Sad at not being able to personally hand over job letters to kin of 150 farmers who had lost their lives in stir against Farm Laws: Capt Amarinder Singh

Capt Amarinder Singh – Former CM, Punjab:

‘My best wishes to Charanjit Singh Channi.

I hope he’s able to keep the border state of Punjab safe and protect our people from the growing security threat from across the border’

‘Sad at not being able to personally hand over job letters to kin of 150 farmers who had lost their lives in stir against Farm Laws.

Hope CM-designate Charanjit S Channi will do needful at earliest.

I continue to stand with farmers in fight for justice’

Akali Dal will observe Sept 17 as ‘Black Day’: Sukhbir Singh Badal

Akali Dal will observe Sept 17, the day three Farm Laws were passed in 2020, as ‘Black Day’.

We request our farmer brothers to join us in this historic march in Delhi, from Gurdwara Rakabganj Sahib to Parliament, to lodge a protest against Govt of India for passing these black laws.

Sukhbir Singh Badal – President, Akali Dal

Any attempt to dilute or defame the farmers pious struggle with motivated propaganda will be strongly dealt with: Capt Amarinder Singh

Capt Amarinder Singh – Chief Minister, Punjab:

  • Any attempt to dilute or defame the farmers pious struggle with motivated propaganda will be strongly dealt with.

  • I have always stood with our farmers and will do that until we get these laws repealed.

Met Home Minister Amit Shah today to once again impress upon urgent need to Repeal Farm Laws: Capt Amarinder Singh

Capt Amarinder Singh – Chief Minister, Punjab:

  • Met Home Minister Amit Shah today to once again impress upon urgent need to Repeal Farm Laws and break deadlock with farmers who have rejected these legislations.

  • Sadly hundreds farmers & farm workers have lost their lives in their fight for their rights since the agitation.

  • Urged Union Home Minister to allot 25 CAPF and anti-drone gadgets for the BSF to effectively tackle enhanced security threat from Pak-based terror groups.

  • Have also apprised him about recent recovery of arms involving heightened drone activity ahead of Aug 15.

Opposition is united in spite of Modi Govt’s efforts to break the unity: Jairam Ramesh

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Jairam Ramesh – MP, Former Union Minister:

Opposition is united in spite of Modi Govt’s efforts to break the unity.

We demand:

1. First, a discussion on the Pegasus scandal and its impact on national security with a reply by the Home Minister.

2. A repeal of the 3 black farm laws with a discussion on farmers’ concerns.

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A delegation of MPs representing 7 political parties, today met & apprised President of India of the undemocratic stonewalling of 2 serious issues in Parliament: Harsimrat Badal

Harsimrat Kaur Badal – Former Union Minister :

  • We, a delegation of MPs representing 7 political parties, today met & apprised President of India of the undemocratic stonewalling of 2 serious issues in Parliament – Farm Laws & Pegasus Spyware.

  • We also urged him to constitute a Joint Select Committee to resolve these issues.

Today is the 9th day of Parliament but Centre has consistently refused to admit our adjournment motion: Harsimrat Badal

Harsimrat Kaur Badal – Former Union Minister :

  • Today is the 9th day of Parliament but Centre has consistently refused to admit our adjournment motion.

  • Opposition wants discussion on Farm Laws & Pegasus Project but BJP govt is stonewalling it.

  • This govt has made a mockery of the Parliament to confer gains to their chosen few.

Akali Dal appeals to all political parties to jointly demand repeal of 3 Farm Laws: Sukhbir Singh Badal

  • Akali Dal appeals to all political parties to jointly demand repeal of 3 Farm Laws as any diversion from this agenda will provide NDA govt a chance to divert attention from Kisan Andolan.

  • We must seize the opportunity to ​ensure the annadata’s cause isn’t weakened in any way.

  • Centre is trying to paint farmers in poor light by giving an impression it is ready for talks but farmers being intransigent.

  • Strange that GoI wants to discuss Farm Laws when farmers have rejected them outrightly.

  • GoI must first repeal laws then reach out to farmers for talks.

