Farmers protest day 28: the decision on further talks with the Center today, Kisan Diwas will be observed through agitation, fasting, gherao
On December 25, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address virtually some farmers, which will coincide with the 30th day of the ongoing Dilli Chalo protest by farmers, which started on November 26. Before that, a decision on the next round of talks with the Center. The Center has probably already invited them and it is now up to the protesters to set a date. On Wednesday, on the anniversary of the birth of former Prime Minister Chaudhary Charan Singh, farmers will skip a meal in protest against the three farm laws, recently passed by Parliament.
Here are the latest updates from the farmers’ protest:
1. Some 32 farmers’ union leaders will meet on Wednesday to decide the next course of action, related to further talks with the government. The Union agriculture minister wrote a letter to the leaders on Sunday, asking them to set a convenient date for the next round of talks. The leaders met on Tuesday but the date will end today.
2. On the occasion of Kisan Diwas 2020, which is celebrated on the anniversary of the birth of former Prime Minister Chaudhary Charan Singh, farmers are ready to intensify their protests. Farmers will skip lunch as a symbolic protest to the three farm laws. Congress will hold a statewide protest in Uttar Pradesh.
3. The All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) and its associated unions said they will observe December 23 as “Skip Lunch” day to express solidarity with farmers.
Four. Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Tuesday met with some farmer groups from Delhi and Haryana who support the news laws.
5. Farmers camping at UP Gate on the Delhi-Ghaziabad border on Tuesday blocked all 14 lanes of National Highway 9 for eight hours.
6. From December 25 to 27, farmers will stop collecting tolls in Haryana. Farmers have also decided to orchestrate dishes during PM Modi’s Mann ki Baat on December 27.
7. The Kerala state government called a special session of the assembly on Wednesday to discuss and pass a resolution against agricultural laws. But Governor Arif Mohammed Khan did not approve the session. The chief minister, Pinarayi Vijayan, said it was “regrettable”.
8. The protesting farmers are stepping up their presence on social media. A Farmer Collective social media cell has been established, headed by Committee Vice Chairman Majha Kisan Baljeet Singh Sandhu, who will host a webinar on Thursday in which senior farmer leaders will address all inquiries. The zoom webinar will be open to 10,000 people.
9. Seeking the intervention of President Ram Nath Kovind to withdraw the three farm laws, Congress said that a memorandum signed by two crore farmers would be delivered to it on December 24 by a party delegation, led by Rahul Gandhi.
10. Harpreet Singh, a farmer from Punjab, objected to the Punjab BJP using his photo on their Facebook page to accompany a post saying the minimum support price will continue. Harpreet said he is sitting with the protesters at the Singhu border and that his photo was used without his permission.
(With contributions from the agency)