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Farmers Protest Live Updates: ‘Rail roko’ agitation enters sixth day

Farmers Protest in India, Punjab Farmers Protest Today News Live Updates: Members of the committee sat on railway tracks in Devidaspura in Amritsar, wearing black clothes, in protest against the laws.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: September 29, 2020 9:18:59 pm
Punjab farmers protest LIVE Updates: 'Rail roko' agitation enters sixth day'Rail Roko' agitation by the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee against the newly enacted farm laws entered the sixth day on Tuesday. (Source: ANI)

Farmers Protest India Live Updates: The ‘Rail Roko’ agitation by the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee against the newly enacted farm laws entered the sixth day on Tuesday.

Members of the committee sat on railway tracks in Devidaspura in Amritsar, wearing black clothes, in protest against the laws.

“On Oct 1, we’ll announce mass agitation together with others across the nation,” the Committee’s General Secretary said.

Protesting farmers in Punjab Saturday extended their ‘rail roko’ agitation, that began Thursday, by three days till September 29 following which the Ferozepur Railway Division decided not to run trains on Sunday. Earlier, farmers had decided to block trains till September 26.

“We have decided not to operate trains on September 27 as farmers are still squatting on some rail tracks in Punjab,” Divisional Railway Manager Rajesh Agrawal said. Further decision will be taken on Sunday evening as per prevailing circumstances, he said.

A group of 31 farmer outfits in Punjab have already announced an indefinite ‘rail roko’ protest from October 1 in protest of the passage of three farm Bills in the Parliament. The call for the ongoing was given by the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee (KSMC) after which 20 trains were partially cancelled and five short terminated till September 26 by the Railways.

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'Rail roko' agitation by Punjab farmers against the newly enacted farm laws entered its sixth day Tuesday. Follow this space for the latest updates.

21:18 (IST)29 Sep 2020
Capt Amarinder Singh seeks suggestions from legal experts, farm leaders on next course of action

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh Tuesday sought inputs and suggestions from legal experts, including those representing Kisan Unions, on how best to tackle the three farm laws notified by the Centre recently.

The CM, who was chairing a meeting of top officials hours after meeting the representatives of 31 farmers’ unions here, directed Advocate General Atul Nanda to collate and consider all such suggestions, which may be received on a specially created email id – agri.law@punjab.gov.in

20:21 (IST)29 Sep 2020
Bengal Congress MP urges Mamata to pass legislation to negate farm laws

Senior Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP Pradip Bhattacharya on Tuesday urged West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to frame a law in the Assembly to negate the "anti-agriculture" legislation passed by the Centre and protect the interests of farmers.

In a letter to Banerjee, Bhattacharya claimed that the three farm laws, if implemented, will lead to the end of minimum support price regime and cause exploitation of farmers, while corporates will take over the sector. "I request you to take initiative to stop the Union Government to implement the Anti-Farmers bills 2020 here," the Congress leader said. He was referring to the Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020. President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday gave assent to these bills.

18:24 (IST)29 Sep 2020
Farm laws will help hoarders: Mamata

Hitting out at the Centre over the contentious farm laws, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Tuesday that this legislation will devastate the farmers of the country and help the hoarders. Addressing an administrative meeting at branch secretariat 'Uttar Kanya' here, Banerjee said she will speak to state officials and take steps to protect the interest of the farmers.

"The farm laws will devastate the farmers of the country. It will only help the hoarders. The laws will not serve the interest of the farmers. We will soon convene a meeting of officials to see what can be done to protect the interest of the farmers," she said. The opposition parties, including Banerjee's Trinamool Congress, have been protesting three farm sector laws enacted by the Narendra Modi government, alleging these are "anti- farmer measures" and will "destroy" the agriculture sector. (PTI)

15:59 (IST)29 Sep 2020
Will fight against farm laws on all fronts: Punjab CM to farmer unions

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh extended his government's full support to the agitating farmers on Tuesday and assured them of all possible legal and other steps to fight the "draconian new farm laws", including a special session of the Assembly to discuss and decide the way forward.
Singh said the Punjab government stands in full support of the farmers in these "dark and difficult times".

Chairing a meeting with the representatives of 31 farmers' unions here to take their views on the matter, the chief minister said he would be discussing the issue with his legal team later in the day to finalise the next steps, including challenging the farm laws in the Supreme Court.
Besides the farmer representatives, All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary in-charge of Punjab Harish Rawat attended the meeting, along with state ministers Sukhjinder Randhawa and Bharat Bhushan Ashu, MLA Rana Gurjit Singh, state Congress chief Sunil Jakhar and the state's Advocate General, Atul Nanda, an official statement said.

"We will take all possible steps to counter the Union government's assault on the state's federal and constitutional rights and fight for the interests of the farmers," the chief minister told the farmer representatives.

If legal experts advise amendment to state laws to fight the central laws, a special session of the Assembly will be immediately convened to do so, he said. (PTI)

14:53 (IST)29 Sep 2020
‘They are insulting farmers’: PM Modi on tractor burning at Rajpath over farm Bills protest

Attacking the Opposition over the protests against the contentious farm Bills, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday said some people do not want farmers to sell their produce in the open market and are insulting them by setting fire to “goods and equipment worshipped by farmers”.

“Today, even when the central government is giving the farmers their rights, these people came down on protest. These people want the farmers of the country could not sell their produce in the open market. These people are now insulting the farmers by setting fire to the goods and equipment that the farmer worships,” the PM said, referring to an incident at Rajpath where a group of men, including several members of the Youth Congress’s Punjab unit, set a tractor on fire on Monday morning to protest against the farm Bills.

14:25 (IST)29 Sep 2020
Youth Cong sets tractor on fire, Delhi Police seeks action against Punjab cops who escorted accused

IN A security breach, a group of men, including several members of the Youth Congress’s Punjab unit, set a tractor on fire at Rajpath, near the India Gate lawns, on Monday morning, to protest against the farm Bills.

Six men have been arrested so far. According to police investigation, the men entered Delhi after four PSOs (personal security officers) posted with Brinder Singh Dhillon, president of the Punjab Youth Congress, escorted them in a gypsy. Delhi Police said they plan to send a letter to their counterparts in Punjab seeking departmental action against these policemen.

13:11 (IST)29 Sep 2020
Tractor rally in Chandigarh in support of farm laws

Meanwhile, in Chandigarh Sector 34, local farmers and BJP members took out a tractor rally on Tuesday in support of the farm laws. BJP Kisan Morcha president Rajkumar Chahar was also present.

Punjab farmers protest LIVE Updates: 'Rail roko' agitation enters sixth day A group of 31 farmer outfits in Punjab have already announced an indefinite ‘rail roko’ protest from October 1 in protest of the passage of three farm Bills in the Parliament. (Source: ANI)

President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday gave his assent to the three contentious farm Bills passed by the Parliament that has seen farmers and the Opposition hit the streets in protest and one of BJP’s oldest allies and a founding member of the NDA, the Shiromani Akali Dal, quitting the ruling coalition at the Centre. A gazette notification has been issued in this regard.

The move comes at a time when farmers, particularly those in Punjab and Haryana, are protesting against the three Bills — The Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020; The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020; and The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020.

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