Bharat Bandh Highlights: Will not attend Wednesday’s consultations with govt, say farmer leaders

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Updated: December 8, 2020 11:34:49 pm

Bharat Bandh Highlights: The protesting farmers will meet Home Minister Amit Shah at 7 PM. This comes just a day before the sixth round of talks scheduled on Wednesday.

Bharat Bandh Today Live, Farmers Protest Live UpdatesThousands of farmers have been camping at multiple borders and highways connecting Haryana and Uttar Pradesh to Delhi. (IE)

Farmers Protest 2020, Bharat Bandh Today Highlights: Home Minister Amit Shah will meet protesting farmers today at 7 PM. Bhartiya Kisan Union spokesperson Rakesh Tikait says that the farmers have a meeting with Amit Shah in the evening. Earlier, Haryana chief minister ML Khattar met Agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar in Delhi.

Thousands of protesters from Punjab and Haryana have been camping at borders and highways connecting Delhi. The meeting comes just a day before the Centre is scheduled to hold sixth round of talks with farmers at Vigyan Bhawan.

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Bharat Bandh has evoked mixed response with some parts of country totally unaffected by the strike. In Gujarat, protestors had blocked three highways but largest the remained unaffected. The state of Uttar Pradesh too was largely unaffected by the nationwide strike.


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    23:34 (IST)08 Dec 2020
    Farmer leaders on talks with Union Home Minister Amit Shah

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    23:32 (IST)08 Dec 2020
    We will not attend Wednesday's consultations with govt, say farmer leaders

    We will not attend Wednesday's consultations with govt: AIKS leader and CPI(M) Polit Bureau member Hannan Mollah after meeting Amit Shah (PTI)

    23:26 (IST)08 Dec 2020
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    Govt not ready to repeal agri sector laws, say farmer leaders after meeting with Home Minister Amit Shah (PTI)

    23:25 (IST)08 Dec 2020
    All India Kisan Sabha on meeting with the government

    Tomorrow we will hold a meeting at Singhu border (Delhi-Haryana border) at 12 pm: Hannan Mollah, General Secretary, All India Kisan Sabha. (ANI)

    23:24 (IST)08 Dec 2020
    Govt not ready to take back the farm laws, says All India Kisan Sabha

    The Government is not ready to take back the farm laws: Hannan Mollah, General Secretary, All India Kisan Sabha (ANI)

    23:23 (IST)08 Dec 2020
    Farmer leaders will hold a meeting over govt's proposal, says All India Kisan Sabha

    No meeting will be held between farmers and government tomorrow. The minister has said that a proposal will be given to the farmer leaders tomorrow. Farmer leaders will hold a meeting over govt's proposal: Hannan Mollah, General Secretary, All India Kisan Sabha (ANI)

    20:22 (IST)08 Dec 2020
    Punjab CM Amarinder Singh on 'Bharat Bandh'

    Punjab CM Amarinder Singh says unity showcased by farmers through 'Bharat Bandh' has underscored need for repeal of farm laws (PTI)

    20:16 (IST)08 Dec 2020
    MP CM terms Centre's new agri laws as 'farmer-friendly'

    Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan terms Centre's new agri laws as 'farmer-friendly', says only 12 lakh to 13 lakh out of estimated 80 lakh cultivators in state sell their crops as per predetermined MSP (PTI)

    20:12 (IST)08 Dec 2020
    Bhartiya Kisan Union spokesperson on meeting with Union Home Minister Amit Shah

    We are talking to our people on where the meeting is to be held: Rakesh Tikait, Spokesperson, Bhartiya Kisan Union on being asked about the meeting with Union Home Minister Amit Shah (ANI)

    19:53 (IST)08 Dec 2020
    Opposition practicing hypocrisy, trying to stoke fire: BJP

    The BJP slammed the opposition for its support to the 'Bharat Bandh' on Tuesday, saying they have resorted to spreading confusion over issues to "stoke fire" after being unable to counter Prime Minister Narendra Modi's popularity among the masses. Senior BJP leaders hit out at opposition parties with Union minister Prakash Javadekar noting that many states ruled by them had introduced contract farming as he criticised their stand against the three farm laws and support to farmer unions' call for a nationwide bandh. "If Hypocrisy had a name...Did you know that Left ruled Kerala does not even have APMCs? But left parties are on the streets today, accusing the Narendra Modi government of weakening APMCs," Javadekar tweeted. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who is also a BJP vice president, said opposition parties are jolted following their defeat in the recent elections, including in the Bihar assembly polls and bypolls across several states. He said these polls were held after the passage of the three farm laws and asserted that if farmers were against these reforms, then the BJP would not have scored such an impressive show. "They think they can fight against Modi's popularity only by stoking fire, spreading confusion and causing disaffection. But their conspiracy is not going to succeed," Chouhan said. (PTI)

