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Chakka Jam Today Live Updates: Got huge support across country, govt should come up with new proposal, say farmer unions

Chakka Jam on 06 Feb 2021: "In the interest of maintaining public safety and averting public emergency", internet services will continue to remain suspended in Singhu, Ghazipur and Tikri, and their adjoining areas till 11:59 pm on Saturday.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: February 6, 2021 9:59:16 pm
Farmers blocked Eastern Peripheral Expressway near Singhu Border protest site during their call for 'Chakka Jam' in Haryana on Saturday.

Farmers’ Chakka Jam Today Live Updates: Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), the umbrella body of 40 protesting farmer unions, on Saturday said that their call for ‘Chakka Jam’ got huge support across the country, which proves that farmers all over India are united against the three central farm laws. Darshan Pal, a farmer leader, said the unions have conveyed to the government that its proposal of keeping the laws on hold for about 18 months is unacceptable and hence, it has to come up with a new proposal for farmers.

At the end of three-hour ‘Chakka Jam’ on Saturday, Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait said the government has been given time till October 2 to repeal the controversial farm laws. “After this, we will do further planning. We will not hold discussions with the government under pressure,” he added.

On the call given by the farmers’ unions for a nationwide ‘chakka jam’ or road blockade, farmers protesting against the Centre’s new farm laws blocked roads at several places in Punjab and Haryana on Saturday. Barring Delhi, the blockade was taking place in other parts of the National Capital Region, and the rest of the country. “In the interest of maintaining public safety and averting public emergency”, internet services will continue to remain suspended in Singhu, Ghazipur and Tikri, and their adjoining areas till 11:59 pm on Saturday, reported ANI.

In view of the nationwide ‘Chakka Jam’, the Delhi Police had strengthened security arrangements at all border points in the national capital. The police erected multi-layer barricades to stop the movement of vehicles at the Ghazipur border. Barbed wires were also put up to keep off people on foot. As many as 50 people were detained near Shaheedi Park in central Delhi for allegedly holding a protest in support of the ‘chakka jam’ call given by the farmers agitating against the farm laws, police said according to news agency PTI.

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21:48 (IST)06 Feb 2021
SKM firm on demand of complete repeal of farm laws: Farmer leader

Samyukta Kisan Morcha firm on demand of complete repeal of farm laws and legal guarantee on MSP, farmer leader Darshan Pal said after conclusion of 'Chakka jam'.

21:46 (IST)06 Feb 2021
Told govt that its proposal not acceptable to us: Farmer leader

"We are ready for talks, the ball is in government's court," Farmer leader Darshan Pal said. "We clearly told govt its proposal on farm laws not acceptable to us; it should come up with a new proposal now."

21:42 (IST)06 Feb 2021
'Chakka Jam' once again proved that farmers across country are united against farm laws: SKM

Farmers' call for 'chakka jam' got huge support across country, Samyukta Kisan Morcha said in a statement on Saturday. It said that the 'chakka jam' once again proved that farmers across country are united against three Central farm laws.

18:45 (IST)06 Feb 2021
Tamil Nadu farmers stage protests, support 'chakka jam'

Farmers staged protests here and in other parts of Tamil Nadu on Saturday demanding repeal of the farm laws in solidarity with the ryots' nationwide 'chakka jam.' Leading an agitation here by raising slogans against the Centre and farm laws, president, coordination committee of Tamil Nadu All Farmers' Association, P R Pandian said the protest was for seeking justice. The protests in Tamil Nadu was part of the pan India stir and "this is for seeking justice for farmers, this is not for political purposes or to inconvenience the general public," Pandian told reporters. --PTI

18:28 (IST)06 Feb 2021
‘Chakka Jam’: Farmers block roads in Punjab, Haryana; internet suspended at Delhi’s 3 border protest sites

Amid heightened security, farmers protesting against the Centre’s new agriculture laws blocked roads at several places across the country on a call given by the Samyukta Kisan Morcha for a nationwide ‘Chakka Jam’ or road blockade on Saturday. Meanwhile, the Union Home Ministry ordered the suspension of internet services at Singhu, Ghazipur, and Tikri borders of Delhi till 11.59 pm. During the ‘Chakka Jam’, which took place from 12 pm to 3 pm, farmers shouted slogans and parked their tractors-trolleys in the middle of highways at several places in Punjab and Haryana to block roads. Here's the Chakka jam highlights

18:11 (IST)06 Feb 2021
At Ghazipur border, recalling 1988 Boat Club siege and Tikait Senior’s resolve

His memory plays hide and seek with dates and days. But the images of the 1988 Delhi protest by farmers are still fresh in his mind: a sea of white stretched from India Gate to Vijay Chowk, the lifeless body of a farmer on an ice slab, horse-mounted police chasing tumbling protesters, an emotional Mahendra Singh Tikait when police tried to evict the crowd and Rashtriya Lok Dal chief Ajit Singh stepping up to protect Tikait.

