The government has said that the seventh round of talks with the farmers remained inconclusive because the protesters were adamant over withdrawal of the three farm laws. Union agriculture minister Narendra Tomar said that he’s “hopeful” that a conclusion will be found in the next round of talks which will be held on January 8.
“Taking a look at today’s discussion, I’m hoping that we can have a meaningful discussion all the way through our next assembly and we can come to a conclusion,” Tomar said after his assembly at Vigyan Bhawan, Delhi. He also asserted that efforts want to be made from both sides for a solution to be reached. “Taali dono haathon se bajti hai (both hands are needed to clap),” the minister said.
Meantime, farmers said that they’re going to not back down until the government withdraws the three laws and gives them a legitimate warranty over the MSP (minimum toughen price) system for procurement of their crops. “Discussion took place on our demands – repeal of the three laws and MSP… kanoon wapasi nahi, to ghar wapasi nahi (We can not go home until the laws are withdrawn),” news agency ANI quoted Rakesh Tikait, spokesperson of Bharatiya Kisan Union, as saying.
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Farmers have been protesting at the gates of Delhi since November 26 final year against the newly enacted farm laws – Farmers’ Produce Business and Trade (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance, and Farm Products and services Act, 2020, and the Fundamental Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.
Now, the next round of talks will take place on January 8 at 2 pm. The leaders of the farm unions will have their own assembly on Tuesday to come to a decision their next plan of action.
Thousands of farmers, chiefly from Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh, are protesting at Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur border points of Delhi demanding the repeal of the three laws passed in September. They’ve stayed put despite heavy rains and water-logging at protest sites over the past couple of days, but even so severe bloodless weather conditions prevailing in and around the national capital.
Final month, the government had sent a draft proposal to the protesting farmer unions, suggesting some amendments to the new laws and a written assurance on the MSP procurement system. The government has ruled out a repeal of the three agriculture laws.