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Sunday, Feb 28, 2021

Farmers' Protest LIVE: Bills won't benefit farmers, says Maharashtra Dy CM

Various farmers' bodies have hit the streets against the agricultural bills. Farmers argue that the bills will dismantle the MSP system, leaving them at the mercy of big corporates. However, the Centre, has repeatedly assured them MSP will not be withdrawn.

By hindustantimes.com | Updated: Sep 25, 2020 16:11 IST
Farmers' Protest LIVE: Bills won't benefit farmers, says Maharashtra Dy CM
Farmers shout slogans as they block a railway track during a protest against farm bills passed by India's parliament, in Devi Dasspura village on the outskirts of Amritsar, India, September 24, 2020. REUTERS/Munish Sharma

A country-wide bandh is being observed on Friday against the Centre’s contentious farm bills. Various farmers’ bodies, including the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) are participating in the Bharat Bandh. Also, in Punjab, farmers’ three-day rail roko agitation has entered its second day as protesters continue to sit on railway tracks across the state.

Meanwhile, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), the oldest ally of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is in power at the Centre, will hold a ‘chakka’ jam across Punjab against the agricultural bills. The party’s only representative in the Union cabinet, Harsimrat Kaur Badal, had resigned last week in protest against the bills.

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04:06 PM IST

Maharashtra deputy CM questions 'hurry' in passing bills

"Farmers have opposed the bills as they feel these will not benefit them. NCP has also opposed it. What was the hurry to pass them? We are trying that these Bills aren't implemented in the state. We've held a meeting on it," says Maharashtra deputy CM Ajit Pawar.

03:56 PM IST

Maha Vikas Aghadi opposes Centre's farm bills

Maharashtra minister and state Congress president Balasaheb Thorat says Maha Vikas Aghadi opposes farm bills and that the government will decide not to implement it in Maharashtra.

03:51 PM IST

Quit as Union minister against black law: Harsimrat Kaur Badal

"I quit as union food processing industry minister in opposition of the ‘kala kanoon’ (black law) being brought by the Modi government," says Harsimrat Kaur Badal.

03:51 PM IST

Farmers need unequivocal support from all: Sukhbir Badal

"Farmers need support from all quarters of the society as agriculture sector contributes significantly in the national building. Unequivocal support of the society will force the Centre to listen to the grievances of the farming community," says Sukhbir Badal.

02:23 PM IST

Sukhbir and Harsimrat Kaur Badal join 'chakka jam;

SAD president Sukhbir Badal and Bathinda Lok Sabha MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal begin 'chakka jam' at Badal village in Muktsar.

01:47 PM IST

Tamil Nadu farmers protest with human skulls in Trichy

Farmers from National South Indian River Interlinking Farmers’ Association protest outside Collector's office in Trichy with human skulls against the farm bills.

12:37 PM IST

Brawl breaks out between BJP-JAP workers in Patna

A clash breaks out in Patna between workers of the BJP and Pappu Yadav's Jan Adhikar Party (JAP) after JAP workers tried to enter BJP office while protesting against farm bills/

12:14 PM IST

Bharatiya Kisan Union protest in Noida, traffic diverted

Members of Bhartiya Kisan Union block roads, stage protest near Delhi border in Noida against farm bills. Traffic diverted to ensure people don't face any inconvenience.

11:56 AM IST

'BJP karyakartas should reach out to farmers on ground,' says PM Modi

Addressing BJP workers on 104th birth anniversary of party ideologue Deen Dayal Upadhyaya, PM Modi urges them to reach out to farmers on ground and inform them on intricacies and importance of the new farm reforms.

11:27 AM IST

RJD protests against farm bills in Patna

10:45 AM IST

Farm bills remind of East India company, tweets Priyanka Gandhi

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra says BJP's farm bills remind of East India company, adding no injustice with farmers shall be allowed.

09:58 AM IST

Tejashwi Yadav slams govt over farm bills

"Govt has made our 'anndaata' a puppet through its 'fund daata'. Farm Bills are anti-farmer and have left them dejected. Govt had said that they'll double farmers' income by 2022 but these Bills will make them poorer. Agriculture sector has been corporatised," says RJD's Tejashwi Yadav

09:32 AM IST

Protesters block Amritsar-Delhi national highway

09:30 AM IST

Delhi Police deploys personnel on Delhi-Uttar Pradesh highway

Delhi Police deploys personnel in Chilla near Delhi-UP border in the wake of nationwide anti-farm bills protest.

09:27 AM IST

Karnataka State Farmers' Association protest on K'taka-Tamil Nadu highway

Members of Karnataka State Farmers' Association protest near Bommanahalli on Karnataka-Tamil Nadu highway against farm bills. Police deployed to ensure law and order and Covid-19 protocols are not violated.

First published: Sep 25, 2020 07:20 IST