Govt not ready to take back agriculture laws, says farmer leader after meeting Amit Shah

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By Zee Media Bureau | Last Updated: Wednesday, December 9, 2020 - 00:36
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Farmers' outfits are observing a Bharat Bandh (nationwide shutdown) on Tuesday (December 8) to protest against the controversial new agriculture laws, with several trade and transport unions extending support and almost all opposition parties too backing their demands. Farmer leaders said their strike will remain peaceful and that no shops and establishments will be forcibly closed on account of the Bandh.

On the eve of the nationwide strike, the Centre asked all states and Union Territories to tighten security and that peace and tranquillity must be maintained during the strike. A home ministry official said that states have been directed to take precautionary measures so that no untoward incident takes place anywhere in the country. 

In its advisory, the Union Home Ministry also said that the respective governments must ensure that the COVID-19 guidelines issued with regard to health and physical distancing, are strictly followed. 

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8 December 2020, 23:33 PM

Tomorrow we will hold a meeting at Singhu border (Delhi-Haryana border) at 12 pm: Hannan Mollah, General Secretary, All India Kisan Sabha.

8 December 2020, 23:32 PM

No meeting will be held between farmers & govt tomorrow. The minister has said that a proposal will be given to the farmer leaders tomorrow. Farmer leaders will hold a meeting over govt's proposal: Hannan Mollah, General Secy, All India Kisan Sabha

8 December 2020, 23:32 PM

The government is not ready to take back the farm laws: Hannan Mollah, General Secretary, All India Kisan Sabha

8 December 2020, 21:41 PM

Bodh Singh Mansa and Ruldu Singh Mansa have returned to ICAR guest house. The meeting is underway under the leadership of Rakesh Tikait, and Darshan Pal.

8 December 2020, 20:11 PM

"We are talking to our people on where the meeting is to be held," said Rakesh Tikait, Spokesperson, Bhartiya Kisan Union on being asked about the meeting with Union Home Minister Amit Shah.

8 December 2020, 20:09 PM

Some farmer leaders went to meet Union Home Minister Amit Shah. Some others also visited ICAR guest house. Rakesh Tikait is outside Amit Shah's house. 

8 December 2020, 18:45 PM

Punjabi singer Jass Bajwa joined farmers' protest against Centre's farm laws, at Ghazipur border (Delhi-UP border). "The Government should agree to the demands of the farmers," he said.


8 December 2020, 17:57 PM

We do not want to cause any inconvenience to anyone from Delhi or Haryana, we should be allowed to hold protest at Ramlila Ground, said RS Mansa, Punjab Kisan Union at Singhu border.


8 December 2020, 16:32 PM

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia hold sit-in protest outside Chief Minister's residence alleging Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal is under house arrest.

8 December 2020, 16:14 PM

Are the farmers stupid that they've gathered here in such numbers? There's a huge difference in the farmers from 30 years ago and now. The farmers today are much much better informed: Kamal Nath, Congress leader and former Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh

8 December 2020, 15:58 PM

A joint delegation of Opposition parties will meet President Kovind tomorrow (Wednesday, December 9) at 5 pm. The delegation will include Rahul Gandhi, Sharad Pawar and others. Due to COVID19 protocol, only 5 people have been allowed to meet him: Sitaram Yechury, CPI (Marxist)

8 December 2020, 15:04 PM

Delhi-Noida border: A farmer representative from Bharatiya Kisan Union who was talking to Police officials, makes an announcement, asking protesters to let an ambulance crossing from there, pass without any obstruction.

8 December 2020, 15:04 PM

Former Madhya Pradesh CM attacks Centre: 

Are the farmers stupid that they've gathered here in such numbers? There's a huge difference in the farmers from 30 years ago and now. The farmers today are much much better informed, says Congress leader and ex-MP CM Kamal Nath.


8 December 2020, 15:03 PM

We have a meeting with the Home Minister at 7 pm today. We are going to Singhu Border now and from there we will go to the Home Minister: Rakesh Tikait, Spokesperson, Bharatiya Kisan Union

8 December 2020, 15:03 PM

Union Home Minister Amit Shah to meet farmer leaders, including Bharatiya Kisan Union spokesperson Rakesh Tikat at 7 pm today.

8 December 2020, 14:40 PM

Karnataka: Regular activities going on at KR Market in Bengaluru on Bharat Bandh.

