Farmers to observe hunger strike from 8 am to 5 pm tomorrow

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Protesters vandalise Gandhi's statue in US Aviolent group of Khalistani separatists has desecrated Mahatma Gandhi's statue outside the Indian embassy in Washington in the US during a demonstration by Sikh-American youths in support of farmers protesting against the recently enacted agriculture laws in India.

The farmer union leader added they will sit on fast from 8 am to 5 pm on December 14 at Singhu border.

Thousands of farmers who are up in arms against the three laws are peacefully camping in and outside India's national capital of New Delhi, demanding immediate unconditional revocation of the laws which they say are against their interests.

Indian security forces have erected barricades and deployed large numbers of police to deal with the protests.

Indian governments have long made big promises to farmers - a crucial vote bank - and Modi is no exception, vowing to double their incomes by 2022. Prasad said, "They are saying that they will not withdraw their movement unless and until these laws are withdrawn".

"Our stand is clear, we want the three farm laws repealed".

On Saturday, a peaceful protest has been organized and will be done in the form of a auto rally to follow all COVID-19 guidelines.

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Yesterday, the protesting farmers had said that they will expand and intensify their protest to a "pan-India" scale as the Centre has refused to heed to their demands to repeal the three contentious farm laws-The Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance, and Farm Services Act, 2020; and The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020 enacted in September.

The reforms to farming laws could result in uncertainty for farmers. "It is my country's farmers who will benefit the most from all this", Modi said. "I hope that the farmers come with a positive outlook to the next round of talks".

One protester named Mannat Singh said the plan was to block all entrances to Delhi. The UP unit chief of the BKU (Bhanu) Yogesh Pratap, who was holding a sit-in protest on the Chilla road for the last 12 days, disagreed with the decision. The reforms, meant to liberalize agriculture, will allow farmers to sell crops to anyone, loosening the prevailing state-controlled market model to deregulate crop pricing, procurement and storage of agricultural produce.

In a reflection of the infighting which is rife in the Punjab unit of BJP, the delegation, which met Shah and Tomar, did not include Surjit Kumar Jayani, former state minister and chairman of commitee which has been negotiating with farmers' unions in Punjab.

Pannu alleged that the central government is trying to "fail" the farmers' movement, making attempts to divide the farmers.

Six rounds of talks between government officials and farmers' union leaders have failed to resolve one of the most pressing issues facing Modi's government.

Swaraj Abhiyan leader Yogendra Yadav, activists Aruna Roy and Medha Patkar and CPM leader Amra Ram also reached Shahjahanpur along with farmers.

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