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Centre is ready to hold talks, Amit Shah tells farmers

On the fourth day of the farmers protest against the Centre’s farm bills, Home Minister Amit Shah said that the Union government was ready to hold talks with the farmers on the issue.

He was quoted by ANI as saying, “I appeal to the protesting farmers that govt of India is ready to hold talks. The agriculture minister has invited them on December 3 for discussion. The government is ready to deliberate on every problem & demand of the farmers.”

“At many places, farmers are staying with their tractors & trollies on highways in this cold. I appeal to them that Delhi Police are ready to shift you to big ground, please go there. You will be given police permission to hold programmes there.

“If farmers’ unions want to hold discussion before 3 December then, I want to assure you all that as soon as you shift your protest to designated place, our government will hold talks to address your concerns the very next day.”

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Farmers in Muzaffarnagar show support for protesters from Punjab

More than a hundred farmers staged a protest against the Centre’s recently enacted new farm laws by blocking the Panipat-Khatima highway near Talda village in Muzaffarnagar district on Saturday, police said. The farmers were demonstrating in solidarity with their counterparts from Punjab who have taken out a “Delhi Chalo” march to voice their opposition to the new agriculture legislation.

In a similar dharna, activists of the Bhartiya Kisan Sena protested at Chapar village and gave a memorandum to officials against the new legislations demanding the law be repealed as it is “anti-farmers”. Meanwhile, Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) activists led by national spokesperson Rakesh Tikait reached the UP Gate bordering Delhi to stage protests in the national capital.

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Sharad Pawar, Sitaram Yechury demand larger ground for protest

Several leaders of Opposition parties including NCP’s Sharad Pawar, DMK’s TR Baalu and CPM’s Sitaram Yechury issue statement on Delhi Chalo protest march, demanding a larger ground for the protest. “The ground is too small for tens of thousands that have reached Delhi,” it reads.

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Singhu, TIkri borders closed for vehicles, says Delhi Traffic Police

The Delhi Traffic Police issued an advisory in view of the farmers protest march on Saturday.

“Singhu border is still closed from both sides. Please take alternate route. Traffic diverted from Mukarba Chowk & GTK road. Traffic is very very heavy. Please avoid outer ring road from signature bridge to Rohini & vice versa, GTK road, NH 44 & Singhu border. Tikri border is closed for any traffic movement. Available open borders to Haryana are following – Jharoda, Dhansa, Daurala Jhatikera, Badusari, Kapashera, Rajokri NH 8, Bijwasan/Bajghera, Palam vihar and Dundahera borders,” the advisory said.

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Manohar Lal Khattar claims farmers protest being backed by political parties

As the Delhi Chalo protest march by farmers entered its third day, Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Saturday claimed that the farmers protest has “been backed by political parties”.

“He also alleged there is a Khalistani connection in the farmers protest. He said the farmers from Haryana have not joined the protest,” India Today reported.

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Khattar govt is being ‘egoistic’, says Randeep Singh Surjewala

Slamming the Haryana government, made up of allies BJP and JJP, over the use of water cannons against farmers on the protest march that began on Thursday, Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala on Saturday said that the government had let its power get to its head.

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Farmers cross Punjab-Haryana border at Sambhu

Farmers moving towards Delhi as part of the Delhi Chalo protest march, cross Punjab-Haryana border at Sambhu.

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Akhilesh Yadav says ‘only BJP’ treats farmers with dereliction

“Treating farmers with such dereliction has never been done by any party except BJP. These are the same people who had told farmers that they’d not only waive loans but would bring in policies which would double farmers’ income,” Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav was quoted as saying by reports.

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Protesting farmers charged with attempt to murder, rioting in Haryana

Haryana Police has booked state Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) chief Gurnam Singh Charuni and several farmers on attempt to murder, rioting, causing obstruction in government duty and other charges for violations during their “Delhi Chalo” march, officials said on Saturday.

  A cases was registered on November 26 under sections 307 (attempt to murder), 147 (rioting), 149 (unlawful assembly), 186 (obstructing any public servant in discharge of public functions) and 269 (negligent act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life) among others at the Parao police station on a complaint from Head Constable Pardeep Kumar as hundreds of farmers assembled on the GT road near Ambala Cantt to proceed towards the national capital.

The FIR names Charuni and several other unknown farmers as accused. According to it, the BKU Haryana chief and others had gathered near Mohra village in Ambala.