    18:10 (IST)08 Dec 2020
    Will demand 'yes or no' from Amit Shah when we meet him: farmer leaders

    Farmers will demand just a "yes or no" to their demands when they meet Union Home Minister Amit Shah, their leaders said on Tuesday while claiming their 'Bharat Bandh' against the new farm laws is "successful" and had impact in 25 states. A group of farmer leaders will meet Shah on Tuesday evening, a day before their sixth round of talks with Union ministers slated for Wednesday. "There is no midway. We will demand just 'yes' or 'no' from Home Minister Amit Shah at today's meeting," farmer leader Rudru Singh Mansa said at a press conference at the Singhu border. Mansa claimed the Central government has bowed down before the 'Bharat Bandh'.

    Another leader Gurnam Singh Chadhuni said the 'Bharat Bandh' is successful and the Central government now knows it doesn't have a way out. The nationwide shudown was observed in around 10,000 places in 25 states, added Swaraj India leader Yogendra Yadav. Farmer leaders said the protestors will not go to Burari ground as it is an "open jail" and demanded that Ramlila Ground be given to them. They added that they don't want to trouble the people of Delhi and Haryana. (PTI)

    18:09 (IST)08 Dec 2020
    Mixed response in Delh as businesses, transport services remain largely unaffected

    A nationwide strike called by farmer unions against the Centre's agri laws received a mixed response in Delhi on Tuesday with most businesses and transport services operating, even as more protesters converged at the national capital's borders to join the farmers' stir while authorities maintained tight security. Chants of "Jai Kisan", "Humara bhaichara zindabad, Kisan ekta zindabad", "Tanashahi nahi chalegi" rent the air as farmer leaders gave rousing speeches at the protest sites, vowing to continue their agitation. (PTI)

    17:14 (IST)08 Dec 2020
    'Bharat Bandh' is successful, say farmers

    Central government bows down before our 'Bharat Bandh', said farmer leader Rurdu Singh Mansa to media at Singhu border.

    "We don't want to go to Burari, give us Ramlila Ground as we don't want to trouble people of Delhi and Haryana," farmer leaders said.

    Home Minister Amit Shah has called us for a meeting today, we will participate, said farmer leader Gurnam Singh Chadhuni.

    'Bharat Bandh' is successful, the government now knows they don't have a way out, farmer leader Gurnam Singh Chadhuni to media at Singhu border.

    15:52 (IST)08 Dec 2020
    Rahul Gandhi part of delegation set to meet President

    Farmers protest LIVE: CPI-M's Sitaram Yechury says a joint delegation of Opposition parties will meet President Kovind tomorrow at 5 pm. The delegation will include Rahul Gandhi, Sharad Pawar and others. Due to COVID19 protocol, only 5 people have been allowed to meet President of India. 

    15:39 (IST)08 Dec 2020
    Manish Sisodia reaches Kejriwal's residence to meet him

    Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia is currently outside Delhi CM's residence: "The CM denied permission to convert stadiums into temporary jails for protesting farmers. Now, public is not being allowed to meet him. Does this mean he is under house arrest? Why are all these security personnel posted here?" 

    15:20 (IST)08 Dec 2020
    Kamal Nath backs farmers in fight against Centre

    Bharat Bandh: Former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamal Nath asked: are the farmers stupid that they have gathered here in such numbers? There is a huge difference in the farmers from 30 years ago and now. The farmers today are much much better informed, he said. 

    15:00 (IST)08 Dec 2020
    Farmers to meet Amit Shah at 7 PM

    Bharatiya Kisan Union spokesperson Rakesh Tikait says that the farmer leaders have a meeting with the Home Minister at 7 pm today. 'We are going to Singhu Border now and from there we will go to the Home Minister,' says Rakesh Tikait. 

    14:56 (IST)08 Dec 2020
    No one supporting Bandh in Bengaluru, says Karnataka CM

    Bharat Bandh: No one is supporting the Bandh in Bengaluru and other parts of the state. The State and Centre is pro-farmer. Prime Minister Modi will not take any decision against farmers. It is not right to give the call for Bandh for political reasons. Police will take proper action on breaking the law, says Karnataka CM

    14:49 (IST)08 Dec 2020
    Bharat Bandh in Pictures: Normal life affected in many states as farmers protest across India

    The 'Bharat Bandh', called by agitating farmers' unions against the Centre's farm laws, affected many states with private vehicles remaining off the roads, while public transport, including buses and taxis, operating fewer than the usual. Thousands of farmers, mostly from Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, are protesting at various border points of Delhi against the new farm laws for the last 13 days. READ FULL STORY 

    14:47 (IST)08 Dec 2020
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    14:06 (IST)08 Dec 2020
    Haryana CM meets Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar

    Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar and Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar hold a meeting at the latter's residence.


