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Farmers Protest Updates: Farmers’ interest always Modi government’s 'top priority' says JP Nadda as agitation enters 21st day

Farmers Protest Updates: Meanwhile, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said that the ongoing farmers' protest at Delhi borders is an 'exception' and 'limited to one state'.

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Farmers Protest Updates: Farmers’ interest always Modi government’s 'top priority' says JP Nadda as agitation enters 21st day

Supporters of the protesting farmers marched in Kolkata on 12 Dec. AP

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Sikh cleric kills self, leaves note on farmers' protests

A Sikh priest from Haryana's Karnal died by suicide at the Singhu border in Delhi on Wednesday, reported India Today.   In a note, he said he was sacrificing his life "to express anger and pain against the government's injustice", reported NDTV. As per the NDTV report, police said the priest shot himself and was rushed to Park hospital in Panipat where he was declared dead on arrival by the doctors.

SAD leader Harsimrat Kaur Badal talso weeted that a Sikh cleric had killed himself "after being unable to see the suffering around him at Kundli border." "Hope GOI wakes up to the tragedy and repeals the 3 agri laws before it's too late," she added.

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Dec 16, 2020 - 22:50 (IST)

Ongoing protest an exception, limited to one state: Narendra Tomar

Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar Wednesday said that the ongoing farmers' protest at Delhi borders is an "exception" and "limited to one state". He also hoped for an early solution as the government is in talks with farmer unions.

"The ongoing protest is an exception and the agitation is limited to one state. We are holding discussions and talks. I believe there will be an early solution," Tomar was quoted as saying by PTI during a virtual conference organised by industry body Assocham

Dec 16, 2020 - 22:39 (IST)

Framers' body moves HC against Gehlot govt's decision to exclude state's two key crops from MSP ambit

The Rajasthan High Court on Wednesday sought the stand of the state government on a plea challenging its decision to exclude two important crops of the state from the ambit of procurement on the minimum support price mechanism.

A Jodhpur bench of the high court issued notices to the Centre and state governments at a time when the farmers have been camping at Delhi borders in protest against the three central farm laws that, they fear, are aimed at eliminating the MSP mechanism.

A division bench of justices Sangeet Lodha and Rameshwar Vyas issued notices to both the central and state governments seeking their replies within two weeks and slated January 4 as the next day for hearing of the petition.

The notices were issued on a petition filed by Pali district's Kissan Welfare Society which said the Gehlot government has dropped two important crops of the state cotton and millet from its list of crops for procurement under the Price Support Scheme on the MSP.

The state government has withdrawn cotton and millet from the MSP list despite the two crops still figuring on the Centre's list for the purpose, petitioner counsel Moti Singh Rajpurohit told the court.

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Dec 16, 2020 - 22:34 (IST)

Modi govt working for interest of farmers, says Amit Shah

Union home minister Amit Shah on Wednesday said that the Narendra Modi government is continuously working for the interests of the country’s farmers, as he lauds the Centre’s decision to approve assistance of Rs 3,500 crore for sugarcane farmers.

Dec 16, 2020 - 22:26 (IST)

Congress targets govt over death of Sikh preacher near Singhu border

The Congress on Wednesday targeted the central government after a Sikh preacher, who was supporting the farmers' stir against the farm laws, allegedly committed suicide near the Singhu border.

Police had said that they had received a call that Sant Ram Singh (65) had shot himself, and they were trying to verify a handwritten note in Punjabi, purportedly left behind by him, that says he was unable to bear the "pain of farmers".

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said the Modi government should quit its "stubbornness" and withdraw the laws.

"Sant Baba Ram Singh Ji of Karnal committed suicide after seeing the plight of farmers on the Kundli border. My condolences and tribute in this hour of grief. Many farmers have sacrificed their lives. The brutality of the Modi government has crossed all limits. Quit stubbornness and immediately withdraw the anti-agricultural law," he said in a tweet in Hindi.

Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala also blamed the government for the incident.

