Farmers protest Highlights: Won’t accept any Committee, protests to continue, say heads of unions

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Updated: January 12, 2021 10:09:30 pm

Farm Laws hearing in SC Live News: The SC has suspended the implementation of three farm laws until further orders.

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Farm Laws hearing News: Farmer union leaders on Tuesday said said that they won’t accept any Committee for the resolution, and all they want is repeal of all three laws. They said they won’t get into discussion with members of the Committee as their fight is about complete rollback of the laws, not some changes.

Earlier, the Congress questioned the selection of members to be part of the Committee proposed by the Supreme Court. Addressing a press conference, Randeep Singh Surejewala said that all four members who have been named as members of the Committee have publicly taken a position that these three laws will benefit the farmers.

In a major decision, the Supreme Court stayed the implementation of farm laws until further orders. The top court also set up four-member committee to break the deadlock between farmers and the Centre. Among the members of the committee are Bhupinder Singh Mann of Bhartiya Kisan Union, Anil Ghanwat of Shetkeri Sangthana, Pramod Kumar Joshi and agriculture economist Ashok Gulati.

 

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    18:50 (IST)12 Jan 2021
    Farmer protest latest news: Modi minister breaks silence

    Hours after the Supreme Court suspended the implementation of the three farm laws, MoS Kailash Chaudhary has finally reacted. Talking to news agency ANI, Chaudhary said that even though the decision was not what the Centre wanted, still the govt will accept the outcome of whatever the SC-mandated panel has to say.

    17:50 (IST)12 Jan 2021
    Won't accept Committee, Centre will have to repeal farm laws: Farmers

    Krantikari Kisan Union chief Darshan Pal says the farmer union leaders had issued a press note last night stating that they will not accept any committee formed by Supreme Court for mediation. He says farmers were confident that the Centre will get a committee formed through the Supreme Court to take the burden off their shoulders. Darshan Pal says that they won't accept Committee and government will have to take back laws.  

    17:46 (IST)12 Jan 2021
    Farmers say won't accept resolution by committee members

    Protesting farmers say that they won't accept resolution by the Committee set up by the Supreme Court. They said thier protests will continue and they will have tractor parade on January 26. Farmer leaders say that protests will continue even after January 26. 

    17:13 (IST)12 Jan 2021
    All four members back Centre on farm laws: Congress

    The Congress says that it does not expect justice to the cause of farmers from the Committee set up by the Supreme Court. Congress media in-charge Randeep Singh Surjewala says that all four members of the Committee have supported the laws, they have written articles and submitted memorandum to agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar.

    Members of Committee are Bhupinder Singh Mann of Bhartiya Kisan Union, Anil Ghanwat of Shetkeri Sangthana, Pramod Kumar Joshi and agriculture economist Ashok Gulati. The Supreme Court today stayed the implementation of three laws until further orders. 

    16:36 (IST)12 Jan 2021
    Farmer leaders say protest to continue

    Farmer leaders have said that they would not call off their protest until the legislations are repealed. The Sankyukt Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of around 40 protesting farmer unions, has called a meeting later in the day to decide the next course of action. The farmer leaders said they are not willing to participate in any proceedings before a committee appointed by the Supreme Court, but a formal decision on this will be taken by the Morcha. 'We welcome the court's order to stay the implementation of the farm laws, but we want a complete repeal of these laws, which is our main demand,' Abhimanyu Kohar, a senior leader of the Morcha, said.Another farmer leader, Harinder Lokhwal, said the protest will continue until the three farm laws are repealed. 'We do not have faith in the idea of a committee and we have been saying this since the very beginning, when the government had suggested the formation of a committee. But this time, it is the Supreme Court and we will see the functioning of this committee,' All India Kisan Sabha (Punjab) vice-president Lakhbir Singh said.

    The Morcha had issued a statement yesterday saying the unions are not willing to participate in any proceedings before a committee that may be appointed by the top court.

    Bharatiya Kisan Union (Punjab) senior vice-president Manjeet Singh said: 'We welcome the Supreme Court's decision, but it is still a stay and not a repeal of the three laws. So we will not move from here until the laws are repealed. The agitation will continue. We are against the idea of a committee, but there is a difference between a committee formed by the government and a committee formed by the Supreme Court.' (PTI)

    16:28 (IST)12 Jan 2021
    Rahul Gandhi to visit Tamil Nadu for 'Jallikattu' to lend 'moral' support to farmers protest

    Congress leader Rahul Gandhi would visit Tamil Nadu on January 14, the Pongal day and witness a bull taming event, 'Jallikattu,' the party's state president K S Alagiri said. Gandhi would lend his moral support to farmers protesting against the new farm laws across the country by witnessing the sport at Avaniapuram in Madurai district. "The bull is a symbol of farmers and part of their lives," the Tamil Nadu Congress Committee president said. His visit is to "honour the farmers and the valorous Tamil culture on the day of harvest festival and he will not engage in election campaign on that day," he said.

