Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Farmers gathered at Singhu Border continue their protest against farm reform laws at Singhu Border near Delhi(Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
As many as seven borders connecting Delhi with Haryana and Uttar Pradesh remained completely closed on Monday due to the ongoing farmers’ protest, causing traffic snarls and inconvenience to motorists in many parts of the city.
The opposition parties, including Communist Party of India (Marxist), Communist Party of India, Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist), Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP), Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Samajwadi Party (SP), All India Forward Bloc (AIFB), National Congress Party (NCP) and Congress and Shiv Sena have extended their support for December 8 ‘Bharat Bandh’ call by farmers who are protesting against the farm laws.
Farmers are protesting against the 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. The three laws seek to open up farm trade.
Farmers have said that they would occupy toll plazas on December 8, the day of Bharat Bandh, if their demands for repealing the farm laws are not met. They are demanding that a special session of Parliament is called to repeal the laws. The next talks are scheduled to be held on December 9.
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AAP to hold demonstration on Tuesday
Aam Aadmi Party will hold peaceful demonstration in the city on Tuesday in support of ‘Bharat Bandh’, Delhi minister Gopal Rai said on Monday.
Government will have to accept our demands, says farmer leader
“Government will have to accept our demands, we want nothing less than withdrawal of new farm laws,” PTI quoted farmer leader Balbir Singh Rajewal, as saying.
We appeal to farmers to not force anyone to observe ‘Bharat bandh, farmer leaders also said.
Farmers to observe ‘Bharat bandh’ whole day; road blockade till 3pm
The nationwide strike in the country will be observed the whole day on Tuesday, farmer leader Dr Darshan Pal informed media at Delhi-Haryana Singhu border. However, chaka jam (road blockade) will only be in effect till 3pm due to the office hours.
”It will be a peaceful bandh. We are firm on not allowing any political leaders on our stage,” Pal also said.
Emergency services will also be allowed.
Tamil Nadu minister D Jayakumar warns protesters
“For those holding protest without permission, law will take its own course,” says Tamil Nadu Minister D Jayakumar on Bharat Bandh tomorrow.
Transport services, essential supplies likely to be affected in Delhi on Tuesday
As various unions and associations of cab drivers and mandi traders decide to join the ‘Bharat Bandh’ call on Tuesday, transport facilitates and supplies of essentials like vegetables and fruits are likely to be affected in Delhi, PTI reported.
‘We want Centre to repeal the farm laws,’ says Akhilesh Yadav
“We want the Centre to repeal the farm laws. They should tell the farmers, when will they bring the MSP (Minimum Support Price) that will double the farmers’ income?” asks Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav.
Centre issues advisory to states, UTs for Bharat Bandh
A day before the nationwide strike, the Centre asked all states and Union Territories to tighten security during ‘Bharat Bandh. In a countrywide advisory, the Union Home Ministry also said the state governments and UT administrations must ensure that the Covid-19 guidelines issued with regard to health and social distancing are strictly followed. It also asked the state and UT government to take required precautionary measurers maintain peace and tranquillity.
Karanataka Congress chief DK Shivakumar extends support
“We would like to extend our support to the farmers who are great support to the economy. Entire country would like to support them. We would like to thank leaders from various parts of the world who’ve expressed solidarity with our farmers,” said Karnataka Congress chief DK Shivakumar.
Sportsperson march towards Rashtrapati Bhavan
Several sportsperson including wrestler Kartar Singh marched towards Rashtrapati Bhavan in Delhi to return they awards as sign of protest against the farm laws. However they were stopped midway by the Delhi police. “30 sportspersons from Punjab and some others want to return their award,” ANI quoted Singh as saying.
BJP’s Ravi Shankar Prasad slams opposition parties
“The leaders of the Kisan movement have categorically stated that political people do not come to our forum. We respect these sentiments. But they are all jumping, as they are getting another chance to oppose BJP and Narendra Modi,” news agency quoted Ravi Shankar Prasad as saying.
“Today, when they are losing their political existence, they join any conflicting movement to save their existence,“ he also said.
Punjabi writer, poet Surjit Patar decides to return Padma Shri over farm laws row
I'm deeply hurt with the behaviour of the Centre with the farmers protesting at Delhi borders. Despite making repeated attempts, nothing conclusive done to satisfy them. I have decided to return Padma Shri in support of farmers: Surjit Patar, Punjabi writer & poet #FarmLaws
— ANI (@ANI) December 7, 2020
I would call Congress leaders, workers and right-minded people to fully support the farmers : Punjab Congress Chief Sunil Jakhar
I would call Congress leaders, workers and right-minded people to fully support the farmers in Bharat Bandh so that the self-conceit government could open their eyes and ears: Punjab Congress Chief Sunil Jakhar.
We don’t want to cause problems for common man: Bharatiya Kisan Union spokesperson
We don’t want to cause problems for common man. Therefore, we will begin at 11 am, so that they could leave for office on time. Work hours in offices will end by 3 pm. Services such as ambulance, even weddings, can go on as usual. People can show their card & leave: Rakesh Tikait
Our protest is peaceful and we will continue that way: Bharatiya Kisan Union spokesperson
Our protest is peaceful and we will continue that way. Tomorrow’s Bharat Bandh is from 11 am to 3 pm. It is a symbolic protest to register our opposition. It is to show that we don’t support some of the policies of the Govt of India: Rakesh Tikait, Spokesperson, Bharatiya Kisan Union
Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav detained
Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav has been detained. He was staging a sit-in protest near his house.
