Centre-Farmers Standoff LIVE | Tenth round of talks between govt and farmer unions begins
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Even as uncertainty looms over their planned tractor rally on the Republic Day, farmer unions agitating against the new agri laws on Tuesday said their preparations are in full gear and authorities should facilitate the "peaceful march", instead of stopping it.
After the Delhi Police sought an injunction on the tractor rally, the Supreme Court on Monday said the decision on it has to be taken by the Centre and the police, and the official permission is yet to be worked out.
Meanwhile, the tenth round of talks between the Centre and farmers to resolve the stalemate over farms laws is set to be held today. On Tuesday, the agitating farmers refused to be a part of the first meeting held by the Supreme Court-appointed panel.
Here are the LIVE updates on the Centre-farmers standoff:
15:05 pm: A farmer who allegedly consumed a poisonous substance at the Tikri border died during treatment at a Delhi hospital on Wednesday. The deceased has been identified as Jai Bhagwan Rana (42), a resident of Pakasma village in Rohtak district of Haryana. He had consumed Sulphas tablets at the farmers' protest site at Tikri on Tuesday
14:57 pm: The tenth round of talks between farmer unions and the Centre over the three farm laws begins at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi.
13:40 pm: CJI says, if we uphold farmers' laws then you can start agitation but peace has to be maintained.
Lawyer Prashant Bhushan, appearing for 8 farmer unions, tells CJI that farmers only want to celebrate Republic Day on outer ring road peacefully, there's no attempt to destroy peace.
13:14 pm: "We gave power to the committee to listen (to farmers) and come to us and file their reports," the CJI said."What is the point of bias in it?," the CJI said and added that don't cast aspersion on Court.
13:12 pm: No power has been given to committee members to adjudicate things, they have to report to us. Where is the question of bias? If you don't want to appear before committee, don't appear but don't malign or brand anyone like this, don't cast aspersion on the court, CJI says.
12:56 pm: Centre withdraws plea seeking injunction against proposed tractor rally by farmers on January 26 after SC says it is a police matter.
12:50 pm: Advocate appearing for Kisan Mahapanchayat tells Supreme Court that application has been filed on their behalf to reconstitute the Committee after one member recused from it.
Supreme Court asks whether it's the same organisation which rejected the constitution of committee yesterday.
12:48 pm: Supreme Court asks Centre to withdraw its plea against proposed tractor rally by farmers on Republic Day.
12:46 pm: SC says it will not pass any order on Centre's plea against proposed tractor rally or any other kind of protest by farmers on Republic Day.
CJI says, "We've said that it is for the Police to decide. We are not going to pass the orders. You are the authority to take action."
12:42 pm: Supreme Court begins hearing the pleas on the issue of farmers protest at Delhi borders and Centre's plea against the proposed tractor rally or any other kind of protest.
11:24 am: A group of farm union leaders will meet top officials of Delhi, Haryana and UP police today to discuss the route and arrangements for their scheduled tractor rally on January 26 to protests against the three farm laws.
07:43 am: The Supreme Court on Monday, while hearing an injunction application filed by the Delhi police to stop the rally by protesting farmers, adjourned the matter for Wednesday and said it was for the Delhi police to decide on the law and order situation.
07:40 am: On Tuesday, the members of SC-appointed panel to resolve the crisis said they will keep aside their own ideology and views while consulting various stakeholders, even as they indicated a complete repeal won't augur well for much-needed agriculture reforms.
Posted By: Abhinav Gupta