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Protesting farmers call nationwide strike on December 8

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With two rounds of discussions remaining inconclusive, the farmers protesting against the Centre’s contentious farm laws have called a nationwide strike on Tuesday. The protesting farmers, many of whom are camping on the outskirts of Delhi, said they will block all roads to the national capital.

The protesting farmers have threatened to occupy all highway toll gates and said they would not allow the government to collect tolls. A leader of one of the protesting farmers’ groups Harinder Singh Lakhowal said, “More people will join the movement.”

The farmers, intensifying their protest, said they will burn the effigy of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday. The protesting farmers are demanding a repeal of the new farm laws passed by the Centre.

Second round of discussions failed

Like the first round, the second round of discussion between the Centre and the representatives of the protesting farmers remained inconclusive on Thursday. The next meeting with the farmers for a resolution will take place on Saturday, Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar had said.

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Notably, the farmer leaders continued their demand for the repeal of the contentious farm laws that were passed by the Centre amid severe criticism of the Opposition. The farmers also refused to accept the food and refreshments offered to them by the government during the eight-hour-long meeting. They had the food that they had brought with them.

Valid concerns will be addressed, says govt

Meanwhile, the government assured the farmers’ representatives that all their valid concerns would be addressed. The agriculture ministry tweeted that doubts of farmers were addressed by Narendra Singh Tomar, who led the government side at the talks. A government source said the meeting would resume on Saturday as no final outcome could be reached due to paucity of time.

Thousands of farmers camping at Delhi borders

Thousands of protesting farmers are camping at Delhi borders after bracing police batons, water cannons and tear gas on their way to Delhi. While the farmers want to stage their protest at Jantar Mantar, the Centre wants the protestors to move to Burari ground on the outskirts of the national capital.

The farmers’ protest on Friday entered the eighth day and has resulted in severe criticism of the Centre and BJP governments in the state for its poor handling.

 

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