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Eight Union ministers will hold virtual rallies over eight days in Punjab from Tuesday to "address apprehensions of farmers amid widespread protests against the Centre's farm laws.

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Farmers protest at a private wheat silo in the Sangrur district of Punjab | Photo: Sai Manish

Eight Union ministers will hold virtual rallies over eight days in Punjab from Tuesday to "address apprehensions of farmers amid widespread protests against the Centre's farm laws.

Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri; Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Shekhawat; and Minister for Textiles Smriti Irani will be among the BJP leaders holding the rallies.

Others are Minister of State for Agriculture Kailash Choudhary; Minister of state for Finance Anurag Thakur; Minister of State for Animal Husbandry Sanjeev Balyan; Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Som Parkash; and Minister of State in the PMO Jitendra Singh.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Monday demanded a complete rollback of the three contentious central farm laws as he attended a protest by the Punjab unit of Aam Aadmi Party at the Jantar Mantar in Delhi.

Addressing his party workers from Punjab at the protest, Kejriwal said the Aam Aadmi Party has a very clear stance on the farm laws.

"We want a complete rollback of the three laws. It is non-negotiable," he asserted.

As the GST compensation cess issue still remains unresolved with around 10 Opposition-ruled states and Union Territories not agreeing with the Centre's borrowing proposals, the GST Council, consisting of all state Finance Ministers and headed by the Union Finance Minister, will meet today to discuss and try to reach a consensus on the matter.

Bihar Chief Minister and JD(U) President Nitish Kumar will hit the campaign trail from Monday, when he will address people of several Assembly segments, spread across half a dozen districts that go to the polls in the first phase of elections, according to Sanjay Kumar Jha, a key aide of the chief minister.

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