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New Delhi, Jan 24: South African President Cyril Ramaphosa will be the chief guest of Republic Day parade this year, said the Ministry of External Affairs on Thursday.

While addressing Press Conference, Secretary MEA TS Tirumurti stated “South African President Cyril Ramaphosa will be on a state visit to India on Jan 25&26. He’s the chief guest of our Republic Day parade”.

It’s the 2nd time when a South African President will be our chief guest on Republic Day. Nelson Mandela was the chief guest in 1995.

India and South Africa have strong interests in maritime security in the Indian Ocean region. India has also extended training slots for South African defence personnel. We share common concerns in the area of terrorism, cyber security etc.

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Withdraw farm laws, says BJP ally in Rajasthan; threatens to quit alliance

BJP ally Hanuman Beniwal’s threat to exit the NDA comes a day after Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to scrap the three farm laws.

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Hanuman Beniwal’s Rashtriya Loktantrik Party that partnered with the Bharatiya Janata Party in 2019 on Monday told Home Minister Amit Shah that his party would reconsider its partnership with the BJP if the Centre did not withdraw the three farm laws. Beniwal also demanded that the Centre implement the recommendations of the Swaminath Commission and hold dialogue with farmers in Delhi in the right spirit.

Hanuman Beniwal, who was once in the Bharatiya Janata Party, floated his party before the 2018 state elections and became part of the National Democratic Alliance right before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Beniwal won the Lok Sabha election from Nagaur in 2019. His party had won 3 seats in the state elections the previous year and had put up a tough fight in quite a few others.

The jat leader’s threat to consider exiting the NDA is seen to indicate the discomfort within the regional party over the protests that erupted against the three farm laws enacted by the BJP-led coalition at the Centre that change the way India’s farmers do business by creating free markets, as opposed to a network of decades-old, government-controlled agricultural markets.

The laws allow businesses to freely trade farm produce outside the so-called government-controlled “mandi system”, permit private traders to stockpile large quantities of essential commodities for future sales and lay down new rules for contract farming.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other senior ministers have tried to dispel concerns around the three laws, telling that these had opened up new opportunities for cultivators.

But leaders of farmers who have been marching to national capital Delhi against the law aren’t convinced and have insisted that their agitation will continue. Thousands of farmers have been camping on the borders of Delhi and in the city’s Burari grounds since November 27, a day after their Delhi Chalo agitation was launched from Punjab. The protests have since then spread to pockets in other states as well.

In a string of tweets that he followed up with a letter to Amit Shah, Hanuman Beniwal said his party would be forced to reconsider its alliance if prompt action is not taken since farmers and the youth formed the core support base of his party.

In a video message earlier, Beniwal said the RLP had protested the three farm laws through social media and on the streets. “Today, I have written to Shah that if the laws aren’t withdrawn, then we will reconsider our alliance with NDA,” he said.

“We are with the farmers and if required will march to Delhi. The PM and Shah should hold dialogue with farmers, and provide space to hold dharna in the capital. If any kind of ill-treatment is done with the farmers, then the farmers of the entire country will be on streets to gherao Delhi,” he said.

Beniwal’s tweets came a day after chief minister Ashok Gehlot wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanding withdrawal of the farm laws.

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Nagaur MP to Amit Shah: Will reconsider RLP’s alliance with NDA if farm bills not withdrawn

“The RLP will reconsider the alliance with the NDA if the matter is not decided with quick effect as farmers and jawans are the strength of RLP, he added.

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Jaipur, Nov 30: Nagaur MP Hanuman Beniwal on Monday wrote a letter to Union Home Minister Amit Shah in which he strongly said that the Rashtriya Loktantrik Party (RLP) would reconsider its alliance with the NDA if the central government does not withdraw the three farm bills.

Hanuman Beniwal, in his letter, said that he wants to draw Union minister Amit Shah’s attention to the ongoing farmers’ movement in protest against the recent agri-bills brought by the central government.

“It is requested to take immediate action to withdraw the bills.”

“Even during the severe winter and corona period, the farmer is agitating on roads which is not good for governance,” he said.

The RLP is the NDA’s ally at the Centre. Also in the Rajasthan assembly polls, the BJP did not announce any candidate from Nagaur and instead allowed the RLP to field its candidate, extending its alliance with the BJP at the state level too.

Beniwal wrote that a proper space should be given to the agitating farmers in Delhi where they can continue their dialogue and demanded withdrawal of the three bills and the implementation of the recommendations of the Swaminathan Commission in the interest of farmers.

“The RLP will reconsider the alliance with the NDA if the matter is not decided with quick effect as farmers and jawans are the strength of RLP, he added.

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CM dedicated to resolve farmers’ problems: Andhra Minister

Meanwhile, the winter session saw a decent turnout of MLAs, including opposition leader Naidu, who was seen wearing a mask.

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Amaravati, Nov 30 : Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy is dedicated to resolve any roblems faced by state farmers, Agriculture Minister Kurasala Kannababu said on Monday in the Assembly as its winter session began.

“We do not have a Chief Minister who indulges in gimmicks before elections. He has said that he will take up any initiative to resolve farmers’ problems wholeheartedly,” said Kannababu

He said that the YSRCP government had fulfilled most of the promises made to farmers and highlighted that Rs 13,463 crore have been directly credited to farmers’ accounts in last 18 months.

Kannababu assailed Telugu Desam Party (TDP) national President Nara Chandrababu Naidu and his son Nara Lokesh for allegedly undermining Reddy’s aerial survey of Nivar- affected districts.

He showed a photograph of Naidu conducting a similar survey when he was CM while enjoying a hot beverage in helicopter and compared it with his successor’s survey.

The Minister said that Reddy takes comprehensive stock of the ground situation whenever natural calamities strike the state.

According to Kannababu, crops on 6.56 lakh hectares of land was damaged during recent torrential downpour. He said the revenue enumeration is still on.

“The CM told us to finish the enumeration by December 10 so as to pay compensation to the affected farmers by December-end. The Agriculture Department and other concerned ones are working towards that goal,” he said.

Kannababu said that the Chief Minister had instructed officials to buy crops from farmers even if it had changed colour.

Meanwhile, the winter session saw a decent turnout of MLAs, including opposition leader Naidu, who was seen wearing a mask.

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