Farmers sitting at Tikri Border during their ongoing protest against the farm laws, in New Delhi on Sunday. (ANI Photo)
Farmers sitting at Tikri Border during their ongoing protest against the farm laws, in New Delhi on Sunday. (ANI Photo)
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Farmer stir Highlights: BKU's Rakesh Tikait slams Cong leader Vidya Rani

Mahapanchayats to be held in Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, farm leaders to travel across India to garner support
By hindustantimes.com, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 16, 2021 12:11 AM IST

Farmer unions representatives have said that 40 leaders who have been spearheading the agitation against farm laws will travel across the country to gain support for its withdrawal.


The ‘toolkit’ case took a fresh turn as Bangalore-based Disha Ravi was arrested by Delhi Police for allegedly editing and disseminating the "toolkit" on social media. Ravi has been sent to five days police custody.


The Samyukt Kisan Morcha expressed concerns as the government has not yet given any dates for the next round of discussions. The Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Mahasangh (RKMS), a part of the SKM, has said that several Kisan Mahapanchayats are scheduled to be held across Madhya Pradesh starting February 15. Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will also attend Kisan Mahapanchayats starting February 15 across Uttar Pradesh. She has reached Hapur and is slated to address her first Mahapanchayat later in Hapur.


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 for almost 12 weeks. Farmers’ unions representatives say that these laws will pave the way for MNCs in the agricultural sector to reap profits and pave the way for corporate farming.

They also fear the system of procurement under MSP will be affected. The Centre has repeatedly assured farmers that the MSP system will remain unaffected and said the laws will ensure doubling of farmers’ incomes.

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  • FEB 15, 2021 08:45 PM IST

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  • FEB 15, 2021 12:36 PM IST

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    The farmers' union alleged that the government is failing to protect women and said that Disha's arrest is a 'clear violation of the Constitution'.

  • FEB 15, 2021 12:32 PM IST

    Poetic Justice Foundation head contacted lawyer Nikita Jacob, reports ANI citing people familiar with developments

    News agency ANI citing people familiar with the developments said that Poetic Justice Foundation head conducted meetings over Zoom with plans to create a stir on social media ahead of Republic Day. They also said that the meeting was attended by Nikita Jacob, Disha Ravi and other activists. The news agency said that Delhi Police had visited her home but did not find her present and will visit her again for questioning.

  • FEB 15, 2021 12:25 PM IST

    Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury launches multi-pronged attack on govt with connection to Disha Ravi's arrest

    Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said that the arrest of Disha Ravi shows that the government is frustrated with the ongoing protests against the farm laws. In a series of tweets, Chowdhury criticised the government for failing 'to uphold basic rights of common citzenry' and said that 'Satyagrahi' farmers have inflicted 'moral defeat' on the government. He said he firmly stands with Disha Ravi.

  • FEB 15, 2021 11:24 AM IST

    Anil Vij denounces calls for Disha Ravi's release

    The Haryana minister also said that any kind of 'anti-national ideas' stemming in one's mind should be nipped in the bud.

  • FEB 15, 2021 11:07 AM IST

    Chhattisgarh CM joins group of politicians demanding Disha Ravi's release

    Chhattisgarh chief minister demanded the release of Disha Ravi, who has been remanded to 5-day police custody by a Delhi court, and condemned her arrest calling the entire episode an act of 'cowardice.'

  • FEB 15, 2021 10:58 AM IST

    Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi demands release of Bengaluru-based climate activist

    Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra in a tweeted voiced her support for climate activist Disha Ravi and shared a small poem in Hindi in support of her. Priyanka said that an unarmed girl has struck fears in the heart of the people who are armed with guns. She also said that Disha is emanating 'rays of hope and courage.'

  • FEB 15, 2021 10:50 AM IST

    Delhi Police issue non-bailable warrants against 2 activists

    Delhi Police has said that the Delhi Police has issued non-bailable warrants against activists Nikita Jacob and Shantanu in the 'toolkit' case.

  • FEB 15, 2021 10:33 AM IST

    Sanjay Singh says Centre is stifling people siding with the 'truth'

    The Rajya Sabha MP in his tweet said the government is punishing the climate activist based in Bengaluru for raising her voice in support of farmers. He also said that speaking the truth and demanding for one's rights is being seen as a crime under the current government.

  • FEB 15, 2021 10:01 AM IST

    Disha Ravi's arrest is an attack on democracy: Delhi CM

    Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has condemned the arrest of Bengaluru-based climate activist Disha Ravi calling it an 'unprecendented attack' on democracy. He also said that supporting the farmers protesting the laws passed by the Centre is 'not a crime.'

  • FEB 15, 2021 09:15 AM IST

    Cong senior leader Sibal criticises govt of climate activist's arrest

    Congress lawmaker Kapil Sibal tweeted on Monday condemning the arrest of Disha Ravi and questioned the government's stance on national security asking if it feels that a 21-year-old and a few teenagers can threaten security of the nation.

  • FEB 15, 2021 09:11 AM IST

    Farmer leader Rakesh Tikait says farmers' unions have not yet raised slogans of 'gaddi wapsi'

    Farmer leader Rakesh Tikait said that farmers' unions representatives have only demanded repeal of laws and have not raised slogans of government's resignation.

  • FEB 15, 2021 08:33 AM IST

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  • FEB 15, 2021 08:21 AM IST

    Kisan Mahapanchayat to be held in Madhya Pradesh's Khargone

    Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Mahasangh (RKMM) Shiv Kumar Sharma announced on February 14 that the farmers' group will hold its first Kisan Mahapanchayat at Madhya Pradesh's Khargone at 12 pm on Monday.

  • FEB 15, 2021 07:40 AM IST

    BKU expresses support for Disha Ravi

    The Bharatiya Kisan Union has extended its support to Bangalore-based climate activist Disha Ravi who was arrested on Sunday by the Delhi Police for editing and disseminating the 'toolkit' which police believe was responsible for the tractor rally violence.

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