LIVE UPDATES: Farmers threaten to block UP border after PM Modi defends Farm Laws; day’s other top stories


Farmers protesting against the controversial Farm Laws have threatened to block the Ghazipur border connecting Delhi and Uttar Pradesh as the agitation entered its 25th day. This came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi once again defended the controversial laws.

Pm Modi shared a letter written by his Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar to farmers on Twitter as he wrote, “Do read this letter penned by Agriculture Minister @nstomar Ji to our hardworking farmer sisters and brothers. The letter elaborately explains aspects relating to the agricultural reforms and how they will benefit farmers.”

In his letter to farmers, Tomar had written, “I urge the farmers to recognize this white lie being spread by some people motivated by political interests and reject it outright. The government which gave MSP one and a half times of the cost to the farmers, the government which in the last 6 years has almost doubled the amount of MSP in the account of farmers, such government will never stop MSP. MSP continues and will continue.”

Farmers’ latest threat to block the Ghazipur border came days after Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait warned the state governments of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand to ‘not intervene in our agitation and stop trying to create hindrance as it will prolong till our demand of scrapping farm laws is not fulfilled.’

LIVE UPDATES on today’s big stories will appear below:

17:55 PM: Farmers leading a Social Movement, fighting to protect Democratic Rights of 90% India (Labour, Small Traders, Shopkeepers & Consumers)… Success of this movement is the triumph of our Democracy. Politicisation of such a pristine movement, does a disservice to the People of India

16:31 PM: Anger prevails across Bengal, state has deviated from path of development: says Amit Shah during roadshow (PTI)

15:07 PM: Yesterday, Union Minister Amit Shah said Mamata Banerjee left a party to join another. Mamata never switched sides. In 1998, she left Congress & formed a new party – TMC. She was never associated with any other party: West Bengal Minister & TMC leader Subrata Mukherjee. (ANI)

14:29 PM: #Nepal Prime Minister #KPSharmaOli on Sunday recommended dissolution of the House of Representatives of the Federal Parliament at an emergency Cabinet meeting. (IANS)

13:51 PM: Maharashtra: Wearing masks mandatory for next six months, says Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. (PTI)

13:03 PM: 55-year-old police sub-inspector allegedly shoots himself dead with his service revolver in Bihar’s Aurangabad district: Official. (PTI)

12:30 PM: Delhi: 2 US-based Sikh NGOs donate toilets, geysers & tents to farmers at Tikri border. (ANI)

11:22 AM: Active COVID-19 cases in country stand at 3,05,344 while 95,80,402 people have recovered from the disease: Union Health Ministry. (PTI)

10:42 AM: Delhi: Farmers’ protest at Ghazipur (Delhi-UP border) enters day 23; protesters to observe ‘Shahidi Diwas’ today. (ANI)

10:07 AM: Nirav Modi’s brother charged with committing $2.6 million fraud in New York. Nehal Modi is also wanted by the CBI in PNB fraud case.

09:42 AM: PM Modi pays a surprise visit to Gurudwara Rakabganj to pay tributes to Sikh Guru Tegh Bahadur amidst raging protests by farmers, mainly from Punjab against Farm Laws.


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