(PTI)

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BKU says Centre failed to address farmers’ issues

BKU leader Rakesh Tikait on Saturday said that the Central government has failed to address the issues of the farmers.

“The government has failed to address the issues of the farmers. We are proceeding to Delhi now. We demand that there should a provision stating that there will be no sale of produce below the Minimum Support Price (MSP),” Tikait told PTI. .

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Farmer unions to decide whether to accept Nirankari Bhavan as protest venue

The Indian Express quoted a farmer union leader as saying that  a meeting between the various farmers’ unions is underway “to decide as whether to take Nirankari Bhawan as a venue of their protest rally or not”.

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11 farmers booked for breaking barricades in Kurukshetra

Eleven farmers have been booked for breaking barricades in Haryana’s Kurukshetra, India Today reported.

“A case has been registered under sections 114, 147, 148, 149,186, 158, 332, 375, 307, 283 120B of the Indian Penal Code and 51B of the Disaster Management Act and Section 3 of the PDP Act,” the report said.

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Punjab farmers resume march to Delhi after night halt

Punjab farmers resumed their ‘Delhi Chalo’ march against the Centre’s new farm laws on Saturday morning after halting for the night to join thousands who have already reached the national capital’s borders.

  By Friday evening, all Haryana Police barricades at the border with Punjab and along the highway to Delhi had been lifted. Hundreds entered the national capital to hold a peaceful protest at a north Delhi ground after facing teargas and water cannons and clashing with security personnel, while thousands remained at border points, undecided whether to go to the demonstration site identified by police.

“We have again started heading towards Delhi in the morning after a night halt at Meham in Rohtak district of Haryana,” Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta-Ugrahan) leader Shingara Singh said  on Saturday. Another group of farmers made a night halt at Julana in Haryana’s Jind district, he said, adding, “They have also resumed their journey towards Delhi.”

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Modi’s arrogance made jawans stand against kisans: Rahul Gandhi

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi questioned the central government over the lathicharge on the protesting farmers who have been demonstrating against the farm laws at Delhi borders since Thursday.

In a tweet, which also had a picture of a policeman raising his cane to attack a farmer, Rahul said Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘arrogance’ made jawans stand against farmers.

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Farmers from UP’s Meerut proceed towards Delhi

“The government has failed to address the issues of the farmers. We are proceeding to Delhi now,” Rakesh Tikait, spokesperson of Bharatiya Kisan Union in Uttar Pradesh’s Meerut as saying.

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Farmers continue protests at Singhu and Tikri borders despite permission to demonstrate in Delhi

Thousands of farmers gathered at the Singhu border held a meeting on Saturday morning amid heavy security presence and decided to continue demonstrating there even after being offered a site in north Delhi to hold their protest.

Those gathered at the Tikri border continued to hold ground as well. A decision on whether they would head to the designated protest site is expected soon.

After the meeting at the Singhu border, one of the main routes used to access the city from Punjab, a farmer leader said they would not move and continue their protest there.

“We will not move from here (Singhu Border) and continue our fight. We will not return home. Thousands of farmers have come from Punjab and Haryana to join the protest,” he said.

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Farmers from Punjab’s Fatehgarh Sahib move towards Delhi

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Farmers protest at Tikri border 

Security has been deployed at Tikri border as protesting farmers are gathered here despite being given permission to hold their demonstrations at the Nirankari Samagam Ground in Delhi’s Burari area.

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Left parties condemn police action on protesting farmers

The Left parties on Friday stood in solidarity with the farmers who converged in Delhi to protest the Centre’s new farm laws and condemned the use of force against the protestors.

CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury said the grit and determination of the Indian farmers cannot be broken by the use of force.

“Lakhs of our annadatas are knocking Prime Minister Narendra Modi to listen. He doesn’t even take cognisance. Instead feeds his vanity deepening people’s misery and intensifying pandemic spread,” he tweeted.

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Here for the long haul: Farmers at Burari ground

Farmers gathered at the approved protest site at the Nirankari ground in Burari, Delhi on Saturday. They said that their protests will continue as long as the Centre’s farm laws are not rolled back.

A farmer said, “Our protest will continue till the Farm laws are not withdrawn. We are here for the long haul.”

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Punjab farmers hold meet at Singhu border 

A meeting of farmers from Punjab is underway at Singhu border which connects Delhi and Haryana as they continue their protest at the border area. Delhi Police on Friday gave permission to farmers to hold their demonstrations at the Nirankari Samagam Ground in Delhi’s Burari area.

