Farmers enter Delhi, allowed to protest in Burari; AAP welcomes | Key details
Hundreds of farmers entered the national capital on Friday to hold peaceful protest at a north Delhi ground after facing tear gas 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.
The day witnessed police using teargas shells, water cannons and multi-layer barriers to block the protesters and the farmers pelting stones and breaking barricades in some places in their determination to push through as part of their 'Delhi Chalo' march against the Centre's new farm laws.
Farmer leaders from Punjab and Haryana said the stir has now become a "people's movement", drawing support from various sections of society.
Meanwhile, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar appealed to the protesting farmers to end their agitation and said the government is ready to discuss all issues with them.
The tenth round of talks between farmer unions and Central government over the three farm laws concluded at Vigyan Bhawan in Delhi on January 20. General secretary of All India Kisan Sabha Hannan Mollah, said, "Government said that it is ready to file an affidavit in the court to the effect that it would put the implementation of the laws on hold for one and half a year. They also said that a committee would be formed on MSP and the laws and they would implement the recommendations of the committee. We'll hold a meeting tomorrow and take a decision on the proposal." He also said, "We asked government to withdraw the fake cases registered by NIA against farmers. In response, government said they are looking into the matter and asked us to provide the names of leaders against whom new cases, if any, have been registered." The next round of the meeting will take place on January 22. The farmers are protesting against new farm laws since November 26, 2020 at Delhi borders.
BJP supporters raised "desh ke gaddaron ko, goli maaro saalo ko" slogan during a party rally in Chandannagar area in West Bengal's Hooghly on January 20. The same slogan was raised by Union Minister Anurag Thakur during campaigning for Delhi assembly elections last year. Bengal is going for polls in the mid of 2021.
To intensify their protest against the three farm laws in view of the continuous deadlock with the government, farmers on January 07 - the 43rd day of their agitation - conducted tractor march in and around the national capital. Protesting farmers who are camped at the Burari ground, the site designated by the central government, led a tractor rally even as heavy police deployment ensured law and order situation there. Similar scenes were witnessed in Haryana's Palwal where countless protesting farmers marched towards the Singhu border of Delhi to show their angst against the government. Police personnel accompanied the agitators to mitigate any untoward incident. Bharatiya Kisan Union's Rakesh Tikait led farmers' tractor rally from Ghazipur border near Delhi-Ghaziabad border. Tikait said today's tractor rally is a trailer for the mega show scheduled for January 26 when farmers in all their strength will come out for the Republic Day rally to increase pressure on the government. With farmers camping in and around Delhi for more than 40 days, all the seven meetings between unions and centre failed to bring the two sides on the same page. With the deadlock still in place, hopes are little of a turnaround when the two parties will meet for the eighth meeting tomorrow.
The protesting farmers have renamed Nirankari Samagam ground as 'Kisanpura'. They are protesting at Burari ground against new farm laws. One of the protesters said, "We have been protesting for the past 33 days. It has become like a village, thus we have renamed it to Kisanpura." Farmers have continued to protest against new agriculture laws at Delhi border for over a month. Farmers and Centre are scheduled to talk on December 29 at 11 am.
Protesting farmers at Nirankari Samagam ground in Burari started cultivating onions to use their idle time. "Since we have been sitting idle for a month during protests, we thought of growing onions as we can use it for our daily cooking. We'll grow more crops on Burari ground," said a farmer. The farmers' protest against the agricultural legislations entered second month on December 27 as talks with centre have remained inconclusive so far.
After 10th round of talk with farmer unions, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said that "talks are progressing in the right direction." "During discussions, we said that government is ready to put on hold the farm laws for one or one and half year. I am happy that farmer unions have taken this very seriously and said that they would consider it tomorrow and convey their decision on January 22. I feel that talks are progressing in the right direction and there is a possibility of finding a resolution on January 22," said Tomar.
The tenth round of talks between farmer unions and the Centre over the three farm laws began at Vigyan Bhawan in Delhi on January 20. Union Ministers Narendra Singh Tomar and Piyush Goyal attended the meeting. They held several rounds of talks which remained inconclusive. Farmers are agitating against the new farm laws over past months. They are adamant to repeal the farm laws and provide legal assistance on MSP.
Haryana Education Minister, Kanwar Pal Gujjar informed that the classes for students of 6th to 8th standard will resume soon. "We are going to soon resume classes for students of 6th to 8th standard, probably by February 01. Once these classes get underway, we'll think about resuming classes for primary classes after 15 February...We have thought about reducing school syllabus and holding examinations in April."
While addressing a joint press conference at Tikri Border on January 17, the convener of Kisan Sangharsh Samiti in Haryana, Mandip Nathwan spoke on farmers protest. Nathwan said, "On behest of government, some people want to turn this agitation violent. This agitation is against policies of government, and not against Delhi." "We should implement strategy finalised by Sanyukt Kisan Morcha and continue it peacefully," he added. "It is being said that farmers would unfurl tricolour at Red Fort and tractors and tanks would roll together (on January 26). No such programme has been finalised by the Morcha. Such statements are not in interests of farmers," Nathwan further stated
People living in Uttar Pradesh woke up to a chilly morning on Thursday. People lit up fire to keep themselves warm as temperature dropped in the city. In Punjab's Amritsar, the situation was no different. The city witnessed a dense fog this morning. Minimum temperature was recorded at 4.4 degrees Celsius.
Farmers on January 20 assembled at Harike Pattan in Tarn Taran district to head to Delhi, ahead of their proposed tractor rally on Republic Day. Protesting farmers and their leaders have said that they will take out a massive tractor rally in Delhi on January 26 in protest of the three farm laws. Farmers have been protesting on different borders of the national capital since November 26 against the three newly enacted farm laws - Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; the Farmers Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and farm Services Act 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.
A Punjab artist painted portraits of US President-elect Joe Biden and VP-elect Kamala Harris on the eve of their inauguration. Jagjot Singh Rubal painted the portraits as a gift to the leaders on their swearing-in. The artist also expressed his wish to display his work in the White House. Rubal took 20 days to complete the portraits painted on joint canvas using acrylic colours. He had earlier received a letter of appreciation from PM Modi for his portrait. The artist from Amritsar currently holds as many as 10 world records. Biden-Harris' inauguration ceremony is scheduled to take place on January 20 at the US Capitol. The event is set to be a star-studded one with celebs like Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga, others.
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Congress leader and MLA from Tonk Sachin Pilot on January 20 reacted on farm laws and farmers' protest at Delhi borders. He slammed Centre by meeting with farmers' leaders by saying that the government..