Punjab & Region

Farmer’s agitation: A round up till now

The Fact News Service

Chandigarh, December 3

1 Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, who met Union Home Minister Amit Shah ahead of the farmers’ meeting with the centre, appealed “both sides” to resolved the issue. “I appeal to both sides to resolve issue. It is a matter of national security.”

2 Parkash Singh Badal, Shiromani Akali Dal leader and former Punjab Chief Minister, has returned his Padma Vibhushan, India’s second-highest civilian award, to protest the “betrayal of farmers” by the government.

3 Farmers are camped out at four busy border points of the national capital – Singhu, Noida, Ghazipur and Tikri –  to press their demands, under heavy police deployment. Farmers protesting at the Delhi-Haryana border in Singhu, who have fever, will be given free Covid  tests, the district magistrate of Haryana’s Sonipat said.”We will not leave till the government repeals the three farm laws. Only legalising MSP will not serve the purpose. We will give our demands again,.

4 A key route in east Delhi, connecting the capital to Noida in Uttar Pradesh has been partially closed as farmers from different parts of Uttar Pradesh continued their sit-in at the Noida-Delhi border for the third straight day. The National Highway-24 (Delhi-Meerut Expressway) and National Highway-9 entry points to Delhi too have been closed. The DND flyway to Noida, however, is open.

5 Leaders of around 32 farmer groups met at one of the Delhi-Haryana borders on Wednesday. “We ask the government not to indulge in any divisive agendas with regard to the farmers’ movement, which is united in its demand. This was clear from Tuesday’s meeting,” the Samyukt Kisan Morcha said.

6 Tuesday’s meeting between farmer leaders and the centre fell through as the farmers’ representatives turned down the centre’s second pitch for a committee to discuss the farm laws. Amit Shah met with Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and his cabinet colleague Piyush Goyal at his home on Wednesday to discuss Tuesday’s meeting with the farmers.

7 In Maharashtra’s Nashik, which is among India’s most prominent onion markets, various farmer unions under the umbrella of All India Kisan Sabha have announced solidarity with the Delhi border protestors. 

8 At least three deaths have been recorded during these protests and the farmers said it would be “inhuman” on the centre’s part – given the cold weather – to drag this out any further.

9 Thousands of farmers, who have braved water cannons, tear gas and police barricades, began their protest last week against the farm laws, aimed at doing away with middlemen and allowing them to sell produce anywhere in the country. Farmers say the laws will deprive them of the minimum prices fixed by the government and leave them at the mercy of corporates.

10 India on Tuesday slammed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s statement on the farmers’ protests, calling it  “ill-informed” and “unwarranted”.  Mr Trudeau, the first world leader to comment on the farmers’ agitation, had said “the situation is concerning”. “Canada will always be there to defend the rights of peaceful protest,” he had said.

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