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Day 3 Farmers’ Protest: Rail Blockades Today, Round 3 Talks with Centre Scheduled

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Day 3 Farmers’ Protest: Rail Blockades Today, Round 3 Talks with Centre Scheduled

The Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ugrahan) and BKU Dakaunda (Dhaner faction) planned to stage “rail roko” (stop trains) across the state on Thursday, February 15, between 12 and 4 p.m. Several well-known farmers’ unions are supporting the Punjabi farmer unions protesting at the borders of Shambhu and Khanauri. Thirty-seven farm unions under one roof, the Samyukt Kisan Morcha, have also backed the continuing demonstrations. A minimum support price, or MSP, for their crops is what the demonstrators are requesting.

These unions joined the current protests in response to the “condemnable use of violence” against farmers, and they had been major players in the fringe demonstrations in Delhi in 2021. The BKU (Ugrahan) general secretary, Sukhdev Singh Kokri Kalan, has chastised the police action. “We are united in our support of them. He declared, “Our supporters will stop trains, or rail roko, at as many locations as we can to demonstrate this. One day ahead of the larger nationwide strike set for February 16, he announced that the group will close train lines in Punjab on Thursday from 12 to 4 p.m.

Farmers’ ‘Delhi chalo’ protest: Key points

  • The reported that about ten protest sites have been decided upon, and that the BKU Ugrahan and BKU Dakaunda (Dhaner faction) will jointly participate in the rail roko demonstration. More locations are probably going to be added by tonight.
  • According to the source, Rajpura, Sunam (on the borders of Shambu and Khanauri, respectively), Jethuke hamlet in Bathinda, Moga, Mansa, Malaut, Valla railway crossing in Amritsar, Barnala, Sangrur, and Budhlada have been selected as the locations for the rail roko protests. BKU Ugrahan general secretary Sukhdev Singh Kokrikalan has stated that the Amritsar-Jalandhar-Delhi line, the Mansa-Bathinda-Delhi line, the Ludhiana-Ferozepur line, and many other regions will be affected.
  • At the Punjab-Haryana border, where protesters and police are engaged in a standoff that has resulted in numerous skirmishes, three Union ministers and leaders of the farming community will meet on Thursday for the third round of discussions in Chandigarh. “Inconclusive” results were obtained from the two previous meetings that took place prior to the march.
  • At five o’clock in the evening, federal ministers Arjun Munda, Piyush Goyal, and Nityanand Rai will meet with Sarwan Singh Pandher, the leader of the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee.
  • According to reports, agricultural minister Arjun Munda and defense minister Rajnath Singh discussed ways to resolve the problems facing farmers in New Delhi.
  • On Wednesday, security personnel shelled the “Delhi Chalo” demonstrators intermittently at the Shambhu border post near Ambala. Security forces would always use tear gas if a group of farmers approached the barriers. According to reports, the demonstrators threw stones at the security officers.In the Jind district of Haryana, a similar standoff was observed to be ongoing at the Data Singhwala-Khanauri border. However, things were still less tumultuous than they were on Tuesday, when farmers attempted to advance toward the national capital by using their tractors to move cement barriers at Shambhu.
  • Farmer leaders reported that tear gas and rubber bullets struck more than 100 demonstrators on Tuesday, causing injuries. According to the police, protestors’ stone-throwing on the first day of the demonstration injured 24 of their own soldiers.Farmers with their tractor-trolleys along the road at the border of Shambhu, and more coming from various parts of Punjab, are still more than 200 km away from their destination.
  • The borders between Delhi and the states of Haryana at Singhu and Tikri, as well as between Uttar Pradesh and Ghazipur, are marked with several levels of concrete blocks and metal spikes. Traffic from Delhi to Sonipat at Singhu and the flow of cars to Bahadurgarh.
  • The Singhu border in Delhi caused congestion for commuters because of the area’s closure and the significant presence of police and paramilitary forces.

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Final Thought

A major intensification of the ongoing farmer demonstrations in Punjab and the surrounding area is highlighted by the planned “rail roko” protest by the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ugrahan) and BKU Dakaunda (Dhaner faction), which has the backing of many other farmers’ unions and the Samyukt Kisan Morcha. The farming community’s ongoing complaints and demands are brought to light by these rallies, which call for a minimum support price (MSP) for crops. The goal of the planned broad disruption on Thursday, February 15, is to raise awareness of these problems and compel action from the government.

Coordinating their protests across important railway lines, standing united against perceived unfairness and neglect by the authorities, and receiving strong support from the Samyukt Kisan Morcha are all signs of this. The scheduled conference in Chandigarh between union ministers and representatives of the farming community indicates the possibility of a discussion; however, previous meetings have not produced much of a result, so the chances of a resolution are dimmed. The context of these protests, which includes the “Delhi Chalo” campaign and earlier run-ins with the law, highlights a pervasive discontent in the agriculture industry. The farmers’ tenacity in the face of police barriers, tear gas, and rubber bullets illustrates their desperation and will to be heard.

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Lok Sabha Election 2024 Phase 5: 57% Voter Turnout by 5 pm, Polling Wraps Up in 49 Seats

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Lok Sabha Election 2024 Phase 5: 57% Voter Turnout by 5 pm, Polling Wraps Up in 49 Seats

Lok Sabha Election Phase 5 Voting Live Updates: Casting a vote is in progress in 49 constituenties electorate in six states and two UTs in the fifth period of Lok Sabha decisions on Monday.