    14:04 (IST)08 Dec 2020
    Some reforms needed, but these acts have no reflection: Bhupinder Singh Hooda

    Bharat Bandh | I agree that some reforms are needed. But these Acts which have been passed, have no reflection of these reforms. They should call a Parliamentary session and discuss these exact reforms: Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Congress leader, former Haryana Chief Minister. 

    13:29 (IST)08 Dec 2020
    Arvind Kejriwal has given his acceptance to Farm Act: Smriti Irani

    Smriti Irani: Arvind Kejriwal had shown his support for the farm bills when he notified a gazette. Gazette is notified when the government accepts a bill administratively and politically. So he has given his acceptance to this bill already. When the bills were present in the Parliament, the opposition had portrayed that government will stop MSP operation and shut the APMC mandis. The government didn’t do it. In fact, the government assured that the MSP operations will be improved further. 

    12:49 (IST)08 Dec 2020
    Sharad Pawar breaks silence on letter controversy

    NCP chief Sharad Pawar: "I had said that APMC needs some reforms. APMC Act should continue but with reforms. There is no doubt that I had written the letter. But their three Acts does not even mention APMC. They are just trying to divert the attention. No need to give importance." (ANI)

    12:34 (IST)08 Dec 2020
    Bharat Bandh: Regular movement in Matunga area of Mumbai

    Bharat Bandh LIVE: Shops and markets are open in Mumbai. The effect of bandh can be seen in some parts of the city. Movements of people are normal in Matunga area of Mumbai.

    12:13 (IST)08 Dec 2020
    Bharat Bandh LIVE: TRS leaders K Kavitha and KT Rama Rao protesting in Ranga Reddy

    Bharat Bandh LIVE: TRS leaders K Kavitha and KT Rama Rao are protesting in Ranga Reddy in support of Bharat Bandh. Recently, the BJP gave tough fight to TRS in the civic polls to the Greater Hyderabada Municipal Corporation. The TRS, which won 99 in 2016, was brought down to just 56 by BJP. The saffron party, however, won 48 seats, improving its tally from 4 in 2016.

    12:00 (IST)08 Dec 2020
    Bharat Bandh: Farmers block Chandigarh highway in Punjab

    Bharat Bandh: Protesting farmers have blocked block Chandigarh highway in Punnjab. The Bharat Bandh call has been effective from 11 AM to 3 PM

    11:57 (IST)08 Dec 2020
    Bharat Bandh Today LIVE: Mumbai's Dabbawalas back farmers

    Mumbai's Dabbawala Association has backed farmers protesting against Centre. Mumbai Dabbawala Association President Subhash Talekar said that the Farm Laws brought by the Centre will finish the farmers of the country.

    11:24 (IST)08 Dec 2020
    'Incorrect', say Delhi Police on AAP's claim of Arvind Kejriwal under house arrest

    The Delhi Police have denied AAP's claim that Arvind Kejriwal has been under house arrest. In a tweet, Delhi Police say, "This claim of CM Delhi being put on house arrest is incorrect. He exercises his right to free movement within the law of the land. A picture of the house entrance says it all."
    11:11 (IST)08 Dec 2020
    Bharat Bandh LIVE: Assam Police detain a few people protesting in Guwahati

    Bharat Bandh: Assam Police have detained a few people that were protesting in front of Janata Bhawan in Guwahati.

    10:46 (IST)08 Dec 2020
    Bharat Bandh Today LIVE: AAP claims Arvind Kejriwal put under house arrest by Delhi Police

    BHarat Bandh Today LIVE: The AAP has claimed that Arvind Kejriwal has been put under house arrest by Delhi Police. In a tweet, the AAP said: 'BJP's Delhi Police has put Hon'ble CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal under house arrest ever since he visited farmers at Singhu Border yesterday. This comes a day after the chief minister went to meet the protesting farmers at Singhu border.

