Farmers Protest in Delhi Highlights: No breakthrough in Centre’s meeting with farmers, next meeting on December 3

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Updated: December 1, 2020 8:09:26 pm

Farmers Protest Live Updates: The farmers have been protesting against the three farm laws and want the acts either withdrawn or minimum support price guaranteed in the laws.

The current unease amongst farmers and intermediaries is on account of increased risk perception. The farm sector engages over 50% of the workforce and contributed 16.5% to GDP in FY20.Telangana Chief Minister as well as TRS chief K Chandrashekhar Rao are also going to support Bharat Bandh that has been called for on December 8.

Farmers Protest Today Highlights: The Centre was holding talks with the leaders of 32 farmer unions that have been protesting against the farm laws enacted recently by Parliament. From the Centre, the talk is being led by agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Piyush Goyal. Ahead of the meeting, Home Minister Amit Shah, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh met at the residence of BJP President JP Nadda. The meeting was also attended by railways minister Piyush Goyal.

Earlier, the Punjab Kisan Sangharsh Committee had refused to attend the meeting unless all the protesting groups were invited for the talks.  “There are more than 500 groups of farmers in the country, but the Government has invited only 32 groups for talks. The rest haven’t been called by the government. We won’t be going for talks till all groups are called,” said Sukhvinder S Sabhran, Joint Secretary, Punjab Kisan Sangharsh Committee-Delhi.

Farmers have been protesting against the three farm laws and want the acts either withdrawn or minimum support price guaranteed in the laws. The Centre has said that it hasn’t touched MSP and that they should not protest for something which has not really happened. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that the farmers were being misled by opposition parties and that the protests were based on ‘rumours’ that MSP would be taken away in the future.

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    18:46 (IST)01 Dec 2020
    No breakthrough in Centre’s meeting with farmers, next meeting on December 3

    The meeting between the Centre and protesting farmers on Tuesday concluded without any breakthrough. The next round of talks between both the parties will be held on December 3. After the meeting, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said, "The meeting was good and we have decided that the talks will be held on 3rd December." Tomar said the government wanted a small group to be formed but farmers' leaders wanted that the talks should be held with everyone, as reported by ANI. We do not have a problem with it, he added. Chanda Singh, Member of Farmers' Delegation who met Agriculture Minister, said, "Our movement against Farm Laws will continue."

    18:38 (IST)01 Dec 2020
    Farmers Protest LIVE: Govt offers to set up panel to look into farmers' issues

    The government on Tuesday offered to set up a committee to look into issues raised by farmers against new farm laws, according to a report by news agency PTI. However, protesting farmers looked firm on the repeal of the new farm laws.

    18:16 (IST)01 Dec 2020
    People who get commission are behind farmers protest: VK Singh

    Farmers protests: Many of the people in pictures do not appear to be farmers. What is in the interest of farmers has been done. It's not the farmers who have a problem with farm laws, but others. Besides opposition, people who get commission are behind the protest, says Union Minister VK Singh. 

    18:00 (IST)01 Dec 2020
    Shaheen Bagh's Bilkis Dadi turned away from Singhu border

    Bilkis Dadi, who was the face of the months-long anti-citizenship law protest in the national capital and featured in the Time magazine, today stopped by Delhi Police personnel at the Singhu Border. Bilkis, popularly known as the Shaheen Bagh Dadi, had expressed her willingness to join the farmers' protest at the Delhi-Haryana border at Singhu. Soon after she reached the border point to extend her support to the agitating farmers, she was stopped by Delhi Police personnel at the border. "She was stopped at the Singhu Border and was escorted by the police back to her home in southeast Delhi," a senior police officer said. (PTI)

    17:40 (IST)01 Dec 2020
    Chilla border closed in wake of protesting farmers blocking Delhi to UP Link Road

    Farmers protests: Chilla border (Delhi-Noida Link Road) closed in wake of protesting farmers blocking Delhi to UP Link Road. Delhi Traffic Police has issued an advisory requesting commuters travelling to Noida to take a U-turn from Ghazipur/Akshardham flyover and take Sarai Kale Khan route

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    17:03 (IST)01 Dec 2020
    BJP adamant on bulldozing farm laws: Mamata Banerjee

    No other political party supported BJP on farm laws issue; but the party is adamant on bulldozing it: Mamata Banerjee on farmers' protest.

