New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday met Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh amid the ongoing protest by farmers around Delhi over Centre’s farm law. The meeting took place at 12 PM today at Shah’s residence. The crucial meet also coincided with talks between the Centre and farmer leaders that are currently underway at Vigyan Bhavan. Also Read - Farm Laws Stir: 10th Round of Talks Between Farmers and Centre Postponed to Wednesday
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20.45 PM: We listed all drawbacks before government, they had to admit that there are drawbacks and they will make amendments. We said we don’t want amendments but withdrawal of laws. We also demanded that MSP be implemented for certain crops and law should be made for it: Baldev Singh Sirsa, farmer leader Also Read - Two Sisters Compose Song on Farmers Protesting Against Farm Laws, Video Goes Viral | Watch
20.30 PM: A group of 25 people from Malerkotla, Punjab cooks and serves food to agitating farmers at Delhi-Haryana border in Singhu.
20.15 PM: Talks have made little progress. In the half time it seemed that today’s meeting will yield no result, in second half it seemed that there is pressure of farmers agitation, on govt. Talks were held in a conducive atmosphere: Harjinder Singh Tanda, Azaad Kisan Sangharsh Committee
20.05 PM: Government has given indications over MSP. It seems that their stand over MSP will be fine. The talks have made a little progress: Rakesh Tikait, Spokesperson, Bharatiya Kisan Union, after today’s meeting with the central government over new farm laws
19.55 PM: Some points have been raised in previous meetings and today’s meet. Farmer unions are mainly concerned about these. Government has no ego, it was discussing with farmers with an open mind. Farmers are concerned that the new laws will end APMCs: Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar
19.45 PM: The meeting of farmer leaders with the central government has concluded. Next meeting will be held on December 5.
19.00 PM: Farmer leaders’ meeting with the central government at Vigyan Bhavan in Delhi remained inconclusive. The farmer leaders suggested the government that a special session of the Parliament be called and the new farm laws be abolished.
18.30 PM: Nihang Sikhs reach Singhu border (Delhi-Haryana border) in support of the farmers protesting against Central Government’s farm laws. “Govt should roll back the black laws. Otherwise, we will continue to remain here. We are farmers too and we stand with these farmers,” they say.
17.30 PM: Police close one carriageway of NH-24 for Uttar Pradesh to Delhi at Gazipur border as farmer protest continues.
17.15 PM: Agitating farmers assembled at Ghazipur border (UP-Delhi border) try to break police barricades.
16.45 PM: Farmers continue their protest against the new farm laws, at Dr Ambedkar Memorial Park in Noida.
16.30 PM: Does BJP or anybody else have the right to declare anybody as anti-national? These people (farmers) have dedicated their entire life to the nation & now you are calling them anti-national. People who are calling them anti-national are actually anti-national: Sukhbir Badal
16.15 PM: There are elderly women in farmer protests. Do they look like Khalistanis? It is a way of calling farmers of the country as anti-nationals. This is an insult to the farmers. How dare they call our farmers anti-nationals?: Shiromani Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Badal.
15.45 PM: “Parkash Singh Badal (former Punjab CM) fought for farmers for his entire life. He returned his award to send a strong message to the government. Farmers don’t need these laws, so why is the Government of India forcing them on farmers?,” says Shiromani Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Badal.
15.30 PM: Farmer leaders have food during the lunch break at Vigyan Bhawan where the talk with the government is underway. A farmer leader says, “We are not accepting food or tea offered by the government. We have brought our own food”.
15.20 PM: Members of All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee protest in front of Odisha state assembly in Bhubaneswar in support of farmers’ protests in Delhi.
15.10 PM: Shiromani Akali Dal (Democratic) chief and Rajya Sabha MP Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa announces to return Padma Bhushan award in protest against farm laws, says his office.
13:24 PM: Former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has returns his Padma Vibhushan in protest against the Centre’s farm laws.
13:19 PM: Maharashtra Congress passes a resolution to support the farmers protesting in Delhi against the Centre’s farm laws.
13:18 PM: Bhim Army Chief Chandra Shekhar meets protesting farmers at Singhu border. “If Govt becomes dictator then people should come out on the streets. Govt should stop shaming this movement. We’re here to support our farmers & will stand by them till the end,” he said.
12:59 PM: Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh has announced financial assistance of Rs 5 lakh each to the families of the two farmers, hailing from districts Mansa and Moga respectively, who died during ongoing Farm law protests: Chief Minister’s Office, Punjab
12:46 PM: Discussion is going on between farmers & Centre, there’s nothing for me to resolve. I reiterated my opposition in my meeting with Home Minister & requested him to resolve the issue as it affects the economy of my state & security of the nation: Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh after meeting Amit Shah
12:31 PM: Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Union Minister Piyush Goyal hold talks with farmer leaders, at Vigyan Bhawan.
12:03 PM: Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh arrives at the residence of Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
11:52 AM: According to reports, Amit Shah will hold a meeting with Punjab CM Amarinder Singh shortly.
11:24 AM: We are talking to the farmers to end the blockade here as this is a major route to Delhi. We are hopeful that the roadway will be opened soon: Abhishek Verma, SP City at Ghazipur border (Delhi-UP border)
10:55 AM: Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar leaves from his residence. He is scheduled to meet farmer leaders today
10:53 AM: Slow traffic movement seen on a road near Noida’s Sector 16 amidst blockades in wake of farmers protest.
10: 22 AM: “The Government will hold point by point discussion with the farmers to reach a solution. Govt will hold talks with farmers with an open heart in the interest of the nation,” Som Prakash, Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, told ANI.
“People of Punjab want peace and development. There might be a few people making anti-social statements but we should keep a progressive approach and talk in the interest of Punjab,” he added.
10: 21 AM: Chilla Border-one carriageway from Delhi to Noida has been opened for traffic. However, other carriageway from Noida to Delhi is still closed: Delhi Traffic Police
10:20 AM: Heavy security deployment continues at Singhu border with Haryana
8: 37 AM: A group of farmers from Rajasthan join the protest at Singhu (Delhi-Haryana) border against Centre’s farm laws. A farmer said, “Around 500 farmers from Rajasthan are reaching here soon. PM said many times that MSP will be protected. So, what’s the problem in putting it in writing?”
7:56 AM: The chilla border on Noida link road is closed for traffic due to farmers protests near Gautam Budh Dwar. Tikri border, Jharoda Border, Jhatikra Border are closed for any Traffic Movement. Badusarai Border is open only for two-wheeler traffic: Delhi Traffic Police.
The last round of talks between a group of more than 32 farmer union leaders and the government remained inconclusive. The farmers had declared that they would continue their protest and the agitation will be strengthened day by day until they do not get a solution to their demands from the government.
Farmer unions claim the new laws will lead to the dismantling of the minimum support price (MSP) system, leaving farmers to the mercy of corporate houses. But the government says the system will continue and the laws will give farmers more options to sell their crops.