The Samyukt Kisan Morcha, a wing of farmer union, announced Bharat Bandh on March 26, marking four months of protest against the new farm laws. Reportedly, the Bandh will be effective from 6 AM to 6 PM with public places, including road, rail transport, and markets, will be closed across the country. Moreover, farmer leaders urged the public to support the peaceful bandh and honour the 'annadatta' of the country.
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The Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee on March 11 halted its rail track blockade in Amritsar against the Centre's farm laws after 169 days. Blocking the tracks near Amritsar's Jandiala, KMSC had reportedly affected around 60% of the state’s railway traffic. The committee cited the approaching harvest season as a reason to suspend the blockade and expressed commitment to join the farmers at Delhi border and even resume the blockade if not… read-more
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Marking International Women's day 2021, women took centre stage at the ongoing farmers' protest against the contentious farm laws. One of the protest organisers stated that, for the day, the stage was managed by women, and the speakers were also women. Besides, the women at the protest sites debated on issues related to farming as well as the plights faced by the women farmers.
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To commemorate the 100 days of protest against the Centre's farm laws, farmers have decided to block the 135-km-long Western Peripheral Expressway on March 6. Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) has issued a statement in this regard saying thousands of farmers will block the KMP expressway for 5 hours - between 11 AM and 4 PM. Farmer leader Balvir Singh Rajewal said, "no toll will be collected at the toll plazas during this time."
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Opposition parties including Congress, TMC, DMK and RJD walked out from the Rajya Sabha on February 2 after Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu rejected their demand for discussion over farm laws. Naidu rejected the demands saying the issue can be raised on February 3 during the discussion on 'Motion of Thanks' to the President's Address. He said, "No one is stopping you from discussing the issue tomorrow [February 3]."
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As both Farmer leaders and the Centre hardened their positions, the 11th round of talks on January 22 concluded in a stalemate. While the farmer unions necessitated the legal guarantee of MSP and the complete revocation of farm laws, the Centre re-emphasized deferring the laws for 1.5 years. After offering their proposals, government authorities said, "if they have a better proposal, they can come to us."
Confederation of All India Traders announced that the farmers' protest in Delhi-NCR had attracted a business loss of Rs 50,000 crore. Promoting Centre’s recent proposal to defer the laws for 1.5 years, the CAIT Secretary-General Praveen Khandelwal said farmers avoiding the proposal would be understood as backed by divisive forces. Asking traders to be served in the Supreme Court-proposed committee, Khandelwal stated no traders' representation… read-more
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Congress Working Committee (CWC), on January 22, passed a resolution against the three controversial farm laws. Citing them for damaging the constitutional rights of states, MSP concept, public procurement and public distribution system, the party demanded a revocation of the laws. Blaming the Union for dodging opposition’s voice and procedural lapses, the Congress party said the laws would create oligopoly leaving people at the mercy of a… read-more
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The Centre on January 20 proposed to halt the implementation of farm laws for up to 18 months. Besides, the government has also pushed to form a joint committee to end the deadlock. However, reacting to the proposals, the farmers said that they will response only by January 22 after deliberating over these among them. Reportedly, the laws will be inoperative until next year-bound Punjab Assembly Elections where the BJP is facing extreme… read-more
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Aiming to break the impasse, the Supreme Court-appointed committee is planning to set-up a platform for the discontented farmers to submit their views on the three contentious farm laws. "Even an individual farmer can submit his/her views on the portal to be notified soon," said one of the members of the committee after January 19 meeting. Moreover, it will also soon invite all the stakeholders in the matter for deliberation to draft its… read-more
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