    16:54 (IST)01 Dec 2020
    Centre giving detailed presentation to leaders on MPC, APMC Act

    The Centre is giving a detailed presentation to the farmers' leaders on Minimum Support Price (MSP) and Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) Act. The meeting with farmers currently underway at Vigyan Bhawan.

    16:36 (IST)01 Dec 2020
    What is the problem in incorporating MSP in the bill? asks Ajay Chautala

    The government leaders are giving statements that they will continue Minimum Support Price (MSP). What is the problem in incorporating this in the bill? asks Ajay Chautala even as Centre holds talks with farmers at Vigyan Bhawan in Delhi. 

    16:15 (IST)01 Dec 2020
    Delhi Police detains Bilkis Dadi who reached Singhu border to back farmers' protest

    Delhi Police have detained Shaheen Bagh activist Bilkis Dadi who reached Singhu border to join farmers' protest. Just hours ago, Bilkis Dadi extended her support to farmers' protest saying, "We are daughters of farmers, we will go to support farmers' protest today. We will raise our voice, the government should listen to us."

    16:06 (IST)01 Dec 2020
    Options which we will offer will depend on the exact demands: Agriculture minister

    Som Parkash ji, Piyush Goyal ji and I will be present in the meeting. The options which we will offer to them will depend on the exact demands which they present: Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Agriculture Minister on the meeting with farmers' leaders. 

    16:01 (IST)01 Dec 2020
    We all want final decision on matter: Naresh Tikait, BKU President

    Farmers protests: The government has called the Punjab delegation at 3 pm. Later, the government will hold meeting with delegations from Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Delhi at 7 pm today. We all want final decision on matter: Naresh Tikait, President BKU at Ghazipur-Ghaziabad border.

    16:00 (IST)01 Dec 2020
    Centre should accept all demands proposed by farmers: Delhi Cabinet Minister

    There should be a proper dialogue and Centre should accept all demands proposed by farmers as they are are genuine. My purpose of visiting protest sites is to ensure basic facilities for protesting farmers: Delhi Cabinet Minister Kailash Gehlot

    15:54 (IST)01 Dec 2020
    Narendra Singh Tomar, Piyush Goyal hold meeting with farmers

    Farmers protests: Union Ministers Narendra Singh Tomar and Piyush Goyal hold meeting with farmers' leaders at Vigyan Bhawan.

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    15:47 (IST)01 Dec 2020
    Farmer unions-Centre meet begins at Vigyan Bhawan

    Farmers protests: The meeting between farmer unions and Centre has begun at Vigyan Bhawan. 

    15:25 (IST)01 Dec 2020
    Agriculture Minister arrives at Vigyan Bhawan for talks with farmers

    Farmers protests: Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar arrives at Vigyan Bhawan for meeting with farmers' leaders over farm laws. 

    15:23 (IST)01 Dec 2020
    Ahead of meet, BJP ally in Haryana backs farmers demand

    The BJP's coalition partner in Haryana Jannayak Janta Party on Tuesday said the Centre should have no problem in giving written assurance to protesting farmers on the minimum support price (MSP). "When the Union agriculture minister and Prime Minister Narendra Modi are repeatedly saying that MSP will continue, what is the harm in adding that line," JJP chief and former MP Ajay Singh Chautala said. "We want that there should be a solution to this at the earliest. We have requested those in government that solution to farmers problems should be found," he said. (PTI)

    15:06 (IST)01 Dec 2020
    Farm union leaders arrive at Vigyan Bhawan

    Leaders of 32 farmer unions have reached Vigyan Bhawan for talks. The talks will begin shortly. From the Centre, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Narendra Singh Tomar will lead the talks. The farmers have been demanding guranteed MSP and want it to be inserted in the laws.  

    14:36 (IST)01 Dec 2020
    Conspiracy to grab land of farmers: Akhilesh Yadav

    Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav today charged Centre with a "conspiracy" to grab their land in the guise of farm laws. "People like us involved in farming clearly understand the conspiracy of grabbing lands of farmers under the guise of farm laws by giving 'jumla' (false promise) of doubling the income. We are struggling as usual with our farmer brothers, so that the structure protecting the MSP, market and agriculture remains intact. BJP is over now!" Yadav said in a tweet in Hindi.

    Farmers, mostly from Punjab and Haryana, are holding protests at the Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur borders of the national capital against the Centre's new agri-marketing laws. Expressing his support to farmers, Yadav had earlier said that if farmers were left to the market and the big players, then they would never benefit.The Centre has invited agitating farmer unions for talks at 3 PM.

