Farmers' protest highlights: Heavy traffic snarl seen near Singhu border

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Farmers assemblr at the Shambhu border (Punjab-Haryana) for their 'Delhi Chalo' march, near Ambala, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024. (PTI Photo)

The ongoing farmer protests in Punjab have had a significant impact on the supply of essential fuels to the state. Government sources told ANI that there has been a decrease of fifty per cent in the dispatch of Diesel and twenty per cent in the dispatch of Gas to Punjab.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi today said that if the Congress  gets voted to power, they will give legal guarantee of MSP to every farmer on crops according to the Swaminathan Commission. "This step will change the lives of 15 crore farmer families by ensuring their prosperity. This is the first guarantee of Congress on the path of justice," he said.

A day after a plea was filed in the Punjab and Haryana High Court against the sealing of borders in view of the farmers’ march, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today suggested that even if a demonstration has to take place, the states should identify a designated area for the protestors. The court asked for status reports to be filed by the states of Punjab, Haryana, and the Union government. The High Court urged the parties involved to sit down and solve the problem.

The central government should hold talks with the farmers since its "stubborn approach" is proving to be dangerous, Bharatiya Kisan Union president Naresh Tikait said today. DCP (traffic) Anil Kumar Yadav said checking of vehicles is underway at the Noida-Delhi border by police from both the sides. "This has led to slight pressure on traffic movement. The traffic inside the city is moving at normal pace. There is no (traffic related) problem anywhere in the district," he said.

The Haryana police began firing tear gas shells at the protesters as they reached the Shambhu border two hours after their march started, news agency PTI reported today. Farmers begun their march from Fatehgarh Sahib towards the national capital today after discussions with two Union ministers over their demands, including legal guarantee to MSP for crops, remained inconclusive. The farmers plan to head to Delhi from the Ambala-Shambhu, Khanauri-Jind and the Dabwali borders.Union Agriculture Minister Arjun Munda, who, along with Union Food and Consumer Affairs Minister Piyush Goyal, attended the second round of talks with the farm leaders, stated that an agreement was reached on most issues and a formula was suggested for resolving some others through the creation of a committee.

Earlier on Monday, tractor-trolleys set out from different parts of Punjab to join the protest, mainly to press for a law to guarantee a minimum support price for crops, while all eyes were on the second round of meeting between the government and the farmer union in Chandigarh."We do not think the government is serious on any of our demands. We do not think they want to fulfil our demands.... Tomorrow, we will march towards Delhi at 10 am," farmer leader Sarwan Singh Pandher told reporters here after the meeting ended just before midnight.

To stop the protesting farmers from entering the city on Tuesday, police and paramilitary personnel besides multi-layered barricading have beendeployed to seal the national capital borders at Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur. The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (Non-Political) and the Kisan Mazdoor Morcha have said that more than 200 farmer unions will head to Delhi to press the Centre to accept their demands.

10:08 PM

Heavy traffic snarl seen near Singhu border

9:38 PM

If farmers are aggressive, we need not be defensive, says police officer to personnel at Singhu border

As the Delhi Police prepares to stop protesting farmers from entering the national capital, a senior officer Tuesday directed personnel on ground that they "need not be defensive" if the agitators show aggression. Special Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Ravindra Yadav, who visited the fortified Singhu border this evening, told police personnel and paramilitary jawans deployed there that if the farmers manage to enter Delhi "our whole operation will fail".
9:31 PM

Action against farmers demanding law on MSP is height of insensitivity: Gehlot

Former Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot on Tuesday said the action against the farmers demanding a law on the minimum support price (MSP) is the height of insensitivity.
 
The police lobbed tear gas shells some of them dropped from a drone and tried to disperse groups of stone-pelting protesters in the face-off that last several hours at Shambhu border near Ambala in Haryana.
 
Haryana Police hurled tear gas canisters against the Delhi Chalo' protesters at the border in the state's Jind district as well. Water cannons too were deployed there.
 
Hitting out at the Narendra Modi government, Gehlot said the Congress stands completely in favour of the farmers.
9:06 PM

AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on farmers protest

During the farmers' 'Delhi Chalo' march to the national capital, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) president Asaduddin Owaisi criticised the Modi government, attributing the situation to its failure. Owaisi asserted that the Prime Minister should heed the demands of the farmers, as addressing their concerns would ultimately be beneficial for him in the upcoming elections.
8:56 PM

This is a dark day in Indian history, says farmer leader

Punjab Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee General Secretary Sarwan Singh Pandher says, "This is a dark day in Indian history. Tear gas was used against the farmers... We are installing speakers here and will resume our program tomorrow morning..."
7:37 PM

Anurag Thakur addresses ongoing farmers protest

Union Minister Anurag Thakur addressed the ongoing farmers' protest 'Delhi Chalo' in the national capital, emphasizing the Modi government's support for farmers since its inception. Thakur highlighted the numerous schemes introduced for the benefit of farmers but expressed concern over the failure of ongoing talks due to the addition of new demands daily. He reiterated the government's willingness to engage in dialogue but stressed that violence and stone-pelting are not the solution, emphasizing the importance of peace in finding a resolution.
7:36 PM

