Live Updates on All India Protests against Farm Bills, 2020

Welcome to SabrangIndia’s live blog on the nation-wide Farmers protests against Modi Sarkar’s Farm Bills, 2020. We will be bringing you news, images and stories from across the country all day today. In case you want others to look away from the circus tricks of electronic news channels and hear voices from the streets, share this thread with them now.


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#FarmBill2020 #FarmersProtest, #farmersbill #IStandWithFarmers #BharatBandh


8:15 PM

And with these highlights, our day comes to an end 


08:10 PM

Here’s our round-up of the day in videos. Happy watching !! 

08:05 PM

What constitutional guarantees are available to farmers ? CJP explains : 


08:00 PM

In our round-up of the day, here are ten iconic images from today’s historic protest. Yeah, it was historic all right, don’t let the mainstream media tell you otherwise. 

07:00 PM

And here’s how ScoopWhoop’s exclusive on the Deepika Padukone story stole our hearts

06:50 PM

As we start winding up the live blog, here’s how the Farmers Protest trended on twitter all day

06:45 PM

Hooghly, West Bengal



06:40 PM

Purbosthalli,East Bardhaman




06:35 PM

Rajasthan protests




06:30 PM

West Midnapur




06:25 PM

I am the son of a farmer, we will stand with the farmers: Harbajan Mann, singer, actor, farmer

06:20 PM

Watch this young man take the whole issue apart 

06.15 PM

Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) chief Sukhbir S Badal says Harsimrat Kaur Badal’s resignation “has shaken up Modi. For the past two months, there was no word on farmers, but now 5-5 ministers speak on it” He is planning a major protest march on October 1 and says it “will shake up the throne in Delhi as well the one in Chandigarh.


06.10 PM

The world media is watching, and reporting the massive and peaceful farmer’s protest movement that has been ignited across the country


06.05 PM

Activists march for farmers in Patna, Bihar

06.00 PM

#Farmers say give PM office a reality check

5:50 PM

WATCH: P Sainath and Teesta Setalvad on Farmers Anger and Media Blackout #ScrapAntiFarmerActs #BharatBandh

5:40 PM

These photos from Assam portray the ire of farmers





5:35 PM

Farmers protest in Yavatmal




05:30 PM

Haryana and Punjab held massive protests, may even unite and counter the #FarmBills 

05.20 PM

Protests at Gaya, Bihar

05:10 PM

Indirectly handing over farmers to Adani and Ambani: Swaraj India

05:05 PM

Our friends in the CJP tell us that they are facing technical issues with the live broadcast of Teesta Setalvad’s interview with P. Sainath, and are hoping to be up and running soon. Apologies for the inconvenience

05:00  PM

There were some who came to create trouble at a protest site, beating up farmers, but the farmer’s voice cannot be broken by lathi blows 


04:50 PM

From the plains to the hills, the country unites to speak up for farmers. Protests at Himachal Pradesh


04:40 PM

Do you know how ridiculous the Government’s MSPs are?


4:35 PM

Road art, sloganeering, drumbeats, music: Farmers protests were a force to reckon with in West Bengal’s West Midnapore,South Dinajpur, and West Burdwan Kajora More



04:30 PM

Protests at Ranaghat, West Bengal



04:25 PM

Highlights of protests in Sangalpattu district and other areas of Tamil Nadu




04:20 PM
Every farmer of Haryana seems to be out sitting on the concrete road in the sun, to show their dissent.



04:15 PM

Farmers of Jalmana, Haryana carry on the state’s well-documented agitation against the anti-farmer Bills, creating a human blockade in the process.


04:10 PM

Protestors blocking road move tractors to make way for an ambulance

4.05 PM

It is a fight to save crops, and breeds: Olympian boxer, Vijender Singh, who is also an officer of Haryana Police, spoke up in solidarity with farmers


04.00 PM 

Protest photos from Villupuram, Tamil Nadu


3.58 PM

Pratirodh Diwas, Jharkhand


03:57 PM

BREAKING: Thousands of workers of the AIKS, JMS, DYFI from Charota, Dahanu, Thane-Palghar of Maharashtra, blocked the Ahmedabad Highway despite heavy rains and police warning.





3.50 PM

It is a very hot day in Delhi, and yet the protest groups continue to stand with the #Farmers. Peaceful protesters reclaim their space to show solidarity at Jantar Mantar, which was once the hub of people’s protests, till the lockdown hit. 


