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Farmers' protest Updates: Agri laws will lead to inflation, says Kejriwal; BKU (Bhanu) leader starts indefinite fast

Farmers' protest Updates: The Delhi chief minister, who earlier joined AAP leaders, MLAs and volunteers at the party office in observing a day-long fast, alleged that the new farm laws are 'anti-farmer and anti-aam aadmi' and are aimed at benefiting a few capitalists

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Farmers' protest Updates: Agri laws will lead to inflation, says Kejriwal; BKU (Bhanu) leader starts indefinite fast

Farmers shout slogans during their protest against the new farm laws. PTI

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Farmers' protest LATEST Updates

Narendra Singh Tomar says ‘anti-Modi’ elements part of protest: Report

Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar says “anti-Modi” elements and not the farmers are participating in the protests, reports Hindustan Times.

“The government has successfully initiated dialogue but the farmers’ union have not been able to reach at a unanimous decision,” he says. “Those who believe in the Left ideology are influencing these protests. Attempts are being made to release traitors.”

Tomar adds: “This is condemnable and these elements are stopping the movement from arriving at a verdict. And these elements are not farmers, but those who are against Modi [Prime Minister Narendra Modi].”

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Dec 14, 2020 - 20:53 (IST)

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Delhi BJP to launch campaign to drum up support for agri laws

The Delhi BJP will launch a four day campaign from Tuesday to drum up support in favour of the three farm laws that have drawn thousands of protesting farmers from Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and other states, at the borders of the National Capital. The farmers in Delhi will be apprised of the features of the "historical" agricultural reform laws and clear misconceptions spread by the opposition parties regarding these laws, during the campaign, said Ramvir Singh Bidhuri, Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Assembly.   Bidhuri will be the head of the campaign while party's Kisan Morcha president Vinod Sehrawat will be the co-head, the party said. A total of 16 major conferences will be organised along with several chaupal meetings among the farmers. Several national and Delhi BJP leaders will address these conferences, Bidhuri said. 
 
PTI

Dec 14, 2020 - 20:35 (IST)

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Political parties stage protests in Puducherry

Workers of different political parties on Monday staged protests in Puducherry expressing solidarity with farmers agitating in Delhi against the contentious farm
laws while an eighth standard girl student too hit the street in support of their cause. Dharshini, a student of a private school and daughter of a local journalist, began a 'fast' in front of the Mahatma Gandhi statue on the Beach Road holding placards with slogans asking the Centre to repeal the farm laws. However, she wrapped up her agitation about an hour later as police told her that she had not obtained permission for it.
PTI

Dec 14, 2020 - 19:55 (IST)

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INLD to boycott Haryana municipal polls

 
The Indian National Lok Dal Monday announced it will "boycott" the upcoming municipal polls in Haryana in protest against the "atrocities" being allegedly committed on farmers by the Centre and the state's BJP-JJP governments.  Elections to the municipal bodies in Haryana are scheduled to be held on 27 December .
 
Senior INLD leader and party MLA Abhay Singh Chautala, in a statement, alleged that BJP ministers are "insulting" the protesting farmers by calling them "terrorists and traitors". He said his party has taken the decision to boycott the municipal polls in protest "against the atrocities being carried out by the Centre and the state governments on the 'Annadata' (the farmers)".  "The manner in which the BJP governments at the Centre and the state are ignoring the farmers is extremely painful and condemnable," he said.
 
PTI

Dec 14, 2020 - 19:50 (IST)

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BJP leaders from Punjab meet Rajnath Singh

 
Amid an ongoing protest by Punjab farmers against three central farm laws, a delegation of BJP leaders from the state on Monday called on senior party leader and Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to deliberate upon the issue. The delegation comprised of Puniab BJP chief Ashwani Sharma and Union Minister Som Prakash along with state party leaders including Surjit Jyani and Harjeet Grewal.  The Punjab leaders are believed to have discussed the ongoing agitation of farmers, mostly from Punjab, against the farm laws and also apprised Singh about the ground situation in the state.
PTI

Dec 14, 2020 - 19:24 (IST)

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UP chief of BKU Bhanu begins indefinite fast

A leader of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Bhanu) started an indefinite fast at the Chilla border between Noida and Delhi on Monday amid ongoing farmers' protests against the Centre's three agriculture laws, reported news agency PTI.   Yogesh Pratap Singh, the Uttar Pradesh unit chief of the BKU-Bhanu, was joined by scores of supporters, including the union's national president and his father Thakur Bhanu Pratap Singh.   The protest is underway and will continue till our demands are not fulfilled by the Centre, BKU-Bhanu's senior IT cell member Satish Tomar told PTI.   He also trashed murmurs of ending the protest after some members left the faction over disagreement on opening the Chilla border two days ago. 

