Farmers Protest, July 22: A group of 200 farmers reached at Jantar Mantar in central Delhi on Thursday and conducted their so-called 'Kisan Parliament' to protest against the Centre's three farm laws as the Monsoon session of Parliament was underway. Police threw a ring of security around central Delhi and kept a tight vigil on the movement of vehicles. Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal has given special permission for demonstration by a maximum of 200 farmers at Jantar Mantar, a few metres from the Parliament Complex, till August 9. The 200 farmers, wearing identification badges and carrying flags of their unions, travelled to Jantar Mantar from their Singhu border protest site in buses with a police escort. The protest was to start at 11 am, but the farmers reached the venue only by 12:25 pm. Upon reaching Jantar Mantar, farmers raised slogans, demanding the government scrap the three laws. The protesting farmers have been restricted to a small section of Jantar Mantar with police putting up barricades on both sides. Several teams of the Delhi Police manned the roads leading to the protest venue, while personnel of the Rapid Action Force, an specialized unit of the Central Reserve Police Force, stood guard at the site, carrying riot shields and batons. A water cannon and metal-detector gates have been deployed at the site. Two tankers carrying drinking water have also been stationed there.
Farmers Protest | Highlights
Farmers Protest LIVE: Farmers end today's 'Kisan Parliament' at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi as they were protesting against the three new farm laws brought by the Centre.
Parliament LIVE: A meeting of Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi, Leader of the House in Rajya Sabha Piyush Goyal, IT Minister Ashwin Vaishnav, ministers Dharmendra Pradhan and V Murleedharan is underway on misbehavior with the IT Minister by TMC's Shantanu Sen in Rajya Sabha
Parliament LIVE: Lok Sabha adjourned till 4 pm. Lok Sabha proceedings were adjourned twice earlier today following sloganeering by opposition members over various issues.
Parliament LIVE: Rajya Sabha proceedings adjourned till 11 am tomorrow after opposition members raised slogans against the government over alleged snooping using Pegasus spyware.
Farmers Protest LIVE: Farmers will run their own Parliament. Members of Parliament (MPs), irrespective of their parties, will be criticised in their constituencies if they don't raise voice for farmers in the House: Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait
Inland Vessels Bill introduced in Lok Sabha
A bill to bring uniformity in application of law relating to inland waterways and navigation within the country was introduced in the Lok Sabha on Thursday. Introducing the Inland Vessels Bill, 2021, newly appointed Ports, Shipping and Waterways Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said the bill seeks to provide safety of navigation, protection of life and cargo and prevention of pollution that may be caused. "The Inland Vessels Bill will promote economical and safe transportation... bring uniformity in application of law relating to inland waterways and navigation within the country," he said. The Bill also seeks to bring in transparency and accountability of administration of inland water transportation, strengthen procedures governing inland vessels their construction, survey, registration, manning and navigation. Currently, 4,000 kms of inland waterways are operational in the country.
Farmers Protest Live: Buses carrying 200 farmers arrive at Delhi's Jantar Mantar. They will hold Kisan Paliament here. Farmers are demanding a complete repeal of the three agri laws.
Both Houses adjourned till 2 pm: Both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha were adjourned till 2 pm as Opposition MPs led protests against the farms laws and the alleged snooping by the Centre using the Pegasus spyware.
Farmers Protest LIVE: Country has witnessed that these farm laws are beneficial and are in favour of farmers. We have had discussions about these laws. If they express their issues with the laws point-wise, we can discuss it: Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar
Parliament LIVE: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi staged a protest along with party MPs in front of Gandhi Statue, over three farm laws. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE
Parliament LIVE: Lok Sabha proceedings adjourned till 12 noon following disruption by opposition members.
Parliament LIVE: Slogans against farm laws reverberates in Lok Sabha. Meanwhile, the Rajya Sabha proceedings adjourned till 12 noon after opposition ruckus.
Parliament LIVE: Punjab Congress MPs staged a protest in front of Gandhi Statue in the premises of Parliament, over three farm laws
Delhi Farmers Protes: We have placed preventive arrangements to avoid the entry of any miscreant at the Tikri border. The arrangement has been put in place as they (farmers) haven't received permission to hold protest here: Parvinder Singh, DCP, Outer District
Farmers Protest LIVE: Parliament is just 150 metres away from Jantar Mantar. We will hold our own Parliament sessions there. What do we have to do with hooliganism? Are we miscreants?: BKU Leader Rakesh Tikait on being asked about arrangements to tackle situations like Jan 26 Red Fort violence
Farmers Protest Live: Farmers gather to board the buses at Singhu (Delhi-Haryana) border, ahead of protest against three farm laws at Jantar Mantar in Delhi
Farmers protest latest news: Tight security in Delhi
The security at Jantar Mantar road in Delhi has been beefed up by Delhi Police as scores of farmers are scheduled to hold a protest there against the three farm laws on Thursday. Delhi Special Commissioner of Police (Crime), Satish Golcha, and Joint Commissioner of Police, Jaspal Singh, visited Jantar Mantar to review security ahead of the farmers organisations gathering at the spot. However, Delhi police said, "It has not given written permission to the farmers so far to gather near Parliament."
200 farmers to gather at Jantar Mantar daily: The farmers organisations leading the protests at the Singhu border have decided that 200 protesting farmers will assemble at Jantar Mantar every day from Thursday.
Kisan Parliament: Farmers said that they will hold Kisan Parliament from July 22 till the Monsoon Session of Parliament ends. One speaker and one deputy speaker will be chosen every day. In the first two days there will be discussion over the APMC Act. Later, the other bills will also be discussed every two days.
Farmers asked to follow Covid norms: Farmers have been advised to observe Covid-appropriate behaviour and social distancing. The farmer unions have also been advised not to take out any march in view of Covid restrictions. The Delhi Police has put in place extensive arrangements to ensure that the protest programme remains peaceful,.
Farmers Protest & January 26 violence
Thousands of farmers from Punjab, Haryana and West UP across the country have been agitating at three Delhi border points -- Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur -- against the three farm laws that they claim will do away with the minimum support price system, leaving them at the mercy of big corporations. Over 10 rounds of talks with the government, which has been projecting the laws at major agricultural reforms, have failed to break the deadlock between the two parties. A tractor parade in Delhi on January 26, that was to highlight the demands of farmer unions to repeal three agriculture laws, had dissolved into anarchy on the streets of the national capital as thousands of protesters broke through barriers, fought with the police, overturned vehicles and hoisted a religious flag from the ramparts of the iconic Red Fort.
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