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Farmers' Protest Updates: ML Khattar should tell Centre to repeal laws instead of holding outreach events, says Hooda

Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates: On Sunday, Haryana Police had used water cannons and lobbed teargas shells to prevent the farmers from marching towards the venue of Khattar's event

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Farmers' Protest Updates: ML Khattar should tell Centre to repeal laws instead of holding outreach events, says Hooda

Farmers take cover from the rain during their protest against the farm laws at Singhu border. PTI

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Jan 11, 2021 - 23:28 (IST)

Sonia Gandhi in touch with Opposition leaders for joint par strategy

Ahead of the Budget Session of Parliament this month, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi is in touch with leaders of various opposition parties who will soon meet to chalk out their joint strategy to corner the government on farm laws, sources said on Monday.

Sonia is learnt to have started talking to opposition leaders for holding a joint meeting of various parties ahead of the session.

The sources said Sonia has spoken to some opposition leaders on Monday and will talk to some others on Tuesday to chalk out a joint strategy to corner the government on the farm laws and the state of the economy.

Jan 11, 2021 - 22:18 (IST)

Haryana Congress demands ML Khattar's resignation over Karnal event

The Congress on Monday demanded that Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar resign as he has "lost the faith of the people" and the moral authority to rule after farmers did not allow his chopper to land during an event in Karnal.

Agitating farmers had on Sunday ransacked the venue of the 'kisan mahapanchayat' programme at Kaimla village in Karnal, where Khattar was to address the gathering to highlight the "benefits" of the three contentious central agriculture laws.

Khattar had accused BKU (Charuni) president Gurnam Singh Charuni, the Congress and Communists for "instigating" people.

Jan 11, 2021 - 21:53 (IST)

Bhupinder Hooda says Khattar should convince Centre to repeal farm laws

Senior Congress leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Monday asked Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar to convince the Centre to repeal the new farm laws instead of proposing to hold programmes like in Karnal. Agitating farmers had on Sunday ransacked the venue of the 'kisan mahapanchayat' programme at Kaimla village in Karnal, where Khattar was to address the gathering to highlight the "benefits" of the three contentious central agriculture laws.

The Haryana Police had used water cannons and lobbed teargas shells to prevent the farmers from marching towards Kaimla village. The farmers, however, managed to reach the venue and damage a makeshift helipad where Khattar's chopper was to land despite elaborate security arrangements made by police.

Jan 11, 2021 - 21:20 (IST)

Won't participate in proceedings of SC-appointed committe, say farmers groups

As per reports, farmers group said they will not participate in the proceedings of a Supreme Court-appointed committee. "We met our lawyers this evening at length and after deliberation on pros and cons of the suggestions of the committee, we informed them that we are unanimously not agreeable to go before any committee" CNBC-TV18 quotes Samyukta Kisan Morcha as saying.

Jan 11, 2021 - 20:34 (IST)

Delegation of 500 farmers leaves from Kerala

A delegation of 500 farmers from  Kerala left for Delhi on Monday by bus to join their counterparts at the borders of Delhi, who have been protesting against the contentious farm laws since 26 November last year. The farmers, belonging to'Kerala Karshaka Sangham', the state chapter of All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS), one of the organisations at the forefront of the protest.  AIKS vice president S Ramachandra Pillai flagged off the bus, which is expected to reach Delhi on 14 January.They would participate in the protest at Shahjahanpur, one of the venues.

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Jan 11, 2021 - 19:56 (IST)

Prime Minister should apologise to farmers: Congress

The Congress on Monday demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi apologise to the farmers of the country and repeal the three farm laws which are being opposed by them, after the Supreme Court rapped the Centre over the handling of the agitation. Chief Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala also urged the apex court to register cases against Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and chief ministers Manohar Lal Khattar and Yogi Adityanath after taking note of their actions that caused damage to public property. He said the central and state governments have dug up roads and caused blockades on the national highways around the National Capital.

