Farmers’ Protest, 31 January 2021: The Delhi Police has till Saturday registered at least 38 cases and arrested 84 people in connection with the violence in the national capital on Republic Day. Cases were also filed against Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, India Today senior journalist Rajdeep Sardesai, the Caravan and others for allegedly misleading the public regarding the death of a protester at ITO during the violence on Republic Day. Independent journalists Mandeep Punia and Dharmendra Singh were also arrested at Singhu border last evening. Prominent Gurjar leader of western Uttar Pradesh Madan Bhaiyya has extended his community’s support to the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) in its ongoing protest against the new three farm laws. Earlier, BKU leader Rakesh Tikait charged at the Centre asking why it does not want to repeal the farm laws despite the farmers repeatedly demanding. He further promised that they will not let the government bow its head before the world.Also Read - IED Device Found At Ghazipur Flower Market Had RDX, Ammonium Nitrate, Says NSG Director General
Notably, as the agitation intensified at Delhi borders near Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur, internet services were suspended till Sunday night in order to maintain public safety and averting public emergency. Around 3,000 security personnel including those from the Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC), Rapid Action Force (RAF) in anti-riot gears and civil police, have been deployed at the protest sites. Also Read - Banks To Remain SHUT On These Two Days In February. Check Dates And Other Details Here
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18.30 PM: “I congratulate Rakesh Tikait ji for his fight against the farm laws. All farmers are grateful to him, our party stands with him,” says Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) President Sukhbir Singh Badal at Ghazipur border.
18.20 PM: Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) President Sukhbir Singh Badal meets Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait at Ghazipur (Delhi-Uttar Pradesh) border.
17.30 PM: New laws facilitate promotion of additional choice channel for farmers with choice to sell their produce to anyone, anywhere with hassle free movement in & outside state to realize competitive and better net price for their produce. This doesn’t affect current MSP system, says Tomar.
17.00 PM: Under new ecosystem, mandis are not affected. Instead, they will be more competitive and cost-effective in terms of services and infrastructure; and both the systems will synergistically co-exist for the common interest of farmers, says Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar.
16.40 PM: Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar reacts to Shard Pawar’s tweets on Centre’s new farm laws.
16.00 PM: Aam Aadmi Party’s Raghav Chadha writes to Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh saying,” AAP demands that you deploy Punjab Police in sufficient numbers to surround the camps where the peaceful protests are being held from all sides.”
15.31 PM: Visuals from Farmers’ Protest at Ghazipur border
13.14 PM: Rakesh Tikait Slams PM Modi’s Tricolour Remark
“With respect to the PM, we want a solution to the issue of farmers. However, we will not hold talks with the government at gunpoint. Farmers are ready to hold talks only if the Centre does not put prior conditions in front of us (Rough translation),” the BKU leader further said.
13.10 PM: Rakesh Tikait Slams PM Modi’s Tricolour Remark
“The national flag belongs to all. The government should nab those who insulted it,” Tikait asserted, responding to PM Modi’s comment during his ‘Mann Ki Baat’ speech where he said the whole country is “saddened” after the insult of the Tricolour.
13.02 PM: Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh calls for meeting on February 2 to reach consensus on farmers’ protest.
11.15 AM: Thousands of farmers are marching from Muzaffarnagar to Ghazipur border to join the farmers’ protest at Delhi borders.
11.11 AM: “In the time to come, we have to fill ourselves with new hope and innovation. We introduced extraordinary restraint and courage last year. This year too, we have to work hard to prove our resolutions, PM said.
11.07 AM: PM Modi Condemns R-Day Violence
“The nation was shocked to witness the insult of the Tricolour on January 26,” PM Modi says during his ‘Mann Ki Baat’ address. Notably, this is the first ‘Mann Ki Baat’ radio session of the year.
10.51 AM: Without naming him, Madan Bhaiyya on Saturday hit out at BJP’s Loni MLA Nand Kishor Gurjar, who has been accused by farmers of orchestrating violence at the Ghazipur protest site on January 26, saying he indulged in “anti-farmer acts”. Madan Bhaiyya said the farmers at Delhi’s borders have been protesting for two months now and braving the cold to highlight their demand for the rollback of the new laws and their movement is non-political and peaceful.
Nand Kishor, however, has denied the allegations.
10.46 AM: Visuals from Ghazipur border
10.40 AM: Heavy security deployment continues at Singhu border.