New Delhi: The Narendra Modi-led government has also asked farmers to be vigilant against their platform being hijacked by some “anti-social” as well as “Leftist and Maoist” elements. This comes after Intelligence sources revealed that left-wing sources have hijacked farmers’ protest as photographs of some protesters at the Tikri border holding posters demanding the release of activists arrested under various charges had gone viral. Meanwhile, the agitators have planned to intensify their stir by blocking more highways around the national capital from Saturday. They will also stage sit-in protest in front of DC offices, houses of BJP leaders and block Reliance/Adani toll plazas on December 14. “On December 12, we’ll block Delhi-Jaipur road. On December 14, we’ll stage sit-in protest in front of DC offices, houses of BJP leaders and block Reliance/Adani toll plazas. No program to stop trains. Number of farmers coming here is increasing,” Balbir S Rajewal, Bharatiya Kisan Union chief, said. Also Read - Breaking News January 19 LIVE News And Updates: Dense Fog Shrouds Delhi-NCR, Visibility Dips
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20.27 PM: Farmers to Block Delhi-Jaipur highway and carry out a tractor morcha on Sunday, regardless of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s fresh appeal against it.
20.15 PM: ‘Progressive farmer leaders from Haryana submitted a memorandum with their signatures supporting the three farm laws,’ says Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar.
18.11 PM: Meeting underway between Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and farmer leaders from Haryana.
15.25 PM: We want MSP of all our produce including potatoes, sugarcane, grains, vegetables & milk. We don’t want this guarantee in written form but we want a law for MSP now, asserts Dungar Singh, Farmer Leader from Uttar Pradesh.
15.20 PM: “We want assurance on the MSP. We want a guarantee of the purchase of our produce under it. Farmers will be benefitted if you bring MSP Guarantee Bill,” says Sardar VM Singh, All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee.
14:10 PM: In Andhra Pradesh, left party members join in support of farmer unions protest against Centre’s new farm laws in Krishna District. “We ask the central govt. to withdraw these three anti-people laws. These laws will transfer Indian agriculture to the corporates,” said a union member.
13:20 PM: Centre’s trying to defame agitation by calling it that of Khalistanis & political parties. Unfortunate that if one disagrees with them they call them anti-nationals. Ministers giving such statements must apologise publicly. We condemn Centre’s attitude & such statements, asserted Badal.
13:00 PM: Unfortunate that Centre’s trying to stifle the voices, instead of listening to them. Farmers don’t want Farm Laws. Why is Centre showing tyranny when the section -for whom laws have been formed- don’t want it? I request PM to listen to farmers: SS Badal, Shiromani Akali Dal chief
12:46 PM: We’ve deployed forces to check that no miscreant joins the protest. We’re taking measures to see that public movement is not affected. We’re ensuring that anti-social elements, who’re trying to create trouble, are being dealt with, said Prashant Kumar, UP ADG (Law & Order)
12:40 PM: Vehicles pass through Faridabad toll. Ajay Gaur, shift in-charge at the toll says, “Police is here, if we get any guideline from NHAI we’ll follow it.” Farmers have closed toll plazas today, as part of their agitation against the three Farm Laws by Centre.
12:15 PM: The cold storage infrastructure will be modernised. This will result in more investments in the agriculture sector. Farmers will be benefitted the most out of it, reiterated PM Narendra Modi amid ongoing protests.
12:15 PM : We’d seen walls b/w agriculture sector & other areas associated with it – be it agriculture infrastructure, food processing, storage or cold chain. All walls & obstacles are being removed now. After reforms, farmers will get new markets, options & more benefits of technology, said PM Modi .
12:00 PM: Farmers protesting at the Delhi-Ghazipur border (Delhi-UP) march towards Delhi. “With this march we want to give a message to the Govt to listen to our issues,” says Rakesh Tikait, Spokesperson, Bharatiya Kisan Union.
11:30 AM: Central Intelligence should catch them. If people of a banned organisation are roaming amid us, put them behind bars. We haven’t found any such person here, if we do we’ll send them away, said Rakesh Tikait, Bharatiya Kisan Union when asked if ‘anti-national elements’ got involved in agitation
11:00 AM: Normal vehicular traffic flows through functional toll plazas in Agra district “There’re 5 major toll plazas here & we have no information of any one of them being blocked by farmers. We’re monitoing the plazas as well,” says ASP(West) Agra
10:30AM: Farmers closed Bastara toll plaza in Karnal late last night, as part of their agitation.
10:16 AM: This (Sambhu) toll has been free since 12 am last night. Some farmers had come & it has been done for their agitation. We haven’t received any order yet as to how long this will continue but farmers are saying that this will remain free till 12 am tonight: Ravi Tiwari, toll plaza in-charge
10:11 AM: Farmers head to Delhi, to join the agitation at the borders of the national capital against Central Government’s Farm Laws.
07:40 AM: Thousands of farmers have been staying put at Delhi border points — Singhu, Tikri, Ghazipur and Chilla (Delhi-Noida) — for nearly two weeks in protest against the new farm laws. The government had on Thursday asked farmer groups to reconsider its proposals for amending the Acts to address their concerns and said it was open to discussing its offer further whenever the unions want, but the protesters remained defiant and threatened to block railway tracks in addition to the highways.
07:39 AM: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Friday said all doubts can be solved through constructive dialogue. He also expressed concern over the increasing influence of cast, criminality, community and cash’ in politics and asked people to give preference to calibre, conduct, capacity and character’ while electing their representatives. Naidu appealed to the people to elect their representatives and the governments on the basis of their performance.
07:00 AM: At least five rounds of formal talks have taken place between the Centre and representatives of farmers, mainly from Punjab and Haryana, protesting on various borders of the national capital for about two weeks, but the deadlock has continued with the unions sticking to their main demand for the repeal of the three contentious laws. The sixth round of talks between the government and farm union leaders, which was scheduled for Wednesday morning, was cancelled.