03:45 PM

AIKS holds a dharna at Chauraha in Bhiwani, Haryana


03:40 PM
Yogendra Yadav visits protest at Ratia, Haryana, to show solidarity with farmers.


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03:35 PM 



03:32 PM 
Here’s a poster honouring the chakka jam 

Chakka Jam

03: 30 PM

Despite joining the Human Rights Council at the end of 2018, India is not a signatory to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants & Other People Working in Rural Areas  adopted on 28.9 2018. Surprise?Nepal, Pakistan, Afghanistan are signatories with 29 excluding India have voted in its favour. PS: India joined Council a mth after!

03:25 PM
Editorial cartoonist Satish Acharya, exposed the distraction tactics of some news channels


03:20 PM 
A protest at Anugul, Palalahada in Odisha


03:15 PM 
Sit-in protest at Bhuna Fatehabad Haryana



03.10 PM

Farmer First, says actor-politician Nagma Morarji in support of the FarmersProtest

03:05 PM

Don’t miss this very special conversation between Teesta Setalvad and P Sainath


03.00 PM



02.50 PM

Tamil Nadu

tamil nadu

Tamil nadu


02.45 PM
Peasants on strike. Glimpses from Mansa, Punjab. #BharatBandh  #KisanVirodhiNarendraModi


02.40 PM

Farmers court  arrest as a part of their protest in Karnataka. According to news reports, a group of farmers had blocked the busy Tumkur road near Yeshwanthpur in Bengaluru. They courted arrest when the police reached the spot to clear the blockade.

02:37 PM

BREAKING: With cries of ‘Narendra Modi Zindabad’ and thick wooden sticks, protestor in Bihar is attacked brutally 

02.35 PM

Northern Railway has canceled some trains due to farmers’ agitation in Punjab, say news reports, citing Deepak Kumar, Chief Public Relation Officers (CPRO) of the zone. #FarmersProtest

02.30 PM

Wake up n Rise India!! Actor-activist Urmila Matondkar lends her support to farmers.  #FarmersProtest #किसान_बचाओ_देश_बचाओ  #JaiJawanJaiKisan 


02:20 PM

Protest at Sainthia in Birbhum, West Bengal




02.10 PM

The farmers protest in Bhubaneswar,  Odisha


02.00 PM

Farmers protest in Karur, Tamil Nadu  #AntiFarmerBills #AIKSCC


01.55 PM 

The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020; The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce Bill, 2020; and The Farmers Agreement on Prices Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020 – will destroy Indian agriculture and our farmers, say Left leaders.

CPI (M) demands that the Modi govt withdraw these Bills in the interests of India. #NoToFarmBills  #ScrapAntiFarmerActs


01.50 PM

Burdwan Says no to #FarmBills2020 #FarmersBill2020 #FarmBill #NoToFarmBills #CorporateBhagaoKisanBachao #AntiFarmerBills

01.50 PM

Trichi, Tamil Nadu


01.45 PM

Farmers Demonstration in Bijnor, Uttar Pradesh



01:40 PM

Farmers, Union members and Congress members hold protest marches across West Bengal.
In images: Photos from Debra paschim medinipur, Dubrajpur, Rampurhat, West Burdwan, Bankura Borjora, Imambazar of Hoogly, Purulia


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01:35 PM

Protest in Jalna


01:35 PM

All India Kisan Sabha denounce the anti-farmer bills at Haryana’s Bahal Obra chowk.


01:30 PM

Protesters observe sit-in outside Rohtak railway station 


01.30 PM
Demonstration at Malwani, Mumbai


01.25 PM

DYFI in solidarity with the Farmers and their demands in IIT Market, Powai, Mumbai

DYFI Powai

01.25 PM

BREAKING: Tamil Nadu Cracks Down: AIKSCC TN Coordinator, K Balakrishnan, AIKS (CPM) State Sec Shanmugam, AIKKMS All India V-P Dr Rengasamy arrested

01.20 PM

Farmers put others first. Even as they continue to protest, they move blockade and give way to an ambulance #Punjab #IStandWithIndianFarmers #BharatBandh

01.20 PM

Farmer Protests Burn the ‘Black’ Bills passed by the Centre, Barabanki UP


01.15 PM

NDTV reports that Farmers protesting against #FarmBills block Delhi-Meerut highway


01.12 PM

Protest in Punjab


01.12 PM

Protest in Jharkhand


01.10 PM

Protest in Noida


01.10 PM

Farmers hold protest near Mysore Bank Circle in Bengaluru. 

