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Hunger Strike Held, Govt Says ‘Engaging’ With Farm Reps for Talks

Catch all the updates on the farmers’ protests here.  

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The government is engaging with farmer leaders to decide on the next date of talks, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said on Monday, 14 December, asserting that a meeting will definitely happen.

As the agitation against the three contentious farm laws entered its 19th day on Monday, farmer union leaders observed a hunger strike as part of their plan to intensify the protest.

In Punjab and Haryana, slogans were also raised outside offices of district commissioners and protest marches taken out by protesting farmers.

Snapshot
  • Various MPs and MLAs of Haryana met Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar in Delhi on Monday
  • Anna Hazare on Monday wrote to Tomar, saying that he will launch a hunger strike against the Central government if the farmers’ issues are not resolved
  • Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal observed a one-day fast in solidarity with the protesting farmers on Monday
  • Hundreds of farmers from Rajasthan blocked some major roads as part of their ‘Dilli Chalo’ march, while police set up barricades to stop farmers at the Rewari border on Sunday
  • On Sunday, Punjab DIG Prisons Lakhminder Singh Jakhar resigned from his post, in solidarity with the ongoing protests

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8:05 PM , 14 Dec

Will Launch Hunger Strike if Farmers' Issues Not Resolved: Anna Hazare to Agri Minister

Social activist Anna Hazare on Monday wrote to Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, saying that he will launch a hunger strike against the Central government if the farmers' issues are not resolved, reported ANI.

In his letter, Hazare referred to the Centre's "failure" to fulfil his demands, including the implementation of recommendations made by MS Swaminathan Commission, according to PTI.

6:11 PM , 14 Dec

'Farmers Are in Peril These Days': Delhi CM Kejriwal

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, who was observing a fast in solidarity with the protesting farmers on Monday, was quoted by ANI as saying, "Our farmers are in peril these days. Those who should be tilling their fields are sitting in the biting cold. But I'm happy that people in the country, including army (personnel), lawyers, actors, doctors, are with them. We are with the farmers too."

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6:04 PM , 14 Dec

Haryana MPs, MLAs Meet Agriculture Minister

Various MPs and MLAs of Haryana met Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar in Delhi on Monday.

Meanwhile, earlier on Monday, Haryana Deputy CM Dushyant Chautala was quoted as saying, “Agriculture minister and home minister are continuously discussing the issue. The next round of discussions will be held soon. I hope the 40 unions who came for talks earlier, will also join the next round of talks and come to a conclusion.”

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5:32 PM , 14 Dec
KEY EVENT

'Govt Engaging With Farmer Leaders to Decide Next Date of Talks': Agri Minister

The government is engaging with farmer leaders to decide on the next date of talks, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said on Monday. asserting that a meeting will definitely happen, PTI reported.

“We have said that we are ready for the talks. The government will definitely do it if their (farmer unions') proposal comes... We want the discussions to be held clause-by-clause. They'll give their opinion on our proposal, we'll definitely hold further talks,” Tomar was quoted by ANI as saying.

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Published: 14 Dec 2020, 8:22 AM IST
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