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Farmers' protest LIVE: 'Rail Roko' across India on Feb 18, says agri union

Farmers' protest LIVE updates: 'Agitating farmers were not aiming at any change in power at the Centre', said Rakesh Tikait

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BS Web Team  | New Delhi 


Farmers' protest LIVE updates Day 77: Intensifying their agitation against the three new agricultural laws, protesting farmer unions Wednesday announced a four-hour nationwide 'rail roko' (railway blockade) on February 18. In a statement, the Samyukta Kisan Morcha, which is spearheading the protest, also announced that toll collection will not be allowed in Rajasthan from February 12.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday declared that these farm laws are "optional and not compulsory". He asserted that the central government honours the farmers, and it is ready to accept their logical suggestions on the three contentious farm laws.

BKU leader Rakesh Tikait today said that the agitating farmers were not aiming at any change in power at the Centre but a solution to their problems as he said many of their leaders will tour different parts of the country to spread the movement.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday arrested actor-activist Deep Sidhu over the violence at the on .

The protesting farmers have expressed the apprehension that these laws would pave the way for the dismantling of the minimum support price (MSP) system, leaving them at the "mercy" of big corporations. However, the government has maintained that the new laws will bring better opportunities to farmers and introduce new technologies in agriculture.


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First Published: Wed, February 10 2021. 07:08 IST