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Farmers Threaten to Hold Tractor Rally in Delhi on Republic Day, Farmer Dies by Suicide: Top News | India News

NEW DELHI: Farmers protesting on Delhi’s borders for more than a month against the three farm laws on Saturday threatened to hold a rally of tractors to the national capital on Republic Day if their demands were not met. Meanwhile, the main opposition has called on the center to withdraw the legislation and not be “stubborn.”
These are the key developments of the day:
1. Strengthening their position ahead of the next round of talks to be held with the government on January 5, protesting farmers’ unions said they will bring a tractor parade to Delhi on January 26, when the country will hold on Republic Day, if your demands were not met. Speaking to the media, union leaders said the time has come to take “decisive” action, as the government has yet to address their demands. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will be the main guest at the Republic Day parade on Rajpath on January 26. Peasant leader Darshan Pal Singh said his proposed parade will be called the “Kisan Parade” and will take place after the Republic Day parade. Thousands of farmers, mostly from Punjab and Haryana, have been camping at three Delhi border points: Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur for more than a month, demanding the repeal of the three agricultural laws, a legal guarantee of a minimum price of support for your crops and two others. “We intend to be peaceful and told the government during the talks that it has only two options: either repeal the three laws or use force to dislodge us (from the Delhi border points). The time has come to take decisive action here. , and we have chosen January 26 as the Day of the Republic that represents the supremacy of the people ”, said the union leaders.
2. A 75-year-old farmer protesting against the centre’s new agricultural laws allegedly hanged himself on the Uttar Pradesh-Delhi border in Ghazipur in the morning. Sardar Kashmir Singh, a native of Bilaspur in the Rampur district of Uttar Pradesh, hanged himself on a mobile toilet with a rope, police said. Indirapuram Deputy Superintendent of Police Anshu Jain said a suicide note written in Gurumukhi was found on him. Singh wrote in the suicide note that the government must repeal these agricultural laws because they go against the interests of farmers, according to a leader of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU). In the alleged suicide note, Singh expressed his anguish that although some Punjab people died during the upheaval, no one from Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand has sacrificed their lives for the cause. He also called on the Sikh community to help his family marry off his two granddaughters and to address the domestic problems facing his married daughter. His body was handed over to his grandchildren, who were also part of the protest in Ghazipur, the Jain police officer said.
3. Samajwadi Party (SP) chairman Akhilesh Yadav called the death of a 57-year-old farmer due to a heart attack “disturbing” while protesting against the center’s new agricultural laws on the Ghazipur border, and accused the BJP ruler to be “cruel”. In a Hindi tweet, he said: “On the first day of the new year, the news of the martyrdom of a farmer on the Ghazipur border is disturbing. Farmers are sacrificing their lives in the dense fog and cold, but the ruling The match is sitting heartless. The cruelty seen in the BJP has never been seen until now. ” Mohar Singh died of a heart attack while protesting agricultural laws on the Ghazipur border in Ghaziabad on Friday. Singh, a resident of Bhagwanpur Nangal village in Baghpat district of Uttar Pradesh, was rushed to a nearby hospital where doctors pronounced him dead, an official said. Indirapuram Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Anshu Jain had said that the farmer died of a heart attack. Commenting on the incident, the state president of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU), Rajbir Singh, said that all farmers who lost their lives during the protest against the agricultural laws must obtain martyr status.
4. Congress urged the government to abandon its “stubborn attitude” and accept the demands of farmers protesting the new farm laws amid cold weather. Congress Secretary-General Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said reports of farmers dying while protesting on the Delhi border amid harsh winter conditions are “disturbing”. “According to media reports, 57 farmers have lost their lives while dozens are unwell. The government is showing great callousness by not acceding to the demands of protesting farmers,” said the secretary general of Congress and his official in Uttar Pradesh. The leader of Congress and former Minister of the Union, P Chidambaram, welcomed the determination of the farmers. “The government must give in and agree to hold agricultural laws pending their repeal. Any new laws must take into account the needs and wishes of the agricultural community,” he tweeted.
5. The country’s rabi food grain output, including wheat, in the current 2020-21 crop season is expected to be better than the previous year’s record of 153.27 million tonnes, according to Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar . Planting of rabi (winter) crops has started. Rabi sowing starts from October immediately after the harvest of the kharif (summer) crops. Wheat and mustard are the main rabi crops. The agricultural season runs from July to June. Tomar said the country’s agriculture sector performed well during 2020 as food grain production rose to a record in the kharif season and farmers worked hard despite the COVID-19 pandemic and proved their relevance. “This year, we expect better food grain production in the rabi season than last year (the same season),” he said. For the 2020-21 crop year, the Center has set a goal of a record food grain production of 301 million tonnes, of which 151.65 million tonnes are expected to come from the rabi season. Furthermore, the minister said that progress to be made on recent government initiatives, including two new agricultural laws on marketing, the formation of 10,000 FPO (Agricultural Producer Organizations), the Rs 1 lakh crore Agricultural Infrastructure Fund, will also benefit to farmers and will boost the sector. “I hope that the hard work of farmers and the farmer-friendly policies of the Modi government will strengthen the agricultural sector. The new reforms will also benefit the sector,” he added.

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