    10:35 (IST)08 Dec 2020
    Bharat Bandh Today LIVE: APMCs remain shut in many parts of Maharashtra

    Bharat Bandh: Agriculture Produce Market Committees remained closed in many parts of Maharashtra. Wholesale markets in major cities like Pune, Nashik, Nagpur and Aurangabad remained shut. Retail shops also downed shutters in many cities. APMCs at Kalyan and Vashi in Navi Mumbai, which supplies bulk of vegetables and fruits to Mumbai, remained closed, with wholesalers and traders supporting the Bandh. (PTI)

    10:32 (IST)08 Dec 2020
    Bharat Bandh: Anna Hazare on fast to support farmers

    Bharat Bandh Today LIVE: Social activist Anna Hazare sitting on a day-long hunger strike to support Bharat Bandh, called by farmers against Farm Acts. Hazare said the agitation should spread across the country so that the government comes under pressure to act in the interests of farmerrs. In a recorded message, Hazare appreciated farmers' protests at the borders of Delhi saying no violence has taken place in the last 10 days of the agitation. "I appeal to the people of the country that the agitation which is going on in Delhi should spread across the country. The situation needs to created to create pressure on the government, and to achieve this, farmers need to hit streets. But no one should resort to violence," said Hazare. He said this was the "right time" for farmers to come out on streets and get their issues resolved. "I had backed this cause earlier also, and will continue to do so," he said. (PTI)

    10:25 (IST)08 Dec 2020
    Complete bandh in West Bengal, says CPI-M leader Sujan Chakraborty

    Bharat Bandh in West Bengal: Left parties have started raising slogans against farm laws. They are burning effigies in Jadavpur area of Kolkata. CPI-M leader Sujan Chakraborty says there is complete bandh in West Bengal.

    10:25 (IST)08 Dec 2020
    Complete bandh in West Bengal, says CPI-M leader Sujan Chakraborty

    Bharat Bandh in West Bengal: Left parties have started raising slogans against farm laws. They are burning effigies in Jadavpur area of Kolkata. CPI-M leader Sujan Chakraborty says there is complete bandh in West Bengal.

    10:22 (IST)08 Dec 2020
    Sanjay Raut on Bharat Bandh: It is no political Bandh, it is our sentiment.

    Sanjay Raut of Shiv Sena on Bharat Bandh: It is no political Bandh. It is our sentiment. Farmer organisations agitating in Delhi are not carrying any political flag. It is our duty to stand in unity with farmers and stay connected to their sentiments. There is no politics here and there should not be. If the Government has a heart, be it the Home Minister or the Prime Minister, they themselves will go and talk to them (farmers).


    10:19 (IST)08 Dec 2020
    Congress backs Bharat Bandh in Karnataka

    Bharat Bandh LIVE: Former Congress chief minister Siddaramaiah is leading Congress' protest in support of Bharat Bandh called by farmer unions. They are raising slogans against the Centre and showing black flags in front of Gandhi statue at Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru.

    10:16 (IST)08 Dec 2020
    Will strictly deal with anyone who takes law in their hands: UP Police

    Gautam Buddh Nagar Additional Commissioner of Police: We are ensuring that public don't face inconvenience and there is no traffic disruption. Adequate security deployed at all important entry/exit points to/from the dist. We also deployed PAC (Provincial Armed Constabulary) force. Officers are making the rounds in their respective areas and ensuring that no one imposes Bandh forcibly. Everyone has been instructed to ensure security of railway stations, bus stands, metro stations and autos. We will strictly deal with anyone who takes law in their hands. 

    10:07 (IST)08 Dec 2020
    Bharat Bandh: Farmers stop train in Maharashtra

    Bhatrat Bandh Today LIVE: Members of a farmers' organisation today staged a 'rail roko' in Buldhana district of Maharashtra. Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatna members stopped the Chennai-Ahmedabad Navjeevan Express at Malkapur station in Buldhana district while protesting against the farm laws. Police detained Sanghatana leader Ravikant Tupkar and his supporters over the incident, after removing them from the rail tracks. Agriculture Produce Market Committees in Navi Mumbai, Nashik, Dhule, Pune and Solapur are closed during the bandh. Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation buses are plying as scheduled during the Bharat Bandh. The buses will continue to ply unless there are law and order problems due to the shutdown.

    10:03 (IST)08 Dec 2020
    Bharat Bandh: Delhi Police beefs up security at border points, markets

    Bharat Bandh Today: The Delhi Police has beefed up security at all border points and made arrangements to maintain law and order across the city, including market places. Farmer union leaders have said that the emergency services will be exempted. They have appealed to their affiliates to not force anyone to join the shutdown. Protesting farmers will block key roads and occupy toll plazas during their 'chakka jam' protest from 11 am to 3 pm.

    The farmers, mainly from Punjab and Haryana, have been protesting against the three farm that lifted stock limits, and gave freedom to farmers to sell their produce anywhere to anyone. However, the farmers fear that this will eventually lead to shutting up of state-run mandis that offer them what they claim good prices. They also fear that the these laws are also the first step in removing the minimum support price. In the backdrop, the farmers are demanding written assurance of MSP in Farm Acts. So far, the Centre have held five round of talks with farmers but nothing has come out as yet. The Centre and farmers will meet again on December 9 for sixth round of talks to discuss all contentious provisions in Farm Acts.
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