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Karnal Kisan Mahapanchayat Highlights: Deadlock on, farmers say Karnal admin not acting against those behind lathicharge

Karnal Kisan Mahapanchayat Live, Karnal Farmers Protest Today Highlights: BKU leader Rakesh Tikait said the farmers will carry on their protest and more supporters will join them from UP and Punjab.

By: Express Web Desk | Chandigarh, New Delhi |
Updated: September 9, 2021 9:03:37 am
farmersThe union leaders have said that the gherao of the mini-secretariat will continue till their demands are met. Earlier, police used a water cannon on the protesting farmers as they marched towards the complex. (Express photo)

Kisan Mahapanchayat in Karnal Today Highlights: Farmer leaders said on Wednesday that the second round of talks between them and the Karnal administration has also failed. The farmer leaders said the talks broke down on the issue of former SDM Ayush Sinha’s suspension and other demands could not be raised. Speaking to media persons, BKU leader Rakesh Tikait said the administration is refusing to take any action against “officials who are responsible” for the August 28 lathicharge. “They are getting their directions from Chandigarh,” said Tikait, who had earlier said that the bureaucracy is doing its best to “protect” Sinha.

Tikait said the farmers will carry on their ‘pucca dharna’ at the spot and more supporters will join them from UP and Punjab. Haryana BKU chief Gurnam Singh Chaduni also said they will carry on with the siege until their demands are met and action is taken against the “guilty officials”.

Earlier addressing the gathering of farmers from across several districts of Haryana and the neighbouring states who continue to squat at the gates of the district headquarters in Haryana’s Karnal, Tikait on Wednesday said Chief Minister M L Khattar wants to shift the agitation from the Delhi border to Karnal. “We have surrounded Delhi from five sides. A large number of people there are from Haryana. We must understand the CM’s ploy and continue with our mobilisation on Delhi borders,” he said.

Commenting on the administration’s move to arrest the farmer leaders last evening, Tikait said the administration could have declared the ‘anaj mandi’ a jail. He cited the example of Mumbai where the Azad maidan, was converted into a jail for over 50,000 protesters. “Had the Karnal administration done that, we could have brought our animals here. It would still have been a big win for us.”

Last evening, the protesters had deflated the tyres of the police bus that farmer leaders had boarded for courting arrest. The union leaders have said that the gherao of the mini-secretariat will continue till their demands are met.

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Deadlock on, farmers say Karnal admin not acting against those behind lathicharge; CM Khattar wants to shift agitation from Delhi border to Karnal, says Rakesh Tikait. Follow this space for the latest updates.

22:31 (IST)08 Sep 2021
See photos: Farmers dig in heels, take protests to CM Khattar’s constituency

Farmers from across several districts of Haryana and the neighbouring states continue to camp outside the mini-secretariat in Karnal, demanding action against IAS officer Ayush Sinha, who had ordered a police lathi-charge on a group of protesting farmers last month.  See photos

22:29 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Anil Vij on farmers’ protest: India a democracy, everyone has right to raise voice

Haryana Home and Health Minister Anil Vij Wednesday said that India is a democratic country and everyone has the right to protest and raise their voice.

“You cannot stop anyone for that. Whatever their (farmers’) demands are, our officers are talking to them. The talks are ongoing. Any conclusions drawn from the conversation will be communicated,” Vij said on the ongoing farmers’ agitation.

Vij was addressing the media after chairing a meeting with senior police officers in Gurgaon, where he reviewed the law and order situation in the district. Read more

22:24 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Those protesting at Delhi borders are not farmers: UP BJP vice-president

Those protesting against the Centre's farm laws at Delhi borders are not farmers, said UP BJP vice-president Salil Bishnoi on Wednesday. The BJP leader alleged that the protesters are “brokers” between farmers and big traders as the real farmer is working in his field and cannot afford to protest for such a long time.

They are hell-bent on getting three farm laws scrapped, which were enacted to address problems faced by farmers, the BJP leader told reporters.

