22:33 PM IST: The Kerala Assembly is likely to hold a special session on December 31 to discuss and pass a resolution against the Centre's contentious farm laws. Sources tell India Today that Governor Arif Mohammed Khan could give his assent for the session by Monday. (Inputs from PS Gopikrishnan Unnithan)

22:02 PM IST: The central government has accepted the proposal by Sanyukt Kisan Morcha to hold the next round of talks over the farm laws at 11 am on December 29, sources told India Today. (Inputs from Himanshu Mishra)

20:45 PM IST: Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates: On Saturday, Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) national spokesperson Rakesh Tikait said he received an anonymous death threat. A complaint has been filed in this regard under relevant sections of the IPC at Ghaziabad's Kaushambhi police station. The police have formed a surveillance team to carry out a statutory probe into the matter. (Inputs from Arvind Ojha)

20:21 PM IST: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will virtually flag off the 100th Kisan Rail from Sangola in Maharashtra to Shalimar in West Bengal at 4.30 pm on December 28. Union Ministers Narendra Singh Tomar and Piyush Goyal will also be present on the occasion, PIB said in a press release on Saturday. (Inputs from Poulomi Saha)

18:48 PM IST: Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates: In a press release on Saturday, the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC) condemned the promises made by PM Narendra Modi to agitating farmers. "The Prime Minister praising himself after destroying the farmers, helping corporates and foreign companies is shameful," the release said. The AIKSCC also mentioned that over 20,000 farmers are now camping at the Ghazipur (Delhi-UP) border. (Inputs from Ram Kinkar Singh)

18:25 PM IST: Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates: Farmers' wing of the Communist Party of India (CPI), the All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) in a series of 19 tweets responded to PM Modi's remarks about the state of agriculture in Kerala. "AIKS condemns @PMOIndia's resort to lies and deceit to deliberately mislead Indian farmers about Kerala Agriculture and role of the Left Democratic Front Government. His comments expose his ignorance about Kerala’s agriculture," the body said. Crops like coconut, cashew, rubber, tea, coffee, different spices like pepper, nutmeg, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon etc grown by Kerala farmers have had their own specialised marketing channels sponsored by the concerned commodity boards under by the Ministry of Commerce, GoI. /2 — AIKS (@KisanSabha) December 26, 2020 It went on to add, "Lies and deceit cannot mislead farmers any longer. Kerala farmers are also on struggle against the Anti-Farmer Acts with indefinite dharnas at State and District levels. Struggles will intensify if these Acts are not withdrawn." Proper funds are not allocated, appointments are not made and there have been instances of even Directors not being appointed for a long time. Defunding these Commodity Boards by different Central Governments has led to a situation where they are rendered ineffective. /6 — AIKS (@KisanSabha) December 26, 2020

18:16 PM IST: Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates: Responding to PM Narendra Modi's remarks about the state of agriculture in Kerala, CPI secretary general Sitaram Yechury said in a tweet on Saturday that there is no APMC in Kerala as 82 per cent of the "cultivated area is for cash crops like coconut, cashew, rubber, tea, coffee, pepper, cloves, cardamon, nutmeg etc." Kerala Paddy Procurement Price: Rs 2748/quintalCentral MSP: Rs 1848/quintalKerala - Rs 900 moreKerala is the only state to announce MSP for 16 vegetablesKerala subsidises each harvest @ Rs 22,000/paddy, Rs 25,000/vegetables. Rs. 20,000/pulses, Rs. 30,000/ bananas, per hectare— Sitaram Yechury (@SitaramYechury) December 26, 2020 "These prices are guaranteed by different commodity boards with a system of auction under the state government," Yechury said adding, "Who speaks Untruths, Mr Modi? The Opposition parties, or you?" Who speaks Untruths, Mr Modi?The Opposition parties, or you?#Kisan #Annadata pic.twitter.com/dcti3JWVpJ— Sitaram Yechury (@SitaramYechury) December 26, 2020