Resuming our ongoing fight against 3 anti-farmer Acts of BJP govt, Akali Dal will move adjournment motion in the Parliament Monsoon Session: Sukhbir Singh Badal

Carrying forward our constant endeavour for preserving & promoting heritage of Sarbat da bhala, peace & communal harmony, Akali Dal has decided to have two Deputy CMs – one from among our Dalit brethren & another from Hindu community.

Resuming our ongoing fight against 3 anti-farmer Acts of BJP govt, Akali Dal will move adjournment motion in the Parliament Monsoon Session.

I urge all parties including those who boycotted or walked out last time to join us this time in the fight for farmers’ interest

From the very beginning, we have fully supported the farmers’ movement & our MPs have also joined them several times in their protest: Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee in a Press Conference today at the State Secretariat, Nabanna. Excerpts via AITC:

From the very beginning, we have fully supported the farmers’ movement & our MPs have also joined them several times in their protest against the draconian Farm Laws. We’ve also passed a resolution rejecting these laws.

There is no need for the Prime Minister to hoard credit for free vaccines. This money belongs to the people of India and not the BJP

Those who put a GST charges on the vaccine are playing with the life & death of citizens of India.

PM Narendra Modi said “no tolerance for corruption”!

Wondering if the PM rebuked Leader of Opposition Suvendu Adhikari for his activities & enlightened him on the Prevention of Corruption Act?

Perhaps they worked on a unique Bill together – How To Get Away With Fraud & Corruption?

Urging Union Agriculture Minister to be sensitive to the pain of our farmers sitting on Delhi borders for 194 days, I exhort him to hold fresh talks: Sukhbir Singh Badal

500 farmers have laid down their lives fighting against the 3 controversial Farm Laws.

Still, instead of resolving the issue, the NDA govt is effectively telling the peaceful protestors that there is no space for discussion in a democracy.

Urging Agri Minister NS Tomar to be sensitive to the pain of our farmers sitting on Delhi borders for 194 days, I exhort him to hold fresh talks to understand why they want the Acts be repealed, instead of sprinkling salt on their wounds by out rightly rejecting this demand.

Sukhbir Singh Badal – President, Akali Dal
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If the government is a servant of the people, it should heed public opinion, scrap the farm laws and begin fresh consultations : P Chidambaram

P Chidambaram, Former Finance Minister :

As the farmers’ protest completed 6 months, the government is using the pandemic to turn the narrative in its favour The new spin is “prolonging the agitation in the midst of a pandemic is unconscionable”.

The obvious counter is “prolonging the controversial farm laws in the midst of a pandemic is unconscionable” The farmers are determined, the government is stubborn.

If the government is a servant of the people, it should heed public opinion, scrap the farm laws and begin fresh consultations

As Kisan Andolan completes 6 months today, I again urge the Centre to deal compassionately with farmers & repeal the black laws : Sukhbir Singh Badal

Sukhbir Singh Badal, Shiromani Akali Dal President :

As Kisan Andolan completes 6 months today, I again urge the Centre to deal compassionately with farmers & repeal the black laws.

Have hoisted a BlackFlag atop my Badal residence today & likewise Akali Dal leaders & workers have done the same observing.

People of all age groups are protesting across India against these anti-farmer laws: Capt Amarinder Singh

People of all age groups are protesting across India against these anti-farmer laws.

This evening I joined some citizens at Matka Chowk in Punjab’s capital Chandigarh.

Again appeal to the Centre to not take this protest lightly and to repeal these laws.

capt amarinder singh – chief minister, punjab
Harsimrat Badal

Working Group headed by then Gujarat CM Narendra Modi ji recommended protection of farmer interest by ensuring there was no farmer – trader transaction below MSP: Harsimrat Kaur

Harsimrat Kaur Badal – Former Union Minister :

It is a fact that Working Group on Consumer Affairs headed by then Gujarat CM Narendra Modi ji recommended protection of farmer interest by ensuring there was no farmer – trader transaction below MSP. What has changed since then ?

