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Farmers’ Protest Live Updates: Those who are in power don’t care about farmers, says Sharad Pawar

Farmers’ Protest Live Updates: Over 6,000 farmers from across 21 districts in Maharashtra arrived in Mumbai in a convoy of 500 vehicles to begin their three-day sit-in at Azad Maidan in solidarity with protesting farmers at the Delhi border. Addressing a rally at Azad Maidan, NCP president Sharad Pawar said, “It’s unfortunate that those who are in power don’t care about farmers. Centre refused oppositions demand to refer these laws to select committee. This was a way put to built consensus. But Modi govt insisted it is passed as it was. It is a violation of the Constitution. The process to teach govt a lesson has begun through farmers. There cannot be a compromise on MSP.”

The farmers have gathered under the banner of All India Kisan Sabha’s (AIKS) Maharashtra unit. The rally is part of the call given by Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), which is leading the Delhi protests, to intensify and broaden the struggle from January 23 to 26. More farmers are expected to join the gathering on Monday. The farmers taking part in the vehicle rally converged at Azad Maidan on January 24 and began a three-day sit-in. On January 25, a massive rally will be taken to Raj Bhavan and a memo will be submitted to the Governor. On January 26, there will be a Republic Day flag hoisting at Azad Maidan.

The Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee Monday said they will meet the Delhi Police at 10 am to decide a time and route for their tractor rally as they we were not satisfied with the kind of permission granted to them. “We feel that the kind of permission granted to us for tractor rally is not right. We wanted to go to the old Ring Road but we were given conditional permission & assigned the portion that comes largely under Haryana,” Sukhwinder Singh Sabhra told news agency ANI.

The Delhi Police had on Sunday allowed the farmers’ tractor march in the city on Republic Day and finalised three routes after a week of meetings between farmers and senior police officers, putting in place adequate security arrangements. Haryana authorities have also advised people to avoid travelling to the national capital.

In a press conference, Special CP (Intelligence) Dependra Pathak said, “We held discussions with Bharatiya Kisan Union leaders and there’s an agreement that they will carry out their march after Republic Day celebrations at Rajpath. There should be no disturbance during the parade. We will provide them with adequate security; their march will be peaceful and they will return to the border at the end.”

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Farmers to meet Delhi Police to decide Republic Day tractor rally route; security arrangements tightened; NCP chief Sharad Pawar to address farmers’ rally in Mumbai’s Azad Maidan on Monday. Follow this space for the latest updates.

16:15 (IST)25 JAN 2021

Has PM enquired about farmers who are agitating for the last 60 days: Sharad Pawar

“Braving cold weather, farmers from Punjab, Haryana & Uttar Pradesh are agitating for the last 60 days. Has the PM enquired about them? Do these farmers belong to Pakistan?,” NCP chief Sharad Pawar was quoted as saying by ANI. The NCP leader was addressing farmers’ rally in Mumbai in support of farmers protesting in Delhi.

16:09 (IST)25 JAN 2021

Group of people gathers at Connaught Place in solidarity with protesting farmers

A group of people gathered in central Delhi’s Connaught Place in support of farmers agitating against the Centre’s new farm laws, police said on Monday. According to police, 20 to 25 people gathered near Block A and Block B of Connaught Place at around 3.15 pm on Sunday. They were not allowed to protest at the venue and asked to leave. The group, however, wanted to go towards Bangla Sahab Gurudwara via Baba Kharag Singh Marg, carrying pamphlets in support of the farmers, a senior police officer said.

The protesters were stopped near Shivaji Stadium Metro Station, BKS Road, Connaught Place. They were briefed about law and order situation and imposition of section 144 CrPC in the area, he said. The group later dispersed peacefully, he added. (PTI)

15:56 (IST)25 JAN 2021

Farmers march towards Raj Bhavan from Azad Maidan in Mumbai

Agitators protesting the new farm laws moving towards the Raj Bhavan (Governor’s House) in Mumbai, were stopped by the police.