"Prime Minister Narendra Modi should apologise not only to the families of 65 farmers who have sacrificed themselves, but also to the 62 crore farmers of the country. The prime minister should thereafter talk to the agitating farmers himself and nothing short of it is acceptable to the 'annadatas'," he told reporters.

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Jan 11, 2021 - 19:25 (IST)

Two Congress MPs, former Akali leader walk out of par panel meeting on agriculture

Two Congress MPs Partap Singh Bajwa and Chhaya Verma and former Akali leader Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa on Monday staged a walkout from a meeting of the Standing Committee on Agriculture after the panel chairman refused to discuss Centre's three farm laws and their aftermath, sources said.Citing the large-scale protests undertaken by various farmer unions that have seen thousands of farmers protest at the borders of Delhi for over 40 days, the three Rajya Sabha MPs raised the issue with the chairman of the standing committee BJP MP P C Gaddigoudar. Due to the refusal of the chairman to allow the situation to be discussed by the committee, the three MPs decided to walk out of the meeting in protest, the sources said.The meeting held at the Parliament annexe building was to take note of the evidence of the representatives of the Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying (Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying) in connection with the examination of the Subject "Status of Veterinary Services and Availability of Animal Vaccine in the Country". 
 
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Jan 11, 2021 - 18:47 (IST)

SC to pronounce order tomorrow

The Supreme Court will pronounce on Tuesday its order on pleas challenging farm laws and those relating to farmers' protest, reported news agency PTI. Earlier, the court had indicated that the it may pass its order in parts today and tomorrow.

Jan 11, 2021 - 18:28 (IST)

Gurnam Singh Charuni among dozens booked over vandalism at Khattar's Karnal event

 
The Haryana Police booked BKU (Charuni) leader Gurnam Singh Charuni and dozens of other protesters for rioting and damaging public property, a day after vandalism at the venue of a farmers' event which was to be addressed by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar. According to a police official in Karnal, where the Kisan mahapanchayat' was to be held, a case has been registered against 71 people by name, including Gurnam Singh Charuni, while 800-900 unnamed people have also been booked.  They have been booked for rioting, assault on public servant, damaging public property, criminal conspiracy and other charges, police said. The police said they are collecting evidence including video clips in connection with the incident and would take action against those who are found involved in it. However, nobody has been arrested yet, the police official said.
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Jan 11, 2021 - 18:07 (IST)

Centre trying to create famine through farm bills, alleges Mamata Banerjee

The country is staring at a food crisis and famine because of the "adamant" approach of the BJP towards the continued agitation by farmers for withdrawal of the three new farm laws, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Monday.
 
"Thecountry is staring at a food crisis. There will be famine and food shortage if the BJP continues to remain adamant on the farm laws. The Centre is trying to create famine through these farm bills."
 
"The farmers are assets of our country and we should not do anything that goes against their interest," she said, addressing a TMC rally in Nadia district. The TMC supremo also demanded immediate repeal of the three farm laws as sought by farmers agitating at Delhi's borders. "We stand by the farmers and their demands. On one hand the BJP is lecturing us on farmers' issues and on the other it is torturing the farmers who are protesting against the laws. So many farmers were beaten up in Haryana and Punjab," she alleged.
 
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Farmers' Protest LATEST Updates: The Supreme Court will pronounce on Tuesday its order on pleas challenging farm laws and those relating to farmers' protest.

Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court bench had asked the Centre, 'will you hold the laws or should we do it?' and slammed the manner in which negotiations with the farmers were conducted.

The Haryana Police booked BKU (Charuni) leader Gurnam Singh Charuni and dozens of other protesters for rioting and damaging public property, a day after vandalism at the venue of a farmers' event which was to be addressed by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.

According to a police official in Karnal, where the Kisan mahapanchayat' was to be held, a case has been registered against 71 people by name, including Gurnam Singh Charuni, while 800-900 unnamed people have also been booked.

 Farmer leaders said they would continue their agitation even if the government or the Supreme Court stays the implementation of the new agri laws. The farmer leaders, who said they were "sharing their personal opinion", were also of the view that a stay is "not a solution" as it is only for a fixed period of time.