Dec 14, 2020 - 19:12 (IST)

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Anna Hazare warns of resuming hunger strike

Social activist Anna Hazare has written to Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar warning "resumption of a hunger strike" against the Centre's "failure" to fulfil his demands including the implementation of the recommendations made by MS Swaminathan Commission. Hazare's other demand include granting autonomy to the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP).
 
"The Centre had assured that it would take appropriate action on the demands on the basis of the committee's report. Since nothing has been done till date to that effect, I am thinking to resume the hunger strike which was called off on 5 February, 2019," Hazare wrote in his letter to Tomar. The octogenarian said the Centre would be soon apprised of the date and venue of the fast.
 
PTI

Dec 14, 2020 - 19:00 (IST)

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Farmer leader reiterates demand for repeal of agri laws

As farmers ended their day-long fast in protest against the Centre's three new farm laws, BKU Doaba leader Manjeet Singh again called on the government to repeal the laws, saying,"Our message to the government is that due to its policies the 'annadatas' had to observe fast today. The government should repeal the three farm laws."

Dec 14, 2020 - 18:50 (IST)

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Our win in string of polls because of farmers' support: BJP

 
Citing its win in the Goa zilla panchayat polls, the BJP asserted that its spate of recent victories in a number of elections across the country would not have been possible without the help of farmers and the poor.  While the Opposition has been spreading confusion over the ongoing farmers' protest, the BJP will dismantle their claim scientifically using poll data, its spokesperson Sambit Patra told a press conference to claim popular support for Prime Minister Narendra Modi over a host of issues, including agri reforms and COVID-19 crisis. The BJP has won 27 of the 48 zilla panchayats in Goa and could pocket up to 31 seats, he said, adding that the Congress was leading in only three while the AAP could not even open its account.
 
The BJP has won the Bihar Assembly polls, Assembly bypolls across the country and local polls in states like Rajasthan, Assam and Goa, he noted. "The poor, rural regions and farmers form the spine of this country. These results would not have been possible without their support," he said.
 
PTI

Dec 14, 2020 - 18:14 (IST)

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Farm laws are 'anti-farmer', will lead to immense inflation: Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Monday said the new farm laws will lead to immense inflation and will only favour a few capitalists, as he termed the legislations "anti-farmer and anti-common man".

Kejriwal, who joined AAP leaders, MLAs and volunteers at the party office in observing a day-long fast in support of the protesting farmers, said the new farm laws "gives license to inflate".

"I appeal to parties to stop playing dirty politics over farmers' issue. These laws are anti-farmer and anti-aam aadmi and are aimed to benefit a few capitalists. These laws will lead to immense inflation through hoarding. These legislations gives license to inflate," Kejriwal was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.

Dec 14, 2020 - 18:05 (IST)

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Haryana MPs and MLAs' meet Tomar in Delhi

Lawmakers and legislators of Haryana meet Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Tomar on Monday at Krishi Bhavan, as farmers continue their agitation against the new farm laws.

Farmers' protest Updates: Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal termed the new farm laws as "anti-farmer and anti-common man" and claimed they will lead to immense inflation and will only favour a few capitalists.

Meanwhile, Yogesh Pratap Singh, the Uttar Pradesh unit chief of the BKU-Bhanu, started an indefinite fast at the Chilla border between Noida and Delhi.

As farmers intensified their agitation against the Centre's farm laws and observed a day-long fast on Monday, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar Monday said that the government is engaging with farmer leaders to decide on the next date of talks.

Amid a protest by farmers against the Centre's three new farm laws, BJP general secretary Arun Singh on Monday claimed that more than 99 percent of farmers in the country are with the Modi government. He alleged that Congress fuelled the ongoing farmers' agitation

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday appealed to people to fast wherever they are in support of protesting farmers, and asserted that farmers will win in the end. Kejriwal is holding a one-day fast in support of the farmers' protest on Monday. The chief minister also urged his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) volunteers, supporters, as well as the people of the country to join the farmers' agitation.

Speaking at FICCI’s 93rd annual general meeting, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday said there is no question of taking any retrograde steps against the agricultural sector. Rajnath stated that the farm sector was the one sector that was able to avoid the adverse effects of pandemic. “Our produce and procurement have been plentiful and our warehouses are full,” he said.

Union Minister Prakash Javadekar called Arvind Kejriwal a hypocrite after the Delhi Chief Minister announced he will observe a fast along with farmers' leaders today. Javadekar reminded him that the Delhi government had notified one of the farm laws in November.

