Farmers Protest Today Live Updates: Farmers at Singhu Border on Friday called for a nationwide protests against the new farmer bills and announced a Bharat Bandh on December 8, after talks between three union ministers and a representative group of agitating farmers failed to yield any resolution on Thursday.
However, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar’s statements hinted that the Modi government could amend three major provisions in the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act. These provisions actually represent the heart of the most contested legislation passed in the last Parliament session. Amendments to them can, thus, tantamount to a virtual rollback of the law. Both the sides have now agreed to meet again on Saturday.
Addressing a press conference, farmer leader Gurnam Singh Chadoni said if the Centre does not accept their demands to repeal the laws during Saturday’s talks, they will intensify their agitation and also occupy the toll plazas on that day.
Delhi’s border points remained choked as thousands of farmers from Haryana, Punjab, and other states are holding demonstrations for the ninth consecutive day, today.
Earlier today, a petition seeking immediate removal of the protesting of farmers from Delhi borders was submitted to the Supreme Court on Friday. The plea has sought the apex court directions to the authorities to open the roads at Delhi borders, shift these protestors to allotted place and provide guidelines on social distancing and use of mask at the protest place to contain spread of COVID-19 cases.
In other news, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today spoke to various farmers’ groups protesting at Delhi’s Singhu border and assured them that the TMC stands by them, party leader Derek O’Brien said. Brien, who spent almost four hours with the agitating farmers, facilitated the interactions over the phone.