By Bhuma Shrivastava, Bibhudatta Pradhan and P R SanjaiTwo of India’s richest men have landed in an unlikely controversy over farming laws, becoming targets of protesters who allege the tycoons have benefited from their close links to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.For weeks, tens of thousands of farmers have camped outside the nation’s capital, demanding the withdrawal of recently passed legislation they say, without evidence, was designed to allow billionaires such as Mukesh Ambani and Gautam Adani to enter farming. The tycoons say they have no such interest. More than 1,500 phone towers of Ambani’s wireless carrier were vandalized last month and some farmers called for a boycott of their businesses.The fight between the government and the farmers has revived the debate on what Modi’s critics call cozy nexus between the magnates and the popular leader -- accusations they all have denied. The protests, one of Modi’s toughest political challenges yet, follow … [Read more...] about Two of India’s richest men caught in crossfire over farming
Asked about the government holding parallel talks with protesting farmer unions after the setting up of the SC panel, he said, “We have no issue if a solution is found and the protests end from either (efforts of) our panel or from the government’s separate talks with the protesting farmer unions.” “Let (Government) them continue the discussion, we have been given a duty and we will focus on that,” he added. … [Read more...] about SC-appointed panel on farm laws to hold first meeting on Jan. 19
“In fact, the original passing of these laws in the Rajya Sabha in September was done through a fraud,” said Mr. Yechury, arguing that if a division, or recorded vote, had been taken in the Upper House as Opposition MPs had demanded, the government would not have won. The Bills were ultimately passed by a voice vote amid vociferous protest. … [Read more...] about Opposition will move for repeal of farm laws in Budget session
An overcrowded auto-rickshaw carrying 18 farm labourers from Konakondla village in Vajrakarur mandal toppled to the ground on National Highway No. 67 close to Guntakal town at 4.45 a.m. on January 17 leading to the death of a 36-year-old woman, Ramanamma, on the spot. … [Read more...] about One farm labourer dead, another critical in auto-rickshaw accident on NH-67
Tomar said, "Discussions happen at various platforms and a solution can emerge from anywhere. Our effort is to find a solution at the earliest through dialogue so that the farmers' protest ends. Farmers are sitting in cold weather amid the threat of COVID-19 and the government is concerned about that also and is therefore engaging with farmers with an open mind." … [Read more...] about DNA Exclusive: Sighu border in farmers’ stir emerges as a propaganda center for Khalistan?