Farmers protest Updates: Tripura CM says PM Modi freed farmers, urges protesters to not be trapped by communists
The Delhi Police has tightened up security at several border points in the national capital by deploying more personnel and placing multi-layered barricades. The protests against the central government’s new agricultural reforms has entered day 18. Protesting farmers said that major highways linking Delhi will be blocked from today adding they would sit on a hunger strike on Monday. Farmers near the Jaisinghpur Kheda area in Rewari at the Rajasthan-Haryana border would begin their march towards Delhi as more and more protesters would join them.
The following developments come after leaders of farmer groups rejected the Centre’s offer to amend the agriculture reforms and said they would settle for nothing less than the removal of reforms. Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar in an interview to Hindustan Times said that Centre was ready for talks and hoped that genuine farmer unions would come forward to find a solution through dialogue. At least five rounds of talks have been held between the farmers and union ministers which remained inconclusive.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing the annual meet of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) on Saturday defended the reforms by saying that they would help draw investment in the agriculture sector and benefit farmers. The new legislation, which was approved in the previous Parliament session, gives farmers an additional option outside of the designated mandis to buy or sell their crops, he added.
Follow live updates on Day 18 of farmers’ agitation:
Women join farmers’ protest at Yamuna Expressway, block it briefly
A large number of women descended upon Yamuna Expressway on Sunday and blocked it near its 62-km milestone to extend support to farmer leaders protesting against the three new farm laws, police said, reports PTI.
Tripura CM says PM Modi freed farmers, urges protesters to not be trapped by communists
In 2018 PM Narendra Modi freed the farmers of Tripura. Today farmers here are moving towards doubling income & becoming self-dependent. I appeal protestors in Delhi to visit Tripura and speak to our farmers to know the real face of communists, said Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb, reports ANI.
Punjabi actor Gurpreet Ghugi visits Singhu border to meet protesting farmers
People with vested interest start such protests, says ex-Himachal Pradesh CM Shanta Kumar
NCP asks PM to clarify remarks of Goyal, Danve on farmers’ stir
The NCP on Sunday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi should clarify on the claims of some Union ministers that the ongoing farmers’ protest against the new agri laws has the backing of Pakistan, China and Maoists, reports PTI.
Farmers from Uttarakhand who met Tomar were brought by political leader: Farmers’ leader
90 people out of those who met Union Agriculture Minister today have nothing to do with farming. 10 farmers who were present in the meeting have other businesses too. They have been brought here from Uttarakhand by a political leader, said farmer leader Jasbir Singh, reports ANI.
Agriculture minister Tomar expresses gratitude to farmers from Uttarakhand supporting new laws
Today farmers from Uttarakhand met me in support of the Farm Laws. I would like to thank the farmers who understood the laws, expressed their views and supported it, said Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, reports ANI.
BKU leader asks to be vigilant to detect wrong elements among farmers
We need to keep an eye so that no wrong elements are among us. All our youngsters need to remain vigilant. If govt wants to talk then we will set a committee and take further decision said Rakesh Tikait, Bharatiya Kisan Union at Singhu border, reports ANI.
Working group of AIKSC reiterates its stance, stands with farmers against new laws
Farmers to go on hunger strike tomorrow: Farmers’ leader
Farmers will be on one-day hunger strike from 8 am to 5 pm tomorrow. Dharnas will be held at all district headquarters said farmer leader Gurnaam Singh Chidoni at Singhu border, reports ANI.
Uttarakhand farmers supporting new laws meet agriculture minister Tomar
Farmers from Uttarakhand meet Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, to extend their support to three farm laws. Minister of State for Agriculture Kailash Choudhury and Uttarakhand Education Minister Arvind Pandey also present, reports ANI.
Arvind Kejriwal takes a jibe at BJP on calling farmers anti-national
Some central govt ministers & BJP leaders are saying that farmers are anti-national. Many ex-servicemen, national & international players, singers, celebrities, doctors, traders are supporting the farmers. Want to ask BJP are all these people also anti-nationals?: Arvind Kejriwal
Arvind Kejriwal says will fast in support of farmers tomorrow, urges AAP workers to do the same
I appeal to AAP workers and supporters and the public to observe one-day fast tomorrow in support of farmers. I will also fast tomorrow, said Delhi CM and Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal
Punjab DIG (Prisons) Lakhminder Singh Jakhar says can’t support protest when on duty
Farmers have been protesting peacefully for long, nobody heard their problems. I’m from a disciplined force & as per rules, I can’t support a protest if am on duty. I’ve to decide about my job first then decide further course of action, said Punjab DIG (Prisons) Lakhminder Singh Jakhar, reports ANI.
Agriculture Minister Tomar meets Amit Shah amidst farmers’ stir
Union ministers Narendra Singh Tomar and Som Parkash met Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday amidst farmers’ protests against the Centre’s three agriculture laws, officials said, reports PTI.
Prominent people protesting farms laws for sake of opposing: Union minister Ravi Prasad
Union Minister of State for Agriculture Chaudhary expects meeting with farmers’ representatives soon
AAP workers to observe fast to protest against farm laws, says Gopal Rai
Delhi’s AAP convenor and Cabinet minister Gopal Rai said on Sunday said that party workers would observe fast to protest against the farm reforms, according to news agency ANI.
Punjab DIG (Prisons) resigns in support of protesters
Punjab Deputy Inspector General (Prisons) Lakhminder Singh Jakhar on Sunday said that he has resigned from service in support of the protesting farmers adding that he tendered his resignation to the Punjab government on Saturday.
Farmers at Rajasthan-Haryana border to begin march towards Delhi
Farmers protesting near Jaisinghpur Kheda area in Rewari at the Rajasthan-Haryana border are waiting for more farmers to arrive in order to begin their march towards the national capital. “Today more people and unions are coming from Rajasthan at the border area. After gathering the crowd we will move towards Delhi. Among other things, we want the three laws to be repealed,” Banwari Lal, a Convener of Rashtriya Kisan Mahasabha told news agency ANI.
Centre’s farm laws are suicide laws, says Cong leader Hanumantha Rao
Congress leader V Hanumantha Rao on Sunday said that the three agricultural reforms introduced by the Central government are suicide laws adding that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is just trying to mislead the farmers sitting on strike.
Climate activist Licypriya Kangujam comes out in support of farmers’ agitation
Licypriya Kangujam, a nine-year-old climate activist came out in support of the farmers protesting against the agricultural reforms and said that millions of climate activists were with the farmers. “Our leaders must listen to the voice of the farmers. We want climate justice for our farmers and also should take out a permanent solution to solve the ongoing farmers’ crisis at the earliest,” she added.
Amid protests, farmers open makeshift gym at Singhu border
Protesting farmers at the Singhu border in the national capital opened up a gymnasium and invited others as well to use the facility. “We have brought all the gym equipment and till the time central government does not agree on our demand, will do exercise at this location only,” Jaspreet Singh, a farmer told news agency ANI.
Khalistan supporters vandalise Mahatma Gandhi’s statue in United States
Khalistani supporters vandalised the statue of Mahatma Gandhi during a protest organised by Sikh-American youths in support of farmers who have been protesting against the farm reforms in India. The Indian Embassy condemned the “mischievous act” by hooligans masquerading as protesters.