Farmers Protest Live News: Deadlock continues over repeal of laws and MSP, farm unions-Centre talks today
Farmers protest LIVE: A group of farmers yesterday held a protest in Punjab’s Sangrur district against state BJP chief Ashwani Sharma. The protesting farmers even tried to break barricades put up near the residence of a local BJP leader, forcing the police to use mild force to disperse them. The farmers, shouting slogans against Sharma, wanted to gherao him in protest against the Centre’s three farm laws. Heated exchanges also took place between protesters and policemen. A heavy police force was deployed in the area where the BJP leader was to arrive. “There was a programme of Punjab BJP chief Ashwani Sharma in Sangrur. Some miscreants tried to disturb the programme,” Sangrur SSP Vivek Sheel Soni said.
Congress leader Sachin Pilot yesterday said the nationalism was about the welfare of farmers and not giving speeches from Nagpur. “If we talk about the welfare of farmers then it is real nationalism. It is not nationalism when they deliver speeches from Nagpur wearing half-pants,” Pilot said. The former Rajasthan deputy chief minister said the BJP is ‘pushing farmers into darkness’ with the new agriculture laws. He said that the Centre should understand that a government will not be defeated if it rolls back any of its decision. Doing amendments, withdrawing laws or feeling sorry raises the stature of leaders. “I think in coming days we will collectively create pressure and work together for the welfare of farmers,” he said.
Discussions on the three farm laws and MSP are continuing and will continue in the next round of talks on January 4,” Tomar told reporters. He said talks were held in a cordial atmosphere and the two sides reached an agreement on two issues—one relating to the proposed electricity law and the other about an ordinance on penal provisions for stubble burning. He hailed the unions for maintaining peace and discipline during their protest, but urged them to send the elderly, women and children back to their homes due to the extreme cold weather.