The centre should tell why Jan 26 intelligence failure not probed. Why those who sacrificed most for national flag are being targeted?

The Kesri Nishan being vilified is same which has always been respected by the PM.

See the arrogance of BJP-led Centre. It vilified farmers as bicholiya, naxals & Khalistanis & refused to despatch any minister to seek their welfare.

State following policy of repression against agitating youth, social activists & journalists.

Demanding the repeal of farm bills, we have submitted private member bills in Lok Sabha: Manish Tewari

Manish Tewari, MP, Former Union Minister:

Demanding the repeal of the draconian farm bills at all cost, we have submitted private member bills in Lok Sabha.

This move requires joint effort & participation from other parties & I request my colleagues to come forward, cutting across party lines, solely in the interest of our farmers.

Union Agriculture Minister NS Tomar’s response to NCP President Sharad Pawar’s views on Farm Laws

Narendra Singh Tomar – Union Agriculture Minister:

Sharad Pawar ji is a veteran politician and a former Union Agriculture Minister, who is also considered well-versed with the issues & solutions relating to Agriculture. He has himself tried hard to bring the same agriculture reforms earlier.

Since he speaks with some experience and expertise on the issue, it was dismaying to see his tweets employ a mix of ignorance & misinformation on the agriculture reforms. Let me take this opportunity to present some facts.

New Laws facilitate promotion of additional choice channel for farmers with choice to sell their produce to anyone, anywhere with hassle free movement in & outside the state to realize competitive & better net price for their produce. This doesn’t affect the current MSP system.

Under new ecosystem, mandis are not affected. Instead, they will be more competitive and cost effective in terms of services and infrastructure; and both the systems will synergistically co-exist for the common interest of farmers.

As he is such a veteran leader, I would like to believe that he was genuinely misinformed of the facts. Now that he has the right facts, I hope he will also change his stand & also explain the benefits to our farmers.

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Stock piling limits have been removed on food grain, pulses, onion, potato, oilseeds: Sharad Pawar on Farm Laws

Stock piling limits have been removed on food grain, pulses, onion, potato, oilseeds

It may lead to apprehensions that Corporates may purchase commodities at lower rates and stock pile and sell at higher prices to consumers.

Sharad Pawar – President, NCP

Reform is a continuous process and no one would argue against the reforms in the APMCs or Mandi System, a positive argument on the same does not mean that it is done to weaken or demolish the system.

During my tenure, the draft APMC Rules – 2007 were framed for the setting up of special markets thereby providing alternate platforms for farmers to market their commodities and utmost care was also taken to strengthen the existing Mandi system.

New agricultural laws restrict the powers of Mandi system i.e. the collection of levy and fees from the private markets, dispute resolution, agri-trade licencing and regulations of E-trading.

New laws will adversely impact the MSP procurement infrastructure thereby weakening the Mandi system.

MSP mechanism has to be ensured and strengthened further.

I am also concerned about the amended Essential Commodities Act. According to the act the Govt will intervene for price control only if rates of horticultural produce are increased by 100% and that of non perishable items increase by 50%.

Stock piling limits have been removed on food grain, pulses, onion, potato, oilseeds etc.

It may lead to apprehensions that Corporates may purchase commodities at lower rates and stock pile and sell at higher prices to consumers.

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I appeal to every Indian citizen to ensure that Rahul Gandhi’s call for violence is met with sustained peace: Smriti Irani

Union Minister Smriti Irani addressed a press conference at BJP headquarters in New Delhi. Excerpts via BJP India:

In his press conference today, Rahul Gandhi announced that the country would see the 26th January riots replicated in every city and even into slums.

For the first time in history of India, a Congress leader asked for more violence instead of a call for peace.

On 26th January, over 300 police personnel got injured in the riots, while some journalists suffered injuries too.

Rahul Gandhi today declared war on the people of India. He said that if his political stand is not supported by the PM of our country, then cities will burn!

I appeal to every Indian citizen to ensure that Rahul Gandhi’s call for violence is met with sustained peace.