Farmer-Govt meet Highlights: Ready to put farm laws on hold for 1.5 years, govt tells union; all eyes on Jan 22 meet

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Updated: January 20, 2021 11:05:35 pm

Farmers Protest 2020, Indian Farmers Protest Live Update: The farmers and the ministers of the central government will hold another round of meeting to discuss the issues raised by farmers. Ahead of the meeting, Rakest Tikait said that the Centre has to make law on MSP and repeal all three farm laws.

Farmers Protest Live, Indian Farmers Protest Live UpdateFarmers have been protesting for months against the three farm laws. (ANI)

2020 Indian Farmers Protest Highlights: Tenth round of talks between farmer unions and Centre took place at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi. Wednesday’s talks were being seen as crucial given farmers’ proposed tractor rally on January 26. The Centre discussed the farm laws clause-by-clause while farmers pushed for the total withdrawal of laws. In the last meeting held on January 15, both the sides stuck to their stated positions leading to no resolution even after nine rounds of talks on the issues.

Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court asked the Centre to withdraw its plea against proposed tractor rally by farmers on Republic Day. The court saidthat it will not pass any order on plea against proposed tractor rally or any other kind of protest by farmers on Republic Day. During the hearing, the CJI said, “We have said that it is for the Police to decide. We are not going to pass the orders. You are the authority to take action.”

Wednesday’s talks assume significance as this comes just a week before the Republic Day. The farmers have announced that they will take out tractor rallies on Republic Day on January 26. Last week, the Centre moved the Supreme Court against the proposed tractor rally, saying it would disturb the ceremony and law and order situation in the national capital. The court, however, said that it won’t decide on who can enter or not enter the city. It left it to the Delhi Police to take a call on a proposed tractor rally. Here are the  key highlights of the meeting.

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    20:29 (IST)20 Jan 2021
    Will give our decision on Jan 22, say farmer leaders

    After the meeting, the union leaders say that there will be consultation among themselves and final decision will be communicated on Jan 22nd during 10th round of talks.

    20:27 (IST)20 Jan 2021
    Talks in right direction, says Tomar

    I feel that talks are progressing in the right direction and there is a possibility of finding a resolution on Jan 22: Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar says after meeting.

    19:51 (IST)20 Jan 2021
    Govt ready to suspend farm laws for one and half a year: Farmer leaders

    Govt has said it is ready to suspend the laws for one and half a year. In reply, farmers said that there is no point in suspending the laws and made it clear that we want the repeal of the laws: Farmer leader after tenth round of talks. (ANI)

    18:50 (IST)20 Jan 2021
    Agriculture Minister that both sides should reach a consensus before the meeting ends

    Agriculture Minister tells farmer unions that govt is ready to give an affidavit in SC to dispel any doubts in the minds of farmer unions. He emphasised that on the occasion of Guru Gobind Singh's Parkash Parv both sides should reach a consensus before the meeting ends: Sources (ANI)

    17:52 (IST)20 Jan 2021
    Centre offers to amend farm laws; Farmer leaders insist on repeal, discussion on MSP

    Farm laws: The Centre today offered to amend the three farm laws but farmer leaders stuck to their demand for a complete repeal of the Acts and alleged that the Centre was avoiding discussion on a legal guarantee for MSP. Farmer leaders said there was no breakthrough in the first session as both sides were stuck on their stated positions vis-a-vis the three farm laws and there was little hope of any outcome other than fixing the date for the 11th round. Farmer leaders also raised the issue of NIA notices being served to some farmers, alleging it was being done just to harass those supporting the agitation, to which the government representatives said they will look into the matter. 

    As the two sides took a break, where farmer leaders had langar food, Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) general secretary Yudhvir Singh told PTI, "The stalemate is continuing over the three laws and I don't think any solution will emerge from today's meeting. Both sides are adamant on their position." He said the government is insisting on first discussing the three laws and wants to take up the MSP (Minimum Support Price) matter later. "We will insist on a discussion on MSP after the tea break and also try to seek the next date for meeting before January 26," Singh said. Another farmer leader Rakesh Tikait said, "The government is not ready to repeal the three laws and farmers are not ready for amendments. The government doesn't want to discuss MSP." "No solution will emerge from today's meeting. We will meet again on the next date," he said. (PTI)

    17:24 (IST)20 Jan 2021
    DK Shivkumar and Siddaramaiah detained while marching towards Raj Bhavan

    Farm laws: Karnataka Congress chief DK Shivkumar and Siddaramaiah and other party leaders detained while marching towards Raj Bhavan in Bengaluru to protest against farm laws.


