Here are the key developments of the day:
Farmers enter Delhi after police permission
The protesting farmers were allowed to enter the national capital on Friday after the Tikri border between Delhi and Haryana was opened for them.
Live updates: Stir against farm laws
The farmers, who were part of the ‘Delhi Chalo’ march against the Centre’s new farm laws, were escorted by police personnel amid tight security as they started entering the city around 3pm.
Delhi Police have allowed the farmers to hold their protest at north Delhi’s Nirankari Ground – one of the biggest grounds in the national capital.
More farmers march to Delhi
While thousands of farmers have already reached Delhi, several more are still forcing their way through the Haryana border to join the protests.
Earlier in the day, the Delhi Police used tear gas at the Singhu border to disperse protesting farmers who were trying to head towards the national capital. Farmers gathered at the Singhu border have not entered the city so far.
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Ahead of the protest, Haryana had announced sealing of its borders with Punjab to prevent farmers from entering the state on their way to Delhi.
Ready to discuss issues with farmers: Centre
The Centre has reiterated its offer of talks with the farmers and urged them to withdraw their protest.
Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar said that the farmers have been invited for talks on December 3 and requested them to call off the agitation.
The government has maintained that farm laws will bring farmers better opportunities and usher in new technologies in agriculture.
Farmers stage sit-ins, block roads in some UP districts
Amid the Punjab and Haryana farmers’ “Delhi Chalo” call in protest against the three Central farm laws, their Uttar Pradesh counterparts on Friday staged sit-ins and demonstrations at many places in the state, including Lucknow.
Other places hit by farmers’ stir included Muzaffarnagar, Meerut, Baghpat and Gautam Budh Nagar in western UP, besides Jhansi and Jalaun in its Bundelkhand region, where the peasants’ gathering on various roads resulted in considerable blockades and traffic disruptions.
The key roads affected by the stir included Delhi-Dehradun National Highway and Jhansi-Mirzapur highway.
Punjab CM welcomes Centre’s decision to let farmers enter Delhi
Appreciating the decision to allow the farmers in Delhi, Amarinder Singh said: Though the central government has allowed the farmers to enter the national capital to exercise their democratic right to protest, the Haryana government is engaged in a confrontationist approach against the farmers moving towards Delhi.”
In a tweet, Singh also expressed shock at the methods used by the Haryana government in their bid to stop the farmers.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, too, spoke out on the issue and attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In tweet in Hindi, he said that no government in the world can stop farmers fighting the “battle of truth”, adding that the Prime Minister should remember that whenever arrogance takes on truth, it gets defeated.
Farmers clash with police
Earlier in the day, thousands of farmers had gathered at various entry points into the national capital in a determined bid to push their way through as part of their ‘Delhi Chalo’ march while police blocked them with barricades, teargas shells and batons.
Police resorted to lathicharge for a brief time to control protesters who broke barricades.
“We will not go back till our demands are met. We will stage a peaceful protest now at the designated place. We had to cross several barricades to reach the place but we are ready to face anything,” one of the protesting farmers said.
Clashes broke out at multiple places and Delhi’s borders resembled a virtual battle zone with restless crowds of farmers, mostly from Punjab and Haryana, milling around and a sea of police personnel keeping them at bay. Drones circled the air and plumes of smoke from teargas shells could be seen from far.
(With inputs from agencies)