Farmers Protest Live News: PM Modi urges farmers to read open letter written by Agriculture Minister

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Updated: December 17, 2020 10:38:30 pm

Farmers Protest 2020, Indian Farmers Protest Live Update: Farmers from Punjab and Haryana have been protesting against the three new farm laws for over three weeks. The SC has now proposed to set up a panel to break the deadlock between farmers and Centre.

Farmers Protest, MSP in IndiaAccording to the Kisan Sabha, cultivators from 21 districts in Maharashtra had joined the "vehicle march" to Delhi.

2020 Indian Farmers Protest Live Update: Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar has written an open letter to farmers over the new farm laws on Thursday, saying that “misunderstanding has been created among some farmers’ unions regarding these laws”.

Earlier, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced that the state assembly has rejected all three farm laws and has appealed the Central government that it should take back the  “black laws”. “More than 20 farmers have died during 20 days of protest. On average, one farmer is getting martyred daily in this movement,” he said while speaking to reporters. Earlier, his government had notified one of three laws at the Centre of massive protest.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will tomorrow address farmers’ conferences to be held across Madhya Pradesh. This comes at a time when thousands of farmers from Punjab and Haryana are protesting against the three new farm laws. They want complete withdrawal of three acts. However, the Centre has offered to make some concessions but won’t withdraw the laws.

To break the deadlock, the Supreme Court has offered to form a panel comprising experts, members from famers organisations, and representatives from the Centre. Today, the bench bench headed by Chief Justice of India while hearing pleas challenging the constitutional validity of the three farms laws said that it will not decide the validity of the laws as of now. “The first and the only thing we will decide today is regarding the farmers’ protest and the fundamental right of citizens to move. The question of the validity of laws can wait,” he said.

 

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    22:38 (IST)17 Dec 2020
    BJP slams Arvind Kejriwal for tearing copies of farm laws

    Delhi BJP president Adesh Gupta today slammed Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for tearing the copies of three farm laws in the Assembly and said it was a "political stunt" and "gimmick" in view of Punjab politics.

    21:55 (IST)17 Dec 2020
    PM Modi to speak on farm laws' 'benefits'

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Friday speak about the "beneficial provisions" of the new farm laws during his virtual address to the farmers of Madhya Pradesh as part of a state-level programme.

    21:52 (IST)17 Dec 2020
    Jaipur-Delhi Highway remains partially blocked as farmers' protest continues

    Farmers continued their protest against three farm laws near the Rajasthan-Haryana border on the Jaipur-Delhi highway, keeping the road partially blocked.

    21:12 (IST)17 Dec 2020
    60-year-old man from Bihar reaches Tikri on bicycle to join farmers’ protest

    A 60-year-old man from Bihar reaches Tikri at Delhi-Haryana border on a bicycle to participate in the ongoing farmers' protest. "It took me 11 days to reach here from Siwan, my home district. I urge the government to take back the three farm laws," Satyadev Manjhi was quoted as saying by ANI.

    20:26 (IST)17 Dec 2020
    PM Modi appeals farmers to read open letter written by Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday urged farmers to read the open letter written by Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar. He also appealed countrymen to make it reach as many people as possible.

    20:09 (IST)17 Dec 2020
    Govt issues e-booklet highlighting success stories of farmers benefiting from new agri laws

    As farmers intensify their protest seeking repeal of three agri laws, the government has issued an e-booklet highlighting the success stories of farmers who have benefited from contract farming after enactment of these legislations.

    19:57 (IST)17 Dec 2020
    BJP plans 700 press conferences and 700 'chaupals'

    Amid ongoing protest by farmers against the three farm laws, the BJP has planned to hold 700 press conferences and 700 'chaupals' in the coming days as part of an outreach program to allay fears on the new farm laws.  

    19:39 (IST)17 Dec 2020
    Centre should repeal farm laws: BKU chief

    Bharatiya Kisan Union president Naresh Tikait said that the Centre should repeal the farm laws in the public interest, adding that the contentious legislations were not in favour of the farmers.

    19:08 (IST)17 Dec 2020
    Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar writes an open letter to farmers

    Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar writes an open letter to farmers over the new farm laws. He writes, "Misunderstanding has been created among some farmers' unions regarding these laws". (ANI)

    18:35 (IST)17 Dec 2020
    Supreme Court must direct the govt to put these three laws on hold: All India Kisan Sabha

    Supreme Court must direct the govt to put these three laws on hold & to immediately call parliament session to repeal these laws. After that, a committee can be formed for other things like MSP: Ashok Dhawale, All India Kisan Sabha (ANI)

    18:32 (IST)17 Dec 2020
    Centre's 3 Farm laws were notified in Delhi Gazette: BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi

    Centre's 3 Farm laws were notified in Delhi Gazette on 23rd Nov. Now, they're tearing copies of same act in Delhi Assembly after notifying. This is opportunistic politics. Delhi CM is the new chameleon, he can just change colours without qualms: BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi on Delhi CM (ANI)

    18:24 (IST)17 Dec 2020
    Gazipur border (Delhi-UP border) is closed for traffic coming from Ghaziabad