Delhi Police announced that the Gazipur border has been closed for traffic coming from Ghaziabad to Delhi due to farmers' protests. Meanwhile, Gurnam Singh Chaduni, president of the BKU's Haryana chapter, said that Amit Shah had said in the 8 December meeting that they can't buy all 23 crops at MSP as its costs Rs 17 lakhs crores, adding that the Centre is "misleading everyone".

Leaders of the Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ekta Ugrahan), who had organised an event to demand the release of jailed activists last week, have decided to distance themselves from the one-day hunger strike call given by 32 farmer unions from Punjab.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal accused Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh of trading off farmers' protest to save his son from an ED case.

Leaders of farmers’ bodies will observe a hunger strike on Monday and hold demonstrations across the country, two days ahead of the scheduled hearing of a plea against their gathering at the Delhi border in protest against farm laws.

In Punjab, farmer unions will protest on Monday outside the offices of deputy commissioners of all districts, Reliance Group shopping malls and fuel pumps, and outside the houses of BJP functionaries. Around 400 police personnel, including an RAF company, have been deployed by Rewari police to stop more farmers marching towards Delhi.

The hunger strike, which will be observed from 8 am till 5 pm, received the support of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. "I will hold a one-day fast tomorrow in support of farmers' protests. I appeal to AAP volunteers to join in. Centre should immediately accept all demands of farmers protesting the laws and bring a bill to guarantee MSP (minimum support price)," he said.

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said the Kejriwal government had "backstabbed" the farmers by "shamelessly" notifying one of the farm laws on 23 November. "And now, they are indulging in theatrics by announcing that they would be sitting on a fast in support of the farmers' hunger strike on Monday," he said.

The Singhu border, where farmers have gathered since late November, is likely to witness a logjam with 10,000 protesters expected to join those at the protest site, The Times of India reported. Around 1.45 pm on Sunday, traffic on the Delhi-Jaipur national highway was stalled at Jaisingh Khera as hundreds of farmers from Rajasthan were stopped by police from going further. The border was opened for vehicles coming from Delhi after 3.5 hours, according to officials.

While Prime Minister Narendra Modi said reforms will “help draw investment to agriculture”, Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said the opposition parties ran a propaganda against the new farm laws. "When reforms are undertaken it will benefit farmers in the long run. But in the short run, some may face difficulty. We know we can achieve no gain without difficulties," the Union Minister, who has held several round of negotiations with farmers' representatives, told PTI.

Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad warned against the infiltration of "tukde tukde gang" and warned that strict action will be taken against them. Prasad said, "They are saying that they will not withdraw their movement unless and until these laws are withdrawn. We would like to say that Narendra Modi government respects farmers but would like to make it clear that stern action will be taken against 'tukde tukde gang' taking advantage of farmers movement," Prasad said. Meanwhile, MoS Agriculture Kailash Choudhury said he hopes the farmers come with a "positive outlook" to the next round of talks. "I hope that the farmers come with a positive outlook to the next round of talks. If the farmers move two steps, then the government will also move two steps forward, only then a solution can be reached," he said.

On Sunday, the Delhi-Jaipur highway was closed for a few hours as farmers from Rajasthan and Haryana started marching towards the national capital. Over 4,000 policemen were deployed in Gurugran and Faridabad to stop the march.

The Bharatiya Kisan Union (Bhanu) faction saw discord on Sunday over the opening of a highway from Noida to Delhi, a day after Thakur Bhanu Pratap Singh, the president of the organisation, met with Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. The UP unit chief of the BKU (Bhanu) Yogesh Pratap, who was holding a sit-in protest on the Chilla road for the last 12 days, disagreed with the decision.

This is the second nationwide protest in less than a week after highways were blocked last Tuesday as a part a countrywide shutdown call backed by opposition parties and trade unions. Despite several round of talks with the government, farmers have said the protests will continue till the new farm laws are scrapped.

Choudhary on Sunday said the government will soon decide a date and call union leaders for the next round of talks. The previous five rounds of talks between the central government and representatives of 40 farmer unions remained inconclusive. The sixth round of talks did not take place after farmer leaders rejected the government's draft proposal to amend certain provisions of the farm laws and declined to participate in the meeting.

Nine-year-old Manipur climate activist Licypriya Kangujam was at the Singhu border to back the stir. “Our farmers are the biggest victims of climate change. The government should solve the ongoing farmer crisis at the earliest,” she said. Swaraj India chief Yogendra Yadav and activist Medha Patkar were among those who reached the site at Shahjahanpur where Haryana police have blocked protesters from Rajasthan.

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