Women farmers raise slogans during a protest against the new farm laws, at the Singhu border in New Delhi
Women farmers raise slogans during a protest against the new farm laws, at the Singhu border in New Delhi(ANI)

Highlights: Protesting farmers to block KMP Expressway on March 6

  • Protest enters Day 96, stalemate continues between protesting farmers' unions and Centre.
By hindustantimes.com, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 02, 2021 12:03 AM IST

Farmers’ protests have entered Day 96 on Monday with neither sides backing down from their stance. Farmer leader from Bharatiya Kisan Union Rakesh Tikait will hold a public rally at Udham Singh Pur in Uttarakhand. The farmer leader has kicked off his series of mega rallies where he also plans to visit the southern states of Telangana and Karnataka to rally support in favour of repeal of farm laws.


He also asked farmers on Sunday to keep their ‘tractors ready’ as they may have to march towards New Delhi at any moment. Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal also visited Meerut on Sunday to announce his support for the agitation staged by farmers. Keeping in view AAP’s target to expand their base in Uttar Pradesh, the chief minister of Delhi also said that if AAP comes to power in UP it will announce widespread reforms for farmers.


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  • MAR 01, 2021 09:17 PM IST

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  • MAR 01, 2021 08:56 PM IST

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  • MAR 01, 2021 08:17 PM IST

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  • MAR 01, 2021 05:27 PM IST

    Opposition to get even fewer seats if continued misguiding farmers: Goyal

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  • MAR 01, 2021 04:48 PM IST

    SAD MLAs raise slogans against farm laws on first day of Budget session

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  • MAR 01, 2021 04:18 PM IST

    Centre's silence indicates its planning steps against farmers' protest: BKU leader Tikait

    BKU leader Rakesh Tikait has claimed that the Centre’s "silence" for the past few days indicates that it is planning some steps against the farmers' agitation over newly enacted agriculture laws, reports PTI.

  • MAR 01, 2021 03:26 PM IST

    Punjab Assembly pays tribute to farmers who died during protest

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  • MAR 01, 2021 02:26 PM IST

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  • MAR 01, 2021 02:19 PM IST

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  • MAR 01, 2021 12:30 PM IST

    Lack of APMC hurt Bihar's farmers: BKU Ugrahan wing

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  • MAR 01, 2021 12:27 PM IST

    PM says farmers should have more options to sell their yields

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that farmers need more options in terms of marketplaces to sell their yields.

  • MAR 01, 2021 12:10 PM IST

    PM Narendra Modi said that the private sector needs to enter agri sector

    PM Modi on Monday said that private industries also need to enter the research and development sector in agri sector.

  • MAR 01, 2021 08:49 AM IST

    Farmer leader travels to Uttarakhand to garner support

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Trucks laden with liquid oxygen coming out of Panipat refinery on Thursday. (HT Photo)
Trucks laden with liquid oxygen coming out of Panipat refinery on Thursday. (HT Photo)

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The Centre will continue to acquire vaccines, which may be used to vaccinate the 45-plus population or to supply to state governments.(File Photo / HT)

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Actor Deep Sidhu. (File photo)

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Jail authorities suspect that it was carried out by some inmates who were aware of the money kept inside the room. (Image used for representation). (GETTY IMAGES.)

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Sonia Gandhi added there was no rationale or justification to this “arbitrary distinction”.(ANI)
Sonia Gandhi added there was no rationale or justification to this “arbitrary distinction”.(ANI)

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Till Thursday evening police arrested 14 people on suspicion of their involvement in the abduction of ONGC employees. (HT FILE PHOTO.)
Till Thursday evening police arrested 14 people on suspicion of their involvement in the abduction of ONGC employees. (HT FILE PHOTO.)

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If the name of the employee is not explicitly mentioned, a copy of the complaint will be made available to the staff concerned at the stage of registration of a vigilance or non-vigilance case, the order further said.(ANI file photo)

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HT Image

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