They were reacting after the Supreme Court indicated that it may stay the implementation of the contentious farm laws and refused to grant more time to the Centre to explore the possibility of an amicable solution saying it has already granted the government a long rope.

As per reports, farmers' unions have called off a press conference scheduled for today, as the Supreme Court hearing will continue tomorrow.

Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) general secretary Abhay Singh Chautala has written to Haryana Assembly Speaker, saying that in case the Centre does not repeal the farm laws till 26 January, his letter should be considered as his resignation from the state Assembly.

CJI Bobde lashes out at attorney general when the latter asked him not to pass orders today. “Why not?” asked Bobde. “We have given you a very long rope. Don’t lecture us on patience. We will decide when to pass the order. We might pass in part today and in part tomorrow.”

Arguing for the government, Attorney General KK Venugopal said: "You can form a committee but don't stay the laws." He referred to past judgments stating courts can't hold a law without going into its unconstitutionality

The Supreme Court on Monday said it was extremely disappointed with the way talks were going on between the Centre and the farmer unions. The court told the government that it will put the laws on hold if the Centre refuses to do so. The court was hearing a batch of petition challenging the new farm laws as well as the ones raising issues related to the ongoing agitation at Delhi borders.

Amid a deadlock in the government's negotiations with protesting farmer unions, the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear on Monday a clutch of pleas challenging the new farm laws as well as the ones raising issues related to the ongoing agitation at Delhi borders.

The eighth round of talks between the Centre and the farmer unions on January 7 appeared heading nowhere as the Centre ruled out repealing the contentious laws while the farmer leaders said they are ready to fight till death and their 'ghar waapsi' will happen only after 'law waapsi'.

The Monday hearing on the pleas by a bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde assumes significance as the Centre and the farmer leaders are scheduled to hold their next meeting on 15 January.

The top court, which had observed that there is no improvement on the ground regarding farmers' protests, was told by the Centre on the last date of hearing that "healthy discussions" were going on between the government and the unions over all the issues and there was good chance that both sides may come to a conclusion in the near future.

The court had then assured the government of an adjournment on January 11 provided it urges so saying that the settlement through talks was a possibility.

"We understand the situation and encourage the consultation. We can adjourn the matters on Monday (January 11) if you submit the same due to the ongoing consultation process, it had said.

After the eighth round of talks, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar had said no decision could be reached as the farmer leaders did not present alternatives to their demand for the repeal of the laws.

On Saturday, a farmers' body, Consortium of Indian Farmers Associations (CIFA), moved the top court in support of the three laws and sought impleadment in the matter.

It said the laws are beneficial to farmers and will enable increased income and growth of agriculture.

The apex court had earlier issued notice and sought the Centre's response on a batch of pleas against the three contentious farm laws -- the Farmers' (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, the Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act.

While hearing the pleas on the issue of farmers' protest, the top court had on December 17 said that the agitation should be allowed to continue without impediment and this court will not interfere with it as the right to protest is a fundamental right.

While acknowledging the right to non-violent protest of farmers, the apex court was also of the view that their right to protest should not infringe the fundamental rights of others to move freely and in getting essential food and other supplies as right to protest cannot mean blockade of the entire city.

In its December 17 order, the bench had said, We clarify that this court will not interfere with the protest in question. Indeed the right to protest is part of a fundamental right and can as a matter of fact, be exercised subject to public order. There can certainly be no impediment in the exercise of such rights as long as it is non-violent and does not result in damage to the life and properties of other citizens and is in accordance with law."

"We are of the view at this stage that the farmers' protest should be allowed to continue without impediment and without any breach of peace either by the protesters or the police," it said.

Thousands of farmers, mostly from Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, are staying put at various border points of Delhi since late November last year to protest against the laws.

Enacted in September, the three laws have been projected by the central government as major reforms in the agriculture sector that will remove the middlemen and allow farmers to sell anywhere in the country.

However, the protesting farmers have expressed apprehension that the new laws would pave the way for eliminating the safety cushion of Minimum Support Price and do away with the mandi system, leaving them at the mercy of big corporates.

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