    16:48 (IST)20 Jan 2021
    What Supreme Court said on pleas against proposed tractor rally 

    The Supreme Court said the issue of the proposed tractor rally on the Republic day is in 'executive domain. It asked the government to withdrew its plea seeking an injunction against such a march on January 26. A bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde said that police has the "authority" to deal with the issue of proposed tractor march in Delhi and it is not for the court to pass order in the matter. "We have told you that we will not issue any direction. It is a police matter. We will allow you to withdraw (the application). You are the authority and you have to deal with it. You have the powers to pass orders, you do it. It is not for the court to pass orders," said the bench comprising Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian. The Centre has withdrawn the pleas. 

    16:17 (IST)20 Jan 2021
    Centre begins tenth round of talks with farmer unions

    Farm Laws: The tenth round of talks between protesting farmer unions and three central ministers are underway to break the over-a-month-long deadlock on the three new agri laws. Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, Railways, Commerce and Food Minister Piyush Goyal and Minister of State for Commerce Som Parkash, who is an MP from Punjab, are holding the talks with the representatives of around 40 farmer unions at the Vigyan Bhawan. The tenth round of talks was initially scheduled on January 19, but later got postponed to Wednesday. 

    In the last round of talks, the government had asked protesting farmers to prepare a concrete proposal about their objections and suggestions on the three farm laws for further discussion at their next meeting to end the long-running protest. But, unions stuck to their main demand of a complete repeal of the three Acts. (PTI)

    16:11 (IST)20 Jan 2021
    Tractor rally on R-Day: Farm union leaders reject alternative route suggestion by Delhi Police

    Farmer unions today rejected a suggestion by police officers to hold their proposed January 26 tractor rally on the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal Expressway instead of Delhi's busy Outer Ring Road. Union leaders and officers of the Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana police forces had met at the Vigyan Bhawan here to discuss the route and arrangements of the proposed rally on Republic Day. The sources said that the farmer leaders were suggested by the police officers to take out their rally on the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal Expressway, but they did not agree. The Outer Ring Road passes through several areas of Delhi such as Vikaspuri, Janakpuri, Uttam Nagar, Burari Peeragarhi and Pitampura. There might be another round of talks with the police officers on Thursday, a farmer leader, who attended the meeting, said. (PTI)

    16:08 (IST)20 Jan 2021
    Akali leader Sirsa urges Govt to mark Gurupurab by repealing farm laws

    Akali Dal leader Majinder Sirsa today said the government should mark the auspicious occasion of Gurupurab by repealing the three farm laws, against which thousands of farmers are protesting for almost two months on borders of the national capital. Sirsa, who also heads Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee (DSGMC), further said the proposed tractor rally by farmers will take place as per the schedule on January 26 whether the Delhi police allocate a route or not. He was speaking to reporters after delivering langar food for farmer leaders attending their tenth round of talks with the government at Vigyan Bhawan. Sirsa said farmers are peace-loving and patriotic by nature and it is strange that the Centre feels they may disrupt the atmosphere on Republic Day. He also alleged that the Centre is trying to intimidate farmers by serving them NIA (National Investigation Agency) notices. Sirsa, who was earlier an MLA in the Delhi assembly, said Gurupurab is being celebrated today and the government should mark this day by taking back three farm bills as a gift for the protesting farmers. (PTI)

    15:10 (IST)20 Jan 2021
    Tenth round of talks between farmer unions and the Centre begins

    The tenth round of talks between farmer unions and the Centre over the three farm laws begins at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi.

    14:28 (IST)20 Jan 2021
    Farm laws: Union Ministers arrive at Vigyan Bhawan, meeting to begin shortly

    Farm laws: Union Ministers Narendra Singh Tomar and Piyush Goyal have arrived at Vigyan Bhawan. The tenth round of talks between farmer leaders and Centre over the three farm laws will begin shortly. 

    14:23 (IST)20 Jan 2021
    Farmers from Punjab head to Delhi ahead of proposed tractor rally on Republic Day

    Farm laws: Farmers assemble at Harike Pattan in Tarn Taran district in Punjab to head to Delhi ahead of their proposed tractor rally on Republic Day.



    14:01 (IST)20 Jan 2021
    Delegation of farmer leaders arrive at Vigyan Bhawan

    Farm laws: A delegation of farmer leaders arrive at Vigyan Bhawan for the tenth round of talks with Union Government on the three Farm Laws.



    13:36 (IST)20 Jan 2021
    Farmers want to celebrate Republic Day on outer ring road, no attempt to destroy peace: Prashant Bhushan

    Farm laws: Lawyer Prashant Bhushan, appearing for eight farmer unions, tells the CJI that farmers only want to celebrate Republic Day on outer ring road peacefully,there's no attempt to destroy peace.

    CJI says, if we uphold farmers' laws then you can start agitation but peace has to be maintained. 