Dec 16, 2020 - 20:35 (IST)

Sikh cleric kills self, leaves note on farmers' protests

A Sikh priest from Haryana's Karnal died by suicide at the Singhu border in Delhi on Wednesday, reported India Today.   In a note, he said he was sacrificing his life "to express anger and pain against the government's injustice", reported NDTV. As per the NDTV report, police said the priest shot himself and was rushed to Park hospital in Panipat where he was declared dead on arrival by the doctors.

SAD leader Harsimrat Kaur Badal talso weeted that a Sikh cleric had killed himself "after being unable to see the suffering around him at Kundli border." "Hope GOI wakes up to the tragedy and repeals the 3 agri laws before it's too late," she added.

Dec 16, 2020 - 20:14 (IST)

Oppn misleading Punjab farmers, soluton soon: Tomar

 

Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Wednesday said farmers in the entire country are supporting the three agri laws, but cultivators from Punjab are being "misled" into protest byOpposition, even as he expressed hope to find a solution"soon" to the ongoing impasse.

Speaking to reporters, Tomar said talks werebeing held with farmer organisations, including those from Punjab, and a "solution will be found soon".

"We are talking to farmer organisations and also those from Punjab. We will soon find a solution on the issue. The Opposition is trying to mislead farmers, but it will not succeed," Tomar said. He claimed that the new agriculture reforms would change the lives of the farmers.

Dec 16, 2020 - 19:50 (IST)

Anti-Indian, feudalistic force behind farmers' stir: Pradhan

Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Wednesday claimed that an anti-Indian and feudalistic force was behind the ongoing farmers' agitation against the new agricultural laws. He said that this force was also against the concepts of ''Bharatiyata'' (Indianness) and India''s self-reliance.

"There is a force in the country which is basically anti-India and feudalistic. The people associated with this force are also against Indianness and the country's self- reliance. This force is behind the farmers' agitation," Pradhan told reporters.

Dec 16, 2020 - 19:34 (IST)

Govt should have formed panel before passing laws, says BKU (Ekta Ugrahan)

Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ekta Ugrahan), which has been leading the agitation at Tikri Border, said it would become part of a new committee only if the three laws are rolled back. "We will be in the new committee only after the government first repeals the three laws. The government should have formed a committee of farmers and others before enacting the new agriculture laws. There will be no meaning of new committee at this stage," BKU Ekta Ugrahan's Punjab general secretary Sukhdev Singh said. 

Dec 16, 2020 - 19:19 (IST)

SC-monitored negotiation a wrong path, says Yogendra Yadav

Taking to Twitter, Swaraj India leader Yogendra Yadav, who is also a member 'Sankyukt Kisan Morcha', said, "The SC can and must decide on the constitutionality of the 3 farm acts. But it is not for the judiciary to decide on the feasibility and desirability of these laws. That's between the farmers and their elected leaders. SC monitored negotiation would be a wrong path." In another tweet, he said, "This amounts to resurrecting a proposal made by the government on 1 December which farmers organisations had rejected unanimously."

Dec 16, 2020 - 19:07 (IST)

Consituting new panel not a solution: groups

Protesting farmer unions said constituting a new panel to break the stalemate on the three new agri laws, as indicated by the Supreme Court, is not a solution as they want a complete withdrawal of the legislations.  They also said the government should have formed a committee of farmers and others before the laws were enacted by Parliament.
 
Abhimanyu Kohar, a leader of the Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Sabha which is one of 40 protesting farmer unions, said they have already rejected a recent government offer to form such a panel. "Setting up a new committee by the court is not a solution. We just want a complete repeal of the three agriculture laws. Earlier, there have been several rounds of talks between a group of Central ministers and farmer unions, which was like a committee itself," Kohar told PTI.

Farmers Protest LATEST Updates: BJP chief JP Nadda, meanwhile, said that farmers’ interest is always the top priority for the Narendra Modi government as the agitation against the agricultural laws continued for 21st straight day.

A priest from Haryana's Karnal died by suicide at the Singhu border in Delhi on Wednesday, said reports.

