Protests against the Centre’s three contentious agricultural laws entered day 33 on Monday as the government and the farmers’ union prepare for the sixth round of talks on Tuesday. The farmers’ unions had on Saturday accepted the government’s second proposal to hold the sixth round of talks at a date and time as per the unions’ convenience, having rejected an earlier invitation. On Sunday, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal visited the Singhu border to interact with the protesting farmers and “challenged” any Union minister to debate the laws with the protesting farmers in order that it becomes lucid “how really useful or harmful these laws are.” Kejriwal had earlier visited the Singhu border, which has emerged as the epicentre of the stir, on December 7.
Since September, when these legislations were passed, the farmers, predominantly from Punjab and Haryana, have been protesting against what they call “black laws.” To start with, railway tracks were blocked in Punjab and the farmers arrived in Delhi on November 26 and, since then, have been camping on quite a lot of borders of the national capital. The farmers have repeatedly said that they’re prepared for a “long haul” and won’t go back till the laws are repealed; the government, then again, has ruled out a repeal, and, instead, has proposed amendments to these.
Preceding five rounds of talks, including one each and every on December 1, 3 and 5, have failed to break the impasse. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s outreach, too, has failed to convince the farmers.
Here are the live updates from day 33 of the anti-farm laws protests:
Govt will have to listen to farmers and take back laws: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra
“It’s a sin to use the type of words they’re the use of for farmers. Government is answerable to farmers. Government will have to listen to them and take back the laws,” says Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.
PM Modi to flag off 100th ‘Kisan Rail’ at 4:30 pm
Amid the ongoing farmers’ protest, prime minister Narendra Modi will practically flag off the 100th ‘Kisan Rail’ service between Maharashtra’s Samgola and Shalimar in West Bengal, at 4:30 pm on Monday.
Day 33 of anti-farm laws’ stir
The protests against the government’s three contentious farm laws in Delhi, which began on November 26, entered day 33 on Monday. Sixth round of talks between the government and the farmers’ unions are likely to take place on Tuesday.[ad_2]