    Assembly elections are due during April-May in the state. "The general public should gather in large numbers for the event." Billing Gandhi's event as 'Rahulin Tamil Vanakkam,' he said it was also intended to dislodge the 'inept' AIADMK regime, 'subservient' to the Centre. Only Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami and his party the AIADMK supported the Central government's three farm laws and no other political party favoured it, he claimed. Gandhi is scheduled to arrive at Madurai by 11 am on Pongal day and would be spending about four hours in the temple town. (PTI)

    16:11 (IST)12 Jan 2021
    Won't return home until the bill is taken back: Rakesh Tikait

    Bill wapasi nahi, ghar wapasi nahi (Won't return home until the bill is taken back), says Rakesh Tikait of Bhartiya Kisan Union on being asked about the Supreme Court's order on three Farm Laws. 

    15:19 (IST)12 Jan 2021
    'Khalistanis' have infiltrated into protests, claims Centre

    The SC has received an application alleging that a banned organisation is extending support to the agitating farmers. When court asked the Attorney General about it, he told the bench that 'Khalistanis' have infiltrated into the ongoing farmers' protest to which the bench asked him to file an affidavit in this regard. The top law officer said that he will do so by Wednesday. The apex court also issued notice on a separate application filed by the Centre through Delhi police seeking an injunction against the proposed tractor or trolley march or any other kind of protest which seeks to disrupt the gathering and celebrations of the Republic Day on January 26. In the application, the Centre has said that it has come to the knowledge of the security agencies that a small group of protesting individuals or organisations have planned to carry out a tractor march on the Republic Day.

    15:09 (IST)12 Jan 2021
    SC's stay on implementation of farm laws a positive step: NCP

    The Supreme Court staying implementation of the three controversial new farm laws enacted by the Centre is a welcome and positive step in the right direction to get justice for farmers, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) said. The apex court has stayed the implementation of the new farm laws till further orders and decided to set up a committee to resolve the impasse over them between the Centre and farmers' unions protesting at Delhi borders. "Hon'ble Supreme Court's stay on implementation of Farm Laws is a welcome & positive step in the right direction to get Justice for our farmers. "Central Government must now stop their rigid ways of functioning, accept their mistake and rectify it," Maharashtra minister and NCP national spokesperson Nawab Malik tweeted.

    14:19 (IST)12 Jan 2021
    Supreme Court announces names of members to be part of committee

    The Supreme Court says the committee will comprise of Bhupinder Singh Mann of Bhartiya Kisan Union and Anil Ghanwat of Shetkeri Sangthana. The other two members of the committee will be Pramod Kumar Joshi and agriculture economist Ashok Gulati.

    14:17 (IST)12 Jan 2021
    SC stays implementation of farm laws, sets up panel to resolve deadlock between farmers and Centre

    The Supreme Court today stayed the implementation of new farm laws till further orders and decided to set up a committee to resolve the impasse over them between the Centre and farmers' unions protesting at Delhi borders. A bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde said that it will pass an order to this effect. The committee will look into the farmers' grievances against the three new laws. During the hearing, the top sought cooperation of the protesting farmers and made it clear that no power can prevent it from setting up a committee to resolve the impasse over the controversial farm laws.

    13:41 (IST)12 Jan 2021
    Supreme Court stays implementation of three farms laws until further orders

    The Supreme Court has stayed the implementation of farm laws until further orders. The court has set up four-member committee to break the deadlock between farmers and the Centre. During the hearing, the SC said that it will form the committee despite objection by farmer union leaders. 

    13:35 (IST)12 Jan 2021
    SC notice to farmers on Delhi Police's application seeking to stop tractor rally on Republic Day.

    The Supreme Court has issued notice on the Delhi Police's application filed seeking to stop the proposed tractor rally by protesting farmers on Republic Day. 

