Farmer leaders agree to talk to Centre on Dec 29 but only on repeal of laws


The protesting farmers on Saturday accepted the government’s offer of talks and said that they’re willing to come for discussion on December 29, given the Centre lays down the modalities for repeal of three controversial farm acts, comes out with an action plan on providing a valid warranty for procurement of crops at the Minimum Give a boost to Price (MSP) and also lucid its stand on the draft electricity amendment invoice and pollution ordinance.

Responding to the letter sent by the government to the 40-odd protesting farmer groups, majority of them from Punjab, the union leaders said that talks could happen on December 29 at 11 am on the modalities of when and how the three farm acts will be repealed.

“The government in its letter has said that it is able for talks with an open brain, whether it is able, the Centre will have to stop the use of the official machinery for spreading disinformation approximately the farmers and the agitation,” the letter sent by Sanyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), the conglomeration of 40 farmer groups said.

The farmers, meantime, have made up our minds to escalate their agitation and hold tractor march on Kundli-Manesar-Palwal highway on December 30 in protest against Centre’s laws.

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“We request people from Delhi and other parts of country to come and celebrate New Year with protesting farmers,” Darshan Pal, one of the vital leaders of the union said.

Mahendra Singh Tikait, leader of BKU, confirmed that the protesting farmer unions have made up our minds to renew dialogue with the government and have proposed December 29 as the date for the next round of talks.

Tikait, a senior leader of Bharatiya Kisan Union, said the modalities for the repeal of three farm laws and warranty for MSP (minimum toughen price at which the government procures crops from farmers) will have to be a part of the agenda for talks with the government.

Meantime, Rashtriya Loktantrik Party (RLP) convenor and Nagaur MP Hanuman Beniwal has announced a split from the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) over the Centre’s new farm laws.

Thousands of farmers have been camping at three Delhi border points —- Sighu, Tikri and Ghazipur — for just about a month, demanding a total repeal of three agri laws enacted in September and a valid warranty on minimum toughen price.

While the government has presented these laws as major reforms aimed at helping farmers, protesting unions have maintained these Acts will leave them at the mercy of big corporates by weakening the mandi and MSP systems.

In Haryana, former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda again demanded convening of a special session of the Meeting and said his Congress party will move a no-confidence motion against the BJP-JJP government.

“The government has missing the toughen of the people and plenty of MLAs backing it,” the Leader of Opposition in Haryana said in a commentary.

Hooda reiterated his stand of bringing a no-confidence motion against the government in the Meeting, saying “many Independent MLAs have withdrawn toughen from the government”.

Two Independent MLAs — Sombir Sangwan and Balraj Kundu — have withdrawn toughen to the state government, while most of the 10 legislators of the Jannayak Janta Party (JJP) have openly come out in toughen of the farmers protesting against the Centre’s three farm laws.

At present, the Khattar government enjoys a comfortable majority in the 90-member State Meeting.

The BJP has 40 MLAs and its ally JJP 10. There are 31 Congress MLAs and one each and every from the Indian National Lok Dal and Haryana Lokhit Party.

Seven members are Independents, out of whom five, including Power Minister Ranjit Singh Chautala, toughen the ruling combine.

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