Punjab faces disruptions in diesel and gas supply due to farmers protest

The ongoing farmer protests in Punjab have had a significant impact on the supply of essential fuels to the state. Government sources told ANI that there has been a decrease of fifty per cent in the dispatch of Diesel and twenty per cent in the dispatch of Gas to Punjab.
7:35 PM

HC issues notices to Haryana, Punjab, Centre on two petitions

The Punjab and Haryana High court Tuesday issued notices to the Centre, and the states of Haryana and Punjab, on two separate petitions filed pertaining to the farmers' Delhi Chalo march.​​ One of the petitioners has sought directions from the court to stay all "obstructive" actions by the governments of Haryana and Punjab and the Union government against the farmers' protest, while the other has pleaded for directions to ensure no highway is blocked by the protesters and those who do so are punished.
4:48 PM

When INDIA government comes to power, we will guarantee MSP to farmers: Rahul Gandhi

"Today, the farmers are marching towards Delhi. They are being stopped, tear gas shells are being used on them. What are they saying? They are just asking for the fruits of their labour. BJP Government announced Bharat Ratna for MS Swaminathan but they are not ready to implement something which MS Swaminathan said. He clearly mentioned in his report that farmers should indeed be given the legal right to MSP. But the BJP Government is not doing that. When INDIA government comes to power, we will give the (law) guaranteeing MSP to the farmers of India. We will fulfill what Swaminathan report mentioned," Rahul Gandhi at Ambikapur, Chhattisgarh.
4:30 PM

Farmers' protest LIVE updates: Congress promises to provide legal guarantee of MSP to every farmer on crops

4:28 PM

'Delhi chalo' LIVE updates: Situation intensifies at Jind border

After the squabble at the Shambhu border, farmers from Punjab had skirmishes with Haryana Police at the Jind border, encountering tear gas and water cannons.
4:17 PM

Farmers' protest LIVE updates: 'Use of force should be last resort': Punjab High Court on farmers' protest

The Punjab and Haryana High Court today said  that the 'use of force should be last resort' and that the 'Right to expression is fundamental.'
3:15 PM

'Delhi chalo' march LIVE news: Industrial owners in Jhajjhar urge farmers to not protest in industrial hub

Members of Confederation of Bahadurgarh Industries-District Jhajjhar requested farmers not to conduct their protest in industrial hub Bahadurgarh to ensure that their business remains unaffected
3:11 PM

Stones being pelted at police, tear gas shells used to control situation: Haryana Police spokesperson

Tear gas was employed to control the situation at Shambhu border after stones were pelted by protesters, the spokesperson said today.
3:09 PM

Farmers' protest LIVE updates: Protests will continue, says farmer leader Sarwan Singh Pandher

"Around 10,000 people are here at the Shambhu border. The farmers are maintaining a peaceful situation here and tear gas is being used against us through drones. (Protest) will continue until the government agrees to our demands,"Punjab Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee General Secretary Sarwan Singh Pandher says.
2:17 PM

Stubborn approach of govt proving to be dangerous, says BKU chief Naresh Tikait

 The BJP government at the Centre should hold discussions with the farmers and alleged that its "stubborn approach" is proving to be dangerous, Bharatiya Kisan Union president Naresh Tikait said today. The BKU chief wondered whether the farmers will always be in the agitation mode, block roads or head towards Delhi.
2:09 PM

Protesting farmers forcibly remove cement barricade as they try to cross over Haryana-Punjab border

Protesting farmers forcibly remove cement barricade with their tractors as they try to cross over the Haryana-Punjab Shambhu border.
1:51 PM

Farmers's march LIVE news: Ready to do everything possible to find a solution, says Minister Arjun Munda

"We care about the interests of the farmers. It is not our concern if someone is doing politics over this issue. We have always been ready for talks and discussions and we are ready to do everything possible to find a solution to this issue," said Union Minister Arjun Munda.
1:19 PM

'Delhi chalo' march LIVE news: Concrete slabs, barbed wires installed in Haryana's Bahadurgarh city

Concrete slabs and barbed wires have been installed, and police have been deployed in Haryana's Bahadurgarh city as a measure to maintain law and order as farmers begin to march towards Delhi to press for their demands. Haryana's Education Minister Kanwar Pal said he felt there was politics behind the farmers protest.
12:54 PM

Farmers' protest news updates: Few detained near Shambu border, police hurl tear gas shells

The Haryana Police hurled tear gas shells when a group of youth, who were part of the farmers' 'Chalo Delhi' protest march, tried to break barricades set up at the Shambhu border in Ambala, officials said. A few farmers were detained as well near the Shambhu border, official sources said.

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First Published: Feb 13 2024 | 10:09 AM IST

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