LIVE: Minister Tomar sends 8-point letter to farmers, assures them of MSP

Farmers' protest LIVE updates Day 22: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal today tore up copies of the Centre's three new agriculture-related laws in the legislative assembly

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A farmer holding a plow during a protest against farm laws, at Singhu Border in New Delhi on Wednesday.

Farmers' protest LIVE updates Day 22: Reaching out to farmers protesting the three farm laws for the last 22 days, Union Minister for Agriculture Narendra Singh Tomar has written a letter to them saying the minimum support price (MSP) is going to continue.

The Supreme Court on Thursday acknowledged the right of farmers to non-violent protests and mooted the idea of putting on hold the contentious farm laws to enable negotiations with agitating farmers which was opposed by the Centre saying agriculturists would then not come forward for the talks.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today tore up copies of the Centre's three new agriculture-related laws in the legislative assembly, saying he cannot betray the country's farmers. Addressing the Delhi Assembly, the chief minister also alleged that the laws have been made for electoral funding of the BJP and not the farmers.

A high-level meeting of the government and office bearers of the ruling BJP members was held today at the BJP headquarters in view of the farmers ' agitation which entered its 22nd day on Thursday. Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Railways Minister Piyush Goyal were present in the meeting, among other top leaders.
 
Thousands of farmers from Punjab, Haryana and elsewhere have been protesting at various border points of Delhi, including Singhu and Tikri, for over a fortnight, demanding that the Centre repeal the three new farm laws.

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First Published: Dec 17 2020 | 7:00 AM IST

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