Farmers during their on-going protest on the 23rd day at Singhu border in New Delhi, India, on Friday, December 18, 2020.(Photo by Biplov Bhuyan/ Hindustan Times)
Farmers during their on-going protest on the 23rd day at Singhu border in New Delhi, India, on Friday, December 18, 2020.(Photo by Biplov Bhuyan/ Hindustan Times)

Farmers’ protest latest updates: Rajasthan MP Beniwal resigns from parliamentary panel in support of farmers’ stir

Thousands of farmers, especially from Punjab and Haryana, have been protesting at Delhi borders for more than three weeks. Several protesting leaders have threatened to step up their agitation and have said that they are prepared to celebrate the Republic Day next year with their own tractor rally on Delhi borders.
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2020 06:34 PM IST

Farmers’ agitation against the three contentious farm laws entered day 24 on Saturday as the impasse between the government and farmers’ unions continues. Amid the ongoing deadlock, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday virtually addressed the farmers of Madhya Pradesh in ‘Kisan Kalyan Sammelan’ which was telecasted across 23,000 villages of the country and at all the district headquarters of Madhya Pradesh. During the hour long address, Prime Minister Modi reiterated his government’s commitment to the welfare of farmers and explained how the three farm laws are a step towards making farmers’ lives better.

Towards the conclusion of his speech, PM Modi said the welfare of the farmers is the top priority of the government. “But still after all these, if our farmers have any concern, we will bow our heads in front of them and will listen to what they have to say. Their benefit is our utmost priority,” he said concluding his address.

Responding to PM Modi’s address to Madhya Pradesh farmers, a statement from the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee said, “The Prime Minister has launched an open attack on the farmers of India by claiming that they are linked to opposition parties. In place of addressing the issue of repeal of the three Farm Acts which erode farmers’ hold on land and farming and establish the MNCs and big business to grow in agriculture, he has reduced himself to a party leader, undermining his role as a responsible executive head of the country, expected to solve problems.”

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Agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar in an interview to PTI on Friday said that the government is hopeful of resolving farmers’ agitation before the new year and is continuing its informal dialogue with various groups to diffuse the crisis. He also asserted that the government is ready to give a written assurance that the minimum support price (MSP) and mandi system will continue.

Meanwhile, thousands of farmers, especially from Punjab and Haryana, have been protesting at Delhi borders for more than three weeks. Several protesting leaders have threatened to step up their agitation and have said that they are prepared to celebrate the Republic Day next year with their own tractor rally on Delhi borders.

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Follow all the latest updates here:

Rajasthan MP Beniwal resigns from parliamentary panel in support of farmers’ protest

Rajasthan’s Nagaur MP Hanuman Beniwal on Saturday resigned from three parliamentary committees in support of farmers’ agitation against the Centre’s agriculture-related laws, reports PTI.

Farmers’ union calls for meeting with administration on Sunday over restricting tractors’ movement

Tomorrow at 11 am there will be a meeting with administration here over stopping the movement of tractors. If our demands are not fulfilled then both side of road will be blocked: Sardar VM Singh, All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee at Ghazipur border (Delhi-UP border), reports ANI.

Gujarat CM asks Congress why it allowed contract farming in Punjab

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Saturday alleged that corporates are allowed to enter into contract farming in the Congress-ruled Punjab while the party is opposing the new farm laws, reports PTI.

Protesting farmers at Ghazipur border use solar panel to charge phones, tractors, batteries

Amid the lack of facilities, farmers protesting against the new farm laws at Delhi’s Ghazipur border have started using solar panels to charge their phones, tractor batteries and to carry out other important works., reports PTI.

PM says agri reforms have started benefiting farmers

Speaking at an Assocham convention, Modi highlighted reforms spanning from the manufacturing sector to labour to say India has during the last six years emerged as the world’s preferred destination for investment. Record foreign direct investment (FDI) and foreign portfolio investment (FPI) during the pandemic is a testimony to the faith that the world now has in India, he said.

“Agriculture reforms initiated six months back have started benefitting farmers,” he said without elaborating.

BJP leader and ex-Union minister Birender Singh extends support to farmers’ agitation

Former Union minister and senior BJP leader Birender Singh has extended his support to the ongoing farmers’ agitation against the three agriculture-marketing laws passed by the Centre. Singh is grandson of Sir Chhotu Ram, a prominent politician during the pre-independence era who championed the interest of farmers. Singh, whose son Brijendra is a sitting BJP MP, said it was his moral responsibility to stand with the farmers who he said are “worried” as they fear the new legislations will have an “impact” on their economic condition.

“Whatever I have achieved in politics, would not have been possible had I not been the grandson of Sir Chhotu Ram,” Singh said on Friday.

Government needs to resolve farmers’ issue, not Supreme Court: AIKS

The All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) on Friday said the issue of the ongoing farmers’ protests against three new farm laws needs to be resolved by the government and not the Supreme Court. The AIKS, a key member of the “Samyukta Kisan Morcha” that is spearheading the “Dilli Chalo” agitation against the three farm laws, asserted that no farmer organisation approached the court in the first place and asked for its intervention in the matter.

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