Thirty-two years later, Ilam Singh (93) from Meerut is back where he likes to be: in the thick of an agitation at the Ghazipur border where farmers have been protesting for more than two months against the three farm laws. Singh was one of Tikait’s confidantes and saw the 1988 movement for waiver of power bills and clearing of sugarcane dues up close. -- Read full story by Shivnarayan Rajpurohit

17:34 (IST)06 Feb 2021
'Repeal anti-people black laws': Farmers raise slogans on conclusion of Chakka jam

Before winding up 'Chakka Jam' on Bhatinda-Amritsar highway in district Bhathinda, farmers raise slogans 'repeal anti-people black laws'.

16:22 (IST)06 Feb 2021
Radical Sikh outfits, Pak-based Twitter handles fomenting trouble: Rawat on farmers' stir

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat Saturday said US-based outfits such as Justice for Sikhs and around 300 Pakistan-based Twitter handles are stoking anger among farmers as he challenged those protesting the three new agricultural laws to prove how they are harmful to farmers. Those behind the farmers' agitation want to break the nation, he said, claiming the new farm laws have brought real freedom to farmers to sell their produce anywhere they want, apart from in the traditional mandis."I am sure those agitating against the new farm laws will be at a loss if challenged to prove how they are harmful to farmers," Rawat said after distributing Rs 300 crore worth interest-free loans to farmers under the Deendayal Upadhyay Co-operative Farmers' Welfare Scheme. --PTI

16:13 (IST)06 Feb 2021
Centre has time till October 2 to repeal farm laws, says Rakesh Tikait

At the end of three-hour 'Chakka Jam' on Saturday, Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait said the government has been given time till October 2 to repeal the controversial farm laws. "After this, we will do further planning. We won't hold discussions with the government under pressure," he added.On the call given by the farmers' unions for a nationwide 'chakka jam' or road blockade, farmers protesting against the Centre's new farm laws blocked roads at several places in Punjab and Haryana on Saturday. Barring Delhi, the blockade was taking place in other parts of the National Capital Region, and the rest of the country. "In the interest of maintaining public safety and averting public emergency", internet services will continue to remain suspended in Singhu, Ghazipur and Tikri, and their adjoining areas till 11:59 pm on Saturday, reported ANI.

14:41 (IST)06 Feb 2021
50 detained in Delhi for staging protest in support of farmers

Around 50 people were detained near Shaheedi Park in central Delhi on Saturday for allegedly holding a protest in support of the 'chakka jam' call given by the farmers agitating against the Centre's new agri laws, police said. Farmer unions had on Monday announced a countrywide 'chakka jam' on February 6 during which they would block national and state highways between 12 noon and 3 pm to protest the Internet ban in areas near their agitation sites, harassment allegedly meted out to them by authorities, and other issues.

The Samyukt Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of the farmer unions protesting the three farm laws, said on Friday the protesters will not block roads in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand during the 'chakka jam', even as it asserted that peasants in other parts of the country will block national and state highways for three hours between 12 noon and 3 pm, but in a peaceful way. The Delhi Police has intensified security at all border points of the city as thousands of personnel including paramilitary forces have been deployed to deal with any situation emerging out of the 'chakka jam'. (PTI)

14:40 (IST)06 Feb 2021
Visuals of protests on Mansa-Sirsa highway & Bathinda-Amritsar highway

Visuals of protests on Mansa-Sirsa highway and Bathinda-Amritsar highway.

14:39 (IST)06 Feb 2021
Centre should accept protesting farmers' demands, says Sisodia

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Saturday said the BJP-led government at the Centre should accept the demands of the farmers protesting against the three new agriculture laws.

He alleged that the ruling BJP has brought these laws for the benefit of some corporates by ignoring the interests of farmers.

Sisodia is in Ahmedabad to hold a road-show ahead of the municipal corporation elections. His statements come amid the nationwide 'chakka jam' protest being held on Saturday by the farmers protesting the farm laws.

''There is high alert in Delhi, but one can understand the pain of farmers across the country. I have seen that farmers from Gujarat also went to Delhi to present their points (on farm laws),'' he said.

''The main issue is why did the BJP bring the laws to benefit select corporates by setting aside the interest of farmers? And if the BJP thinks that the laws are in theinterest of farmers, and they understand them better, then why doesn't it accept the farmers' demands?...It should accept their demands,'' he said.

Asked whether the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supports the agitation by farmers, he said that his party supports all lawful activities. (PTI)

14:29 (IST)06 Feb 2021
'They're harassing farmers, how can a democratic govt act like this?' Congress leader KC Venugopal asks

Addressing the ongoing farmer protests, Congress MP KC Venugopal accused the government of harassing farmers by cutting their water and electricity supply at protest sites. 

