BJP leaders Sarbananda Sonowal and Himanta Biswa Sarma are the top contenders for the Assam Chief Minister's office
Most farmer leaders have claimed that there are no reports of Covid-19 cases at protest sites and Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait has reiterated his refusal to move out.
The agriculture minister expressed concerns about the farmers’ health and wellbeing as India witnessed a record surge of over 1.45 lakh coronavirus cases on Saturday
BJP president J P Nadda and Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday held a meeting with party leaders from the farm community in Haryana, Rajasthan and UP.
While talking to a few reporters in Gwalior, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar accused opposition parties of playing politics over the issue.
Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said farmer unions and the opposition have not been able to point out any lacuna in the three laws.
Agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Tuesday informed Parliament that the government does not have any proposal to end the minimum support price (MSP) system.
Agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar also said that the Centre has not received any information on losses incurred by farmers for not being able to sell their produce in the national capital owing to the farmers' protest.
Farmers’ Protests: During the 10th round of talks, the government had proposed to keep the new agri laws in abeyance for 1-1.5 years.
Agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar said the three farm reform bills were passed in Parliament for farmers' benefit and will increase their income.
The last round of talks was conducted on Wednesday in which the government had offered the farmers to stay the implementation of new farm laws for 12-18 months.
Kulwant Singh Sandhu of Jamuri Kisan Sabha said, 'The government is on backfoot and it has started yielding ground to us'
Other than the demand of a full repeal of the laws, the government is ready to consider 'seriously and with an open heart' other alternatives, Tomar added.
The Supreme Court of India had stayed the implementation of the contentious farm laws last week as farmers continued their protest on Delhi borders.
Addressing the media after the meeting with the farmers, Tomar said Rahul's statements and actions are laughed at even within his own party.
The minister said solution can emerge from the government-farmers talks as well as from the SC-appointed panel's deliberations.
Next round of talks on January 19 after five hours of dialogue end in stalemate again
The Supreme Court on January 11 had stayed the implementation of the three laws till further orders and appointed a four-member panel to resolve the impasse.
A farmer sits near his red chillies at a deserted APMC market, during the weekend curfew imposed by the Karnataka government to curb the spread of COVID-19, in Hubballi.PTI Photo
Delhi Chief Minister & AAP National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal being welcomed by women supporters during his door-to-door campaign ahead of the Goa Assembly elections, in Goa.PTI Photo
A health worker collects swab sample of a woman for COVID-19 test, amid concerns over rising Omicron cases, in Gurugram.PTI Photo
Traffic jam on a road at Shalimar Bagh during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan
The Lajpat Nagar market wears a deserted look during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan
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