Farmers’ Protest LIVE Updates: Farm Laws Designed To Destroy Agriculture Sector, Says Rahul Gandhi

Launching a fresh attack on the Centre over the three farm laws, Rahul Gandhi said that the laws are designed to destroy the agriculture sector. He added that there is a tragedy unfolding in the country and alleged that India is now owned by 4-5 people.

Addressing a press conference after releasing a booklet over the three Central farm laws at the party headquarters in Delhi, the Congress MP said that the government wants to misinform people about this tragedy but the truth is a huge tragedy is unfolding. “There is a tragedy unfolding in our country today. The government wants to ignore this tragedy. It wants to misinform people about this tragedy but the truth is a huge tragedy is unfolding. I am not just talking about the farmers, because that is only a part of that tragedy,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court-appointed committee on the three new farm laws is holding its first meeting on Tuesday, the meeting has commenced with the members appointed by the apex court to negotiate between the centre and the protesting farmers to bring out a resolution.

However, farmers remain adamant to their stand and refuse to participate in the talks held by the Supreme Court committee. On this, Farmer Union leader Rakesh Tikait has said, “We don’t know, we’re not going (to first meeting of SC-formed committee). Nobody from the agitation approached Court. Govt brought Bill through Ordinance, it was tabled in the House. It’ll go back the same route it came from.”

In another update, Officers of Delhi Police and Uttar Pradesh Police have reached the protesting site at the Singhu border, to hold talks with the protesting peasants. The meeting is currently underway.

The central government has postponed the tenth round of scheduled talks with the protesting farmers’ representatives to January 20, informed the Agriculture Ministry on Monday.

The meeting was earlier scheduled for Tuesday, January 19 and now it will be held on Wednesday at Vigyan Bhavan at 2 pm.

Earlier, farmers protesting at the borders of the national capital celebrated Women Farmers’ Day on January 18 to respect the incomparable role of women in agriculture.

As per a statement from the Samyukta Kisan Morcha, the platform for farm unions who are protesting at the borders of Delhi against the Centre’s contentious farm laws, the day was observed to exercise women’s contribution in protests and every sphere.

Meanwhile, hearing a plea seeking an injunction against the proposed tractor rally on Republic Day, the Supreme Court said that the question of entry into Delhi is a law and order situation that is to be determined by Police.

The matter has been adjourned for Wednesday. CJI SA Bobde while hearing the case said, “Right now, we can’t deal with it…The question of entry into Delhi is a law and order situation that is to be determined by the police.”

The top court said Delhi Police is at liberty to invoke all powers under the law and has all the power to deal with law and order situations.

“We have told the Attorney General and Solicitor General before that whether who should allow and who should not be allowed and the number of people who can enter is all matters of law and order and that has to be dealt with the by the police. We are not the first authority,” news agency ANI quoted CJI as saying.

The Apex Court had already issued the notice on this issue on the application filed by the Delhi Police, on the last date of hearing on January 12.

A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India Sharad Arvind Bobde was hearing the application along with pleas raising the issue of farmers protesting at Delhi borders.

The Centre, in an application filed through Delhi Police, has said that any proposed rally or protest which seeks to disrupt and disturb the Republic Day celebrations will cause an “embarrassment to the nation”.

Farmers will carry out a tractor parade along Delhi’s Outer Ring Road on Republic Day, announced Swaraj India leader Yogendra Yadav on Sunday, asserting that the parade will be conducted peacefully with the national flag.

“Farmers will carry out a tractor parade with the national flag on the Outer Ring Road of Delhi on Republic Day. Along with jawans, the kisan will also celebrate the sovereignty of the country,” Yadav said at a press conference here. This comes on the 53rd day of the farmers’ protest at the borders of the national capital against the Centre’s farm laws.

For the parade, Yadav also added that weapons of any kind, inciteful language, and violent actions would be strictly not allowed in the parade and hoped that the Delhi and Haryana Police would not cause hindrances to the parade.

“No disruption will be caused to the official Republic Day ceremony,” he added.
The parade will pass through Peeragadhi, Janakpuri, Dhaula Kuan, Munirka, IIT, Khel Gaon, Chirag Delhi, Nehru Place, Okhla, Majnu ka tila, Burari, Azadpur, among other areas.

“There will be a national flag or an emblem of a farm union on each vehicle, and flags of political parties will be allowed anywhere. Those unable to participate in the parade in Delhi will do so in their respective states while following the same guidelines,” Yadav added.

Besides, All India Kisan Sabha on Sunday distanced itself from the proposal to reconstitute the Supreme Court’s committee on farm laws. AIKS General Secretary Hannan Mollah said the proposal was not his organisation’s idea, and it has not presented any suggestions to the court.

Furthermore, the Kandhi Kissan Sangharsh Committee (KKSC) on Sunday invited BJP leader Hema Malini to Punjab to explain to them the benefits of the three farm laws. The farmers’ body also offered to bear the expenses for Mathura MP’s travel and stay at a five-star hotel for a week, The Indian Express reported.

This comes days after the actor-turned-politician said that the farmers “don’t know what they want” as they have “no agenda” and have been instigated by the “vested interests” in the Opposition.

The deadlock between the centre and farmer leaders continues as discussion on farm laws remain inconclusive. The talks went underway on various clauses including the MSP and Essential Commodities Act.

Meanwhile, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar urged farmer leaders to be flexible in their approach as has been done by the government.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Supreme Court formed a four-member committee to hold discussions with the farmers and resolve their concerns regarding the three farm laws.


The farmers are protesting against the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.

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