Farmers’ Protest LIVE | Amit Shah holds late-night meet as farmers threaten to gherao Delhi
Rohit Kumar, Editor: The farmers protest against the contentious agricultural acts at borders of Delhi will likely intensify today as the agitators have threatened to block several entry points of the national capital. The farmers have declined Home Minister Amit Shah’s “conditional” offer for talks, calling it an “insult” and have said that they “won’t go to an open jail”.
Amid this, Prime Minister on Sunday reached out to farmers via Mann Ki Baat and hailed the agricultural acts, saying it has opened “new doors of possibilities” for the farmers. He also said that his government is committed to the welfare of the “hardworking farmers”, noting that the acts were passed in Parliament after a lot of “brainstorming”.
Here are the LIVE updates from the big story:
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11:13 am: Meanwhile, medical check-up camps have been setup at Delhi-Singhu border for the farmers by the administration. “We should conduct COVID-19 test here. If there’s any possibility of a super spreader, the disease might spread to other people which will be disastrous,” says a doctor.
11:01 am: Union Minister Prakash Javadekar, meanwhile, has said that farmers are misunderstanding the farm laws and the government will not remove the minimum support price (MSP). “Farmers in Punjab sold more than last year in the paddy market and more on MSP,” he said, as reported by News18.
10:58 am: Protesting farmers who have gathered at Singhu border offer prayers on the occasion of Guru Nanak Jayanti.
10:10 am: “Mitron, Modi-Shah promised that Centre would double farmer income by 2022. At current rates that won’t happen till at least 2028. Meanwhile, in Didi’s Bengal farmer income has already tripled in 9 years. Facts. Not faff,” says TMC’s Derek O’Brien.
10:09 am: Amid the intensifying protest, Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday night reportedly held a meeting with Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and discussed the situation.
9:01 am: Tikri, Singhu borders are closed for any traffic movement: Delhi Traffic Police
9:00 am: Farmers continue their protest at the Ghazipur-Ghaziabad border.