The BJP leader also junked the allegations of poor law and order in UP, terming it a bid to tarnish the state government's image by the opposition. The fact is that goons are either in jail or left the state, he claimed. (PTI)

22:00 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Khattar thanks PM Modi for MSP hike; Cong says 'cruel joke' on farmers

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Wednesday thanked Prime Minister Narendra for hiking the MSP for Rabi crops, an increase dubbed as "grossly insufficient" a "cruel joke" on farmers by the Congress. The Union government on Wednesday hiked the minimum support price (MSP) for wheat by Rs 40 to Rs 2,015 per quintal and for mustard seed by Rs 400 to Rs 5,050 per quintal for the current crop year.

In a statement issued here, Khattar said the decision of hiking the MSP is another step taken towards doubling the income of farmers by 2022.

Meanwhile, Congress leader and former chief minister Hooda said, "The two per cent increase in the MSP of wheat, barley and gram is grossly insufficient and a cruel joke on farmers." He said there has been a huge increase in the input cost as petrol and diesel prices have skyrocketed. (PTI)

21:08 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Farmers set up permanent structures at protest site

In the evening, the farmers started setting up “pakka morcha” (permanent structures) with iron frames and waterproof covers. 

Gurjant Virk, who had received injuries on hus nose in the police lathicharge and has complained of partial loss of vision, said, “Today, I was discharged from the hospital after 10 days and I came to the dharna venue instead of going home. I will not go home till the farmers' demands are met.”

20:26 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Bharatiya Kisan Sangh holds protest at Jantar Mantar, demands remunerative price for farmers

The RSS-affiliated Bharatiya Kisan Sangh (BKS) on Wednesday staged a protest at Jantar Mantar as part of its nationwide agitation to demand that the government bring a law to ensure farmers get remunerative price for their produce.

The demonstration was held at the Jantar Mantar and leaders of the organisation have claimed that farmers are not getting minimum support price (MSP) in many parts of the country.

"There has to be a law which ensures that farmers get a remunerative price of their produce," BKS Delhi Pradesh president Harpal Singh Dagar said. He alleged that the protest, which was scheduled to start at 10 am, was delayed for one and a half hours because of the Delhi Police.

"Due to the lack of coordination among Delhi Police officials, our protest started at 11.30 am, in which 115 members of BKS participated. It ended at 1.50 pm," Dagar said.

However, police said that they did not give permission for the protest.

"We did not give any permission to them to protest at the Jantar Mantar. However, they came here and left the spot soon," a senior police officer said. (PTI)

19:43 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Explained: Why farmers siege in Karnal is not good news for CM Khattar, BJP in Haryana

A large group of farmers are camping outside the mini-secretariat in Karnal — the constituency represented by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar in the Haryana Vidhan Sabha. They are firm on their demand for action against IAS officer Ayush Sinha, who had ordered a police lathi-charge on a group of protesting farmers last month. Read Varinder Bhatia's explainer on what the scenario means for the BJP-JJP alliance government in Haryana and especially CM Khattar.

19:16 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Govt should talk to protesting farmers, says Bhupinder Singh Hooda

Haryana Leader of Opposition Bhupinder Singh Hooda says, “Farmers' agitation is being run by their unions, not any political party. Several parties including Congress support their demands. They're demanding a guarantee on MSP. Crops are not being procured on MSP in mandis…The government should initiate talks with them.” (ANI)

19:06 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Farm laws: SC-appointed panel member says report 100% in favour of farmers

Hopeful of an early resolution to the long-running farmers' protests on the national capital borders, a key member of the Supreme Court-appointed panel on contentious agri-laws on Wednesday said the report submitted by the committee is "cent per cent" in favour of farmers and the apex court must take up the matter without any delay.

The panel member acknowledged that the government and the Supreme Court have to consider the law and order issue that may arise with the release of the report for which they needed to take time, but "they just cannot dump it and they should not dump it."

Shetkari Sanghatana President Anil J Ghanwat, the panel member who had written to the Chief Justice of India on September 1 urging him to make the report public, also said the committee does not support repeal of the three laws, as being demanded by protesting farmers, but he and his organisation certainly believed that there are "many defects" in the laws that needed to be addressed.

It is therefore very important for the apex court to release the report in the public domain at the earliest to clear all apprehensions of farmers, Ghanwat told PTI.

