Talks between Home Minister Amit Shah and a make a choice group of farmers’ representatives failed to make any breakthrough on Tuesday night with the union leaders insisting on their demand for repeal of three new laws and rejecting the government’s proposal for amendments.
Some leaders also threatened that they are going to boycott the scheduled sixth round of talks with the government on Wednesday at Vigyan Bhawan here, while others said their next plan of action will depend on what amendments the government assures in writing, which they claimed used to be promised by Shah in today’s assembly.
Another leader said, “There is not any chance of day after today’s assembly. Whatever they have got made up our minds to give in writing we won’t accept those amendments as we wish total repeal of the laws. There is not any question of assembly again.” Alternatively, a couple of leaders who attended the assembly with Shah seemed to be in favour of essential amendments and assurances on the minimum toughen price (MSP) regime and the mandi system relatively than a total repeal of the laws enacted in September, indicating some roughly divisions a number of the unions.
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After the assembly which ended around nighttime, All India Kisan Sabha general secretary and CPI(M) leader Hannan Mollah said, “The home minister has made it lucid that the government will not repeal the laws. Shah-ji said the government will give day after today in writing the amendments which the government is eager to. We will be able to come to a decision approximately attending the assembly after discussing the written amendments with all 40 farmer unions.” At the same time, he also added, “We don’t want amendments, we wish repeal of laws. There is not any middle path. We will be able to not attend day after today’s assembly.”
Mollah said a last decision on attending the sixth round of talks will be taken at a assembly of union leaders Wednesday midday at Singhu border, where thousands of farmers have been camping for the final 12 days demanding the repeal of the laws.
After the fifth round of talks on Saturday, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar had said that the next assembly had been scheduled for 11 am on December 9.
Tomar, Food Minister Piyush Goyal and Minister of State for Business and Industry Som Parkash, who have been leading the government’s consultations with the agitating farmers, were present at the assembly Shah had with the 13 farmer leaders at National Agricultural Science Complex, Pusa.
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Farmer leaders have claimed that the laws will benefit corporates and end the mandi system and the minimum toughen price (MSP) regime.
The government has maintained that it is dedicated to the welfare of farmers and have presented these laws as major reforms for their benefits.[ad_2]