BJP govt at Centre must withdraw farm bills or step down: Mamata Banerjee
BJP governmentt at Centre must withdraw farm bills or step down, said Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee at rally in West Midnapore.
Delhi Police has made proper arrangements ahead of tomorrow’s Bharat Bandh: Delhi Police PRO
Delhi Police has made proper arrangements ahead of tomorrow’s Bharat Bandh. We are trying to ensure that the lives of the common people are not affected. If someone tries to shut down shops forcefully or block roads, legal action will be taken: Eish Singhal, Delhi Police PRO
Samajwadi Party Sadar MLA Anil Dohre and many leaders arrested by police in Kannauj
Samajwadi Party Sadar MLA Anil Dohre and many leaders arrested by the police in Kannauj.
Akhilesh Yadav sits on dharna as he was stopped from joining farmer’s protest
Samajwadi Party national president Akhilesh Yadav came out and sat on a dharna near his house.
Farmers who participated in the protest (in the state) were arrested: MK Stalin
Farmers who participated in the protest (in the state) were arrested. I had also participated in a protest (in Salem). Edappadi Palaniswami government is against protesters: DMK president MK Stalin.
We will support Bharat Bandh and participate in it: DMK president MK Stalin
The Opposition has already said that we will support the bandh (December 8th Bharat Bandh) and participate in it: DMK president MK Stalin.
Police has stopped our vehicles, we will walk: Akhilesh Yadav
Our workers have protested at several locations. They (Police) can put us in jail if they want. They have stopped our vehicles. We will walk: SP chief Akhilesh Yadav.
He is scheduled to visit Kannauj to stage a demonstration in support of farmers agitating against Centre’s farm laws.
Cong MPs from Punjab protest demanding winter session of Parliament to discuss farmers issue
Congress MPs from Punjab protest at Jantar Mantar, demanding winter session of Parliament to discuss farmers issue.
“Session should be called, anti-farmer laws should be reconsidered and withdrawn. Government is avoiding the session. It’s against democracy,” says MP Manish Tewari.
Akhilesh Yadav urges people to take part in ‘KisanYatra’
Former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh Akhilesh Yadav urged people to take part in ‘Kisan yatra’.
क़दम-क़दम बढ़ाए जा, दंभ का सर झुकाए जा
ये जंग है ज़मीन की, अपनी जान भी लगाए जा
‘किसान-यात्रा’ में शामिल हों! #नहीं_चाहिए_भाजपा
— Akhilesh Yadav (@yadavakhilesh) December 7, 2020
New farm bill has raised several doubts and insecurity in minds of farmers regarding MSP : NCP
The new farm bill has raised several doubts and insecurity in minds of farmers regarding MSP and other issues which the government has failed to address. Modi government couldn’t form broader consensus and has failed to satisfy legitimate apprehensions of the farmers and entire opposition, said NCP.
Farmers are in trouble today, we should stand with them: Arvind Kejriwal
Our party, MLAs and leaders have been serving farmers as ‘sevadars’ ever since. I haven’t come here as CM but as a ‘sevadar’. Farmers are in trouble today, we should stand with them. AAP supports December 8th Bharat Bandh, party workers will participate in it across the nation, said Arvind Kejriwal.
We support all demands of farmers: Arvind Kejriwal
We support all demands of farmers. Their issue and demands are valid. My party and I have stood with them from the very beginning. At the beginning of their protests, Delhi Police had sought permission to convert 9 stadiums into jails. I was pressurised but didn’t permit, said Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal.
Akhilesh Yadav is scheduled to visit Kannauj to stage a demonstration in support of f protesting armers
Police force deployed outside Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav’s residence at Vikramaditya Marg.
Yadav is scheduled to visit Kannauj to stage a demonstration in support of farmers protesting against the farm laws.
Arvind Kejriwal reaches s Guru Teg Bahadur Memorial near Singhu border
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal reaches Guru Teg Bahadur Memorial near Singhu border (Delhi-Haryana border); meets protesting farmers, inspects arrangements made for them.
Arvind Kejriwal leaves for Singhu border
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal leaves from his residence. He will visit Singhu border today.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal to visit Singhu border today
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal to visit Singhu border (Haryana-Delhi border) today where farmers’ protest, against Centre’s farm laws, entered 12th day.
Other ministers of Delhi government to also accompany the CM. They will inspect arrangements made by the UT government for farmers at the spot.
BSP supports Bharat Bandh call by farmers
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supports the Bharat Bandh called by farmer Unions on December 8 over farm laws, tweets party chief Mayawati.
Farmers continue to camp at Singhu border
Farmers continue to camp at Singhu border (Haryana-Delhi border) to protest against the farm laws.
The farmers’ protest at Singhu border, against Central Government’s Farm laws, entered 12th day today.
Singhu, Auchandi, Piao Maniyari, Mangesh borders are closed: Delhi Traffic Police
Singhu, Auchandi, Piao Maniyari, Mangesh borders are closed. NH 44 is closed on both sides. Traffic has been diverted from Mukarba and GTK road: Delhi Traffic Police
Shiv Sena supports ‘Bharat Bandh’ called by farmers on December 8
Shiv Sena supports ‘Bharat Bandh’ called by farmers on December 8, tweets party leader Sanjay Raut