    13:32 (IST)12 Jan 2021
    Staying laws shouldn't be seen as a political victory: Harish Salve

    Farmers protest: Senior advocate Harish Salve appearing for one of the petitioners says staying implementation of the laws shouldn't be seen as a political victory. It should be seen as a serious examination of concerns expressed over the legislations. "Senior advocates Dushyant Dave, HS Phoolka, Colin Gonsalves, who represents 400 farmers' bodies, haven't joined SC's proceedings today. They were supposed to consult the farmers on formation of a committee and come back today," says senior advocate Harish Salve before the Supreme Court.

    13:27 (IST)12 Jan 2021
    Khalistanis have infiltrated into the protests: KK Venugopal

    CJI says there is an application before us which says that there is a banned organisation which is helping this protest. Can the Attorney General accept or deny it? Attorney General KK Venugopal says we have said that Khalistanis have infiltrated into the protests.

    CJI to Attorney General: If there is infiltration by a banned organisation and somebody is making an allegation here before us, you have to confirm it. File an affidavit by tomorrow.

    Attorney General: We will file an affidavit in this regard and place the IB records.

    12:57 (IST)12 Jan 2021
    CJI says will form Committee, farmers will have to cooperate

    CJI: This court will form a committee. You (farmers' lawyers) cannot reject the process if it does not suit you. You will have to cooperate with us...You cannot tell the bench negative without telling your clients something positive. We are making a committee to understand the ground situation.

    12:49 (IST)12 Jan 2021
    SC will pass an order that no land can be sold under Farm Acts

    Farmers protest: CJI says the court will pass an interim order that no land can be sold for Contract entered under new farm laws. 

    12:45 (IST)12 Jan 2021
    Arguments begin in SC

    Advocate ML Sharma says the BJP unions are saying they support the law but farmers want only repeal. Till today PM Modi did not assure that they will withdraw farm laws. He adds that if farmers get into a contract under three farm laws then their land can be sold. He calls it a jugglery and a master mind plan. The corporate houses can declare farm products faulty and to pay damages they have to sell their land.

    12:41 (IST)12 Jan 2021
    What Supreme Court said on Monday

    Farmers protests: The expressed disappointment with the way Centre was dealing with the issues. “What consultative process has been followed for farm bills that entire states are up in rebellion,” he asked Attorney General Venugopal. The AG then read out the details of the consultative process, stating how the state APMC acts were amended and such amendments started during the previous regime. The bench said that its intention was to see if it can bring about an amicable resolution to the problem. “That is why we asked you why don’t you (Centre) put the farm bills on hold. You want time for negotiation. If there is some sense of responsibility showing that you will not implement the laws. We can form a committee with ICAR members to look into this. Till then you can continue to put the law on hold. Why will you insist on continuing the law anyhow,” the SC said.

    12:28 (IST)12 Jan 2021
    Attorney general argues against the stay of laws

    Attorney General KK Venugopal says a law cannot be stayed unless its beyond legislative competence or violative of fundamental rights of against any constitutional provision. He says none of the petitioners have argued on this...and each one of this in support of farmers and farm acts are in their benefit.

    11:52 (IST)12 Jan 2021
    Will hold core committee meeting after SC's order: Rakesh Tikait

    Farmers protest: Rakesh Tikait of Bharatiya Kisan Union says farmers will hold a core committee meeting after the Supreme Court's order. After this, they will discuss it with their legal team and decide what needs to be done.

    11:43 (IST)12 Jan 2021
    CJI bench assembles, SC verdict on pleas challenging farm laws shortly

    The bench headed by chief justice Sharad Arvind Bobde has assembled. The court will begin hearing for the second day on batch of pleas challenging the farm laws and protests that have been on for over a month. The Court yesterday proposed to form a committee to resolve the issues between farmers and Centre. 

    11:30 (IST)12 Jan 2021
    Legislations cannot be stayed by SC unless prima facie unconstitutional: Experts

