Farmers’protest updates: Demand repeal of ‘draconian’ laws, says West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee
Protests against the Centre’s three contentious agricultural laws entered day 33 on Monday as the government and the farmers’ union prepare for the sixth round of talks on Tuesday. The farmers’ unions had on Saturday accepted the government’s second proposal to hold the sixth round of talks at a date and time as per the unions’ convenience, having rejected an earlier invitation. On Sunday, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal visited the Singhu border to interact with the protesting farmers and “challenged” any Union minister to debate the laws with the protesting farmers so that it becomes clear “how beneficial or harmful these laws are.” Kejriwal had earlier visited the Singhu border, which has emerged as the epicentre of the stir, on December 7.
Since September, when these legislations were passed, the farmers, predominantly from Punjab and Haryana, have been protesting against what they call “black laws.” Initially, railway tracks were blocked in Punjab and the farmers arrived in Delhi on November 26 and, since then, have been camping on various borders of the national capital. The farmers have repeatedly said that they are prepared for a “long haul” and will not go back till the laws are repealed; the government, on the other hand, has ruled out a repeal, and, instead, has proposed amendments to these.
Previous five rounds of talks, including one each on December 1, 3 and 5, have failed to break the deadlock. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s outreach, too, has failed to convince the farmers.
Here are the live updates from day 33 of the anti-farm laws protests:
Demand repeal of ‘draconian’ laws: Mamata Banerjee
We are with the farmers. We demand the three draconian agriculture laws be withdrawn: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee
Leaders from 25 farmers’ organisations submit letter in support of farm laws
Leaders of 25 farmers’ organisations meet agriculture minister Tomar in Delhi, submit letter in support of the farm laws.
Police detains protesters outside Haryana CM ML Khattar’s residence
Punjab Pradesh Congress Sewa Dal protests outside Haryana CM ML Khattar’s residence against the farm laws, in Chandigarh. Protesters detained after trying to cross police barricades.
Anti-farm law protests continue at Delhi-Haryana Tikri border
Farmers continue protests against the farm laws at the Delhi-Haryana Tikri border.
Delhi’s borders with Uttar Pradesh and Haryana remain shut
Delhi’s borders with Uttar Pradesh and Haryana, continue to stay closed. The Ghazipur and Chilla borders with UP are closed for those coming from Noida and Ghaziabad.
Farm unions had earlier rejected the Centre’s earlier offer for talks
Earlier, the farmers’ unions had rejected the government’s initial offer for sixth round of talks as per the unions’ convenience. However, on Satuday, they accepted the government’s second offer.
Govt should listen to farmers and take back laws: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra
“It’s a sin to use the kind of words they are using for farmers. Government is answerable to farmers. Government should listen to them and take back the laws,” says Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.
PM Modi to flag off 100th ‘Kisan Rail’ at 4:30 pm
Amid the ongoing farmers’ protest, prime minister Narendra Modi will virtually flag off the 100th ‘Kisan Rail’ service between Maharashtra’s Samgola and Shalimar in West Bengal, at 4:30 pm on Monday.
Day 33 of anti-farm laws’ stir
The protests against the government’s three contentious farm laws in Delhi, which began on November 26, entered day 33 on Monday. Sixth round of talks between the government and the farmers’ unions are likely to take place on Tuesday.