    13:30 (IST)20 Jan 2021
    Committee reconstitution: Supreme Court issues notice on plea filed by Kisan Mahapanchayat

    Farm Laws: The Supreme Court has issued notice on plea filed by Kisan Mahapanchayat to reconstitute the Committee after one member recused from it. 

    13:20 (IST)20 Jan 2021
    'Don't cast aspersion on the court': SC tells farmers on formation of Committee

    CJI: No power has been given to committee members to adjudicate things, they have to report to us. Where is the question of bias? If you don't want to appear before committee, don't appear but don't malign or brand anyone like this, don't cast aspersion on the court. We gave power to the committee to listen (to farmers) and come to us and file their reports. What is the point of bias in it? 

    12:58 (IST)20 Jan 2021
    SC asks Centre to withdraw plea against proposed tractor rally by farmers on Republic Day

    The Supreme Court today asked the Centre to withdraw its plea against proposed tractor rally by farmers on Republic Day. The court says it will not pass any order on Centre's plea against proposed tractor rally or any other kind of protest by farmers on Republic Day. The CJI says, "We have said that it is for the Police to decide. We are not going to pass the orders. You are the authority to take action."

    12:56 (IST)20 Jan 2021
    'It's for the Police to decide': SC refuses to pass any order on Centre's plea against tractor rally

    Tractor rally at Republic Day: Supreme Court says it will not pass any order on Centre's plea against proposed tractor rally or any other kind of protest by farmers on Republic Day. The CJI says, "We have said that it is for the Police to decide. We are not going to pass the orders. You are the authority to take action."

    12:37 (IST)20 Jan 2021
    Start on a clean slate: Chidambaram to govt ahead of talks with farmers

    Ahead of the tenth round of talks between the Centre and protesting farmers, Congress leader P Chidambaram today urged the central government to start afresh and keep the past aside. Nine rounds of talks have taken place between the Centre and farmer unions without any resolution, while the tenth round is scheduled to be held today afternoon. ''Start on a clean slate' is the only way forward,' Chidambaram tweeted. 'The government should offer to begin afresh and hold talks on what needs to be done and what needs to be avoided,' he said. The Congress leader also wondered how one could expect a positive outcome when the government refuses to keep the past aside. 'How can we expect any positive outcome when government refuses to keep the past aside and start on a clean state,' he said on Twitter. 

    12:22 (IST)20 Jan 2021
    Centre has to make law on MSP, repeal farm acts: Rakesh Tikait

    Rakesh Tikait: "The government has to make a legislation on Minimum Support Price and repeal the three farm laws. Our protest is against the govt and the corporate system". 

    12:09 (IST)20 Jan 2021
    World witnessing live example of Guru Gobind Singh's teachings in farmers 'satyagraha': Rahul Gandhi

    Congress leader Rahul Gandhi today paid homage to Guru Gobind Singh on his birth anniversary and said the world is witnessing live example of the 10th Sikh Guru's teachings as farmers continue their "satyagraha". Paying tributes to the Sikh Guru on his 354th birth anniversary, Gandhi said his heroic life has taught "us the value of sacrifice in the fight for justice". "As our farmer brothers-sisters continue their Satyagraha, the world witnesses live example of his teachings," the former Congress chief said in a tweet while extending his greetings to people on 'Prakash Utsav'. Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Sikh Guru, was a spiritual master, warrior, poet and philosopher.

    12:04 (IST)20 Jan 2021
    Centre's farm laws designed to destroy agriculture: Rahul Gandhi

    Rahul Gandhi yesterday alleged that the new farm laws are designed to destroy the agriculture sector and hand it over to "three or four crony capitalists". He said repealing the legislation is the only solution to end the current deadlock and the government's attempt to "drag" the talks will not succeed. Gandhi said he was a patriot who did not fear anyone, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and asserted that he had a clean record and nobody could touch him. "They can shoot me, but can't touch me. I am a patriot and I protect my country, and I will keep doing it," he said. 

    11:24 (IST)20 Jan 2021
    Farmer leaders arrive at Vigyan Bhawan for meeting with Police 

    Gurnam Singh Chaduni of Bharatiya Kisan Union: "We have told them that we will hold tractor march at Ring Road, they should accept it. We will have further information after meet but they won't face any disturbance due to it." 

    Farmer leaders have arrived at Vigyan Bhawan for meeting with Police. 

    10:57 (IST)20 Jan 2021
    Tractor rally at Republic Day - What farmers plan

    The farmer unions have said they planned to hold their parade on the periphery of the national capital and would not disrupt the official Republic Day event. Bhartiya Kisan Union (Sidhupur) president Jagjit Singh Dallewal said 20,000-25,000 tractors would come to Delhi from Punjab alone for the planned parade. Farmers with their tractors will leave for Delhi later this week, union leaders said. "Uur batches will start moving towards Delhi from January 23 and 24," Kokrikalan said. 

    Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee general secretary Sarwan Singh Pandher said their batches will head for the capital on January 20 and January 22. BKU (Ekta Ugrahan) vice president Harinder Kaur Bindu said women who are camping at the Delhi border and those who come later from Punjab will take part in the parade. "Several women will also drive tractors on January 26," she said. Kokrikalan said announcements are being made from gurdwaras and from vehicles fitted with loudspeakers for mobilising people for the parade. Farmer leaders have earlier said their tractors would fly the national flag and also carry the flag of their organisations.

    Thousands of farmers from Punjab and Haryana have been camping at Delhi's  borders for several weeks, demanding the repeal of the farm laws and a legal guarantee on the minimum support price for crops. They claim that the new laws would weaken the MSP system. But the Centre says the MSP system will remain and the new laws only provide more options for farmers to sell their produce. (PTI)

    10:37 (IST)20 Jan 2021
    BJP trying to stop farmers from joining protests against farm laws: DK Shivakumar

    Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee President D K Shivakumar has claimed that the BJP governmentis trying to stop farmers from joining today’s protest rally. As part of Congress’ nationwide campaign against the newly enacted three farm laws, the party has planned a protest rally today which will include farmers from across the state and party workers. Shivakumar had informed that the rally will end with a call for a march towards Raj Bhavan.

    “I got several phone calls that farmers coming to Bengaluru from other districts are being stopped by Police and are not being allowed to come to Bengaluru. I urge farmers to stop wherever they are, block highways, roads and protest in support of farmers. I know the BJP government is trying to stop farmers at any cost and not letting them participate in the protest. I request protesters to come to Sangolli Rayanna statue and participate in the massive protest rally,” said D K Shivakumar.

    10:31 (IST)20 Jan 2021
    Farmer unions build up for R-Day tractor parade with village-level rallies

    Farmer unions have begun holding tractor rallies at villages in Punjab to mobilise people for their planned tractor parade in Delhi on Republic Day. Already tractor rallies have been held in places like Nawanshahr and Gurdaspur as a build-up to the proposed January 26 event, farmer leaders said. More are planned over the next two days. "There is a great enthusiasm among people in Punjab to become part of the tractor parade," Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ekta Ugrahan) general secretary Sukhdev Singh Kokrikalan said on Tuesday. He claimed that five to 10 tractors are ready to leave for Delhi from many villages, and in some over 50 are lined up. "We are fully geared up for a tractor parade. We have given a call for taking out tractor marches in all villages in the state on January 20 and 21 in view of the January 26 tractor parade," said Kokrikalan. "We are taking out tractor marches to make people aware of the January 26 tractor parade," a farmer who took part in a rally in Gurdaspur said. He said the aim is get the maximum participation possible for the Republic Day event to press for the repeal of the three 'black laws' on farming. (PTI)

    10:22 (IST)20 Jan 2021
    Farm laws: Tenth round of talks between farmers and govt today

    Farmers-Centre talks today: The tenth round of talks with the government is scheduled for today. So far, nine round of talks have failed to yield any concrete results as the agitating unions have stuck to their main demand for repealing the agri laws and the government has ruled out any such step. Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Monday hoped that protesting farmer unions will discuss alternatives other than the repeal of the new farm laws in the tenth round of talks and appealed to them not to go ahead with their tractor rally. "I want to appeal to farmers that January 26 is our Republic Day and the country has got independence after much sacrifice. Ensuring that the dignity of the Republic day is not affected is the responsibility of farmers also. I hope they will reconsider their decision," he had said.

    For nearly two months now, thousands of farmers from Punjab, Haryana and other states have been protesting against the new farm laws, which they are afraid, will do away with the Minimum Support Price system and leave them at the mercy of big corporations. The government, however, has been projecting the three laws as major agricultural reforms. (PTI)

    The protesting farmers yesterday said that their preparations for the "peaceful march" are in full gear and there is no question of going back. The farm unions have announced that thousands of farmers will take out the tractor rally on the Outer Ring Road in the national capital on January 26. They say more farmers are likely to flock to the protest sites after Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti on Wednesday. "We want the government to give us permission for our rally. This is our country and it is our constitutional right to voice our needs and demands," said Amarjeet Singh Rarra, general secretary, Deaba Kisan Committee. "We will march with our farmer unions' flags and the national flag. So if they fight us, they will be fighting the 'tiranga', he said. He added that instead of preventing the farmers from taking out the march, 'the Centre and the police should provide a safe corridor for the rally'. (PTI)
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