The farmers’ protest against the contentious farm laws recently enacted by the Union government on Wednesday entered the seventh day. The protesting farmers who are camping on the outskirts of Delhi on Wednesday also met at one of the Delhi-Haryana borders to decide their future course of action. The meeting comes after the talks between the government and the farmers’ unions failed on Tuesday.
Following the meeting that was attended by 32 farmers’ group at Singhu on the Delhi-Haryana border, a farmer leader said, “The farmers had given clause-wise objection (to the farm laws) in writing to the government in October itself. But tomorrow, it will be given in writing again.”
He added: “Going by yesterday’s meeting, we don’t think the government is in a mood to withdraw the laws. The government wants farmers to fight among themselves.”
Union ministers meet Amit Shah
Meanwhile, Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar and his Cabinet colleague Piyush Goyal met with Union home minister Amit Shah to discuss Tuesday’s meeting with the protesting farmers.
Notably, the meeting between the government and the protesting farmers remained inconclusive on Tuesday. Further discussion between the protesting farmers’ unions and the government will resume on December 3.
The Union government, during the meeting, proposed to form a committee to delve into the various issues raised by the farmers against the newly enacted farm laws. The meeting was attended by representatives of 35 farmers’ unions.
All farmers’ representatives were unanimous in seeking repeal of the three laws that they have been terming as being against the interest of the farm community.
“The farmer’s organisations rejected the government’s proposal to form a five-member committee to look into the issues related to the new farm laws,” Roopsingh Sanha, member of Bharat Kisan Union (Ekta Ugrahan) said.
However, according to sources, the government is firm on its stand that a high-level committee must be formed to look into the issues and wanted the farmer representatives to further consider the proposal.
Police use water cannons on Youth Congress workers
Police used water cannons at protesting Punjab Youth Congress workers in Chandigarh. The Youth Congress workers gheraoed Haryana Chief Minister ML Khattar’s residence. They were demanding an apology from him for alleged use of force against protesting farmers. Earlier, Shiv Sena had said that the use of water cannons against the farmers during the cold wave going on in north India was “cruel”.
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