The present survey will determine the destiny of a few unmistakable pioneers like previous Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Association clergymen Rajnath Singh and Smriti Irani and previous Jammu and Kashmir boss clergyman Omar Abdullah.

Over 8.95 crore individuals, including 4.26 crore females and 5,409 third-orientation balloters, are qualified to cast a ballot in this round and 9.47 lakh surveying authorities have been conveyed across 94,732 surveying stations.

Among the seats going to surveys, 13 are in Maharashtra, 14 in Uttar Pradesh, seven in West Bengal, five in Bihar, three in Jharkhand, five in Odisha, one is in Jammu and Kashmir and the solitary seat in Ladakh.

This round covers the most un-number of seats (49) in the seven-stage surveys. Up until this point, casting a ballot has occurred in 379 voting demographics spread across 23 states and Association domains. The counting of decisions in favor of every one of the seven periods of the Lok Sabha political race will occur on June 4.

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Swati Maliwal Assault: Kejriwal and Akhilesh Dismiss Questions; Sanjay Singh Speaks Out | Watch

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Swati Maliwal Assault: Kejriwal and Akhilesh Dismiss Questions; Sanjay Singh Speaks Out | Watch

Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal and Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav addressed the media together. When Kejriwal brought up the topic of the assault on Swati Maliwal, he handed the microphone to Akhilesh. He stated, “There are more important things than this.” As for the alleged attack on Rajya Sabha MP Swati Maliwal at Kejriwal’s residence by CM’s PA Bibhav Kumar, AAP MP Sanjay Singh has made statements about it thus far. He said he would speak on the matter and then cited Manipur, Prajwal Revanna, and the wrestlers’ protest against former chief wrestler of the Wrestling Federation of India, Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh.

“The prime minister said nothing while the wife of a Kargil hero was paraded in Manipur in her undies. PM Modi requested support for Prajwal Revanna, who had raped and molested many women. And the authorities assisted him in his escape. Swati Maliwal went to visit the women wrestlers during their protests at night, and the cops beat her up. Sanjay Singh remarked, “We have seen PM Modi’s silence on Hathras, Kuldeep Sengar. “The Party of Aam Aadmi is a family. The party has already made it clear where it stands on this matter. I want the BJP to respond to all of these questions, especially the incident in which the cops beat up Swati Maliwal. Politics shouldn’t be played over this, according to Sanjay Singh.

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On Wednesday, Sanjay Singh visited Swati Maliwal at her home, but the BJP is pressing for action against Vibhav Kumar in this regard. Leaders of the BJP also questioned if Swati Maliwal was under pressure from the AAP, given that no formal complaint has been filed on the assault event. The picture of Bibhav Kumar seen at the Lucknow airport with Kejriwal and Sanjay Singh was released by the BJP on Thursday. “This is the image from last night of the Lucknow airport.” Vibhav, the one wearing the black shirt, struck Swati Maliwal. Kejriwal is upset, as is Sanjay Singh, who said that Bibhav has done something really wrong. BJP’s Kapil Mishra commented on X, saying, “The third one is Kejriwal himself, who is accused of getting Swati beaten up.”

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Kejriwal Sparks Controversy: ‘Modi Never Ruled Out Retirement at 75,’ Amid ‘Amit Shah for PM’ Claim

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Kejriwal Sparks Controversy: ‘Modi Never Ruled Out Retirement at 75,’ Amid ‘Amit Shah for PM’ Claim

Amit Shah will succeed Narendra Modi as prime minister in 2025, when the latter turns 75, according to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who announced this Thursday. The prime minister has never said he will not step down at that age. Despite the disagreements between Amit Shah and some other politicians on Kejriwal’s age and retirement, PM Modi never said he wouldn’t retire at 75, Kejriwal said at a joint press conference with Samajwadi Party chairman Akhilesh Yadav (Lucknow). “Everyone in the nation is confident that Modi won’t deviate from his 75-year retirement age,” Kejriwal stated.

“Amit Shah’s appointment as prime minister is now confirmed. According to him, the BJP has ignored every opponent, including Devendra Fadnavis, Manohar Lal Khattar, Vasundhara Raje, Dr. Raman Singh, and Shivraj Singh Chouhan. The only issue at hand is Yogi Adityanath, who would be ousted in two to three months, according to Kejriwal, who also mentioned that no BJP leader had disputed his remarks against Adityanath, suggesting that Adityanath’s departure was all but certain.

According to Kejriwal, eliminating reservations is the BJP’s “big plan” if they win the election.

During his first rally after leaving Tihar, Kejriwal stated that if he supported the BJP, Amit Shah would become prime minister since, according to party policy, no one over 75 may hold any job. Narendra Modi will turn 75 in 2025. In response to Kejriwal’s assertion, Amit Shah stated that Narendra Modi will serve out his term and continue to head the party well beyond 2029. Amit Shah charged that Kejriwal was fomenting disarray within the party about the leadership, whereas there is none.

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“I would want to inform Arvind Kejriwal and associates that there is no need to celebrate Modiji’s 75th birthday. The BJP constitution does not mention his ineligibility to serve as prime minister. He will serve out the remainder of his time as prime minister. The party is not confused,” Amit Shah declared.

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