8 December 2020, 14:38 PM

Delhi: All India Lawyers' Union protests at Tis Hazari District Court, in support of Bharat Bandh. 
"Govt’s response to protest is a matter of concern. Legal fraternity stands with farmers. These laws are neither in favour of farmers nor of lawyers,” says Tiz Hazari Bar Association president

8 December 2020, 14:05 PM

Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar and Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar hold a meeting.

8 December 2020, 14:01 PM

Trinamool begins three-day protest against farm bills from Kolkata’s Gandhi statue. The party will be protesting on December 8,9 and 10. On December 10, TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee will be attending the protest at Gandhi statue. 

Today, a stage was decorated with pulses and vegetables. As a symbolic protest, they put up a tractor and a farmer could be seen sitting on it. A round noose was be seen hanging on top of the farmer stating that the farm bills are pushing them towards committing suicide.


8 December 2020, 13:58 PM

Ex-Haryana CM and Congress leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda speaks on farm laws: 

I agree that some reforms are needed. But these Acts which have been passed, have no reflection of these reforms. They should call a Parliamentary session and discuss these exact reforms, said Hooda. 

8 December 2020, 13:52 PM

Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar arrives at the residence of Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar to meet him.

8 December 2020, 13:19 PM

Shopkeepers in Delhi's Sarojini Nagar market tie black ribbons around their arms to show solidarity with farmers' protests on Bharat Bandh. "We're doing this to show our support for the farmers' cause. Why can't the govt grant a simple demand of the MSP," says one shopkeeper

8 December 2020, 13:18 PM

Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia attacks BJP:

BJP is scared that the Delhi CM will take to the streets in favour of Bharat Bandh and speak for farmers. They don't say anything to Captain Amarinder because the two are colluding to call the farmers anti-nationals.

8 December 2020, 13:17 PM

Delhi top cop on AAP's claim of Kejriwal house arrest:

These claims are totally baseless and unfounded. There's absolutely no restriction whatsoever. CM has been meeting his usual engagements and has been moving out of his residence. There's adequate security in the area to maintain peace and to prevent untoward incident, says Special CP, Delhi

8 December 2020, 13:16 PM

Delhi police will intervene in case of apprehension of breach of peace or any effort is made to block the movement of any critical leader or any person: Satish Golchha, Special CP, Delhi

8 December 2020, 13:07 PM

Union Minister Smriti Irani says Delhi CM Kejriwal had supported farm laws. 

When the bills were present in the parliament, the opposition had portrayed that government will stop MSP operation and shut the APMC mandis. The govt didn’t do it. In fact, the government assured that MSP operations will be improved further, said Smriti Irani

8 December 2020, 12:43 PM

Normal life remains uneffected in Jammu. Although transport unions in Jammu had announced Chakka Jam on Tuesday in support for farmers protesting against farm laws, not much impact was seen here today. Markets remain open and commercial vehicles are seen plying on roads. 

8 December 2020, 12:36 PM

Bharat Bandh affects life in Bihar, highways, railway tracks blocked

Railway tracks, highways and roads across Bihar were teeming with supporters of the 'Bharat Bandh', which affected normal life in the state on Tuesday with the opposition parties extending support to the protest led by the farmers' unions against the Centre's farm laws.

Police were deployed in large numbers across the state to ensure that the movement of essential goods and services remained unhindered.

8 December 2020, 12:36 PM

Delhi-UP border protest scene:

8 December 2020, 12:34 PM

Delhi Police patrolling Sadar Bazar area of the national capital in view of Bharat Bandh. 

8 December 2020, 12:30 PM

Farmer protesting against farm laws found dead at Delhi's Tikri border.

A 32-year-old farmer from Sonipat was found dead at Tikri Border. He was protesting against the farm law and was protesting for the past few days at Tikri Border. He was sleeping open at a TDI park. On Tuesday morning, he was found dead. The police has taken his body for a post-mortem examination. The police suspect that the farmer died due to cold weather. 

The deceased has been identified as Ajay Moor and was a resident of Sonipat, Guhana. His family members have been informed about his demise.

8 December 2020, 12:28 PM

TRS leaders K Kavitha and KT Rama Rao protest in Kamareddy and Ranga Reddy respectively, along with other leaders and workers of the party, in support of Bharat Bandh.