    14:25 (IST)01 Dec 2020
    Farmer unions accept Centre's offer to hold talks over farm laws

    Farmer unions have decided to attend a meeting with the Centre as protesters continued their agitation at Delhi border points against the government's new farm laws. Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar had invited leaders of farmer unions for talks on Tuesday, instead of December 3. 'In our meeting, we have decided to accept the central government's offer to hold talks at 3 pm today. Representatives of protesting farmers will attend the meeting with Union ministers,' farmer leader Baljeet Singh Mahal said. Thousands of farmers stayed put at various Delhi border points for the sixth consecutive day on Tuesday protesting against the new farm laws, which they fear will dismantle the minimum support price system and corporatise farming. The meeting has been called at 3 pm on December 1 at Vigyan Bhawan in the national capital. Those leaders who were present in the meeting held on November 13 have been invited this time.

    14:20 (IST)01 Dec 2020
    Bhim Army chief joins farmers protest at Ghazipur

    Bhim army chief has joined the farmers protest at Ghazipur border. The farmer unions had earlier said that they won't allow any political party to take part in their agitation. 

    14:16 (IST)01 Dec 2020
    Over 500 farmers from UP's Bundelkhand to join 'Delhi Chalo' protest

    Farmers protests | Over 500 farmers from Bundelkhand will join the ongoing farmers' protest at Delhi border points against the new agriculture-related laws. Bundelkhand Kisan Union (BKU) national president Vimal Sharma said all the preparations for going to the national capital have been completed and district units have been instructed to participate in the movement in a peaceful manner. "Over 500 farmers from Banda, Chitrakoot, Mahoba, Hamirpur, Jalaun, Jhansi and Lalitpur will go to Delhi on Thursday from their own means with ration and other necessary things to take part in the ongoing farmers' agitation against the farm laws made by the central government," he said. (PTI)

    13:54 (IST)01 Dec 2020
    Centre deploys Rajnath to lead the talks as 32 unions agree for meet at 3 PM

    Farmers protests: The leaders of 32 farmer unions will attend the meeting called by the Centre at 3 PM. Ahead of the meeting, Home Minister Amit Shah, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh met at the residence of BJP President JP Nadda. The meeting was also attended by railways minister Piyush Goyal. From the Centre, the talks will be led by Rajnath Singh and Narendra Singh Tomar.

    13:30 (IST)01 Dec 2020
    Independent MLA Sombir Sangwan withdraws support from Khattar Govt

    Haryana: Independent MLA Sombir Sangwan withdraws his support from the Khattar led-Harayana government. Speaking to reporters, he said, "In light of the atrocities committed on the farmers, I hereby withdraw my support to the current government. 

    13:19 (IST)01 Dec 2020
    What PM Modi said on farmers protests

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said those who have a history of deceit were playing tricks again on farmers. "The farmers are being deceived on these historic agriculture reform laws by the same people who have misled them for decades," he said. He strongly defended the farm laws which deregulate the sale of crops but have also triggered apprehensions that the minimum support price (MSP) system is being dismantled. He reiterated that farmers who wanted to follow the old system of trading referring to the mandis' where they can get the MSP are still free to do so. But, he said, the three laws gave them new options to sell for more. The Prime Minister said whenever new laws are enacted questions are bound to be asked but presently a new trend is being seen in the country — the protests are based on creating doubts through misinformation.

    13:03 (IST)01 Dec 2020
    Farmers protests: Crucial meet at Nadda's residence ends

    Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar has left from the residence of BJP President JP Nadda. A meeting over farmers' protest was being held at the BJP President's residence.

    12:52 (IST)01 Dec 2020
    Punjab Kisan Union chief to attend meeting called by Centre at 3 PM

    I will attend the meeting called by the government at 3 pm today, says RS Mansa, State President, Punjab Kisan Union.

    12:50 (IST)01 Dec 2020
    Autorickshaw Union & Delhi Pradesh Taxi Union backs farmers protests

    Farmers protests in Delhi | We are with protesting farmers like the entire country. But I would like to clarify that Delhi autorickshaws and taxis won't go on strike. We have already been out of work for 4 months and can't afford strikes: Rajendar Soni, Mahamantri, Delhi Autorickshaw Union and Delhi Pradesh Taxi Union

    12:47 (IST)01 Dec 2020
    Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh, Narendra Singh Tomar at Nadda's residence over farmers protests

    Farmers protest in Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar arrive at the residence of BJP President JP Nadda for meeting over farmers protest. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also arrives at the residence of BJP President JP Nadda.

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