16:35 (IST)

AIKSCC member asks Anil Ghanwat to recuse himself from SC-appointed panel

 AIKSCC member Sandeep Gidde has requested Anil Ghanwat, one of the members committee appointed by the Supreme Court to resolve the impasse between the Centre and the protesting farmers, to opt out of the panel, reports CNN-News18.  Farmer unions and Opposition parties had raised doubts over the composition of the panel, insisting that its members have in the past been in favour of the three laws. As per the news channel, Ghanwat hit back, saying Gidde is not a farmer leader and has not nominated. The apex court has nominated him and until and unless the SC asks him to leave, he will not leave the panel, he was quoted as saying.

16:02 (IST)

Centre should scrap farm laws: Shiv Sena

In an editorial in its mouthpiece Saamna, the Shiv Sena said the deadlock over the farm laws continues despite the SC’s decision, and noted that the
farmers’ bodies have rejected the committee appointed by the court as its members allegedly supported the farm laws earlier. “Prime Minister Modi should welcome the protest and the courage of farmers. (He) should scrap the laws honouring the sentiments of farmers. Modi will grow bigger than what he
is today. Grow bigger Modi!” the Marathi publication said.
The sentiments of farmers need to be understood if the government wants the situation not to deteriorate further, it said, referring to the tractor rally planned by farmers’ bodies in Delhi on 26 January.

15:53 (IST)

Whenever farmers are weak, India is weak, says Rahul Gandhi

“Farmers of this country are the backbone of this country. If anybody thinks that you can suppress farmers and this country will continue to prosper, they just have to look at our history. Whenever Indian farmers are weak, India is weak,” the Times of India quotes Congress leader Rahul Gandhi as saying after attending an event in Tamil Nadu’s Madurai.

15:31 (IST)

Govt conspiring to destroy farmers, alleges Rahul Gandhi

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi hit out at the Centre over the contentious new farm laws, alleging that the government was “conspiring to destroy” the ryots and assured that his party will stand with them. Speaking to reporters  in Tamil Nadu’s Madurai, the Lok Sabha MP also accused the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre of trying to benefit “two or three of their friends” on the matter. “The government is not just neglecting them (farmers), the government is conspiring to destroy them. There is a difference. Neglecting is ignoring…they are not ignoring them,” he said in response to a query.  “They are trying to destroy them, because they want to benefit two or three of their friends. They want to give what belongs to the farmer to two or three of their friends,” he alleged. “They want to take the land of the farmer, produce of the farmer and they want to give it to their friends,” Gandhi alleged. “You are suppressing the farmers, helping handful of businesses,” he said.

Extending his party’s support to the farmers, Gandhi asserted that the governemnt will be forced to take them back.

15:08 (IST)

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BJP chief of Punjab district quits party to join SAD, says report

Vijay Chhabra, the BJP chief of Punjab’s Faridkot district, has quit the party to join its former ally Shiromani Akali Dal because of the farm laws, reports The Indian Express.

“I have quit the party to express my support to farmers and Punjabiyat,” says Chhabra. “Though farm ordinance was tabled in the month of June, and I have left the party after six months of protests by farmers on this issue, earlier I was fighting for farmers while staying within the party.”

15:04 (IST)

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New agri laws will leave farmers at mercy of big corporates: TMC

The Trinamool Congress on Thursday claimed that the new agriculture laws will leave small and marginal farmers at the mercy of big corporates and demanded that the legislation should be immediately repealed.

Prices of vegetables such as potatoes and onions have skyrocketed as these have been taken off the essential commodities list, the party’s Barasat MP Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar said, adding that the concept of Minimum Support Price (MSP) has been totally bypassed.

The way the Centre hurriedly passed the farm laws through an ordinance without going for a parliamentary debate clearly shows that the Union government is anti-farmer and anti-people, she told reporters.

“Farmers will now be forced to sell their produce to big corporates at prices dictated by the firms. In case of a crop failure, however, these companies are not bound to buy the produce from the agriculturists,” the MP said.

-PTI

14:59 (IST)

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Rahul Gandhi extends special wishes to agitating farmers

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi wishes the country on harvest festivals and extends “special prayers and wishes” to farmers protesting against the Centre’s farm laws. “Harvest season is a time of joy and celebrations,” he tweets. “Happy Makar Sankranti, Pongal, Bihu, Bhogi and Uttarayan! Special prayers & wishes for our Kisan-Mazdoors [farmers-labourers] who are fighting for their rights against powerful forces.”

14:55 (IST)

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No clarity on next round of talks, says report

The Narendra Modi government is yet to decide whether to hold its next round of negotiations with farm unions on Friday, reports The Hindu. Eight rounds of talks with the government has so far failed end the impasse.

An official from the agriculture ministry tells the newspaper that no firm decision has been taken on continuing talks. However, farm unions say they have not received any notice of cancellation. “There was nothing in the Supreme Court order that says that this process needs to be stopped for two months until the committee submits its report,” says Swaraj India president Yogendra Yadav. “That would be a perverse interpretation of the order.”

14:36 (IST)

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Govt trying to end protest by using SC as front: Shiv Sena

Shiv Sena accuses Centre of trying to end farmers’ protest by using Supreme Court as a front, reports PTI. In an article in its mouthpiece Saamana, the party says Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s stature will grow if he honours the sentiments of farmers and scrap the new laws.

14:31 (IST)

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Bhupinder Singh Mann recuses himself from SC-panel

S Bhupinder Singh Mann, former MP and National President of BKU and Chairman of All India Kisan Coordination Committee has recused himself from the 4 member committee constituted by Supreme Court on Thursday. This development comes a day before the next round of farmer-Centre talks.

Farmers’ Protest LATEST Updates: The Trinamool Congress  claimed that the new agriculture laws will leave
small and marginal farmers at the mercy of big corporates and demanded that the legislation should be immediately repealed.

“Farmers will now be forced to sell their produce to big corporates at prices dictated by the firms. In case of a crop failure, however, these companies are not bound to buy the produce from the agriculturists,” said Barasat MP Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi hit out at the Centre over the contentious new farm laws, alleging that the government was “conspiring to destroy” the ryots and assured that his party will stand with them. Speaking to reporters in Tamil Nadu’s Madurai, the Lok Sabha MP also accused the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre of trying to benefit “two or three of their friends”.

Bhupinder Singh Mann on Thursday recuses self from SC-monitored panel to negotiate on farm reform laws. Mann, who was one of the four members in the Supreme Court-appointed panel, said that he was ready to ‘sacrifice any position offered’ so as to ‘not compromise interests of farmers’.

The government is in favour of continuing talks with protesting farmer groups as it believes a solution can be found only through dialogue, Minister of State for Agriculture Parshottam Rupala said on Wednesday.

Eight rounds of negotiations so far between the government and a representative-group of thousands of farmers protesting against three farm laws have failed to resolve the crisis.

“Talks must continue. It is only through dialogue, a way forward can be found,” Rupala told PTI.

He was responding to a query whether the government talks with protesting farmers’ leaders on 15 January will be held as scheduled in the wake of the Supreme Court setting up of a committee to resolve the crisis.

On Tuesday, Kailash Choudhary, who is also Minister of State for Agriculture, said the government was willing to go ahead with the meeting and it was for the farmer groups to decide what they want.

Farmers, who have been camping at the Delhi borders, are demanding a repeal of the farm laws and a legal guarantee to the minimum support price for crops.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday had stayed the implementation of controversial new farm laws till further orders and decided to set up a 4-member committee to resolve the impasse over them between the Centre and farmers’ unions protesting at Delhi borders.

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