01.05 PM

Rapper Dule Rocker Raps with India’s Farmers


01.00 PM
नागल सहारनपुर में भाकियू का धरना


01.00 PM
Madhubani, Bihar


12.58 PM
Protestant at Bhubaneswar


12.55 PM
Sardar Shahar, Rajsthan


Hanumangadh, Rajsthan


12.52 PM
Gujarat kisan Sabha Rajkot Districts


12.50 PM

Protest in Kerala


12.48 PM

Protest in Agra


12.45 PM

Protest in Himachal


12.42 PM

हिसार लघु सचिवालय के सामने हाईवे 65 को किसान सभा के नेतृत्व में जाम किया गया है

12.40 PM

सहारनपुर के छुटमलपुर में देहरादून दिल्ली हाइवे को जाम कर धरना प्रदर्शन करते भाकियू कार्यकर्ता



12.40 PM

Protest in Tripura



12.40 PM

Protest in Odisha


12.40 PM

Here’s a video on the Farmers’ protest by CJP 

12.35 PM

Highway Jammed by Protests in UP’s Baghpat, Police Deployed in Moradabad

AIKS President Ashok Dhavale addressed the protesters and said the farmers bills are an attack on the people and not only farmers of India

12.30 PM

Even the local MNS leader in Pune stood today in solidarity with farmers. He pointed out that these farmers have been feeding the nation even during the pandemic. Where is the point of bringing these “annadaatas” on the street?? #शेतकरी_विरोधी_भाजपा


12.25 PM.

In support of farmers, Punjabi University Patiala is closed by Students, teachers and employees have joined in support today



12:20 PM

Retired bureaucrats raise their voice in support of the farmers

Uttar Pradesh, Samajwadi Party, MLC Sunil Yadav says: Modi government will put a price tag on the farmers themselves, and sell them in the market.


12:20 PM

Meanwhile, spare a thought for these ‘farmers’ too

12:15 PM 

Kanhaiya Kumar has tweeted in support of the farmers 

12:10 PM

AAP Gujarat held a protest in the District of Morbi. 


12:05 PM
Leaders of Kisan Sabha and other farmers organisation, workers organisation like CITU and Left parliamentarians are gathering at Jantar Mantar in Delhi

Jantar mantar

Jantar mantar

12 PM

A chakka jam by farmers on a highway that leads to Delhi , in west UP’s Hapur #FarmersProtest

12:00 PM

The Aam Admi Party is protesting in cities of Maharashtra like Navi Mumbai, Pune, Shiroor, Pimpri in solidarity with farmers. Protesters stood in front of Babasaheb Ambedkar’s statue and held up posters with slogans like “Kaun banata HIndustan? Bharat ka Mazdoor Kisan!” Who makes India? The Workers and Farmers of India!



11.55 AM

All India Kisan Sabha responds to the PM point by point

11:55 AM
AAP Mumbai organizes Bike & Car Rally in support of Farmers.

11:45 AM

In Images: Farmers are protesting in Maharashtra(Beed, Manjalgaon Taluka), Punjab, Odisha, West Bengal (Midnapur)



Farmer WB

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11:42 AM

Huge rally and bandh happening in Mansa, Punjab

11:40 AM

Farmers have blocked road in Dantan, District Midnapur, West Bengal

11:35 AM

Delhi Police has been deployed in Chilla near the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border point in anticipation of protesters.

11.30 AM

PM Modi addresses the nation and says that BJP always tried to change labour and farmer laws for the benefit of the workers and farmers. He said that NDA govt has “made full efforts to connect farmers with banks.” He said, over Rs. 1 lakh stores were transferred to voer 10 crore farmers under the PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana.: PM Modi during live addressal

11:30 AM

Worker – Farmers – Sarkar face off 

Even as the opposition boycotted the Parliament, three contentious labour codes were passed by the Lok Sabha. But how do they affect the workers ? 


11.20 AM

MSP will be taken away from the Farmers and they will be forced to become slaves – Priyanka Gandhi


11:10 AM

Agriculture Laws will enslave Our Farmers: Rahul Gandhi


11:00 AM

Tejaswi Yadav is driving a tractor on the streets of Patna right now. Will he connect to the farmers ? 