18:10 PM IST: Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates: Kisan Union leader Dr Darshanpal said on Saturday that the farmers will celebrate the martyrdom of Guru Govind Singh's son on December 27 and December 28. The protesters will then meet the Centre for the next round of talks on December 29. On December 30, farmers will march from Singhu to Tikri and Shahjahanpur alongside their tractors, Dr Darshanpal added. He went on to say that the farmers are inviting everyone to have langar with them on December 31 and January 1 at Singhu border. (Inputs from Milan Sharma)

17:46 PM IST: Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates: Swaraj India convener Yogendra Yadav, while addressing a press conference at Singhu border on Saturday said farmers' unions are ready to hold the next round of talks with the central government at 11 am on December 29. The same was proposed by the Sanyukta Kisan Morcha in a letter to Vivek Aggarwal, a joint secretary in the Union Ministry of Agriculture.

17:37 PM IST: Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates: Lok Sabha MP from Rajasthan, Hanuman Beniwal declared in Kotputli on Saturday that his party, the Rashtriya Loktantrik Party (RLP) has decided to quit the BJP-led NDA over differences on the farm laws. "I announce that I am leaving NDA. I am breaking away from the BJP," he said. "My corona report was fudged to keep me out of Parliament. The farm laws were brought in my absence. If I would have been present in the Lok Sabha when the farm laws were brought, then I would have torn them apart and thrown them away," Hanuman Beniwal said. The RLP is the second party after the Shiromani Akali Dal to quit the NDA over the farm laws. (Inputs from Dev Ankur Wadhawan) @RLPINDIAorg !— HANUMAN BENIWAL (@hanumanbeniwal) December 26, 2020

17:15 PM IST: Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates: Farmers' unions protesting against the Centre's three new farm laws have responded to a letter dated December 24, addressed to them by Vivek Aggarwal, a joint secretary in the Union Ministry of Agriculture. In its letter, the Sanyukta Kisan Morcha said, "We are upset that the government, even in this letter, tried to conceal the facts from the previous meetings." "We want to reiterate that the farmers' union is and will always be ready for discussion with an open mind," the letter concludes. The farmers' union also proposed 11 am on December 29 as the time for the next round of talks with the central government while lisiting four points as the agenda for this meeting. (Inputs from Milan Sharma)

16:52 PM IST: Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates: Half a portion of the Ghazipur (Delhi-UP) border on NH-24 has been opened for traffic movement. The service lane is also open. Hundreds of farmers have been camping at the Ghazipur border as part of the ongoing stir against the Centre's three new farm laws. (Inputs from Ram Kinkar Singh)

16:35 PM IST: Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates: Taking a dig at members of his own party, Congress MP and former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Digvijaya Singh said on Saturday, "Farmers of Haryana, Punjab, UP and Rajasthan are protesting against farm laws because PM Modi is doing injustice to them. Farmers of Madhya Pradesh are innocent but even Congressmen are sleeping. Wake up, join the stir and raise voices against these laws."

16:31 PM IST: Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates: JD(S) leader and former Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy said in a tweet on Saturday, "The ongoing farmers' protest in Delhi outskirts against three farm legislations of the Centre have started attracting the attention of not only the country, but the entire world. Close on the heels of concern expressed by the Canadian Prime Minister, parliamentarians from the US and Britain too have expressed their concern about the episode. The farmers' agitations have created an impression that some trouble is brewing in India." Hon'ble Prime Minister @narendramodi should realise that the reputation and name earned by himself after becoming the prime minister may get blemished through such protests. At the same time, farmers too should not suffer any inconvenience. — H D Kumaraswamy (@hd_kumaraswamy) December 26, 2020 This is inevitable in the interest of protecting the country’s dignity. Of course, I am sure that Mr. Modi will act very cautiously when it comes to the country’s dignity. Let the problem be solved at the earliest. — H D Kumaraswamy (@hd_kumaraswamy) December 26, 2020 "The remarks of senior Union Minister @rajnathsingh with respect to the new legislations have instilled a new hope. He has appealed to farmers to allow an "experimental" implementation of the new farm legislations. He has also assured farmers of withdrawing the legislations if they create any problems. I think farmers too should give a thought in this regard," Kumaraswamy added. Hence, I personally feel that farmers should have an open mind towards “experimenting” with the new legislations. But there has to be proper co-ordination between the Centre and the protesters.@nstomar — H D Kumaraswamy (@hd_kumaraswamy) December 26, 2020