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Visuals from Punjab’s Fatehgarh Sahib

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High security deployment at Singhu border

Security deployment has been increased at the Singhu border (Delhi-Haryana) where protesting farmers have gathered to enter Delhi. The Police on Thursday gave permission to farmers to hold their demonstrations at the Nirankari Samagam Ground in Delhi’s Burari area.

Farmers Protest LATEST Updates: On the fourth day of the farmers protest against the Centre’s farm bills, Home Minister Amit Shah said that the Union government was ready to hold talks with the farmers on the issue.

He was quoted by ANI as saying, “I appeal to the protesting farmers that govt of India is ready to hold talks. The agriculture minister has invited them on December 3 for discussion. The government is ready to deliberate on every problem & demand of the farmers.”

“At many places, farmers are staying with their tractors & trollies on highways in this cold. I appeal to them that Delhi Police are ready to shift you to big ground, please go there. You will be given police permission to hold programmes there.

“If farmers’ unions want to hold discussion before 3 December then, I want to assure you all that as soon as you shift your protest to designated place, our government will hold talks to address your concerns the very next day.”

In a tweet, which also had a picture of a policeman raising his cane to attack a farmer, Rahul said Narendra Modi’s ‘arrogance’ made jawans stand against farmers.

Thousands of farmers gathered at the Singhu border held a meeting on Saturday morning amid heavy security presence and decided to continue demonstrating there even after being offered a site in north Delhi to hold their protest.

Farmers gathered at the approved protest site at the Nirankari ground in Burari, Delhi on Saturday. They said that their protests will continue as long as the Centre’s farm laws are not rolled back.

Thousands of farmers who had gathered near the border entry point at Tikri were allowed to enter Delhi on Friday after hours of a standoff that saw Delhi Police using teargas shells, water cannons, and multi-layer barriers to block the protesters. In response, farmers broke barricades at some places and pelted stones in their determination to push through the police blockade.

Farmers from Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, and other states began the ‘Delhi Chalo‘ march on Thursday to hold a peaceful protest against the Centres new farm laws at a north Delhi ground

Farmers gathered at the Tikri border were escorted by police personnel amid tight security around 3 pm and taken towards the Nirankari Ground, one of the biggest in the city.

“After holding a discussion with farmer leaders, the protesting farmers have been permitted inside Delhi to hold a peaceful protest at Nirankari Ground in Burari. We appeal to all farmers to maintain peace,” said Delhi Police PRO Eish Singhal.

This helped defuse some of the tension building up since Friday morning at Delhi’s borders. But those gathered at the Singhu border, one of the main routes used to access the city from Punjab, had not entered the city till evening.

The protest also witnessed one casualty when a tractor-trolley in which a group of farmers were travelling was hit by a truck in Haryana’s Bhiwani district, PTI quoted police as saying.

In this accident, Tanna Singh, a farmer from Mansa in Punjab, died on the spot while two others were injured. The police immediately rushed the injured to the Bhiwani Civil Hospital for treatment, the spokesperson added.

Multi-layer barricades, water cannons used at Delhi’s borders

Earlier on Friday, clashes broke out at multiple places and Delhi’s borders resembled a virtual battle zone with restless crowds of farmers, mostly from Punjab and Haryana, milling around and a sea of police personnel keeping them at bay. Drones circled the air and plumes of smoke from teargas shells could be seen from far.

Beyond the border points, the tension spilled over on highways where groups of farmers squatted on the road, and stood in trucks and tractors, waiting impatiently to make their way into the National Capital.

At the Singhu border, multi-layer barricading, including sand-laden trucks and water cannons, was put up to block the farmers. Delhi Police used teargas to disperse farmers who had reached Singhu.

