which is trying to push patriotic Punjab into communal flames. "BJP is the real 'Tukde Tukde Gang' in the country".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday reached out to farmers in Gujarat's Kutch and said the Opposition is spreading fears, adding that the Government of India is always committed to farmer welfare. He said, "The agriculture reforms that have taken place are exactly what farmer bodies and even Opposition have been asking over the years. The government of India is always committed to farmer welfare and we will keep assuring the farmers and addressing their concerns."

Two Punjab farmers who were returning to Patiala from a protest site near Delhi's borders were killed in an early morning accident on Tuesday after their tractor-trolley was hit by a truck in Haryana's Karnal district, police said. Another farmer has received injuries in the incident which took place on Taraori flyover, they said, adding a few more on the trolley escaped with minor injuries.

A daily loss of Rs 3,000-3500 crore is resulting in the economies of the region from the value chain and transport disruption because of the protests, according to ASSOCHAM rough estimates.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said the farmers' movement now seems to pursue the "cause of tukde tukde gang", adding that those who want to create unrest, anarchy and division in this country are now trying to misguide the farmers.

Over 2,000 women from the families of those protesting at the Singhu border here are likely to join the demonstration in the coming days.

Some members of the Aam Aadmi Party and the Samajwadi Party have alleged that they were prevented by police from carrying out demonstrations in support of farmers protesting the Centre's new farm reform laws. AAP spokesperson Sanjeev Nigam alleged that his party's district unit president Bhupendra Jadaun was put under house arrest at his home in Noida.

Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday said that dialogue is the only way forward to end the stalemate with protesting farmers. He appealed them to understand the agri laws and not be misguided.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet members of the farming community, including Sikh cultivators in Gujarat, during a visit to Kutch district on Tuesday, a day after leaders of unions observed a hunger strike on Monday.

The hunger strike, observed by 40 farmers’ union leaders from 8 am till 5 pm, earned the support of Delhi chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar said the Centre want the discussions on farm laws to be held “clause by clause.” However, the farm unions, who organised a peaceful Bharat Bandh last Tuesday against the laws, have repeatedly stressed they want nothing short of a total repeal.

Meanwhile, Sanyukt Kisan Morcha, which is spearheading the protests at Delhi border points, distributed handbills in Hindi to commuters on the Jaipur-Delhi Highway near Haryana-Rajasthan borders, where hundreds of farmers have been camping for almost past three weeks now, to convey their apology, and also reiterate their demand for legal guarantee for Minimum Support Price (MSP).

"Blocking roads, causing inconvenience to the public is not our aim," read their pamphlets. "We are sitting here under a compulsion. Yet we apologise with folded hands if our agitation has caused you any inconvenience."

Farm unions intensified their ongoing agitation in several parts of Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh on Monday by sitting on fast and organising demonstrations, triggering traffic snarls that lasted for several hours in some places, particularly paralysing transport on NH-8, the main link between Rajasthan and Delhi.

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