"The report has to be made public at the earliest. If they do it tomorrow, that will be better... When the people will know the content of the report, they will decide whether the new farm laws are in favour of farmers or not," he said. (PTI)

19:05 (IST)08 Sep 2021
BKS workers stage protests in Nagpur demanding remunerative price for farmers

Workers of the RSS-affiliated Bharatiya Kisan Sangh (BKS) on Wednesday staged demonstrations in Nagpur as part of its nationwide agitation to press for "remunerative price" to farmers for their produce to cover their production cost and called for "improvement" in the Centre's new farm laws.

Speaking to reporters, president of the BKS' Vidarbha unit Nana Aakhre said the Union government should either bring a new legislation or make changes in the agri-marketing laws enacted last year to add a provision for payment of minimum support price (MSP) for major farm produce.

Farmers should get a "remunerative price" for their produce to cover their production cost, which they don't receive in the existing system, he said.

Senior BKS functionary Dinesh Kulkarni had earlier said that remunerative price is the cost of production plus profit. Remunerative price is farmers' right, which should be facilitated by the government. (PTI)

19:04 (IST)08 Sep 2021
BKS-linked farmers stage protests in western MP over profitable price for crops

Demanding profitable price of their produce, a large number of farmers gathered under the banner of RSS-affiliated Bharatiya Kisan Sangh (BKS) staged protests in Indore and other parts of western Madhya Pradesh on Wednesday. The protests were part of a nationwide agitation called by the BKS in support of their demands, including paying profitable price to farmers for their crops over and above the cost of production.

A large number of farmers associated with the BKS staged protests before agriculture markets and other places in western Madhya Pradesh as part of the agitation announced earlier, the outfit's Malwa Region (Indore-Ujjain division) president, Kamal Singh Aanjna, said. (PTI)

17:44 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Second round of talks fail, farmers to continue stir

The second round of talks between the Karnal administration and farmer leaders have also failed. Speaking to media persons, BKU leader Rakesh Tikait said the administration is refusing to take any action against “officials who are responsible” for the August 28 lathi-charge. “They are getting their directions from Chandigarh,” said Tikait, who had earlier said that the bureaucracy is doing its best to protect former SDM Ayush Sinha.

Tikait said the farmers will carry on their ‘pucca dharna’ at the spot and more supporters will join them from UP and Punjab.

Haryana BKU chief Gurnam Singh Chaduni also said they will carry on with the siege until their demands are met and action is taken against the “guilty officials”.

17:24 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Spot where farmers are camping just 3 km away from CM's residence

Thousands of farmers are camping outside the mini-secretariat, where offices of all senior officers, including the DC and the SP, are situated. The CM residence is barely 3 km from the secretariat.

As many as 40 companies of the security forces, including CAPF and BSF, have been deployed in the town, especially around the secretariat.

17:00 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Meeting between farmer leaders and govt officers going on for three hours now

Meeting between farmer leaders and government officers going on for three hours now. The farmer leaders are insisting on the suspension of IAS officer Ayush Sinha, who had reportedly ordered cops to "break heads" of the protesters.

16:45 (IST)08 Sep 2021
UP: BJP MP says government will not repeal farm laws

Amid the ongoing protests by farmers against the Centre's farm laws, BJP MP Virendra Singh Mast said the government will not withdraw the three legislations.The laws were not made to be withdrawn later, the MP from Uttar Pradesh's Ballia said on Tuesday.

Thousands of farmers from across the country, particularly Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, have been camping at Delhi borders, including Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur, since November last year to demand the repeal of the three farm laws and a new law to guarantee minimum support price (MSP) for their crops.

"The government will not withdraw the new farm laws. They were not made to be withdrawn later," Mast said. "If a law passed in Parliament is withdrawn due to protests on roads, what will be its (Parliament's) standing?" he asked.

Mast, however, said he will welcome suggestions in the interest of farmers and agriculture. (PTI)

16:30 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Centre announces MSP for six rabi crops for the 2022-23 marketing season

The Centre on Wednesday announced minimum support prices (MSPs) for six rabi crops for the 2022-23 marketing season, with the MSP for wheat seeing an increase of just 2.03 percent, which is the lowest in the last 12 years.

The MSPs for the other rabi crops — barley, gram, lentil (masur), rapeseed and mustard, and safflower — have been increased in range of 2.14% to 8.60%.

“The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) chaired by the Hon'ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the increase in the Minimum Support Prices (MSP) for all mandated Rabi crops for Rabi Marketing Season (RMS) 2022-23,” said an official statement.