    Parliamentary legislations cannot be stayed by the Supreme Court unless it is satisfied prima facie that they are unconstitutional and illegal, legal experts said on Monday. They largely concurred with the views of Attorney General K K Venugopal who on Monday opposed the apex court observation on stay of implementation of controversial farm laws. Senior advocate and constitutional law expert Rakesh Dwivedi said Parliamentary legislations cannot be stayed unless there is a very strong ground for holding at the very inception that prima facie it is unconstitutional. "This is very tall order, without hearing the government you jump the gun. Large number of farmers are agitating cannot be a ground for the court to stay the laws. It is only in the wisdom of the lawmakers and is beyond the domain of the court," Dwivedi told PTI. "Courts cannot say people are agitating so we will stay the law. I agree with the Attorney General that the farm laws cannot be stayed unless it is constitutionally invalid," he said.Senior advocate Mohan Katarki said however that the top court is vested with the jurisdiction to stay the operation of the Act of Parliament if it is satisfied that prima facie Parliament lacks legislative competence. Katariki said: "The Supreme Court is vested with jurisdiction to stay the operation of the Act of Parliament pending final decision, if the Supreme Court is satisfied that prima facie Parliament lacks legislative competence in enacting the Act and the Act is inconsistent with any constitutional provision and balance of convenience are in favour of granting stay. "While considering the balance of convenience, the Supreme Court may have regard to long and peaceful protest of farmers in biting cold". Dwivedi also said that by hinting at staying the farm laws, the apex court is acting more like an administrator than the court. "The Supreme Court can stay the law. But I don't agree with the judges that they would stay and constitute a committee. It can do but it does mean that it is legal. It is illegal. It is only a way to come out of the impasse. By doing so it is acting more like an administrator than a Supreme Court. The real issue is that can the central government pass a law which bypasses state law," he said.Senior advocate Ajit Kumar Sinha said however that the top court observed it may stay the implementation of the farm laws and keep them in abeyance. It was more on implementation till the matter is resolved. That is a possibility. That they can do it because negotiations are on and public interest is also involved. People are put to problems and they are threatening," Sinha said. "Till the time you a reach a consensus and form a committee till then you don't implement. So the implementation is sought to be stayed. Not the law as such. To keep in abeyance for a fruitful and public purpose they can do it. They have the power under Article 142 to do complete justice," he said. Supreme court lawyer Ashwani Kumar Dubey said the top court can stay the execution of the farm laws as it has done in the case of Maratha reservation. (PTI)

    11:24 (IST)12 Jan 2021
    Rajasthan: Congress to lay siege to Raj Bhavan in support of farmers

    The Rajasthan Congress will lay siege to the Raj Bhawan on January 15 in support of the farmers' agitation against the Centre's new farm laws. Congress state president Govind Singh Dotasra said the decision to hold the protest was taken on the call of the All India Congress Committee (AICC). "Congress President Sonia Gandhi and our leader Rahul Gandhi have given a call that on 15th, we will gherao Raj Bhawan in support of farmers and against the anti-farmer attitude of the Modi government," Dotasra told reporters. He said, "Our party stands with the farmers and we are not going to leave them alone in the fight." Dotasra said the 'three black laws' should be withdrawn and the Modi government must fulfil the demands of the farmers. "To save the farmers from these black laws, the Congress government in Rajasthan has passed a bill in their interest but the Governor is not sending it to the President for his assent," claimed the Congress leader. (PTI)

    11:05 (IST)12 Jan 2021
    Don't want to appear before any SC-appointed committee: Farmer leaders

    Farmers protests: A joint front of 40 agitating farmer unions yesterday welcomed the suggestion of the Supreme Court for a stay on the agri laws implementation but said they are not willing to participate in any proceedings before a committee that may be appointed by it. Pulling up the Centre for its handling of the farmers' protest, the apex court on Monday said it is 'extremely disappointed' with the way negotiations between them were going and will constitute a committee headed by a former Chief Justice of India to resolve the impasse. "While all organisations welcome the suggestions of the Supreme Court to stay the implementation of the farm laws, they are collectively and individually not willing to participate in any proceedings before a committee that may be appointed by it," a statement issued by the Samyukt Kisan Morcha said. "We met our lawyers this evening and after deliberation on the pros and cons of the suggestions, we informed them that we are unanimously not agreeable to go before any committee that may be appointed by the Supreme Court today due to the stubborn attitude of the government," it read. (PTI)

    10:54 (IST)12 Jan 2021
    Sonia Gandhi in touch with oppn leaders for joint par strategy to corner Centre

    Congress chief Sonia Gandhi is in touch with leaders of various opposition parties who will soon meet to chalk out their joint strategy to corner the government on farm laws. Gandhi is learnt to have started talking to opposition leaders for holding a joint meeting of various parties ahead of the Budget Session. Gandhi has spoken to some opposition leaders and will talk to some others on Tuesday to chalk out a joint strategy to corner the government on the farm laws and the state of the economy. Opposition parties, especially the Congress, are pressing upon the government to repeal the three farm laws, against which the farmers have launched an agitation. The Budget Session is slated to start from January 29 with the address of President Ram Nath Kovind to the joint sitting of both the houses. (PTI)