16:20 PM IST: Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates: Delhi Commissioner of Police SN Shrivastava is scheduled to inspect security arrangements at the Singhu (Delhi-Haryana) and Tikri borders today. "In the interest of the public at large, it is desired that putting of non-permanent police pickets, with barricades, during peak hours should be avoided," Delhi Police Commissioner SN Shrivastava said. (Inputs from Arvind Ojha/Tanseem Haider)

16:10 PM IST: Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates: Lok Sabha MP and RLP leader Hanuman Beniwal on Saturday led hundreds of farmers into Kotputli on the Delhi-Jaipur National Highway. A BJP ally, Beniwal said, "Decision on staying in or leaving NDA will be taken after the meeting today in Shahjahanpur." Beniwal is leading farmers from Jaipur, Nagaur, Barmer, Jodhpur and other parts of Rajasthan into Kotputli on the way to Shahjahanpur. He had earlier announced that he would lead the protesters all the way to Delhi in opposition to the three farm laws. He had also declared that 2 lakh farmers will march to Delhi as part of the agitation. "Despite the protests, the Narendra Modi government is not withdrawing farm laws because it has 303 MPs. Farmers from 1200 kilometres away in Rajasthan are moving towards Delhi to be a part of the agitation," Hanuman Beniwal mentioned to India Today. (Inputs from Dev Ankur Wadhawan) ( ) https://t.co/M07HTfiA5Y— HANUMAN BENIWAL (@hanumanbeniwal) December 26, 2020

15:17 PM IST: Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates: Manoj Tiwari has invited Arvind Kejriwal to his residence for a debate on farm bills tomorrow at 3 pm. CM @ArvindKejriwal , 27December 3- , lets do constructive politics for farmers benefit pic.twitter.com/8DAN1e2fg5 — Manoj Tiwari (@ManojTiwariMP) December 26, 2020

12:32 PM IST: Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates: Former CM Shankersinh Vaghela today announced 'Challo Dilli" campaign in Ahmedabad to support protesting farmers. While he is under detention at home, police stopped his supporters outside Gandhi Ashram & detained them as they began their protest march towards Delhi..

12:31 PM IST: Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates: "Today, it has been a month since the farmers have been protesting. The Govt should repeal the three laws. As soon as that happens, we'll return to our homes," says a farmer from Punjab, at the designated protest site in Delhi's Burari.

Farmers' Protest December 26: Centre accepts proposal for next round of talks on Dec 29

New Delhi | December 26, 2020 23:21 IST

Farmers' Protest December 26: The protesting farmers met on Friday to discuss the government's recent letter, inviting them for talks to resolve the deadlock between them over the three farm laws but no decision could be taken on it. Some of the farmer leaders indicated that they may resume talks with the government to find a solution to the ongoing deadlock over the three contentious agri laws. The farmer unions said they will hold another meeting on Saturday where a formal decision on the Centre's invite for the resumption of stalled talks is likely to be taken. Earlier in the day, PM Narendra Modi squarely blamed those with a political agenda for the farmers' protest and asserted that his government was willing to hold dialogues with all.

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Kerala Assembly likely to discuss farm laws on December 31

The Kerala Assembly is likely to hold a special session on December 31 to discuss and pass a resolution against the Centre's contentious farm laws. Sources tell India Today that Governor Arif Mohammed Khan could give his assent for the session by Monday.

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Centre accepts proposal for next round of talks on Dec 29

The central government has accepted the proposal by Sanyukt Kisan Morcha to hold the next round of talks over the farm laws at 11 am on December 29, sources told India Today.

(Inputs from Himanshu Mishra)

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Farmer leader Rakesh Tikait gets death threat

Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates: On Saturday, Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) national spokesperson Rakesh Tikait said he received an anonymous death threat. A complaint has been filed in this regard under relevant sections of the IPC at Ghaziabad's Kaushambhi police station.

The police have formed a surveillance team to carry out a statutory probe into the matter.