    Gazipur border (Delhi-UP border) is closed for traffic coming from Ghaziabad to Delhi due to farmers protests. People are advised to take an alternate route for coming to Delhi: Traffic Police (ANI)

    18:23 (IST)17 Dec 2020
    NCP demands special session of Parliament

    NCP demands that PM Narendra Modi convene special session of Parliament to address concerns of protesting farmers (PTI)

    17:52 (IST)17 Dec 2020
    Delhi HC declines plea for providing aid, security and treatment to protesting farmers

    The Delhi High Court today declined to entertain a plea seeking aid, security and treatment of the farmers protesting on the borders of the national capital, saying a similar issue was before the Supreme Court. A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan also said that the high court's jurisdiction does not extend to areas outside the national capital territory and added that the same plea could have been filed in any of the high courts of Rajasthan, Punjab or Uttar Pradesh.The bench also observed that the plea was filed without doing any research or preparation and dismissed it. The court's order came after Delhi government additional standing counsel Sanjoy Ghose and advocate Rhishabh Jetley told the bench that a similar was being heard by the apex court. The petition by a lawyer, Ashish, had sought directions to the Centre and Delhi government to take steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among the farmers protesting at the borders of the national capital. The plea, filed through advocate Rohit Jha, had also sought directions to the authorities to ensure the protests do not turn violent and to remove the road blockages caused by the agitation. (PTI)

    17:35 (IST)17 Dec 2020
    BJP holds meet to discuss farmers agitation

    Farmers agitation: Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal held a meeting at BJP headquarters with party general secretaries to discuss farmers' agitation.

    17:09 (IST)17 Dec 2020
    Arvind Kejriwal tears copies of Farm Laws

    Arvind Kejriwal on Farm Laws: What was the hurry to get Farm Laws passed in Parliament during pandemic? It has happened for first time that three laws were passed without voting in Rajya Sabha. I hereby tear three Farm laws in this assembly and appeal Centre not to become worst than Britishers. 

    16:44 (IST)17 Dec 2020
    Delhi Assembly has rejected Farm Laws: Arvind Kejriwal

    Farmers protest: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal says the state assembly today rejected all three farm laws and has appealed the Central government that it should take back these "black laws". "More than 20 farmers have died during 20 days of protest. On average, one farmer is getting martyred daily in this movement." 

    15:51 (IST)17 Dec 2020
    Ready for more talks with Centre but won't give up protest: Farmer

    Farmers protest: Protesting farmers at Tikri border say they are ready for more talks with government but won't give up protest. A farmer says, "We are ready for more rounds of talks. Government is taking the Supreme Court's help now so their ego is not hurt. Table talks should be shown live."

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    15:23 (IST)17 Dec 2020
    Will discuss future course of action in our Panchayat: BKU's Rakesh Tikait

    BKU's Rakesh Tikait says they will discuss future course of action in our Panchayat. We have not blocked roads, barricades have been put up by police. The Supreme Court is right that issue should be resolved soon. We will go if we are called. The central government wants amendments while we want them to take back Farm Laws.

    15:19 (IST)17 Dec 2020
    PM Modi to address Farmers' conferences on December 18

    Prime Minister Modi will address Farmers' conferences to be held across Madhya Pradesh on December 18 at 2 pm via video conferencing.

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    15:10 (IST)17 Dec 2020
    AAP MLA tears copy of Centre's Farm Laws

    Farmers protest: AAP MLA Mahendra Goyal today teared copy of Centre's Farm Laws during a special Delhi assembly session called to discuss farmers' agitation. While tearing the copy, "I refuse to accept these black laws which are against farmers." 

    13:53 (IST)17 Dec 2020
    Just alter the way the protest is going, says SC to farmers

    Supreme Court chief justice says, "We are also Indian, we are familiar with the plight of farmers and are sympathetic to their cause. You (farmers) have to only alter the way the protest is going. We will ensure you can plead your case and thus we are thinking of forming a committee."

    13:38 (IST)17 Dec 2020
    Farmers cannot instigate violence and cannot block a city: SC

    Farm laws matter in Supreme Court: The CJI suggests the independent committee can have P Sainath, Bhartiya Kisan Union and others as members. He adds The committee will give a finding which should be followed. The protest can go on in the meanwhile. He, however, says farmers cannot instigate violence and cannot block a city like this.

    13:34 (IST)17 Dec 2020
    Farmers cannot violate the fundamental rights of others: Attorney General KK Venugopal in SC

    In Supreme Court, Attorney General KK Venugopal says farmers cannot violate the fundamental rights of others, He says none of them wears a face mask, they sit together in large numbers. Covid is a concern, they will visit villages and spread it there. Farmers cannot violate the fundamental rights of others. 