15:32 (IST)25 JAN 2021

Some parties doing ‘drama’ over farmers’ protest: Devendra Fadnavis

Senior BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis on Monday alleged that some political parties were doing ‘drama’ and spreading wrong information over the issue on farmers’ protest against the Centre’s three new farm laws. His remarks came in the wake of a rally organised by farmers in Mumbai which has been supported by the NCP and Congress in Maharashtra.

Talking to PTI, Fadnavis, who is the leader of opposition in the Maharashtra Assembly, claimed that it was the previous Congress-NCP government which allowed contract farming and direct purchase of farm products. He said so much time has passed since the farm bills were passed (by the BJP-led central government last year) and Maharashtra did not witness any protest against it.

15:16 (IST)25 JAN 2021

Those who are in power don’t care about farmers, says Sharad Pawar

Addressing a rally at Azad Maidan, NCP president Sharad Pawar said, “It’s unfortunate that those who are in power don’t care about farmers. Centre refused oppositions demand to refer these laws to select committee. This was a way put to built consensus. But Modi govt insisted it is passed as it was. It is a violation of the Constitution. The process to teach govt a lesson has begun through farmers. There cannot be a compromise on MSP.”

15:13 (IST)25 JAN 2021

Farmers’ rally in Mumbai only for ‘publicity’: Ramdas Athawale

Union minister Ramdas Athawale on Monday said there was no need of a farmers’ march in Mumbai in support of peasants protesting near Delhi against the Centre’s three new farm laws, and claimed it is being done only for “publicity”. The central government is on the farmers’ side and ready to give justice to the peasants, he asserted. However, the NCP, an ally of the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maharashtra government, accused Athawale of insulting farmers by calling the protest in Mumbai as a “publicity stunt”, and asked him to apologise to all the peasants.

Thousands of farmers from across Maharashtra have reached Mumbai to participate in a rally in the state capital on Monday against the Centre’s three new farm laws and to support farmers bodies agitating near Delhi over the issue. (PTI)

13:47 (IST)25 JAN 2021

Jo kisan ki baat karega, wo desh ka raaj karega: Sunil Chhatrapal Kedar at Azad Maidan

At the farmers’ rally in Mumbai’s Azad Maidan, Congress minister Sunil Chhatrapal Kedar said, “Jo kisan ki baat karega, wo desh ka raaj karega.”

CPM leader Narasayya Adam demanded permanent scrapping of the Centre’s three farm laws.

13:43 (IST)25 JAN 2021

Farmers’ rally in Mumbai: No police nod for farmers’ march to Raj Bhavan

Police have made tight security arrangements at the venue of a farmers’ rally here and protesters are not allowed to march from south Mumbai to the Raj Bhavan, a senior police official said on Monday, reported PTI.

The All India Kisan Sabha’s (AIKS) Maharashtra unit on Sunday said the protesters will later march to the Raj Bhavan
and submit a memorandum to Governor B S Koshyari over their various demands.

Joint Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Vishwas Nangre Patil said, “As per a Bombay High Court order, no
morcha is allowed in south Mumbai and we are convincing representatives of the farmers to follow the court order.”

“They are urging us to allow a morcha till the Raj Bhavan, but we have shown them the high court order. If they
come out of the Azad Maidan to go to the Raj Bhavan, we will try to stop them and allow only their delegation to go to the Raj Bhavan,” the official said.

“We don’t want people to face traffic congestion due to the morcha. There will be a smooth flow of traffic in south
Mumbai,” the official added.

13:30 (IST)25 JAN 2021

NCP president Sharad Pawar arrives at Azad Maidan, Mumbai

NCP president Sharad Pawar arrived at the farmers’ rally in Azad Maidan, Mumbai on Monday afternoon.Hannan Mollah who participated in eight rounds of talks between union government and farmers’ is also present at the rally.

13:20 (IST)25 JAN 2021

Cong will not give up protest till all three laws are repealed: Balasaheb Thorat at Azad Maidan, Mumbai

Senior Congress revenue minister and MPCC president Balasaheb Thorat arrived at Azad Maidan on Monday to address the farmers’ rally.

Thorat said Congress will not give up its protest till all three draconian farm laws are repealed.