(Inputs from Arvind Ojha)

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PM to virtually flag off 100th Kisan Rail on December 28

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will virtually flag off the 100th Kisan Rail from Sangola in Maharashtra to Shalimar in West Bengal at 4.30 pm on December 28. Union Ministers Narendra Singh Tomar and Piyush Goyal will also be present on the occasion, PIB said in a press release on Saturday.

(Inputs from Poulomi Saha)

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AIKSCC condemns 'PM praising himself' over farm laws

Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates: In a press release on Saturday, the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC) condemned the promises made by PM Narendra Modi to agitating farmers. "The Prime Minister praising himself after destroying the farmers, helping corporates and foreign companies is shameful," the release said.

The AIKSCC also mentioned that over 20,000 farmers are now camping at the Ghazipur (Delhi-UP) border.

(Inputs from Ram Kinkar Singh)

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All India Kisan Sabha criticises PMO over remarks regarding agriculture in Kerala

Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates: Farmers' wing of the Communist Party of India (CPI), the All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) in a series of 19 tweets responded to PM Modi's remarks about the state of agriculture in Kerala. "AIKS condemns @PMOIndia's resort to lies and deceit to deliberately mislead Indian farmers about Kerala Agriculture and role of the Left Democratic Front Government. His comments expose his ignorance about Kerala’s agriculture," the body said.

It went on to add, "Lies and deceit cannot mislead farmers any longer. Kerala farmers are also on struggle against the Anti-Farmer Acts with indefinite dharnas at State and District levels. Struggles will intensify if these Acts are not withdrawn."

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Yechury responds to PM's remarks over state of agriculture in Kerala

Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates: Responding to PM Narendra Modi's remarks about the state of agriculture in Kerala, CPI secretary general Sitaram Yechury said in a tweet on Saturday that there is no APMC in Kerala as 82 per cent of the "cultivated area is for cash crops like coconut, cashew, rubber, tea, coffee, pepper, cloves, cardamon, nutmeg etc."

"These prices are guaranteed by different commodity boards with a system of auction under the state government," Yechury said adding, "Who speaks Untruths, Mr Modi? The Opposition parties, or you?"

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Farmers invite everyone for langar at Singhu border on Dec 31, Jan 1

Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates: Kisan Union leader Dr Darshanpal said on Saturday that the farmers will celebrate the martyrdom of Guru Govind Singh's son on December 27 and December 28. The protesters will then meet the Centre for the next round of talks on December 29.

On December 30, farmers will march from Singhu to Tikri and Shahjahanpur alongside their tractors, Dr Darshanpal added. He went on to say that the farmers are inviting everyone to have langar with them on December 31 and January 1 at Singhu border.

(Inputs from Milan Sharma)

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Farmers propose holding next round of talks with govt on Dec 29

Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates: Swaraj India convener Yogendra Yadav, while addressing a press conference at Singhu border on Saturday said farmers' unions are ready to hold the next round of talks with the central government at 11 am on December 29.

The same was proposed by the Sanyukta Kisan Morcha in a letter to Vivek Aggarwal, a joint secretary in the Union Ministry of Agriculture.

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RLP ally breaks alliance with BJP over differences on farm laws

Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates: Lok Sabha MP from Rajasthan, Hanuman Beniwal declared in Kotputli on Saturday that his party, the Rashtriya Loktantrik Party (RLP) has decided to quit the BJP-led NDA over differences on the farm laws. "I announce that I am leaving NDA. I am breaking away from the BJP," he said.

"My corona report was fudged to keep me out of Parliament. The farm laws were brought in my absence. If I would have been present in the Lok Sabha when the farm laws were brought, then I would have torn them apart and thrown them away," Hanuman Beniwal said.

The RLP is the second party after the Shiromani Akali Dal to quit the NDA over the farm laws.

(Inputs from Dev Ankur Wadhawan)

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Farmers respond to Agriculture Ministry's letter, say ready for discussion with open mind

Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates: Farmers' unions protesting against the Centre's three new farm laws have responded to a letter dated December 24, addressed to them by Vivek Aggarwal, a joint secretary in the Union Ministry of Agriculture. In its letter, the Sanyukta Kisan Morcha said, "We are upset that the government, even in this letter, tried to conceal the facts from the previous meetings."