"Farmers are on streets for 71 days, they're struggling. On one hand, govt is ready for talks, while on other hand they're withdrawing water connection, electricity connection. They're harassing farmers, how can a democratic govt act like this?" he told ANI. 

14:25 (IST)06 Feb 2021
Police clears protesters from highway near Hyderabad

Police removed a group of protesters who were agitating on a highway on the outskirts of Hyderabad as part of the countrywide 'chakka jaam' called by farmers today. (ANI)

14:21 (IST)06 Feb 2021
Here are some pics from the 'Chakka Jam' in Ludhiana

Stills from the 'Chakka Jam' at Ladowal Toll on NH 1 in Ludhiana. (Express Photo by Gurmeet Singh)

Farmers gather near the Ladowal Toll on NH 1 in Ludhiana. (Express Photo by Gurmeet Singh)



14:11 (IST)06 Feb 2021
Truck parked on Haryana highway causes traffic chaos amid 'Chakka Jam'

Amid the ongoing 'Chakka Jam' protest, a truck parked in the middle of the Panchkula-Pinjore highway near Majari chowk blocked traffic and caused confusion. Eventually, traffic police had to intervene to help the cars navigate their way around the truck. 


A truck parked on the Panchkula-Pinjore caused confusion and road blocks amid the chakka jam. (Express Photo: Jaipal Singh)
13:29 (IST)06 Feb 2021
Protests being held at Atohan Chowk near Palwa in Haryana

Protests are being held at Atohan Chowk near near Palwa in Haryana as part of the ongoing 'chakka jam'. Haryana: Protests being held at Atohan Chowk near Palwal as part of countrywide 'Chakka Jaam' call given by farmers. pic.twitter.com/i5MCTe9GYE— ANI (@ANI) February 6, 2021

13:21 (IST)06 Feb 2021
Farmers stage protest on Jammu-Pathankot highway

Farmer groups in Jammu staged a protest along the Jammu-Pathankot highway as part of the nationwide 'chakka jam' called by farmers today, ANI reported. 'We appeal to the government to repeal these laws. We support the farmers protesting on the borders of Delhi,' a protestor said. 



13:17 (IST)06 Feb 2021
Vehicles line up as protesters block Sutlej bridge in Ludhiana

Vehicles began lining up along the Ludhiana-Jalandhar highway near the Sutlej bridge, as protesting farmers blocked their way during the ongoing Chakka Jam. The protest is expected to end at 3PM today.


Vehicles stands still on the Ludhiana-Jalandhar highway during the 'Chakka jam' near Sutlej Bridge. (Gurmeet Singh)
 
13:10 (IST)06 Feb 2021
Chakka Jam on Moonak-Tohana highway in Sangrur

Women participated in large numbers during the Chakka Jam protests at Moonak-Tohana highway in Sangrur. Take a look.



New Delhi: Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar speaks at Rajya Sabha during the ongoing Budget Session of Parliament, in New Delhi, Friday, Feb. 5, 2021. (RSTV/PTI)

The Haryana Police also stepped up security measures in a bid to maintain law and order. Senior police officers were asked to personally supervise security and traffic arrangements at vital junctions and roads while district police chiefs were directed to ensure deployment of adequate personnel, according to an official communication issued to them.

The entry and exit gates of 10 metro stations in the National Capital were closed, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation announced.

This is the protesting farmers’ first major event since the tractor rally on Republic Day, which saw chaotic scenes as groups of protesting farmers broke off the planned parade route, entered the national capital, and clashed with the police.

The Samyukta Kisan Morcha, the umbrella body of 40 farmer unions that has called for the ‘Chakka jam’, has said that all national and state highways will be blocked. Speaking to reporters on Friday, Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait explained, “Dilli mein hum nahi kar rahe, wahan to raja ne khud qile-bandi kar li hai humare jaam karne ki zaroorat hi nahi hai (We are not going to do anything in Delhi, the king there has already fortified it, there is no need for us to do a blockade now)”

Vehicles that get stuck during the jam will be given water and food, Tikait said. These people will also be provided with items like ‘chana’ and peanuts and will be apprised of what the government is doing with the farmers.

In the Parliament yesterday, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said the government’s offer to amend the three farm laws did not mean they had any flaws and none from the protesting parties or their sympathisers have been able to point out any shortcomings so far. Tomar said the government has made efforts to double farmers income and increase share of agriculture sector in the country’s GDP, but people in “one state” have been victims of misinformation.

Wary of the protracted farmers’ agitation in the capital and the Republic Day incident at Red Fort, the Punjab government has stepped up efforts to reach out to the Centre to work towards an early resolution, sources told The Indian Express. Some top state officials have been camping in Delhi and are in constant touch with both the protesting farmers and the Centre.

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