13:11 (IST)25 JAN 2021

Watch video: Doctors and paramedics from Ludhiana leave for farmers’ Republic Day parade in Delhi

Ten ambulances, 40 medical professionals from Ludhiana’s Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha Hospital, left for Delhi on Monday afternoon. They will join the protesting farmers in their tractor parade on Republic Day.

12:27 (IST)25 JAN 2021

Sanjay Raut cautions protesters against Covid-19

Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut Monday said the COVID-19 threat is still not over in Mumbai and proper care should be taken accordingly
during farmers’ protest here or else there will be a new crisis will be in Maharashtra, PTI reported.

“I saw yesterday farmers from different places in Maharashtra reached Mumbai. Will need to take care. The COVID-19 threat is still not over in Mumbai,” Raut said. “It will be better if care is taken in that case. Or else, a new crisis will spread in Maharashtra is what the chief minister is worried about,” he further added.

Raut alleged that “some invisible force” does not want peasants to get justice. He also said that an “atmosphere of instability” prevails in the country.

11:26 (IST)25 JAN 2021

Punjab: Doctors, paramedics to arrive in Delhi for Republic Day tractor parade

A team of doctors and paramedics under the banner of Indian Doctors for Peace and Development is on its way from Punjab to Delhi. The team will be a part of the farmers’ Republic Day tractor parade in order to provide medical aid to those in need.

10:51 (IST)25 JAN 2021

Farmers continue to arrive at Azad Maidan in Mumbai

Farmers from various districts of Maharashtra continued to gather at Azad Maidan in Mumbaion Monday, in their protest against the Centre’s farm laws.

“We’ll give memorandum to Governor today. Our families have also come with us because if we lose farming, the entire family will come on road,” a protester told news agency ANI.

10:33 (IST)25 JAN 2021

Tractor march to Delhi continues, unions peg 1 lakh from Haryana, 80,000 from Punjab

The movement of tractors from Punjab and Haryana to Delhi borders that began Friday for the January 26 ‘tractor parade’ continued on Sunday with more than 10,000 farm vehicles taking over the highways to the national capital.

Farmer leaders from Haryana said they are expecting movement of over one lakh tractors from the state to Delhi while another 80,000 from Punjab have either reached the national capital’s borders or are on the way.

The numbers, however, are disputed by the intelligence officials who estimate movement of around 50,000 tractors to Delhi from Haryana and Punjab. They confirmed huge traffic jams on national highways, state highways as thousands of tractors from Punjab too entered Haryana on way to Delhi.

10:01 (IST)25 JAN 2021

Farmers to meet Delhi Police to decide tractor rally route

The Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee Monday said they will meet the Delhi Police at 10 am to decide a time and route for their tractor rally as they we were not satisfied with the kind of permission granted to them. “We feel that the kind of permission granted to us for tractor rally is not right. We wanted to go to the old Ring Road but we were given conditional permission & assigned the portion that comes largely under Haryana,” Sukhwinder Singh Sabhra told news agency ANI.

09:44 (IST)25 JAN 2021

Welcome to our live blog!

Hi, welcome to our live blog on the farmers’ protest against the Centre’s new farm laws. While some farmers are holding a three-day sit-in at Azad Maidan in Mumbai, protesting farmers’ at Delhi’s border will take out a tractor rally on Republic Day. Follow this space for the latest updates.

Farmers protest LIVE updates: Sharad Pawar to address farmers' rally at Mumbai's Azad Maidan Tractors at Ghazipur border for the farmers’ Republic Day march, in New Delhi on Saturday. (Express photo by Praveen Khanna)

The Haryana Police said there would be disruptions in vehicular movement on the national highway from Karnal and Rohtak towards Delhi from Jan 25-27.

“Traffic on KMP-KGP expressway will also be impacted and interchanges at Kundli, Assaudha and Badli will not be accessible to traffic movement on these dates,” a police advisory said. “Therefore, all commuters are being advised not to use these routes on these dates to avoid any inconvenience,” it added

Farmer leaders had earlier said a group of 500 tractors-trolleys left Amritsar and several others batches from Phagwara, Hoshiarpur and other places of Punjab also moved towards the national capital to take part in the tractor parade.

They also appealed to those participating in the Republic Day tractor march to carry enough ration for 24 hours and ensure that the rally remains peaceful.

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