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

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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

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17:38 (ist)

Mandi 'middlemen' face IT raids, says report

NDTV reported that 'arthiyas' or mandi commission agents have "faced raids as well as income tax notices" because of the farmer protests. "In response, a shutdown of mandis has been announced," the report said.

14:13 (ist)

BKU to meet farm groups supporting agri laws

Rajesh Tikait, spokesperson of the Bhartiya Kisan Union, was quoted as saying by Economic Times, "We'll go and meet those farmers' groups who are supporting the Centre on the three farm laws. We'll take information from them about how they're benefitting from the new farm laws and will learn the technology which they are using to sell their crops

08:05 (ist)

Farmers from 20 districts to converge at Nashik

An article in The Hindu has quoted All India Kisan Sabha's national president Ashok Dhawale as saying that 'thousands of farmers' from 20 districts of Maharashtra will converge at Nashik on 21 December and then proceed towards Delhi.

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Dec 21, 2020 - 20:07 (IST)

Social media crucial for our agitation: Farmers on Facebook shutting down protest page

 A day after Facebook temporarily shut down a page on the ongoing farmers agitation against the Centre's new farm laws, the protestors on Monday said social media was crucial for their movement as it allowed them to tell the truth in their our own words.

The social media giant had Sunday evening shut down the page of Kisan Ekta Morcha' that shares official updates on the agitation, only to restore it three hours later following social media outrage.

The Kisan Ekta Morcha's Instagram page was also temporarily suspended. Social media plays an important role in our movement. While all kinds of media are writing about us, social media helps us tell our truth in our own words. The godi' media will never show the reality, but on social media, we can share what is actually happening, Himmat Singh, a farmer camping at Singhu border, said.

Dec 21, 2020 - 18:53 (IST)

3,000 farmers leave Nashik for Delhi

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.

Dec 21, 2020 - 18:43 (IST)

Ghazipur farmers block after admin skips meeting

Reports said that protesting farmers at the Ghazipur border blocked the road after the district administration didn't turn up for a meeting over stopping the movement of tractors. "No official has come here for the meeting. We won't move until our demands are met," says a farmer.

Dec 21, 2020 - 18:20 (IST)

Farmers queue up at Singhu border to register for blood donation camp

Several protesting farmers queued  up here at the Singhu border on Monday to register their names for a blood donation camp set up by a Ludhiana-based NGO. More than 240 protesting farmers have so far donated blood at the camp, which began on Sunday and has been set up by Rehras Sewa Society.

A four-member team of the NGO, along with nine members of the blood bank, started their camp here at the Singhu border on Sunday around 10.30 am and by 5 pm, 190 farmers had donated blood.

Sukhminder Singh, president of Rehras Sewa Society, said, "On the first day of our camp, we got a very good response from people here. Around 190 people donated blood, which was overwhelming. So, we decided to extend our camp."

Dec 21, 2020 - 17:55 (IST)

Farmer leaders say Centre must offer 'concrete solution'

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.

Dec 21, 2020 - 17:38 (IST)

Mandi 'middlemen' face IT raids, says report

NDTV reported that 'arthiyas' or mandi commission agents have "faced raids as well as income tax notices" because of the farmer protests. "In response, a shutdown of mandis has been announced," the report said.

Dec 21, 2020 - 17:24 (IST)

'Won't stop till laws are repealed', say Maharashtra farmers

Members of farmer's organisation in Nashik move towards Delhi to support the farmers' protest against the Centre's farm laws. "We are going to join and support the farmers' protest. We'll not stop till these three laws are repealed," says a farmer.

Dec 21, 2020 - 16:55 (IST)

Kerala Assembly to convene on 23 Dec for resolution against farm laws

 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 CPI-M 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.

Dec 21, 2020 - 16:28 (IST)

Ghaziabad authorities hold talks with farmers at Ghazipur border

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."

Dec 21, 2020 - 16:19 (IST)

BJD backs farmers' MSP demand

 Odisha's ruling Biju Janata Dal supported farmers demand for Minimum Support Price and resolved to fight for implementation of MS Swaminathan Committee report on the issue. The party stated that inclusive development of the farmers has always been a key focus of the BJD government in the state.

"Our party is with the farmers on MSP issues and we will continue our fight for the same as per the Swaminathan Committee recommendations," the party said in one of the resolutions passed at its state executive commnittee meeting that ended last evening.

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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