10:50 AM

Have you seen our extraordinary poster honouring the protests ? Download, use and share !!


10:40 AM 

So why are the Farmers protesting ? Here’s a collection that our great team at SabrangIndia has put together. Read and Share widely !!



10:30 A.M.

Here’s a collection of best/ creative protest posters we’ve seen till now



10:27 A.M

Bharat Bandh: protesting farmers have blocked Delhi-Amritsar, Karnataka-Tamil-Nadu Highways


10:25 A.M.

Bihar Protests Heat Up: Even as the Election Commission of India chooses today, the day of the ALL INDIA protest to announce Bihar Elections, districts in the state respond to #Bharat Bandh Call. Rashtriya Janata Dal workers protest in Bihar’s Darbhanga against farm bills, while riding buffaloes. Opposition parties including RJD, Congress, TMC are opposing the farm bills.


10:20 A.M.

Yo-Yo test for the Prime Minister ?

In an Indian version of the eat-cake-if-hungry tale of Marie Antoinette, the Prime Minister yesterday hosted a video session on health and fitness and interacted with, among others, the cricketer Virat Kohli at the same time as trains were being stopped by angry farmers in Punjab. Here’s the bizarre Doordarshan link to the video where the PM asked Mr. Kohli about the Yo-Yo test. Do read the comments please.


10:17 A.M.

Bihar Effect: Highways Jammed, protests spread: Opposition parties INC, RJD, Akali Dal, AAP and TMC apart from the Left Parties at the Forefront

(बिहार में भारत बंद का असर, हाइवे पर जाम, कई जगह आगजनी)किसानों को कांग्रेस, RJD, समाजवादी पार्टी, अकाली दल, AAP, TMC समेत कई पार्टियों का समर्थन है. बिहार में किसानों का प्रदर्शन सुबह से ही शुरू हो गया)


10:15 A.M.

Protests seem to be spilling over to the next day as well. Bangla Sanskriti Manch, a large grassroots socio-political organisation based in West Bengal have called for a peaceful rally and effigy burning program tomorrow, September 26th, Saturday at 3 o clock. Venue: Murarai to Dangipur, Birbhum, West Bengal. 

10:10 A.M.

An organisation “Doctors for Farmers” says “we always stood with our Anndata. We organised free health camp in 2018 when farmers protested in Ramleela Maidan & we will continue to provide free medical services whenever needed. #IStandWithIndiaFarmers & oppose #FarmBills #BharatBandh”


10:00 A.M.

Rest of India needs to understand the huge crisis afoot in the agrarian sector, leading to a number of farmer suicides for over a decade. The situation,  post 2014, has only gotten worse. The Govt has admitted that 10,281 persons involved in farming sector, such as famers, cultivators, agricultural labourers died by suicide last year (2019), making up for 7.4 percent of the total deaths in India. Out of 5,957 farmers or cultivator deaths, 5,563 deaths were of men and 394 deaths were of women. Moreover, out of the 4,324 agricultural labourer deaths 3,749 deaths were of men and 575 deaths were of women.


9:55 A.M.

Dozens of Members of the Karnataka State Farmers’ Association are holding protests near Bommanahalli on Karnataka-Tamil Nadu highway against #FarmBills passed in Parliament. Police personnel deployed in the area to ensure law & order is maintained & COVID safety norms are followed during protest.


9:50 A.M.

Rajasthan: Dainik Bhaskar has put out an advisory against travelling in Sriganganagar because of the Bandh. No private or government buses are expected to ply. There are chakka jams in Suratgarh bypass, Hanumangarh road, Sadulshahar among other places. Farmers, workers are expected to block road and rail traffic. Over 1000 policemen are deployed in Sriganganagar alone.


9:45 A.M.

What the three Farmer-Related Bills do is snatch away the autonomy of states by scrapping the Mandis and APMCs, not guarantee MSPs, nor ensure procurement. This severely affects the sovereignty of the small farmer and India’s bio-diversity
Read Vandana Shiva’s exclusive Blog here 


9.40 A.M.

Some reports say farmers have blocked the Amritsar Delhi National Highway in Jalandhar


9.37 A.M.

Farmers, under the aegis of Bharatiya Kisan Union and Revolutionary Marxist Party of India (RMPI), block Amritsar-Delhi National Highway near Phillaur in Jalandhar, in protest against #FarmBills passed in the Parliament.