8 December 2020, 12:27 PM

Maharashtra: Shops seen open; regular traffic movement in Matunga area of Mumbai, amidst Bharat Bandh.

8 December 2020, 12:05 PM

Mahila Congress workers protest against farm laws at Delhi's ITO. 

8 December 2020, 11:58 AM

Bharat Bandh protest held in Mohali

Farmers protesting against farm laws in Mohali, block Chandigarh highway.

8 December 2020, 11:57 AM

Farmers’ associations demonstrate at Ghazipur-Ghaziabad (Delhi-UP) border. "If govt can make law they can repeal it as well. They must work with farmer associations and experts. We'll leave only after we get it in writing,” says a farmer leader.

8 December 2020, 11:48 AM

Normal life remained largely unaffected in Arunachal Pradesh on Tuesday amid the nationwide shutdown, called by the agitating farmers' unions against the Centre's farm laws. Private cars and public transport were seen on the roads as usual. All the markets and business establishment remained open, while government and private offices, including banks, functioned normally.

8 December 2020, 11:47 AM

Shops and markets shut in support of Bharat Bandh in Ahmedabad. 

8 December 2020, 11:40 AM

Delhi Police rubbish AAP's claim of Kejriwal put under house arrest

This statement is absolutely incorrect. As being the CM of Delhi, he can move around wherever he wants: Anto Alphonse, DCP North, Delhi

8 December 2020, 11:24 AM

Protests in Madhya Pradesh's Hoshangabad, slogans raised

Protests were held in Seoni-Malwa area in Hoshangabad district of Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday morning in support of the 'Bharat Bandh' called by farmer unions. The protesters under the banner of the Krantikari Kisan Mazdoor Sangthan (KKMS) raised slogans and demanded repeal of the new agriculture laws.

8 December 2020, 11:23 AM

Assam Police detain a few people who were protesting in front of Janata Bhawan in Guwahati today in support of Bharat Bandh.

8 December 2020, 11:22 AM

Shiv Sena's Sanjay Raut says govt should speak to farmers

The government should talk to the farmers. If the government has a heart, be it the Home Minister or the Prime Minister, they themselves will go and talk to the farmers.

8 December 2020, 11:21 AM

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut extends support to farmers

It is our duty to stand in unity with farmers and stay connected to their sentiments. It is no political Bandh. It is our sentiment. Farmer organisations agitating in Delhi aren't carrying any political flag. There is no politics here and there shouldn't be. 

8 December 2020, 11:20 AM

Mumbai Dabbawala Association supports Bharat Bandh, says farm laws will finish country's farmers

The farm laws brought by the Centre will finish the farmers of the country. Farmers have started a massive agitation in north India and Bharat Bandh was announced for today. Mumbai Dabbawala Association supports the Bandh, says Mumbai Dabbawala Association President Subhash Talekar

8 December 2020, 11:17 AM

Congress president Sonia Gandhi to not celebrate her birthday in support of farmers' protest and COVID-19 crisis.

8 December 2020, 11:15 AM

Social activist Anna Hazare supports Bharat Bandh, goes on hunger strike. 

8 December 2020, 11:10 AM

Protesting farmers block NH-24

Farmers' organizations blocked Delhi-Ghaziabad highway, takes out Chakka-jam. Roads blocked on both sides of the highway. 

8 December 2020, 11:00 AM

Union Minister Giriraj Singh attacks Rahul Gandhi over farmers agitation, asks if he has read the bill. 

"This is the agitation of farmers unions and not Khalistan Union. Farmer unions should also speak on this. Has Rahul Gandhi read all the three central agri bills? He is doing politics from the shoulder of the farmer unions. 

They (Opposition) had also favoured the bill when they were in power. Congress, who has gone all out against the bill and is protesting today, had once add this farm bill in their manifesto. When the Opposition could not oppose PM Narendra Modi, they have indulged themselves in petty politics using farmers.

Negotiations are going on with farmers and a solution will come out. However, large number of farmers have appealed to keep the bill.
Talk are happening."

8 December 2020, 10:46 AM

Delhi Police has put Delhi Chief Miniser Arvind Kejriwal under house arrest ever since he visited farmers at Singhu Border on Monday, tweets AAP. No one has been permitted to leave or enter his residence.