Farmers Protest Talks between modi government and farmers on Wednesday adamant on withdrawing talks between Center and farmers on Wednesday, adamant on withdrawal of new laws


Delhi:

Stalled negotiations between the Center and agitating farmers ‘organizations will be held on Wednesday, while the protesting farmers’ organizations said that the discussion will only be on the modalities to repeal the three agricultural laws and give legal guarantee of minimum support price (MSP). Meanwhile, a day before the sixth round of talks between the Center and the farmers, Union Ministers Narendra Singh Tomar and Piyush Goyal met senior BJP leader and Home Minister Amit Shah.

Sources said that the ministers discussed in this meeting about the government’s stand in the talks with farmers on Wednesday. Agriculture Minister Tomar, Food and Consumer Affairs Minister Goyal and Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Som Prakash have been representing the Center in talks with farmers. Tomar said on Monday that he expected the deadlock to be resolved soon.

The Center invited 40 agrarian organizations agitating on Monday to convene the next round of talks on December 30 to find a “logical solution” to all relevant issues. But the United Kisan Morcha, representing farmer unions, called the Center on Tuesday In the letter written, the issue of how to repeal the three agricultural laws and the legal guarantee of the minimum support price (MSP) should be a part of the agenda of the negotiations.

The Morcha further said that the agenda of the meeting should include amendments to the ordinance issued in relation to the Air Quality Management Commission in NCR and adjoining areas to keep farmers out of punitive provisions. Through the letter, the Morcha has formally accepted the government’s invitation for talks. The letter also said that the issue of withdrawal of the Electricity Amendment Bill 2020 should also be included in the agenda of negotiations to protect the interests of farmers. Of the five rounds held so far, the last round was held on December 5.

The sixth round of talks was to be held on December 9, but earlier it was canceled due to no success in an informal meeting between Home Minister Shah and some leaders of farmers’ organizations. Agriculture Secretary Sanjay Aggarwal, in a letter to the farmers’ organizations on Monday, invited them to talk at Vigyan Bhavan in the national capital at 2 pm on Wednesday. The farmers had earlier written a letter to the government regarding the agenda list of talks on 26 December. In a recent letter, the Morcha quoted a letter dated 26 December saying that it had mistakenly referred to a “change” in the Electricity Amendment Bill instead of “withdrawal”.

Meanwhile, farmer organizations protesting against central agricultural laws have postponed their proposed tractor till March Thursday in view of the talks with the government on Wednesday. Thousands of farmers from Punjab, Haryana and some other parts of the country have been protesting near Delhi for the last 31 days at the Singhu border, Tikri border and Ghazipur border. They demand that all three agricultural laws should be repealed and the minimum support price (MSP) be given a legal guarantee.

Meanwhile, the Congress said that instead of giving verbal assurances to the government, the law should be fulfilled by making laws through Parliament. Senior party leader Rajiv Shukla also alleged that bringing all three agricultural laws is a conspiracy to end the Minimum Support Price (MSP). Shukla told reporters, “It is wrong to describe the farmers’ movement as the movement of political parties. This is an attempt to discredit farmers. This movement is purely a farmers’ movement. The government should not attempt to discredit farmers. ”

He said, “Our demand is that the government should listen to the farmers and accept their demands. These demands should be part of the law passed by the Parliament. “Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee President Govind Singh Dotasara said,” When a farmer organization did not demand to make these laws, then on whose request were these black laws made ? “The truth is that there is a conspiracy to abolish the MSP and capture industrialists on agriculture.”

At the same time, NCP chief and former agriculture minister Sharad Pawar alleged that the central government imposed three laws related to agriculture without consulting the states. He said that matters of farming cannot be dealt with by sitting in Delhi as farmers living in remote villages are associated with this. Sharad Pawar questioned the structure of the three-member group of ministers set up to negotiate with farmers’ organizations and said that the ruling party should put forward leaders who have a deep understanding of agriculture and farmers issues.

Sharad Pawar said in an interview to PTI that the government needs to take the protests seriously and it is not fair to blame Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the opposition parties for the farmers’ agitation. He said that if the government fails to address the issues of farmers in the next meeting with representatives of 40 unions protesting, then the opposition parties will decide on future steps on Wednesday.

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