9:35 A.M.

Members of Bharatiya Kisan Union protest against #FarmBills in Uttar Pradesh’s Barabanki


9:30 A.M.

So naturally, central trade unions, farmers organisations and political parties have united to oppose the government on the streets. Actually more than 150 organisations are expected to observe a complete Bharat Bandh today. But is the Modi Sarkar, high on power, listening ? NCB bulao bhai….


9:15 A.M.

While we are at it, why don’t we tell you how the labour codes passed on September 22, 2020 affect millions of Indian workers. Pssst…a number of new provisions have sneaked in bypassing a joint parliamentary committee and larger public scrutiny. Abki baar, sneaky sarkar !


9.10 A.M.

Ambala, Punjab : Delhi-Chandigarh Bus Services Stopped as Farmers Begin protests


9:05 AM

Two Haryana BJP leaders term farm bills ‘anti-farmer’

Haryana BJP leaders Parminder Singh Dhull and Rampal Majra on Thursday dubbed the Centre’s Farm Bills “anti-farmer”, claiming that the apprehensions about the minimum support price were not unfounded.
These bills are anti-farmers, anti-people. These reforms will deal a blow to the dreams of Sir Chhotu Ram, considered the messiah of farmers, who wanted to see the peasants prosperous and happy,” Dhull said.


9:00 AM

An intemperate suspension of 8 MPs led to the opposition’s boycott of Parliament, though that hasn’t stopped the government from pushing more contentious bills through, and the Sarkar itself has gone on a publicity overdrive to explain its stance. Here’s a take down of the MSP increase hoax.

Instead of calculating MSP at C2+50 % as recommended by the Swaminathan Commission, a lower level of A2+FL costs is being used, to the detriment, per quintal –for wheat, pulses,mustard seed, safflower seed etc —for farmers. No wonder the Centre wants to take away the Rights of State Govts to protect their Farmers’ Livelihoods!

8:45 AM

For context, here’s a recap of why we are here. On September 20, the government got three Bills passed in the Rajya Sabha by a very dubious voice vote. 

The Three Bills are –
The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020 which excludes food from  the Essential Commodities Act; 
Farming Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Ordinance, 2020 which dismantles regulatory market framework that prevents traders and Agribusness from exploiting farmers;
The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Ordinance, 2020 which opens the door for global agribusiness  and food processing corporations to lock farmers into new corporate slavery)
Why did a ‘sarkar’ as powerful as this choose a heavily curtailed session in the middle of a worldwide pandemic to ram contentious farm bills through ? Is it because it lacks a majority in the Rajya Sabha ? Why is it so jittery about its own bills ? This Teesta Setalvad interview with Vijoo Krishnan may hold some answers.

8.40 AM

संसद के किसान विरोधी फैसले को हिंदुस्तान का किसान ही पलटने को मजबूर करेगा..देखते रहिये। #25सितम्बर_किसान_आंदोलन #25सितम्बर_भारत_बंद

Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) has given a call for protests in every district of Bihar. Bihar goes to the polls within months. #25सितम्बर_किसान_आंदोलन #25सितम्बर_भारत_बंद Rajya Sabha MP Manoj Jha is actively tweeting on this.

8:30 AM

Rail Roko in Punjab begins: Farmers squatted on the tracks in Punjab yesterday, Thursday, September 24, beginning a three-day “rail roko” agitation against the Farm Bills as the Railways were compelled to suspend several trains to avoid any untoward incident.Twenty trains have been partially cancelled and five short terminated till September 26 as protesters blocked rail tracks at various places, including Amritsar, Ferozepur, Sangrur, Barnala, Mansa and Nabha. 

Among the trains that have been suspended are the Golden Temple Mail (Amritsar-Mumbai Central), Jan Shatabdi Express (Haridwar-Amritsar), New Delhi-Jammu Tawi, Karambhoomi (Amritsar-New Jalpaiguri), Sachkhand Express (Nanded-Amritsar) and Shaheed Express (Amritsar-Jaynagar), officials said. Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee and later different farmers’ outfits have extended their support to the countrywide protest. Activists of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta Ugrahan) squatted on rail tracks in Barnala and Sangrur on Thursday morning.  






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