At Tikri, a few kilometres away, some farmers used a tractor to pull away a truck placed as a barricade to prevent them from entering the city. Water cannons were used against the farmers there as well. Hundreds of farmers from western Uttar Pradesh were also moving towards Delhi from Greater Noida to join the protest, PTI reported. The Bharatiya Kisan Union had given the call to farmers from the region, including Meerut, Muzaffarnagar, and Baghpat, to come together for the ‘Delhi Chalo’ march. “We have started our onward movement. But our route to Delhi is yet to be decided by our union leaders, BKU state spokesperson Pawan Khatana told PTI. Delhi Police, which had expressed concern over the pandemic situation in the city, had sought permission from the AAP government to use the city’s nine stadiums as temporary jails for farmers arrested or detained, however, this was denied. Delhi Home Minister Satyendar Jain said every Indian citizen has the right to protest peacefully. In a letter to the principal home secretary, Jain said the Central Government should accept the demands of farmers, adding that putting farmers in jails was not a solution. As the farmers dug in their heels, police made announcements over loudspeakers asking them to retreat. “We will enter Delhi. We will get these anti-farmer laws repealed. We were welcomed at the National Capital by teargas shells lobbed by Delhi police,” a farmer from Fatehgarh Sahib in Punjab who was among those who managed to reach the Singhu border told PTI. Some farmers who had reached close to the Singhu border said they had taken night halts at various points and broken police barriers in Panipat, Haryana, about 100 kilometres from Delhi. While a group of farmers from Punjab were the first to reach there, some farmers from Haryana joined them later. A farmer who had reached the Haryana-Delhi border point in Sonipat asked why they were stopped. “Don’t we have a democratic right to protest in a peaceful manner? Farmers meet the food needs of the nation, but today the Centre is behaving as if we are terrorists and has put thousands of security personnel to stop our peaceful march,” he said. Punjab farmers, representing over 30 farmers’ bodies, had announced they will go to Delhi through several routes — Lalru, Shambhu, Patiala-Pehowa, Patran-Khanauri, Moonak-Tohana, Ratia-Fatehabad, and Talwandi-Sirsa. As the day progressed, so did the chaos on the roads leading to Delhi and at its border points, PTI reported. Delhi Traffic Police posted a series of tweets asking people to avoid outer Ring Road, Mukarba Chowk, GTK Road, NH-44, and Singhu Border saying traffic was very, very heavy. Checking was also intensified at the city’s entryways, including at the Delhi-Gurgaon border, leading to massive jams. Authorities in Haryana imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC in several parts to prevent the assembly of the protesters. For those needing to commute from Delhi to NCR areas or from the suburbs to the city for work or other reasons, it was a tough day. Delhi Metro authorities had earlier announced that services from the neighbouring cities will remain suspended on Friday. Rahul Gandhi says farmers fighting ‘battle of truth’, AAP demands withdrawal of ‘dark laws’ The Aam Aadmi Party and Congress were among the Opposition parties who had extended their support to the farmers protesting against the three farm laws. AAP legislators on Friday called the Centre’s new laws as “dark laws” and said they must be withdrawn. They also said that the farmers, mainly from Punjab, reached Delhi after “much struggle”, facing teargas shells, water canons, and lathi-charge by the police at various border points. It was later that the farmers were allowed by authorities to enter Delhi and hold peaceful protests at the Nirankari ground in Burari. AAP Burari MLA Sanjeev Jha, who along with party volunteers had gone to the Singhu border to receive farmers, earlier in the day met Delhi Police officials and asked them to ensure farmers do not face any hardships during their demonstration at the Nirankari ground in his constituency. Jha said that he also met farmers’ representatives and assured them that he will try his best to ensure farmers do not face any kind of problems. AAP spokesperson and Rajinder Nagar MLA Raghav Chadha welcomed the farmers and said the party will take care of all necessary arrangements. “We welcome farmers to Delhi. We will take care of all the farmers and make necessary arrangements for them. Farmers you fearlessly raise your voice, we stand with you,” Chadha said. Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh also extended his support to the farmers. “The farmers have been allowed to protest in Delhi after so much struggle. They were lathi-charged, teargas was used on them and when all means of the government failed then they were given permission. Why has the government pushed the meeting date till 3 3 December? The farmers are struggling now why wait till then,” he said. Meanwhile, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said no government in the world can stop farmers from fighting the “battle of truth”. In a tweet in Hindi, Gandhi said the prime minister should remember that whenever arrogance takes on truth, it gets defeated. “The Modi government will have to agree to the demands of the farmers and take back the black laws. This is just the beginning!” he tweeted with #IamWithFarmers.

Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh welcomed the Union government’s decision to allow the farmers to enter Delhi to exercise their democratic right to protest. “They should also now initiate immediate talks to address farmers’ concerns on the #FarmLaws and resolve the simmering issue,” he said on Twitter.

Punjab farmer groups said Union Home ministry officials had allowed them a place in Delhi to hold the agitation. “We have been allowed safe passage to Delhi,” claimed Krantikari Kisan Union president Darshan Pal.

The farmers are demanding the repeal of the new farm laws, which, they said, should be replaced with another set of legislations framed after wider consultation with the stakeholders. They also want a guarantee on minimum support prices.

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