    10:38 (IST)12 Jan 2021
    There may be some incident which may breach the peace: SC

    The SC yesterday said that it has an 'apprehension' that there may be some incident which may breach the peace, which may be intended or unintended and it wants to ensure that no violence or bloodbath takes place on the streets. Senior advocate Vikas Singh, appearing for one of the parties, said there needs to be some guidelines for protestors. The bench said, the people who are protesting are not reading guidelines and 'We don't want anybody's blood on our hands'. (PTI)

    10:24 (IST)12 Jan 2021
    If govt doesn't we will hold implementation of laws: SC

    The bench said, it proposes to form a committee and if the government does not put on hold the new laws then the court will stay the implementation of the farm acts. It told the lawyers appearing for the farmers union, 'We want to make it clear we are not stifling the protest. We have already held that protest is valid. You can carry out the protest but the question is whether protest should be held at the same site'.

    10:11 (IST)12 Jan 2021
    'Go home': SC concerned over old farmers, women protesting in cold, pandemic

    Chief Justice of India SA Bobde yesterday asked the protesting elderly farmers, women and children to go back home. He expressed serious concern over protestors sitting in severe cold and COVID-19 pandemic situation. "Let me take a risk and say Chief Justice of India wants them (protesting farmers) to go back to their homes. Try to persuade them," the Chief Justice, who headed a three-judge bench said.

    "People are committing suicide. People are calling names. People are suffering in cold and pandemic situations. If not cold, farmers are in danger of COVID," the bench, also comprising Justices AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian, told lawyers appearing for the farmers union and asked them to persuade the protestors to go home.

    The CJI also said "People are suffering from a cold. Who is taking care of water and food? Old people and women are on the ground. Why are old people in the farmers' protests? We don't want to comment on the merit of the agitation".

    09:45 (IST)12 Jan 2021
    Centre moves SC against proposed farmers' tractor rally on Republic Day in Delhi

    The Centre yesterday moved the Supreme Court seeking an injunction against the proposed tractor or trolley march which seeks to disrupt the august gathering and celebrations of the Republic Day on January 26. In an application filed through the Delhi Police, the central government has said that it has come to the knowledge of the security agencies that a small group of protesting individuals or organisations have planned to carry out a tractor march on Republic Day.

    "It is submitted that the proposed march is slated to disturb and disrupt the august celebrations of nation on Republic Day and would be bound to create a massive law and order situation...proposed march/protest seeks to disrupt and disturb such celebrations which is bound to create a serious law and order situation and will cause an embarrassment to the nation," it said. It further said that right to protest is always subject to the "countervailing public order and the public interest" and the right to protest can never include "maligning the nation globally".

    "It is submitted that the Republic day function on January 26 each year has its own constitutional as well as historical significance. The January 26 Republic Day ceremony is not an isolated standalone ceremony rather a grand rehearsal takes place on January 23 where everything which is to happen on January 26 of each year is rehearsed...Any disruption or obstruction in the said functions would not only be against the law and order, public order, public interest but would also be a huge embarrassment for the nation," it said while referring to the Republic Day ceremony. (PTI)

    09:40 (IST)12 Jan 2021
    Farmers threaten to 'gherao' UP Raj Bhavan on January 23

    Farmers' protests: A section of farmers protesting against the three farm laws yesterday threatened to 'gherao' Uttar Pradesh Raj Bhavan on January 23. Bhartiya Kisan Union spokesperson Dharmendra Malik said that the agitating farmers would also burn copies of farm legislation on that day. Malik said the BKU executive committee, in a meeting at Ghazipur-UP gate border, also decided to observe January 18 as Mahila Kisan Divas during which the womenfolk of villages would lead the ongoing protest against the government.

    Referring to some observations by the Supreme Court during the hearing of a bunch of petitions against the farm laws, BKU leader Rakesh Tikait said these remarks by the apex court were a 'slap' on the face of the government and Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar should resign on moral grounds after these remarks. (PTI)

    On Monday, the attorney general said that many organizations had come to the Centre and stated that the three farm laws are progressive and that the government should not give in to the protests. To this, CJI Bobde said that there was not a single pleading before it which said that laws were oppressive. "Let those farmer unions who say it is progressive say that before the committee. But you have to tell us whether you stay the farm acts or we do it. Keep it in abeyance. What is the issue? We are not in favour of easily staying a law but we want to say don’t implement law," the SC said.
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