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Farmers' Protest updates: 3,000 farmers begin vehicle rally from Nashik to Delhi; 7,000 to join tomorrow

Farmers' Protest LIVE updates: Reports said the first group of farmers will stop for the night at Chandvad, a place 40 kilometres away from Nashik. The rally is in solidarity with those protesting against Centre's farm laws

FP Staff December 21, 2020 21:37:19 IST
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Farmers' Protest updates: 3,000 farmers begin vehicle rally from Nashik to Delhi; 7,000 to join tomorrow

Farmers' strike. File Photo/PTI

Farmers' Protest LIVE updates: Farmers under the AIKS banner have left Nashik for Delhi as part of a vehicle march. Around 3,000 farmers have participated in the march on Monday, which is in solidarity with farmers who are protesting against the Centre's farm laws for almost a month.

Reports said that the first group of farmers will stop for the night Chandvad, a place 40 kilometres away from Nashik.On Tuesday, 7,000 more farmers will join the procession.

Farmer leaders on Monday said they are always ready for dialogue as long as the government is offering a "concrete solution", but claimed that there is nothing new in the Centre's latest letter to them seeking a date for the next round of talks.

Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait said that the government, in its letter, mentioned that it wants to hold talks over its earlier proposal of amendments in the new agri laws.

"On this issue (government's proposal), we did not talk to them earlier. We are currently discussing how to respond to the government letter," Tikait told PTI.

A special session of the Kerala Assembly is being convened on Wednesday to discuss the three contentious central farm laws and pass a resolution against the Acts, whose repeal is being insisted by farmers agitating at the borders of Delhi for nearly a month. The decision to convene the special session on the laws was taken by the CPM led LDF government at a Cabinet meeting presided by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday.

Finance Minister Thomas Isaac in a tweet said Kerala was in "total solidarity" with the farmers' struggle and the session would discuss and 'reject' the laws.

Farmer leader VN Singh was quoted by India Today as saying that if Uttar Pradesh Police hamper the movement of vehicles, the farmers "will create protest sites across the state". Singh's comment came as district authorities held talks with the farmer groups.

Singh added, "If the police will stop vehicles then the dharna will start at that place only and we will create protest sites across Uttar Pradesh. We will not be violent but protests will start everywhere. Our 31 trolleys have been held for hours."

Farmers affiliated with the AIKS are set to travel to Delhi from Nashik on Monday, to join the 25-day farmer protest against the Centre's farm laws. Reporters on-ground said that the vehicular march will reach Delhi in the next 3-4 days.

A group of 11 farmers sat on an indefinite relay fast against the three agri laws in Bindki area, police said on Monday.

The farmers, led by District Panchayat member Bablu Kalia, sat on the relay fast from Sunday at Ambedkar party, Station House Officer Bindki Satyendra Singh said.

Bablu said that the new farm laws are "death warrant" for the farmers and they will protest it till they are withdrawn.

The SHO said that on Sunday they left after giving memorandum to the district administration but on Monday they again came and are sitting on the fast.

A 65-year-old farmer from the Tarn Taran district in Punjab reportedly consumed poison at the Singhu border on Monday. NDTV reported that he consumed poison because he was "upset" that the deadlock with the Centre over the new farm laws was not being resolved.

Farmers on Monday began a day-long 'relay hunger strike' at all sites of protest on Delhi's borders with Haryana and Uttar Pradesh

The government has asked protesting farmer unions to specify their concerns over its earlier proposal of amendments in the new

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