Updated: December 20, 2020, 9:50:50 pm
Farmers stepped up their protest against the center’s controversial agrarian reform laws, saying on Sunday they would be watching a one-day graduate hunger strike at all protest locations on Monday and stop tolling highways in Haryana from December 25-27. Farmers, who have been protesting near the borders of the state capital for 25 days, have repeatedly said that their demand for the lifting of agricultural laws is “non-negotiable”.
Farmer leader Rakesh Tikait said at a press conference that farmers will celebrate Kisan Diwas on December 23rd and “we ask people not to cook lunch for a day”.
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Meanwhile, Interior Minister Amit Shah told reporters at a meeting in West Bengal that Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar would meet the protesting farmers in a day or two to end the impasse.
Here are the highlights of the peasant excitement on the 25th day of the protests:
Farmers are said to be watching hunger strike tomorrow
At a press conference, Yogendra Yadav, head of Swaraj India, said farmers would be watching a one-day staggered hunger strike on Monday. “Farmers will start a one-day hunger strike on Monday at all protest locations against the new agricultural laws. It will be launched by a team of 11 at protest locations here, including the Singhu border, ”he said.
“Protesters are threatened by the Haryana government. This is against the order of the Supreme Court. I urge them not to bother farmers anymore, ”he said.
On the other hand, farmer Jagjeet Singh Dalewala said they would stop tolling on highways in Haryana December 25-27. “From December 25th to 27th, we will not be allowed to collect all toll booths in Haryana, we will collect the toll to keep them from doing so. On December 27th our Prime Minister will be ‘Man ki baat“And we would like to appeal to the people to hit” Thalis “during his address,” said the chairman of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU).
Samajwadi Party fights “anti-farmer policy” on December 25
The Samajwadi Party will run an awareness campaign on December 25th, during which party leaders will go to villages in Uttar Pradesh and inform people about the central government’s “anti-peasant policy”. In a press release released in Lucknow on Sunday, the party’s spokesman Rajendra Chaudhary said the leaders would go to the villages and detain.Chaupal‘(Meeting) with farmers.
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The party’s MPs and MLAs will lead the Samajwadi Kisan Ghera campaign, he said. The heads of state and government will also brief farmers on the “achievements” of the former Samajwadi Party government in the state.
Traffic movement on the Jaipur-Delhi highway was partially affected on the 8th day
Traffic movement on the Jaipur-Delhi highway remained partially hampered for the eighth straight year on Sunday as farmers violated the center’s three farm laws. Despite the intense cold, the farmers sat on a lane of the highway in Shahjahanpur near the border between Rajasthan and Haryana.
The lane has been closed to traffic and vehicles heading for Delhi will be diverted to other routes, a police officer said. The lane for traffic to Jaipur is open, the police officer added. The protest is led by Yogendra Yadav, leader of Swaraj Abhiyan, former MLA Amra Ram of CPI (M) and other peasant leaders. In the protest area, farmers observed ‘Shradhanjali Diwas’ on Sunday to pay homage to their brothers who died during the ongoing agitation.
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Center asks questions about foreign donations: farmers’ association
The Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ekta-Ugrahan), one of the largest peasant organizations in Punjab, which is protesting the recent agricultural laws, said it had been asked by a central authority to submit its registration details, which will enable it to obtain foreign funds. The “center uses all tactics to defeat the ongoing agitation,” said BKU (Ekta-Ugrahan) President Joginder Ugrahan and his general secretary Sukhdev Singh.
The Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) requires the mandatory registration of all entities receiving foreign funds. “A department at the center sent an email that we received through our bank’s branch in Punjab. The email stated that we should provide registration details for these donations from abroad, otherwise they will be sent back, ”Sukhdev Singh was quoted as saying.
“The bank manager showed me the email that was sent from the Forex department,” he said. Singh questioned the timing of the center’s request, saying, “It is pretty clear that the agitation against the farm laws is against the center, and they will try to clear all the hurdles they can get into.”
Back from protests, the 22-year-old Punjab farmer commits suicide
A 22-year-old Punjab farmer who had returned from a protest location near the Delhi border allegedly committed suicide after consuming a toxic substance, police said on Sunday. Gurlabh Singh, a resident of Dayalpura Mirza village in Bathinda district, had been part of the protest near the Delhi border. He returned to his village on Friday, they said. Police said he used toxic substances in his home on Saturday. He was taken to the nearest hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The reason for the suicide has not yet been clarified, the police added.
PM Modi pays tribute to Guru Teg Bahadur in Gurudwara Rakab Ganj Sahib
On an unscheduled visit this morning, PM Narendra Modi visited Gurudwara Rakab Ganj Sahib in Delhi and paid tribute to Guru Teg Bahadur for his greatest sacrifice, ANI reported. Modi offered prayers during his visit to the Gurudwara, for which no police tapes or traffic blocks were set up, PTI reported.
“This morning I prayed at the historic Gurudwara Rakab Ganj Sahib where the pious body of Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Ji was cremated. I felt very blessed. Like millions around the world, I am deeply inspired by the kindnesses of Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Ji, ”PM Modi tweeted after the visit.
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