"We want to reiterate that the farmers' union is and will always be ready for discussion with an open mind," the letter concludes.

The farmers' union also proposed 11 am on December 29 as the time for the next round of talks with the central government while lisiting four points as the agenda for this meeting.

(Inputs from Milan Sharma)

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Delhi-NCR TRAFFIC UPDATE: Ghazipur border opens partially for commuters

Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates: Half a portion of the Ghazipur (Delhi-UP) border on NH-24 has been opened for traffic movement. The service lane is also open. Hundreds of farmers have been camping at the Ghazipur border as part of the ongoing stir against the Centre's three new farm laws.

(Inputs from Ram Kinkar Singh)

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Farmers of MP are innocent but even Congressmen are sleeping: Digvijaya Singh

Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates: Taking a dig at members of his own party, Congress MP and former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Digvijaya Singh said on Saturday, "Farmers of Haryana, Punjab, UP and Rajasthan are protesting against farm laws because PM Modi is doing injustice to them. Farmers of Madhya Pradesh are innocent but even Congressmen are sleeping. Wake up, join the stir and raise voices against these laws."

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Farmers should have an open mind towards 'experimenting' with new laws: HD Kumaraswamy

Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates: JD(S) leader and former Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy said in a tweet on Saturday, "The ongoing farmers' protest in Delhi outskirts against three farm legislations of the Centre have started attracting the attention of not only the country, but the entire world. Close on the heels of concern expressed by the Canadian Prime Minister, parliamentarians from the US and Britain too have expressed their concern about the episode. The farmers' agitations have created an impression that some trouble is brewing in India."

"The remarks of senior Union Minister @rajnathsingh with respect to the new legislations have instilled a new hope. He has appealed to farmers to allow an "experimental" implementation of the new farm legislations. He has also assured farmers of withdrawing the legislations if they create any problems. I think farmers too should give a thought in this regard," Kumaraswamy added.

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Delhi Police Commissioner to visit Singhu border at 4.45 pm

Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates: Delhi Commissioner of Police SN Shrivastava is scheduled to inspect security arrangements at the Singhu (Delhi-Haryana) and Tikri borders today. "In the interest of the public at large, it is desired that putting of non-permanent police pickets, with barricades, during peak hours should be avoided," Delhi Police Commissioner SN Shrivastava said.

(Inputs from Arvind Ojha/Tanseem Haider)

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BJP ally Beniwal leads hundreds of farmers into Kotputli

Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates: Lok Sabha MP and RLP leader Hanuman Beniwal on Saturday led hundreds of farmers into Kotputli on the Delhi-Jaipur National Highway. A BJP ally, Beniwal said, "Decision on staying in or leaving NDA will be taken after the meeting today in Shahjahanpur."

Beniwal is leading farmers from Jaipur, Nagaur, Barmer, Jodhpur and other parts of Rajasthan into Kotputli on the way to Shahjahanpur. He had earlier announced that he would lead the protesters all the way to Delhi in opposition to the three farm laws. He had also declared that 2 lakh farmers will march to Delhi as part of the agitation.

"Despite the protests, the Narendra Modi government is not withdrawing farm laws because it has 303 MPs. Farmers from 1200 kilometres away in Rajasthan are moving towards Delhi to be a part of the agitation," Hanuman Beniwal mentioned to India Today.

(Inputs from Dev Ankur Wadhawan)

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Manoj Tiwari invites Kejriwal to his residence for debate on farm bills

Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates: Manoj Tiwari has invited Arvind Kejriwal to his residence for a debate on farm bills tomorrow at 3 pm.

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Former Guj CM Shankersinh Vaghela announced 'Chalo Dilli"

Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates: Former CM Shankersinh Vaghela today announced 'Challo Dilli" campaign in Ahmedabad to support protesting farmers. While he is under detention at home, police stopped his supporters outside Gandhi Ashram & detained them as they began their protest march towards Delhi..

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Will return home as soon as govt withdraws farm laws, says farmer

Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates: "Today, it has been a month since the farmers have been protesting. The Govt should repeal the three laws. As soon as that happens, we'll return to our homes," says a farmer from Punjab, at the designated protest site in Delhi's Burari.

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