Farmers’ protest LIVE: Centre-farm leaders’ 6th round of talks at 2 pm

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Farmers all the way through their ongoing protest against the new farm laws, at the Ghazipur border in New Delhi on Wednesday.


Farmers’ protest LIVE updates Day 34: The Centre and protesting farmer unions will renew stalled talks today with the latter sticking to their position that the talks will only be on the modalities for the repeal of three new agri laws and on a legitimate warranty on minimum beef up price (MSP), among other issues.

Ahead of the the most important sixth round of talks after a three-week hiatus, Union ministers Narendra Singh Tomar and Piyush Goyal on Tuesday met senior BJP leader and Home Minister Amit Shah.


The fifth round of talks used to be held on December 5, while the sixth round, originally scheduled for December 9, used to be called off after an casual assembly of Home Minister Shah with some union leaders failed to achieve any breakthrough.


Thousands of protesting farmers, mostly from Punjab and Haryana, have been camping at three Delhi border points — Singhu, Ghazipur and Tikri — for the past 33 days, demanding a repeal of the three farm laws and a legitimate warranty for MSP.


The three farm laws have been projected by the Centre as major reforms in the agriculture sector that will remove middlemen and make allowance farmers to sell their produce anywhere in the country.


Alternatively, the protesting farmers have expressed apprehension that the new laws would pave the way for getting rid of the safety cushion of the MSP and get rid of the “mandi” (wholesale market) system, leaving them at the mercy of big corporates.


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