NEW DELHI: Adamant on their demand of repealing the three farm laws, farmer groups on Friday continued their agitation on Delhi’s interstate borders for the 16th day in a row.
The leaders of the farmers’ groups asserted that in case the central government brought forth fresh positive proposals, they would resume parleys.
Here are the latest updates:
- The Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) on Friday evening said that the agitating farmers will block the Delhi-Jaipur expressway on December 12. “On December 14, we will stage sit-in protest in front of DC offices, houses of BJP leaders and block Reliance and Adani toll plazas,” said BKU chief Balbir S Rajewal. While there is no program to block trains, Rajewal said that the number of farmers coming to Delhi have been increasing.
- Farm unions move Supreme Court against the three new farm laws.
- Tagging a media report about posters coming up at farmers’ Tikri Border protest site demanding release of some activists arrested under various charges, Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar said, “Anti-social elements are conspiring to spoil the atmosphere of the peasant movement under the guise of farmers.”
- To express solidarity with farmers agitating against the newly enacted farm laws, the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party in Punjab will hold separate state-level protests on December 14. Both the parties said they stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the protesting farmers and will leave no stone unturned in getting their voices heard.
- A large number of ‘jathas’ or groups of farmers from various districts of Punjab are leaving for the protest sites in Delhi. Meanwhile, many protesters, who have been camping for over a fortnight, are returning home to work on the fields. Hundreds of activists had left for the Delhi border on Wednesday. Many others left on Thursday from Mansa, Bathinda, Barnala and Sangrur districts.
- The BJP has decided to organise press conferences, ‘chaupals’ and jan sampark in all the districts of the country on the issue of the new farm laws Friday onwards. As many as 700 press conferences will be organised in the coming days.
- Around 700 tractor trolleys and along with other vehicles are moving towards Delhi’s Kundli border. Around 50,000 farmers will go to the Kundli border, said SS Pandher of Kisan Mazdoor Sangarsh Committee, reported ANI.
- Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Friday said that the Central government has sent its proposal to the farmers’ union, adding that they have discussed it but have not responded to the same. “We came to know through media that they have rejected the proposal. Yesterday I had said that if they want to, we can definitely talk about the proposal,” he said.
- In its proposal, the government promised the following amendments: A written assurance for Minimum Support Price (MSP) system; registration of private traders for trading outside regulated mandis; equal taxes for APMC mandis; private markets to provide a level playing field; allowing higher courts of appeal in contract farming disputes.
- The Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) on Friday reiterated that the agitation would not be withdrawn till the three Acts are repealed. “There is only one way to end the stand-off between the Centre and the farmers. The Centre will have to repeal the laws and the farmers will go home,” said BKU spokesperson Rakesh Tikait, adding that they don’t want the amendments suggested by the central government.
- The Delhi Traffic Police took to Twitter to inform people about road closures and advised them to take alternative routes to avoid inconvenience. Singhu, Auchandi, Piau Maniyari and Mangesh Pur borders have been closed. NH 44 is closed. Traffic has been diverted from Mukarba and GTK Road.
- NCP chief Sharad Pawar has asked the government not to test the tolerance of the cultivators. The former Union agriculture minister also said that the protest at Delhi borders may spread elsewhere if no timely decision was taken by the Centre on the farmers’ demands. Pawar maintained that the farm bills concerned were passed in a “hurried” manner in Parliament despite the opposition parties calling for a detailed discussion on them.
- The farmers are protesting against the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020; and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.
- After rejecting the Centre’s proposals to make amendments in the recently enacted farm laws, against which the farmers are protesting, the agitating leaders on Thursday said that they would intensify their agitation by blocking railway tracks to put pressure on the government to repeal the three Acts.
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