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Farmers’ Protest: ‘Bharat Bandh’ Call Given for 8 Dec Amid Impasse

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Farmers gather at the Singhu border during their ongoing Delhi Chalo protest against Centres new farm laws, in New Delhi.
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Intensifying the farmers’ protest against the three contentious laws amid a deadlock with the Centre, a call for a ‘Bharat Bandh’ on 8 December was given by leaders on Friday, 4 December.

We have decided to give ‘Bharat Bandh’ call on 8 December, farmer leader Harvinder Singh Lakhwal was quoted as saying by news agency PTI after a meeting. He added that they have planned to block the remaining roads of Delhi.

Meanwhile, a petition has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking immediate removal of farmers who are protesting at the border areas of Delhi-NCR, Bar & Bench reported. The plea filed by an advocate reportedly cites an increase in the risk of spread of COVID-19 in Delhi, and says that the protest is working as an obstacle for accessing emergency medical services and attending to patients.

Snapshot
  • On Thursday, a meeting between the farmers’ representatives and the government ended inconclusively, though the latter seemed willing to concede to some of the demands
  • The next round of talks will be held on 5 December
  • Tomar, addressing the media on Thursday, said that the government has no ego and is considering the demands of the farmers with an open mind
  • Congress has demanded an early Winter Session to discuss the ongoing farmers’ issues

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6:27 PM , 04 Dec
KEY EVENT

‘Bharat Bandh’ Call Given for 8 December Amid Impasse

Intensifying the farmers’ protest against the three contentious laws amid a deadlock with the Centre, a call for a ‘Bharat Bandh’ on 8 December was given by leaders on Friday.

We have decided to give ‘Bharat Bandh’ call on 8 December, farmer leader Harvinder Singh Lakhwal was quoted as saying by news agency PTI after a meeting. He added that they have planned to block the remaining roads of Delhi.

“Yesterday, we told the Government that the farm laws should be withdrawn. On 5 December, effigies of PM Modi will be burnt across the country. We have given a call for Bharat Bandh on 8 December,” Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU-Lakhowal) General Secretary HS Lakhowal was quoted as saying by ANI at the Singhu border.

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4:50 PM , 04 Dec
KEY EVENT

Plea in SC For Farmers’ Removal from Delhi-NCR Border, Cites COVID

A petition has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking immediate removal of farmers who are protesting at the border areas of Delhi-NCR against the recently passed agricultural laws, Bar & Bench reported.

The plea filed by an advocate reportedly cites an increase in the risk of spread of COVID-19 in Delhi, and says that the protest is working as an obstacle for accessing emergency medical services and attending to patients.

2:53 PM , 04 Dec
KEY EVENT

Mamata Banerjee Expresses Solidarity With Farmers

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee on Friday took to Twitter to express solidarity with farmers protesting against the “draconian farm bills passed without consultation by Centre”.

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2:19 PM , 04 Dec
KEY EVENT

Derek O'Brien Meets Farmers at Singhu Border, Mamata Speaks to Them Over Phone

TMC leader Derek O'Brien on Friday met farmers gathered in protest at the Singhu border, while West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee spoke to the farmers over the phone, ANI reports.


Published: 04 Dec 2020, 8:28 AM IST
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