    13:15 (IST)17 Dec 2020
    Protest is constitutional till it does not destroy property or endanger life: SC

    Farm laws matter in SC: CJI Bobde says farmers have right to protest. "We won't interfere with it but the manner of protest is something we will look into. We will ask Centre what is the manner of protest going on to slightly alter it so that it doesn't affect the citizens' right of movement. A protest is constitutional till it does not destroy property or endanger life. The Centre and farmers have to talk; We are thinking of an impartial and independent committee before whom both parties can give its side of story." (ANI)

    12:58 (IST)17 Dec 2020
    Latest from Supreme Court

    Farm laws matter in Supreme Court: CJI Bobde says the bench recognizes the fundamental right to protest against the laws and no question to curtail it. "The only thing we can look into is that it should not cause damage to someone's life," says SC. 

    12:53 (IST)17 Dec 2020
    Won't decide validity of farm laws as of now: Supreme Court

    Farmers Protest Live Update: The Supreme Court today refused to decide the validity of three farm laws at the heart of ongoing protests near Delhi. The bench bench headed by Chief Justice of India while hearing pleas challenging the constitutional validity of the three farms laws says that it will not decide the validity of the laws as of now. 'The first and the only thing we will decide today is regarding the farmers' protest and the fundamental right of citizens to move. The question of the validity of laws can wait,' he said.

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    12:33 (IST)17 Dec 2020
    No notice yet, says Jamhuri Kisan Sabha on panel formation by SC

    Jamhuri Kisan Sabha's Satnam Singh says that they have only heard it through the media of being made a part to the farmers' representation which has been called to the Supreme Court. "We don't have any written notice," he says. 

    11:56 (IST)17 Dec 2020
    CAIT writes to Centre, seeks representation in proposed panel

    The Confederation of All India Traders has written to Union Ministers Narendra Singh Tomar and Piyush Goyal, seeking due representation in the proposed panel by the Supreme Court. The top court yesterday said that it would set up a panel to break the deadlock with farmers over farm laws. The SC has sought names from the Centre. The Fedration wants to be included in the panel which will try to find a middleround for the ongoing issue. 

    11:25 (IST)17 Dec 2020
    Activist offers to mediate between protesting farmers and Centre

    Noted social activist P V Rajagopal yesterday offered to mediate between the agitating farmers and the government on the issue of three new farm laws, and said he would embark on a foot-march from Morena to Delhi on Thursday in support of the cultivators. Thousands of farmers have been camping at several Delhi border points for 21 days on the trot to press for repeal of the Centre's new farm laws. Rajagopal, who is the head of the Ekta Parishad, said, "Although nobody has asked me to mediate on the issue, I am moved by the fact that farmers have been agitating since the last 20 days in the chilling cold, and there is a need to start a dialogue on the matter." He said he would embark on a foot-march with nearly one thousand farmers from Morena, the Lok Sabha constituency of the Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar. "As no dialogue is happening, I am sure that both- the farmers and the government- will accept my offer of initiating talks. The government should listen to the farmers." "Maybe the farmers as well as the government will not listen to me, but farmers have their problems and a dialogue must be established with them," he added. (PTI)

    11:07 (IST)17 Dec 2020
    What SC said about negotiations between farmers and Centre

    The Supreme Court told Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, "Your negotiations have not worked apparently. It is bound to fail. You are saying you are willing to negotiate," the bench told Mehta, who replied, "Yes, we are willing to talk to farmers." When the top court asked the solicitor general, who was representing the Centre to give names of the farmer organisations, which are blocking the roads on Delhi borders, he said he can provide the names of those with whom government is holding discussions. "There are members of Bharatiya Kisan Union and other organisations who are talking to the government," Mehta said, adding that government is talking with the protesting farmer unions and he can give those names to the court. He also said "now, it appears that others have taken over the farmers' protest."

    11:04 (IST)17 Dec 2020
    What happened in SC on Wednesday

    Multiple pleas have been filed in the Supreme Court seeking a direction to authorities to immediately remove the protesting farmers, saying commuters are facing hardships due to the road blockades and the gatherings might lead to an increase in the number of coronavirus cases. The apex court on Wednesday issued notices to the Centre on the petitions which also sought an amicable solution of the dispute. During a hearing conducted via video conferencing, the bench directed the petitioners to make protesting farmer unions parties to the pleas and posted the matter for hearing on Thursday. (PTI) 

    10:56 (IST)17 Dec 2020
    No notice from Supreme Court yet: Bhartiya Kisan Union-Doaba

    Bhartiya Kisan Union-Doaba's MS Rai says that they have not received any notice from the Supreme Court (on proposal of panel). "When we get a notice, all farmers' unions will hold a discussion and take a decision," he adds. 

    The Supreme Court on Wednesday observed that the Centre's talks with the protesting farmers have "not worked apparently" and were bound to fail. The court indicated to form a panel to break the three-week long deadlock, but the farm leaders dismissed the move as no solution. During the hearing, the top court also said the agitation may soon become a 'national issue'. With the Centre and the leaders of the protesting farmers unable to break the impasse, a three-judge bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde mooted a committee to resolve the dispute. "We will form a committee to resolve the dispute. We will have members of the government, members from farmer organisations in it. This may soon become a national issue. We will have members from farmer organisations from rest of India," the court said. (With agency input)
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