In a handwritten note found near his body, the priest said he was sacrificing his life "to express anger and pain against the government's injustice", as per reports.

Protesting farmer unions said constituting a new panel to break the stalemate on the three new agri laws, as indicated by the Supreme Court, is not a solution as they want a complete withdrawal of the legislations. An RKMS leader told PTI farmers have already rejected a recent government offer to form such a committee while the BKU Ekta Ugrahan said a panel should have been formed before the laws were passed

Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court indicated that it may form a panel having representatives of the government and farmer unions to resolve the deadlock.

The ongoing farmers' protest at Delhi borders is an "exception" and "limited to one state", said Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar  and hoped for an early solution as the government is in talks with farmer unions.

"There is an atmosphere of enthusiasm in the country because of the recent reforms in the farm sector," he said while referring to the enactment of three new legislations.

Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri appealed to protesting farmers to resume talks with the central government to discuss their genuine demands, saying this is not the time to remain adamant. Addressing a virtual 'kisan sammelan', he asserted that the Narendra Modi-led government was taking several steps in the interest of the farming community.

Meanwhile the Delhi Traffic Police said the Tikri and Dhansa borders were closed for any traffic movement.

Addressing a Kissan Sammelan in Gwalior, Narendra Singh Tomar said: "I want to tell protesting farmers that if anyone wrongly tries to tarnish Narendra Modi's image, the govt knows how to give them a befitting reply. You are welcome to talk, but do not spread lies and confusion among the farmers."

The Union agriculture minister reiterated that the laws will be beneficial to farmers and said that they were being misguided.

The Supreme Court issued a notice to the Centre on a batch of petitions seeking removal of farmers camping at several roads near Delhi borders.

The Supreme Court today proposed the formation of a committee with representatives from both the government and farm unions to end the deadlock against the three farm laws.

The Supreme Court directed Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to form a committee of government representatives and farmers organisations to end the deadlock between the Centre and unions.

“It seems the government may not be able to work this out and it will soon become a national issue," the court observed.

Security arrangements were tightened at the Chilla border between Delhi and Noida on Wednesday as farmer union leaders have threatened to completely block the key border point.

The Supreme Court will hear a plea today seeking immediate removal of protesting farmers who have blocked several border points of Delhi by sitting for agitation on the roads.

The farmers will completely block another key border point - the Chilla Border between Delhi and Noida in Uttar Pradesh - on Wednesday.

Addressing a press conference at Singhu Border on Tuesday, 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 on Wednesday (16 December).

This came hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the agriculture reforms are exactly what the farmers’ bodies and the Opposition parties wanted. The prime minister once again reiterated his support for the three contentious farm laws and accused Opposition parties of misleading the protesting farmers.

Modi’s comments came as the protesting farmers camped out near Delhi for the 20th straight day on Tuesday. They remain adamant on the demand that the Centre repeal the three laws. The government has time and again made it clear that would not scrap the farm laws, but is willing to make amendments.

'Will make govt repeal laws'

Hardening their stance on the three new agri laws, farmer leaders Tuesday said they will "make" the government repeal these legislations, and asserted their fight has reached a stage where they are "determined" to win it no matter what.

They said they will completely block the Chilla Border between Delhi and Noida on Wednesday to press for their demands.

Addressing a press conference at Singhu Border, farmer leader Jagjeet Dallewal said, "The government is saying ''we won't repeal these laws'', we are saying we will make you do it."

"The fight has reached a stage where we are determined to win no matter what," he said.

AMU students extend support to protesting farmers

Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) students on Tuesday urged President Ram Nath Kovind to intervene in farm laws issue and demanded that the legislations be revoked.

The students also staged a protest and extended their full support to farmers agitating against the laws at various Delhi border points since the last week of November.

AMU students, including former leaders of the students' union, also observed "Black Day" at the campus to mark the same day last year when about 50 students protesting against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) had been injured in police action.

They also held a a candle light march and handed over a memorandum to senior university officials, which was addressed to the President, demanding immediate repeal of the farm laws and the CAA.

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