Centre-Farmer Talks End In Stalemate, Again. No Date Set For Next Meeting

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Centre-Farmer Talks End In Stalemate, Again. No Date Set For Next Meeting

Farmers have been protesting the centre’s agriculture legislation since late November (File)

New Delhi:

The eleventh spherical of talks between the centre and farmers protesting the agriculture legal guidelines ended Friday night because the earlier ten did – in a stalemate – with farmer leaders refusing as soon as extra to simply accept the centre’s proposal to place the controversial legal guidelines on maintain for 18 months. They continued to insist that the legal guidelines be scrapped fully and that authorized ensures be offered for MSP.

Moreover, in contrast to earlier talks, no date was set for the following assembly, with the centre telling farmers “all doable choices have been given” and asking them, as an alternative, to carry inner discussions on the proposal to briefly droop the legal guidelines earlier than returning to the desk.

Extra ominously, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar instructed the centre could be prepared for one more spherical of talks provided that the farmers needed to debate the suspension of the legal guidelines.

“We instructed the federal government we is not going to comply with something aside from repeal of the legal guidelines. The minister requested us to debate individually, rethink the matter and convey (our) choice,” Darshan Pal, a farmer chief with the Samyukt Kisan Morcha, instructed information company PTI.

“We conveyed our place clearly… we would like repeal of the legal guidelines and never suspension. The ministers requested us to rethink our choice,” Rakesh Tikait, a Bharatiya Kisan Union chief, added.

Some farmer leaders additionally questioned the centre’s credibility, saying it was troublesome to imagine the legal guidelines would, actually, be placed on maintain for a year-and-a-half.

Irate farmer reps, who mentioned they have been made to attend for over three hours after the 2 sides broke for lunch, accused the centre of disrespect. One chief instructed information company PTI as we speak’s assembly was “an insult to farmers” and that the centre had solely sat down for face-to-face talks for half-hour.

The farmers additionally mentioned that they may now intensify their agitation, together with holding the tractor rally in Delhi on January 26 – Republic Day.

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The proposal to droop the legal guidelines for a sure time had been put ahead within the earlier spherical fo talks, and was extensively seen as each an indication of the centre relenting beneath stress from the farmers.

Nonetheless, after a late night assembly at Singhu on the Delhi-Haryana border (the place 1000’s of farmers have been camped since November), the supply was turned down.

The farmers reiterated that the Republic Day tractor rally – which the centre instructed the Supreme Court docket would trigger embarrassment for the nation” – would proceed as deliberate. In addition they turned down a request from the Delhi Police to cancel the rally.

Earlier this month, the farm legal guidelines have been placed on maintain for not less than two months by the Supreme Court docket, which named a particular committee discusses the difficulty with all sides in that point.

The farmers, nevertheless, didn’t settle for the committee, saying all 4 of its members are pro-government. One of many members stepped down a day after being named.

With enter from PTI

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