The hot seats comprise Amritsar (East) from where Congress state unit chief Navjot Sidhu is in the race to retain it and Dhuri from where AAP's chief ministerial face Bhagwant Mann is trying his luck for the first time.
“Reforms will help draw investment in agriculture and benefit farmers,” he said at the annual meeting of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry in New Delhi.
Police fired several rounds of tear gas at some places on the outskirts of Delhi and used water cannons at entry points to stop the farmers coming into the city centre.
Thousands of women joined protests by farmers on the outskirts of Delhi on Monday to mark International Women's Day, demanding the scrapping of new laws that open up agriculture produce markets to private buyers.
According to media reports, the IRCTC sent out nearly two crore (20 million) emails between Dec.8 and Dec.12 to its customers listing 13 decisions taken by Modi to support the Sikh community, amidst farmers’ protest.
Home to many rare and endangered species, the Asan Conservation Reserve becomes India’s latest and the state of Uttarakhand’s first Ramsar site.
Five round of talks between the government and farmers since November have failed to halt the blockade, with the protesters continuing to insist that the laws be repealed.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government pushed through Parliament last September a set of three legislative measures, projected as the biggest farm sector reform in India’s history.
In a letter addressed to 32 farmers’ unions, Sanjay Agrawal, the most senior civil servant at the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, urged farmers to come forward for talks with government ministers and officials.