People attend a Maha Panchayat or grand village council meeting as part of a farmers' protest against farm laws at Bhainswal in Shamli district in Uttar Pradesh.
People attend a Maha Panchayat or grand village council meeting as part of a farmers' protest against farm laws at Bhainswal in Shamli district in Uttar Pradesh.(Reuters)
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Highlights: Withdraw the laws then talk to farmers, says Rahul Gandhi at Kisan Mahapanchayat in Pilibanga

The farmers camping at Delhi borders have started preparing for summer.
UPDATED ON FEB 13, 2021 12:32 AM IST

Farmers from across the country, mostly from Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, have been protesting against the new farm laws passed in Parliament last year. The farmers have been at the borders of Delhi for 77 days demanding complete rollback of Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act.


Congress leader Rahul Gandhi raised the issue of the farmers' protest in Parliament on Thursday and said the laws will lead to "collapse of mandi system, allow unlimited hoarding and prevent farmers from moving courts". Congress leaders in Madhya Pradesh have threatened that they would not let Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut shoot for her next film if she doesn't apologise for her tweets where she called farmers "terrorists". "Kangana Ranaut has called farmers as terrorists and Chinese agents. If she doesn't apologise or FIR is not registered against, we will take out a rally to Sarni on Feb 13 and try not to let her shoot," ANI quoted Congress leader Samir Khan in Betul as saying.


Meanwhile, the farmers camping at Delhi borders have started preparing for summer. Mosquito nets, fans, coolers will be arriving at the protest sites by the end of this month.

Follow all the updates here:

  • FEB 12, 2021 01:58 PM IST

    Withdraw the laws then talk to farmers, says Gandhi

    Gandhi while talking about PM Modi's appeal, in the Parliament, to farmers for the deliberations, said talk to farmers after repealing the 'black' agri laws. No talks are required before the Centre repeal the laws. Congress will stand by the farmers till the laws are repealed, he added.

  • FEB 12, 2021 01:56 PM IST

    PM Modi wants to clear path for his 'friends': Gandhi

    Talking about demonetization, GST, migrant workers crisis and farm laws Gandhi said PM Modi aims to clear the path for this big corporate 'friends' as the laws are aimed at destroying traders, small middlemen and farmers.

  • FEB 12, 2021 01:54 PM IST

    Gandhi questions PM Modi on death of over 200 farmers during protest

    Gandhi attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the passing of the new laws, questions if the laws are meant for farmers then why farmers all across the nation unhappy and protesting. Gandhi also questioned him on the death of over 200 farmers who lost their lives during the protest.

  • FEB 12, 2021 01:52 PM IST

    Agri laws will snatch away every avenue from farmers to seek justice: Gandhi

    Gandhi while addressing the mahapanchayat said the agri laws will take away the avenue from farmers to avail justice against misdeeds of big corporates.

  • FEB 12, 2021 01:49 PM IST

    Agri laws meant for one company to own agriculture, says Rahul Gandhi

    Rahul Gandhi addressing a Kisan Mahapanchayat in Pilibanga, Rajasthan said agri laws are meant to kill Mandi system and to allow big businesses to store unlimited quantities for unlimited time, thereby giving them the power to control the prices in the market.

  • FEB 12, 2021 01:15 PM IST

    BKU's Tikait says protest to go on for indefinite period

    Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) spokesperson Rakesh Tikait on Friday said the ongoing farmers' protest will go on for indefinite period as there is no planning regarding the duration yet, reports ANI. Read more

  • FEB 12, 2021 12:44 PM IST

    Priyanka Gandhi to participate in Kisan panchayat, meet farmers in UP's Bijnor

    Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is now scheduled to visit Uttar Pradesh's Bijnor and Meerut districts on February 15, according to sources. During her visit, she will participate in the Kisan Panchayat and meet the farmer families, reports ANI.

  • FEB 12, 2021 09:47 AM IST

    Tikait to hold Kisan Mahapanchayat in Maharashtra on Feb 20

    Farmer leader Rakesh Tikait will hold 'Kisan Mahapanchayat' and a public rally in Yavatmal district of Maharashtra on February 20, an office-bearer of Sanyukt Kisan Morcha has said, reports PTI.

  • FEB 12, 2021 09:05 AM IST

    Traffic movements on Delhi borders remain affected

    Vehicular traffic continue to be disrupted and slow on roads connecting Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad and some parts of Haryana with Delhi on Friday because of the closure of Ghazipur-Ghaziabad (UP Gate) and at least seven other borders because of the ongoing farmers’ agitation. Read more

  • FEB 12, 2021 07:33 AM IST

    Children learn in makeshift pathshala amid farmers' stir

    Education at protest sites be it Singhu or Ghazipur continues with various initiatives such as free books, library but this Pathshala is the first of its kind that has arranged classes and lunch breaks periodically, report ANI.

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