It added, “Government has increased the MSP of Rabi crops for RMS 2022-23, to ensure remunerative prices to the growers for their produce.” Read full report by Harikishan Sharma

15:24 (IST)08 Sep 2021
We have surrounded Delhi from all sides: Rakesh Tikait

Addressing the gathering, farmer leader Rakesh Tikait said CM M L Khattar wants to shift the agitation from the Delhi border to Karnal. “We have surrounded  Delhi from five sides. A large number of people there are from Haryana. We must understand the CM’s ploy and continue our mobilisation  on Delhi borders.”

Commenting on the administration’s move to arrest the farmer leaders last evening, Tikait said the administration could have declared Anaj Mandi a jail. He cited the example of Mumbai where the Azad maidan, was converted into a jail for over 50,000 protesters. “Had the Karnal administration done that, we could have brought our animals here. It would still have been a big win for us.”

Last evening, the protesters had deflated the tyres of the police bus that  farmer leaders had boarded for courting  arrest.

Tikait said the farmers have no grouse against the police. “Last night, the cops also slept here with us. Our enemy is not present here. And we must be careful of his machinations. Tikait stressed that the farmer agitation is peaceful.  “Haryana farmers are krantikari. They are the strength of our agitation,” he said as the gathering was served piping hot food prepared at a local shrine. The farmers did not allow anyone to enter the mini civil secretariat from the main gate. Some officers and staff, however, made their way inside through the rear gate.”

15:21 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Govt hikes wheat MSP by Rs 40 to Rs 2,015 per quintal for 2021-22 crop year

The Union Cabinet has approved MSP for the rabi marketing season 2022-23. The MSP for wheat was increased to Rs 2015 per quintal from Rs 1,975 per quintal, a two per cent rise. It also hiked the MSP for mustard seed by Rs  400 to Rs 5,050 per quintal for the current crop year.

A decision in this regard was taken at a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

14:37 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Karnal administration once again invites the farmer leaders for talks

As a large number of farmers from across several districts of Haryana and the neighbouring states continue to squat at the gates of the district headquarters in Haryana’s Karnal following failed talks with the BJP-led state government, the Karnal administration once again invited the farmer leaders for talks.

12:14 (IST)08 Sep 2021
Haryana extends ban on Internet, SMS services In Karnal

The Haryana government has extended the ban on mobile internet and SMS services in Karnal in the wake of the ongoing farmers' protests, ANI reported. 

"In exercise of powers conferred upon me by virtue of Rule 2 of Temporary Suspension of Telecom Services (Public Emergency or Public Safety ) Rules, 2017, I, Home Secretary, Haryana do hereby order for the suspension of the mobile internet services (2G/3G/4G/CDMA/GPRS), all SMS services including bulk SMS (excluding banking and mobile recharge) and all dongle services etc. provided on mobile networks except the voice calls in district Karnal from 12:00 midnight to 11:59 pm on Wednesday," a government order read. 

Farmers from various Unions protesting against Haryana Police over the Karnal lathicharge in Patiala on Sunday. (Express Photo by Harmeet Sodhi)

On Tuesday, police used a water cannon on the protesting farmers as they marched towards the complex. An 11-member delegation of farmer leaders had been invited to hold talks with the district administration as protesters in large numbers assembled for a mahapanchayat. As talks with officials failed, farmers had started marching towards the mini-secretariat.

Balbir Singh Rajewal said that discussions with the district administration have failed despite three rounds of talks. He added that farmers will not break any police barricades, but will continue with their decision to gherao mini-secretariat. He further said that farmers will not indulge in any law and order disruption and in case cops try to stop them, they will court arrest.

Haryana suspends mobile internet services in 5 districts

Haryana has suspended mobile internet services in Karnal, Kurukshetra, Kaithal, Jind and Panipat districts from 12:00 am Tuesday to midnight 24 hours later (11.59 pm), to maintain law and order in view of the farmers’ protest. The protesting farmers have called for a gherao of mini-secretariat in Karnal Tuesday.

The police have also issued a traffic advisory for motorists, especially travelling on the NH-44 (Ambala-New Delhi stretch). The police have announced route diversions and said adequate security arrangements were made to avert any law and order disruption.

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